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When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
11:30 until 1:00
Where: GAWP HQ
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan

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Diversity Committee
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


1.       Welcome 

2.       Approval of minutes from 02.23.15 Meeting 

3.       Champion of Diversity Award Updates – Susana Lanier

Formulate quantitative measures for evaluating and scoring submittals.

4.       Sub-Committee/ Special Project Reports:

Publication Sub-Committee Chair – Cornell Sims

Status update on “2016 GAWP/ GAWWA Study/ Survey of Diversity in Georgia Water Industry Leadership”.

Update on publication opportunities for committee

Membership Sub-Committee Chair – Marvin Richards

Report on preparations for Spring Conference booth and opening session, “What is diversity?”

Erin Brooks

Report on research for answers to the question, “Is there a realistic path to the top?”

Hilda Flores

Report on the following question; “What management models are available that allow for the elimination of bias in employee evaluation and promotion?”

5.       2016 Spring Conference –

·         The Diversity Committee has a 90 minute (3 session track) in the 2016 Spring Conference (April 26-27 in Columbus, GA). Our session starts at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 26th.

·         Our theme for the Spring Conference will be “Celebrating Leadership Diversity in the Georgia Water Industry”. Moderator – Cornell Sims

·         Session One: Speakers (Marvin Richards and Keisha L. Thorpe) Diversity 101 - What is diversity? Why diversity? The history of diversity in the Georgia Water Industry.

·         Session Two: (Speaker – Donnell Duncan) The State of Leadership Diversity in the Georgia Water Industry – Objective analysis and conclusions from a 2016 GAWP/ GAWWA study/ survey of diversity in Georgia Water Industry leadership. The results of this study will highlight those who have bought into the concept of leadership diversity.

·         Session Three: Moderator: Keisha L. Thorpe; Panelists: Bill Zieburtz (GAWP Chair), Bernard Franks (CCWA Assistant General Manager), Need to add one female panelist.

Is There a Realistic and Equitable Path to the Top for Everyone? – A candid panel discussion on opportunities for promotion to upper management in the Georgia Water Industry. Should the composition of upper management reflect the workforce or does it even matter? What management models are available that allow for the elimination of bias in employee evaluation and promotion? What tips can be given to aspiring industry leaders to better their chances of reaching the top?

6.       Project Assignments

7.       Selection of Next Meeting Date