ATLANTA (Oct. 29, 2020) – Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announces finalists for its annual Diversity Leadership Awards.  Finalists and winners will be celebrated at Converge on Nov. 9 – 10, 2020.   

Converge is a virtual summit for dialogue and education that convenes influencers in the emerging tech workforce culture. Converge will highlight strategies, actions and measurement techniques companies and organizations of all sizes can utilize to foster inclusion and innovation. With 4 powerful keynotes and 8 compelling content sessions, the summit will highlight trailblazers who are creating a powerful ethos across the technology community to keep companies globally competitive and drive innovation and Georgia’s economy. 

Converge will honor top companies and organizations that embrace and embody inclusion and serve as stewards of our community fostering innovation.   Converge will also celebrate the highest honors in Georgia’s technology community with its Diversity and Inclusion Leader of the Year and Diversity and Inclusion Global Executive of the Year. 

2020 finalists include:  

Inclusion Innovator of the Year – Small & Mid-Market 

  • Hire Ground 
  • Holberg Financial 
  • Jabian Consulting 
  • Pyramid Consulting 


Inclusion Innovator of the Year – Large & Enterprise 

  • Fiserv 
  • MailChimp 
  • Truist Financial 
  • VMware 

Inclusion Innovator of the Year – Nonprofit & Education 

  • Communities in Schools 
  • INROADS, Inc 
  • Russell Center for Innovation 
  • Tech Sassy Girlz 


D&I Leader of the Year 

  • Paquel AustinVP Vice President Engineering and Release Management, Deluxe
  • Gail Burgos, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager, TSYS 
  • Maria LemusGlobal Cloud Sales Program Manager & Diversity and Inclusion Leader, VMware 

D&I Global Executive of the Year 

  • Charlene Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer, UPS will be honored as Diversity and Inclusion Global Executive of the Year for her broad range of accomplishments and contributions across UPS and its global ecosystem. 


“TAG is committed to honoring companies and leaders who have demonstrated exceptional efforts to advance diversity and inclusion within their organizations and the community to embrace the excellence of all employees.  With Converege, we are committed to moving the conversation forward and keeping the conversion going.” commented Larry Williams TAG President and CEO. 

The title sponsor for Converge is AccentureFor information on sponsorships and tickets to attend passes to attend the event, visit www.convergetag.comA portion of all ticket sales will support TAG-Ed 


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 20+ 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