Winners Announced for the 2015 TAG Diversity Leadership Awards

diversity awardsAnnual awards recognize Diversity and Inclusion champions in Georgia’s technology community

ATLANTA, GA (August 26, 2015) – TAG Human Resources & Diversity Society, an interest group within the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), held its Fifth Annual Diversity Leadership Awards on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta.

Awards were presented in two categories: the TAG Diversity Leadership of Excellence Award was given for individual accomplishments, and the TAG Business Champion of Diversity Excellence Award went to businesses or organizations that made exceptional efforts to advance Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.

TAG Diversity Leadership of Excellence Awards went to the following individuals who champion Diversity and Inclusion within small, mid-size and large organizations:

·         Tia Buckham-White of Notre Internationale for opening a dialogue of inclusion in her company, and for her work in coaching and in helping minority women secure IT roles.

·         José Del La Cruz of Travelers Insurance and InVEST for working with young minorities in underprivileged communities and creating a diverse talent pipeline in the insurance industry.

·         Myra Reeves of Home Depot for overseeing the execution of short- and long-range Diversity and Inclusion strategies targeting recruitment, retention, and the fostering of diverse talent.

·         Karen Ashley of Georgia Power for managing the company’s employee resource groups, sustaining and improving a workplace culture where all employees are valued, respected and engaged.

TAG Business Champion of Diversity Excellence Award went to the following small, mid-size and large organizations that have gone above and beyond to support Diversity and Inclusion practices:

·         Agile•1, a certified woman- and minority-owned talent placement company that focuses on the attraction, development and retention of diverse suppliers.

·         The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena for creating the NBA’s first Diversity and Inclusion Council, impacting 275 full-time employees, 1,000 part-time employees and hundreds of thousands of fans.

·         Georgia State University for its impact on Diversity and Inclusion by enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. All told, GSU’s diversity practices, policies and strategic initiatives impact approximately 32,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff members.

·         MarketSource for formalizing its Diversity and Inclusion practices by forming a dedicated D&I team tasked to deliver effective solutions that add value to the business while embedding diversity and inclusion practices into its organizational culture.

To learn more about all finalists, visit

Each year, the TAG Diversity Leadership Awards is presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional efforts to leverage diversity within their organizations to drive growth, productivity, creativity and morale, and to achieve positive outcomes in businesses and in the community.

“The more diverse your customers, the more diverse your company should be. Your company should reflect the consumer,” adds Janice Maxwell, one of the night’s speakers and PMO of GSU.

The panel of judges for the event was looking for four criteria in selecting the winning entries:

·         The role the nominee played in the Diversity initiative;

·         The size of the initiative, meaning how many people were impacted by this effort;

·         The impact the initiative had on the morale of the company’s members and stakeholders; and

  • The quantifiable impact of the nominee’s initiative on the company’s revenue, profitability and/or efficiencies.

“We had a spectacular group of nominees this year,” says Betty Paxton, TAG Human Resources & Diversity Board Member and Co-Chair of the event. “It was heartwarming to learn of their impressive efforts to promote Diversity and Inclusion across Atlanta, and our judges really had their work cut out for them. We’re excited by the outcome, and congratulate all finalists and winners.”

Special thanks to our host, A.C. Chan, Founder and President of Power Slide, and our speakers, Janet Sherlock (SVP & CIO of Carter’s, INC), Janice Maxwell (Project Management Officer at GSU), Ephraim McLean (Regents’ Professor and the Director of the Center for Health IT at GSU), and Sara Prince (Partner at McKinsey & Co., and co-author of its groundbreaking report, Diversity Matters).


About TAG Human Resources and Diversity

TAG Human Resources and Diversity has the mission to assist professionals within technology and tech-driven companies with the development and management of their human resources and diversity initiates, and to increase awareness regarding the positive impact on business goals when diversity is leveraged within organizations. We understand all companies are difference, with workplaces experiencing wide variety and carrying degrees of cultural, ethnic, generational, gender and lifestyle influences; it takes many ingredients to make a successful organization and we focus on the positive interaction that takes place with HR and Diversity. For more information, visit



About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 28,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at



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