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7th Annual TAG Diversity Awards Reveals Georgia’s Technology GameChangers


Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Award Ceremony to be held

June 27th at the Morehouse School of Medicine


Atlanta, GA- (June 19, 2017) –The TAG Human Resources and Diversity society and TAG’s publication, Hub Magazine, today announced the GameChangers that will be recognized at the 7th Annual TAG Diversity Awards.


The event is made possible by Platinum Sponsor, Google and Silver Sponsors, Manhattan Associates, SunTrust and Turner and will be held Tuesday, June 27th at the Morehouse School of Medicine NCPC Auditorium.


This year, The TAG Diversity Awards will recognize a select group of industry GameChangers along with the recipient of the prestigious Diversity Leadership Award. The work and achievements of these outstanding individuals are helping to advance diversity and inclusion in Georgia’s technology community.


The 2017 GameChangers hail from large and small companies, startups and organizations across a variety of sectors:



  • Joey Womack, Founder/CEO
    Amplify4Good/Goodie Nation

  • Kathryn Finney, CEO/Managing Director/Founder
    digital undivided

  • Amy Corn, SVP Marketing & Corporate Communications
    Global Payments Inc.




  • Richard Makerson, CEO and Managing Partner

  • Wei-Chun Tai, Partner
    Mosley Ventures




  • Jackie Parker, VP
    Arketi Group

  • Claudia Howard, Global Brand Manager
    The Weather Company, an IBM Business

  • Jacqui Chew, Founder/CEO




  • M.Cole Jones, Principal
    RIISE Ventures

  • D. Quincy Johnson, VP, Strategic Products

  • N. Liberty White, Executive Director
    ATL WebFest/ Chozen Media




  • Nigel Andre, CFA, SVP Finance
    First Data Corporation

  • Yaton Bowens, SVP, Technology, CTO

  • Georgina Nelson, Founder and CEO




  • Ken Stewart, Senior Director of HR

  • Dominic Mack, MD, MBA, Director
    National Center for Primary Care of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

  • Chrissa McFarlane, Founder + CEO




  • Carlos Batista, SVP, Secure Design & Engineering

  • Vijay A. Balasubramaniyan, CEO and Founder
    Pindrop Security

  • Abby Zumstein, Senior RFP Security Specialist
    VMware AirWatch




  • Mary Frances Jones, Head of Product + Design

  • Sanjeev Siotia, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
    Manhattan Associates

  • Debra Lam, Managing Director
    Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech




  • Dana Barrett, Host/Producer
    Biz 1190-WAFS-AM

  • Tim Thomas, QC/Station Operations Manager

  • Tasnim Shamma, Reporter
    WABE 90.1 FM


In addition to these winners, TAG will also reveal the recipient of this year’s Diversity Leadership Awards. All winners will be featured in the 2017 Diversity in Technology edition of TAG's publication, Hub Magazine.


Diversity and inclusion in the workplace consists of embracing all employees – regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, age, disability or culture – to achieve positive outcomes at work and in the community. 


The 7th TAG Diversity Awards honors the GameChangers whose achievements are changing the face of innovation in Georgia


For more information about the TAG Diversity Awards and to register for the event, visit:







About TAG Human Resources and Diversity Society

TAG Human Resources and Diversity has the mission to assist professionals within technology and tech-driven companies with the development and management of their human resources and diversity initiatives, and to increase awareness regarding the positive impact on business goals when diversity is leveraged within organizations.  All companies are different, with workplaces experiencing wide varieties and varying degrees of cultural, ethnic, generational, gender and lifestyle influences. The TAG HR and Diversity society is focused on cultivating and celebrating the positive interaction that takes place with HR and Diversity.

For more information about the society, please visit:



About Hub Magazine

Hub Magazine features timely news, ideas, people and trends that are at the intersection of Georgia’s Emerging technology community. Published bimonthly, HUB Magazine is a publication of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and reaches more than 30,000 technologists via print and digital distribution. Learn more at:



About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.


The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 33 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at



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