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When: Tuesday, May 17, 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 Agenda

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016



1.       Welcome


2.       Approval of minutes from 04.22.16 Meeting


3.       Champion of Diversity Award Updates – Susana Lanier


4.       Spring Conference Postmortem Discussion


5.       Sub-Committee/ Special Project Reports:


Publication Sub-Committee Chair – Cornell Sims

Brainstorm ideas for a “Year in Review” article for The Georgia Operator to be submitted by 05.05.16 and ideas for other publication submittals.


Membership Sub-Committee Chair – Marvin Richards (with help from Keisha L. Thorpe)

Report on preparations for Annual Conference booth including giveaways.


Community Outreach Sub-Committee Chair - Dwayne Tillman

Initial ideas for sub-committee (Additional sub-committee members: Gerald Fuller, Pamela Johnson and Cheryl McClelan)


A.           To develop an outreach program to target those who are underrepresented in the water industry who are not currently active in GAWP.

B.           Partner with other groups that provide workshops and offer points to water professionals while promoting diversity.

C.           Educate/motivate lower level professionals and provide them with opportunities to move up the career ladder.

D.          Middle School Mentorship Program- Dwayne Tillman to explore options to help fulfill this effort.  Delissa Williams, Joseph Spann, and Cornell Sims are also involved and knowledgeable with educational programs for kids.


6.       2016 Annual Conference – 7.10.16 to 7.13.16 Savannah International Trade & Convention Center


Diversity Session 20: Tuesday, July 12th 2:00PM to 3:30PM (Following Awards Ceremony)

Moderator: Cornell Sims

a.                    Understanding the Value of Diversity – Speaker: Keisha Lisbon Thorpe

b.                    Advanced Analysis of the GAWP/ GAWWA Leadership Diversity Survey Results – Speaker: Donnell Duncan, P.E., S.E., Utility Service Group

c.                     Panel Discussion – The Role of Leadership Diversity in Advancing the Georgia Water Industry – Moderator: Keisha Lisbon Thorpe, Peachtree City Water Authority


7.       Project Assignments


8.       Selection of Next Meeting Date