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12/1/2015
When: Tuesday, December 01, 2015
11:30 until 1:00
Where: GAWP Headquarters
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan


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Diversity Committee
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
GAWP Headquarters

1.       Welcome

2.       Approval of minutes from 10.27.15 Meeting

3.       Confirmation of Alaine Morte as Secretary

4.       Selection of Vice-Chair

5.       Sub-Committee/ Special Project Reports:

- Publication Sub-Committee Chair – Cornell Sims

- Develop questions for the “2016 GAWP/ GAWWA Study/ Survey of Diversity in Georgia Water Industry Leadership”. Develop initial ideas for Publications Sub-Committee – Gather details on the available GAWWA/GAWP publications with associated guidelines and deadlines. Keisha Thorpe can help with that.

- Program Sub-Committee Chair – Pamela Johnson

- Collect historical data on the progress of diversity in the Georgia Water Industry with special attention to diversity in leadership. Develop initial ideas for Program Sub-Committee – How can we make our conference sessions interesting?

- Membership Sub-Committee Chair – Marvin Richards

- Research answers to the question, “Why be diverse?” Develop initial ideas for Membership Sub-Committee – What do we need to make our booth a hit at the conference?

- Erin Brooks

- Research answers to the question, “Is there a realistic path to the top?”

6.       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 theme for the Spring Conference will be “Celebrating Leadership Diversity in the Georgia Water Industry”.

·         Session One: Diversity 101 - What is diversity? Why diversity? The history of diversity in the Georgia Water Industry.

·         Session Two: 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: 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?

7.       2016 Annual Conference

·         The Diversity Committee will pursue another 90 minute track at the annual conference which will incorporate the theme, “The Value of Water” into our own theme of “Celebrating Leadership Diversity in the Georgia Water Industry” with perhaps the theme; “The Value of Leadership Diversity in the Georgia Water Industry.”

8.       Project Assignments

9.       Selection of Next Meeting Date