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7th Annual Leadership Character Awards - 2009

Winners Revealed at Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards
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Turknett Leadership Group recognizes six outstanding leaders of character from GV Financial Advisors, Southern Company, Spelman College, Safehouse Outreach, Women in Technology/WIT Foundation, and Kennedy Middle School.

ATLANTA, GA (February 23, 2010)—Turknett Leadership Group, partnered with Kennesaw State’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, announced the winners of the Seventh Annual Leadership Character Awards at a luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium. The awards were supported by Gold Sponsor Crawford & Company and Silver Sponsor KPMG.

The Leadership Character Awards recognize the correlation between an organization’s ability to achieve and the character of its leadership. Nominated individuals demonstrate integrity; relate to customers, suppliers, co-workers and others with respect; and maintain a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while upholding the organization’s core values.



This year's winners: (third from left) Philip Bray, David Geller, Heather Rocker, Dr. Beverly Tatum, Luella Brown, Beverly Easterling. Far left Tom Smith (Advisor), Lyn Turknett; Far right Bob Turknett, Oz Nelson (advisor), and Conchita Robinson (advisor)

Each award recipient was chosen for best exemplifying the standards set forth in the Turknett Leadership Character Model. The winners are:

Category: CEO/President/Partner Award
David Geller
CEO
GV Financial Advisors
Nominated by:
Akhila Aiyer and Elizabeth Dworschak
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Category: Executive/Manager
Luella Brown
IT Application Portfolio Manager
Southern Company
Nominated by:
Judy Maloney
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Category: Nonprofit
Philip Bray
President/CEO
Safehouse Outreach
Nominated by:
Robert Jones
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Category: Education
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President
Spelman College
Nominated by:
Sue McLaughlin
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Category: Inspiritor
Heather S. Rocker
Executive Director
Women in Technology/WIT Foundation
Nominated by:
Jamie Greene
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Category: Special Award
Beverly Hayes Easterling
Special Education Teacher
Kennedy Middle School
Nominated by:
Thomas P. Smith
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CEO/President/Partner Award
David Geller

GV Financial Advisors’ CEO, David Geller, is honored in the CEO/President/Partner Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – David Geller of GV Financial Advisors was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character wards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Geller was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the CEO/President/Partner category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Geller as an innovator, a thought leader, and a “the buck stops here” guy. He tells it the way it is, but is honest without being brutal. A great listener who welcomes suggestions from employees, he is very accessible, willing to discuss merits or faults of an idea without assigning blame. When morale was down after a round of layoffs with his firm, he was the first one to re-charge and re-invigorate the troops with a message of hope and a positive outlook to the future.


Executive / Manager Award
Luella Brown

Southern Company’s IT Application Portfolio Manager, Luella Brown is honored in the Executive/Manager Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Luella Brown of Southern Company was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character awards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Brown was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Executive/Manager category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Luella as a trusted and respected employee, leader, role model, mentor, and friend at Southern Company. She has been described as the consummate “people person”, who fosters productivity and inclusivity in the workplace through mutual respect for others. Luella was put to the test last year when one of her long-time team members died. Luella remained steadfast and created a lasting impression that define her as a strong, compassionate leader and a person of integrity who is capable of handling the most challenging situations.


Nonprofit Award
Philip Bray

Safehouse Outreach’s President/CEO, Philip Bray, is honored in the Nonprofit Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Philip Bray of Safehouse Outreach, was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character wards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Bray was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Nonprofit category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Philip as “a great living example of honesty, authenticity, and truth telling – and he’s never been afraid to say the right thing even if it’s unpopular.” For over 20 years, Philip has helped to build an organization whose mission is to serve the homeless - not with a “hand OUT” but rather with a “hand UP.” He is known for being truthful at all times, for being willing to have very difficult one-on-one conversations, and perhaps most importantly, for believing that people have the ability to change themselves no matter what they may have done.


Education Award
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Spelman College’s President, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, is honored in the Education Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum of Spelman College was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character wards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Tatum was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Education category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Dr. Tatum as demonstrating exemplary leadership since she first became president over 7 years ago. Dr. Tatum has a well deserved reputation for integrity, credibility, transparency and even ingenuity in everything that she does. Her inclusive style and concern for students, parents, staff and faculty demonstrate the highest level of respect even when, as the chief administrator of the college, she must make difficult decisions. Even though she accepts 100% responsibility for those decisions, she involves the entire campus community and all constituents to the maximum extent possible.


Inspiritor Award
Heather S. Rocker

Women in Technology/WIT Foundation’s Executive Director, Heather S. Rocker is honored in the Inspiritor Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Heather S. Rocker of Women in Technology/WIT Foundation, was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character wards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Rocker was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Inspiritor category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Heather as “a blessing to all those who know her” and the “quintessential servant leader.” As the Executive Director of Women in Technology, Board Chair at the Atlanta Women’s Alliance, Committee Chair/Training Director at Junior League University, and State Chairman of the Georgia Junior Miss Scholarship Program, Heather is a “Jill of all trades” advocating for the development of women in a variety of spheres. Leading by example, she paves the way for women and girls by helping them maximize their potential, encouraging volunteerism, and promoting the success of women in the technology sector.

Special Award
Beverly Hayes Easterling

Kennedy Middle School’s Special Education Teacher Beverly Hayes Easterling is honored in the Special Award Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2010) – Beverly Hayes Easterling of Kennedy Middle School was among the top six Georgia business, community, and education leaders recognized at the Seventh Annual Turknett Leadership Character wards luncheon held February 23, 2010, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Easterling was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Leadership Character Award in the Special Award category. The awards were presented in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and sponsored by Crawford & Company, and KPMG.

Nominators describe Beverly as a “humble servant” centering her attention on others as a special education teacher. Her commitment to her students runs extremely deep, as she regularly attends court hearings, meets with parole officers and social workers as well as seeks out community resources for students and their families. She has high expectations for students regardless of “what tools they arrive to her with in their tool boxes. She takes full responsibility for their current academic and character development from the first day they enter her classroom. Excuses are not an option and she sees each child as a personal mission.”


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Turknett Leadership Group is a character-based management and consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia that focuses on aligning strategy, leadership and culture by providing services in the areas of Executive Development, Selection & Integration; Succession Planning; Team Assessment and Development; Ethics, Retention & Culture Consulting.

The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, an academically based institute at Kennesaw State University, seeks to inspire, enable and promote ethical conduct, decision-making and leadership for the common good.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 144 countries. KPMG has more than 800 employees here in Atlanta.

Crawford & Company is the world’s largest provider of claims solutions with over 700 locations in 63 countries.


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