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Turknett Leadership 2013 Award Winners

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Bob and Lyn Turknett/Turknett Leadership Group FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Dr. Robert (Bob) Turknett is co-founder and CEO of TLG. He is a licensed psychologist with over 28 years of consulting experience. Bob specializes in CEO Consulting, executive team development and individual development and coaching. He has served as an executive coach to more than 1,000 executives in more than 100 companies, both large and small businesses in a variety of industries. His unique approach to coaching blends psychological expertise with extensive business knowledge. Typical engagements involve work with a leader and the entire team, producing leadership development results that impact the whole organization.

Carolyn Turknett is co-founder and President of TLG. She has more than 25 years experience in management and leadership consulting. The focus of her work is character in leadership, organization assessment and change, executive team development, identification and development of high potentials and succession management.

Turknett Leadership Group’s expertise is Leadership. We are Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Leadership Talent Assessment, Executive Team Development, Cultural Assessment, Executive Selection, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model, we help organizations with hiring the best people, identifying and developing high potentials, and creating an ethical culture.

Jim McGarrah/Georgia Tech Research Institute

Jim McGarrah joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in November, 2008, as the Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory, where he led over 200 research faculty, staff and students in delivering applied research solutions for sponsors in federal, state and local government and in the commercial sector. In May 2013, he was selected as GTRI Chief of Staff. In this role, he coordinates executive staff actions in the planning and execution of GTRI and Georgia Tech strategy, strategic communications, policy analysis and input, and ethics and compliance. He also serves as GTRI’s principal point of contact for state and federal government relations, and coordinates GTRI’s external advisory councils and boards.

Prior to GTRI, Jim completed careers in the U. S. Navy and with Southern Bell/BellSouth/Cingular Wireless, where he retired as a Rear Admiral (O-8) and Executive Director-National Network Planning and Operations, respectively.

Kathy Colbenson/CHRIS Kids FacebookTwitter

After a number of years as a practicing clinician, in 1987 Kathy Colbenson became the CEO of CHRIS Kids and found her calling. CHRIS Kids offers a values-driven Family of Services that provides trauma-informed, strength-based services through a counseling center, a training institute, eight group homes, a supportive housing apartment complex for single and parenting youth of ages 17 – 24, adoption services, and a host of in-home services designed to help children, youth, adults and families unlock their potential for self sufficiency and good citizenship.

Andy Lipman/DiversiTech and Wish for Wendy Foundation FacebookLinkedinTwitter


Marci McCarthy/T.E.N. FacebookStuart LinkedinTwitter

Marci McCarthy is currently the CEO and President of T.E.N., an award winning technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. She is responsible for driving the strategic direction of this widely respected company.

McCarthy has over 20 years of business and marketing experience, including founding T.E.N.’s flagship program, the Information Security Executive® of the Year (ISE®) Awards. For over a decade, the ISE® Awards Program Series is lauded as the premier recognition program for security professionals. Previously, McCarthy was the CEO of Executive Alliance, an organization that hosts leadership forums and held management positions with Lancope, SecureWorks, Deloitte, and PwC.

As a 2012 recipient of a congressional citation from Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-Ga.) in the 4th Congressional District of GA, McCarthy was cited for her work in fostering greater professionalism in the IT security industry, naming March 13, 2012 “Marci McCarthy Day” in Georgia. She was the 2013 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner in the Small/Medium Business Category, recognized in “Who’s Who in GA’s Technology Community” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, is a “Woman to Watch” by Atlanta’s BroadSheet and WIT WOTY nominee.

McCarthy serves on TechBridge’s Board of Directors, is a lifetime member of WIT’s Honorary Council. Other non-profit boards include: Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), SciTrek’s Advisory BOD, past Chairman of the American Diabetes Assoc. Father’s Day Council and its acclaimed Father of the Year Awards. As an author to WIT’s book, “CLIMB: Leading Women In Technology Share Their Journeys To Success,” McCarthy’s chapter is profiled amongst 60 leaders influencing Atlanta’s business and technology landscapes. She has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University and is a speaker on technology and leadership topics.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Babson College and holds a B.S. in Marketing.


Mike Morgan with Wilmington Trust

Results MatterMichael J. Morgan, CFP®/Wilmington Trust

Michael J. Morgan, CFP®, is Vice President and Senior Private Client Fiduciary Advisor for Wilmington Trust. Mike is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management advice to high net worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, business owners, and foundations and endowments throughout the Southeast region. He works closely with clients and their advisors to develop financial strategies that help clients meet their current needs and plan for their long-term objectives. Mike ensures that clients receive the appropriate blend of services based on their unique needs, including custom lending, investment management, planning, philanthropic, trust, and family office services.

Mike joined Wilmington Trust in 2007, specializing in fiduciary oversight, estate management, and retirement and insurance planning. He most recently served as a Vice President and Trust Advisor with Wachovia Bank, and began his private banking career at Fleet Bank.

Mike holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree in Accounting from Kennesaw State University and has completed Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School I, II, and III. He serves on the Capital Campaign Leadership Committee for Rainbow Village, a nonprofit in Atlanta serving homeless families.


