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Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored By Georgia Diversity Council

Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored By Georgia Diversity Council

Council Honors Most Powerful & Influential Women and Multicultural Leaders of 2013 

MACON, GA (Wednesday, October 2, 2013) – Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia was recently honored by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of the state's Most Powerful & Influential Women.

The Georgia Diversity Council hosted its Fourth Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta. Dr. Saunders, along with former state senator Steen Miles, was a keynote speaker at the event, and spoke on the event's theme, “Enhancing Innovation, Leadership and Employee Engagement.”

The highlight of the conference was an awards ceremony honoring individuals from a wide range of organizations throughout the state. The Most Powerful & Influential Women and Multicultural Leadership Awards are presented to women and men who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field despite the challenges they face in the workforce.

“It is such an honor to be named among Georgia's Most Powerful & Influential Women, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to address such a wonderful group of business leaders who are truly making a difference in organizations across our state,” said Dr. Saunders.

The council seeks not only to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership but also seeks to recognize those individuals who personify those principles.

“We are proud to acknowledge and honor Georgia's awardees of 2013. Their display of excellence and leadership contributes to the advancement of their peers in senior leadership positions within the workplace and community,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council.

For more information about this year's conference, please visit Below is the list of distinguished leaders in the state of Georgia who were honored at the Fourth Annual Georgia Leadership Conference.

Most Powerful & Influential Women

Kristen K. McGuffey

General Counsel

Serta Simmons Holdings, LLC

Donna N. Peeples

Chief of Staff, Global Claims O&S


Neeti Dewan

Managing Director, US Indirect Tax Compliance Practice Leader


Xia Liu

Vice President Finance

Southern Company

Lynne Zappone

Chief Talent Officer

Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen

Amy Phuong

Chief Service Officer

City of Atlanta - Mayor's Office

Meredith Hodges

VP External Affairs and Human Resources

Gas South

Angela Nagy

Vice President & Controller

AGL Resources

Alicia Thompson

SVP, Consumer


Cynthia Bowman

SVP Leadership Development & Diversity and Inclusion Executive

Bank of America

Dr. Ninfa Saunders

President & CEO

Central Georgia Healthcare Systems

Selina Mustafa

Vice President, Finance Information Management

SunTrust Bank

Multicultural Leadership

Ferdinand L. Risco Jr.

Executive Director, Diversity & Equal Opportunity

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority - MARTA

Dexter Wimbish


Dexter Wimbish & Associates

Letty Ashworth

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Delta Airlines

Ileana Arias

US CDC/ATSD Deputy Director


Ray Ortega

President, CFO

Hispanic Marketing Group, INC

Brandon Poole

Vice President- Human Resources

UHS- Pruitt

Wendell Dallas

Vice President, Operations

Atlanta Gas Light & Chattanooga Gas

In attached photo: Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.