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CCWA Earns Champion of Diversity Award

Sep 4, 2018 by Suzanne Brown


CCWA's General Manager H. Bernard Franks accepts the Champion of Diversity Award from Keisha Thorpe.

Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) recently earned the Champion of Diversity award from the Georgia Section of the American Water Works (GAWWA) during the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) annual conference in July.

This award recognizes ‘an individual, group, or organization that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages, and effectively utilizes each individual’s talents.’ GAWWA recognizes the role of diversity as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of any organization. Diversity should be an inherent trait of any organization and is manifest in the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to a group or organization in which they interact.
“Clayton County Water Authority’s selection as the winner of the Champion of Diversity award is bolstered by the fact that it has shown that diversity is a team effort which is inclusive of all of its employees,” says Keisha Thorpe, with GAWWA. “CCWA’s Human Resources department ensures managers, supervisors and employees receive training on diversity & inclusion, harassment and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, as well as, its board of directors receiving sensitivity training.”

Thorpe adds that CCWA has a utility-wide Talent Development program and Succession Planning to ensure diverse talent is recognized and followed. This program gives employees on the executive management and management level an implementation tool to monitor the development of potential leaders within the utility. CCWA’s management team meets every six months to take a fresh look at the development of potential leaders and also discuss the diversity of individual departments and the utility as a whole. Diverse candidates are also selected for the GAWP Leadership Academy yearly amongst managers/supervisors to enhance their skills for a viable, inclusive workforce.

“Diversity is one of the primary keys to a successful business because it is the art of thinking and performing individually, together,” adds CCWA General Manager H. Bernard Franks. “Different thoughts and ideas accumulated, refined and put into fruition. I am thankful that CCWA has earned this special award. We make a difference together.”

GAWWA will submit CCWA for the national AWWA Champion of Diversity Award.

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