Monica Thornton with Women in Technology

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WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Infor celebrates women technology executives for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology and women who make a difference in our communities. To qualify, women must hold business, technology or scientific leadership roles within a technology organization or maintain technology or scientific leadership positions within a non-technology organization. Winners will be announced in three categories:

  • Enterprise business – representing companies with more than 2,500 employee
  • Medium business – representing companies with 251 to 2,500 employees
  • Small business – representing companies with 250 employees or less

Monica is a results-driven leader amongst Atlanta’s competitive fundraising and marketing professionals, offering more than 20 years of a successful business development, brand management, public relations, and community engagement track-record. She also has substantial experience in strategic planning, coaching and public speaking and has been sought out for a host of panels, including Park Pride, City Park’s Alliance and Kennesaw State University.

Monica joined WIT in September 2013 after serving as the SVP/Chief Marketing and Development Officer at Piedmont Park Conservancy since 2005. There she led the organization’s marketing and development initiatives, a $42 Million capital campaign, logo and website redesign, creation of an innovative corporate giving program, sponsorship sales, media buys and many other efforts; all while directing its frontline communications effort. She has also held leadership positions at United Way of Metro Atlanta, Fox 5 Atlanta, CBS Atlanta, WSB-TV and Georgia Public Broadcasting, where she continues to volunteer as a spokesperson during live telethons.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University in TV/Film and an Associate’s degree in Marketing. She is a member of several professional organizations, including Public Relations Society of America, Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Association for Women and Women In Film. She also has a passion for writing and has just finished a children’s book.

Profiles in Diversity

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Ashby Kent Fox/Burr & Forman LinkedinTwitter

Profiled in 12th Annual “Women Worth Watching” issue of the Profiles in Diversity Journal

Ashby Kent Fox has practiced in Burr & Forman’s Litigation section since 2003 where she specializes in general commercial litigation. She has handled a wide variety of business disputes (tort and contract) for both plaintiffs and defendants, and her clients range from individuals and small businesses to large national financial institutions, including banks, lenders, mortgage companies and insurance companies.

Ashby represents her financial services clients in a variety of consumer finance and real estate matters, including actions for wrongful foreclosure, predatory lending, consumer protection law claims and other state and federal lender liability claims. In representing her title insurance clients, Ashby has handled numerous matters which involve evaluating and litigating bad faith claims, boundary line and easement disputes, one-half interest defects, lost or unrecorded security instruments issues, disputes over damages and loss valuations and other issues that frequently arise in the title insurance industry.

Ashby has nearly 10 years of experience litigating in Georgia’s state and federal courts, and has tried cases (bench and jury trials) in both. Additionally, she has successfully, efficiently and cost-effectively resolved numerous disputes through effective settlement negotiation and/or participation in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including mediation and arbitration.

Heather Generes/Recall Corporation FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Profiled in 12th Annual “Women Worth Watching” issue of the Profiles in Diversity Journal

Heather Generes serves as Global Vice President, Marketing for Recall. She is responsible for Recall’s marketing, product management and digital services business located across more than 20 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

Heather joined Recall from Pitney Bowes, Inc. where she spent over 15 years serving in increasingly senior positions. Most recently, she was Vice-President, Global Product Management where she managed new product development and active product management of software, business services, and hardware solutions for one of the company’s key line of business. Prior to this role, Heather was Vice President, Customer and Product Marketing, for Pitney Bowes’ Asia Pacific Region where she worked closely with both commercial and government customers in markets such as China, Japan and Australia.

Heather holds a B.S. degree in Communications Studies from Northwestern University located in Evanston, Illinois and has completed executive management programs at both the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration.

Deborah Marshall/InGirls


Blake Ashbee with Go Build Georgia, John Fountain with The Rawls Group, Gary McGraw with Cigital, and Marcus Ranum with Tenable Security

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Blake Ashbee/Go Build Georgia FacebookTwitter

Blake Ashbee is the Executive Director with Go Build Georgia. As part of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Go Build Georgia was launched in support of Gov. Deals’ Georgia Competitiveness Initiative, focused on making the state more competitive both nationally and internationally. As Georgia continues to be a competitive location for businesses, it’s critical that our workforce is equipped with the skills to take over the in-demand positions. Specifically, Go Build Georgia aims to eliminate the state’s labor gap and build a new generation of highly- skilled workers with a simple plan: educating both young people and parents about wage, lifestyle, and employment benefits of a career in the skilled trades through five in-demand sectors: telecommunications, manufacturing, logistics, industrial construction and energy.

Since its beginning in January 2012, Go Build Georgia has reached out to dispel the misconceptions of the industry and interest people in the skilled trades through grassroots campaigns, online media, TV/radio spots, social media, and local and regional press.

John Fountain/The Rawls Group

Gary McGraw/Cigital FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Gary McGraw, Chief Technology Officer of Cigital, is a world authority on computer security and has been called the father of software security. Dr. McGraw is the author of Software Security (AWL 2006) and ten other best selling software security books. Gary writes a technical security column for SearchSecurity and produces the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine.

Marcus Ranum/Tenable Security Twitter

Marcus J. Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable Security, Inc., is a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation. Since the late 1980’s, he has designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR’s Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer, to founder and CEO of NFR. Marcus has served as a consultant to many FORTUNE 500 firms and national governments, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous high-tech conferences. In 2001, he was awarded the TISC “Clue” award for service to the security community, and also holds the ISSA lifetime achievement award. In 2005 he was awarded Security Professional of the Year by Techno Security Conference.