ATLANTA (November 7, 2022) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announces the 15 finalists for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) awards as part of the awards and recognition at the annual Converge conference. The DE&I Awards provide recognition to organizations and individuals that have achieved excellence in efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. 

Ahead of TAG’s annual Converge conference, TAG accepts applications submitted by Georgia technology organizations or their public relations partners. Each year, TAG recognizes three awards recipients, in the categories of DE&I Tech Impact Leader of the Year, given to a CHRO, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Diversity Officer or equivalent within an organization; the DE&I Emerging Leader of the Year, given to an emerging non-executive within an organization; and the Inclusive Technology Leadership Award, given to an organization for a program or project that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology workplace. 

This year’s finalists are as follows: 

DE&I Emerging Tech Leader of the Year Award 

  • Qazi Haq – EY-Parthenon 
  • Jeremy Bennett – Mercer University School of Business 
  • Nadine Bent-Russell – Honeywell Connected Enterprise 
  • Benjamin Yang – Georgia Tech Research Institute 
  • E’lon Ciriaco – Equifax  

DE&I Tech Impact Leader of the Year Award 

  • Megan Heinze – Idemia  
  • Jennifer Baker – Synovus 
  • Llewella Dowling – NCR  
  • LaShaun Solomon – Pyramid Consulting 
  • Teresa Edwards – From School to Possibilities 

Inclusive Technology Leadership Award 

  • Morehouse School of Medicine 
  • Honeywell Connected Enterprise 
  • Warner Bros. Discovery 
  • Cisco Systems 
  • Deluxe Corporation 

“On behalf of the Technology Association of Georgia, I would personally like to congratulate these fifteen finalists for their contributions to the DE&I landscape of the Georgia technology workforce,” said Larry Williams, President and CEO of TAG. “Georgia technology is stronger when it is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and these organizations and individuals have made outstanding efforts to ensure that the Georgia technology workforce is a place for all.” 

Each award category will have one winner, recognized live at the Converge conference, taking place on December 1st at the Atlanta Buckhead Marriott. 

To find out more about the DE&I Awards and past winners, please visit 

For the full lineup and agenda at Converge, please visit 

About the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG’s mission is to Connect, Promote, Influence and Educate Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy.  Through those four foundational strategies TAG serves the technology community, helping to support, grow and ignite tech leaders, companies and the overall Georgia economy.

TAG serves more than 30,000 members statewide through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG hosts more than 150 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 26 professional societies.

TAG 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.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit