The Greenville Chamber presented Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG) with the 2017 ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award for its commitment to increasing the positive impact of women’s leadership in our community. The fourth annual award was presented at the Chamber’s sixth annual ATHENA Leadership Symposium sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina on November 14, 2017.
DHG ranks among the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation. With more than 2,000 professionals in 13 states, they combine deep experience with a strong commitment to personal service. DHG draws on their extensive resources to combine comprehensive assurance, tax and advisory services.
DHG creates an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential by recruiting, developing, retaining and advancing women in their firm, as well as supporting women in the broader community. Women Forward is one initiative the firm executes. The initiative seeks to address the major barriers women face and directly supports the five key elements of the DHG strategy: performance, talent, leadership, growth and service. Women Forward focuses on skill building opportunities, sponsorship, advocacy and cultural integration. Ultimately, Women Forward helps ensure women have the tools and resources necessary to be successful.
The Women Forward group in Greenville also partners with other DHG development initiatives to host the Business Development Essentials Series, covering topics specific to the needs of the Greenville office, including networking, career-life integration, skills training and more. DHG also executes several other initiatives and opportunities to recognize deserving women leaders in their firm.
Through DHG’s Women Forward initiative, the firm also hosts several market-facing events designed to bring women in business together to share valuable knowledge about the many layers of challenges women face, and how to overcome or put aside those challenges.
According to Greg Taylor, DHG Greenville Office Managing Partner, “DHG creates and pursues this organizational culture not only for our people, but also for our clients who expect us to have a diverse team of professionals offering broader, more creative solutions.” He adds, “The Chamber’s work in supporting the advancement of women has been an inspiring example for our Greenville community. DHG is thrilled that Women Forward is among those the Chamber has recognized for Inclusion and Diversity efforts.”
Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber President/CEO says, “Dixon Hughes Goodman is setting the standard for support and development of women leaders. We are proud to honor this exceptional company and grateful for the impact their team is having on our community.”
About the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award®
The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award® is presented annually to an organization with initiatives dedicated to creating cultures that encourage women employees to achieve their full leadership potential, and/or that give back to the larger community of women by providing or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.
ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients created the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award® and the suggested best practices, which could include: a diverse governing board, senior leadership demonstrating a commitment to advancing women in leadership roles, initiatives to specifically advance women as leaders, senior women leaders serving as role models for women employees, mentoring women as they develop career plans, setting goals to increase the number of women in leadership and monitoring progress toward those goals, sharing information throughout the organization on women leaders, developing programs to help women balance families and careers, and supporting and developing women leaders in the Greenville community.
Past ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award® recipients are Wyche, P.A. (2014), Greenville Health System (2015) and Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (2016).