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.
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.
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.