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Winners of the 2009 HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington Announced
ARLINGTON, VA – Winners of the 2009 HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington were announced at the
eighth annual awards ceremony at the Crystal Gateway Marriott on Tuesday, June 9. The event’s keynote
speaker, Donna Morea, president of USA and India for CGI and chair of the Northern Virginia Technology
Council, discussed the importance of corporate social responsibility. She noted that the newest generation -- the
millennials -- approach their careers with enthusiasm, unparalleled technical knowledge, and a strong
commitment to achieving corporate social responsibility.
2009 HR LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS BY CATEGORY
Established in 2001, the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington honor HR executives for outstanding
contributions to their organizations and to the field of human resource management through organizational leadership,
risk taking, innovation, vision and communication, community service, and ethics.
Honors a senior HR professional whose influence and leadership enables his/her organization to achieve
improved business performance.
Larry Clifton – CACI International (based in Fairfax, VA)
As senior vice president of Recruiting and Workforce Planning, Larry Clifton clearly communicates CACI’s expectations
that employees treat everyone with dignity and respect, be team players, take initiative, and produce results. He has
piloted new recruiting technologies to attract top talent using a candidate-centric hiring approach which resulted in a
37% hiring increase in 2008. In addition, he implemented a program for wounded veterans, Deploying Talent –
Creating Careers. Through this innovative program, CACI hired 133 veterans with disabilities last year.
Honors an individual or team that has been operating for a minimum of two years and has developed and delivered
human resource solutions which strengthen the organization’s ability to achieve its strategic business objectives.
Anne Monahan – BAE Systems (based in Rockville, MD)
Director of Talent Management and Succession at BAE Systems, Anne Monahan implemented the Future Senior
Leader’s Initiative which identifies and assesses high potential employees and creates customized development
plans to prepare them for leadership positions. The process she developed has been adopted as a global best
practice by BAE Systems.
Honors an individual or team for thought leadership in creating and implementing new ideas, methodologies, or
approaches that improve organizational performance.
Robbins-Gioia HR Team, led by Vice President Charlene Chesley (Robbins-Gioia is in Alexandria, VA)
The Robbins-Gioia team has established a learning culture through its comprehensive and engaging career
development program, which includes career counselors, an award-winning corporate university, an intensive
leadership development program, and a Creating Careers in Consultancy Resource Guide. As a result, revenue
per full-time employee has increased 29% and employee turnover has decreased for the past two years. In
addition, employee surveys show high satisfaction (5 out of 5) with work-life balance, good use of employee skills,
recognition and award, and a workplace free of discrimination.
Honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, dedication and support for the professional growth and
development of HR professionals.
Bob Waters – Northrop Grumman (based in Fairfax, VA)
Bob Waters is vice president for Human Resource Strategy and Talent Acquisition at Northrop Grumman and
believes that everyone has leadership potential. He is also convinced that true leaders unlock that potential in
others. Using a rotation approach with his team, each member has the opportunity to gain a comprehensive
understanding of major sub-functions in HR. While expecting the best, he also believes in work-life balance and
exemplifies this commitment to family and community by serving as a Chantilly (CYA) youth lacrosse and
basketball coach for 10+ years. He also mentored student teams in robotics and science and served as a member
and Chairman of the American Cancer Society's Corporate Crusader fundraising team for several years. Bob Waters
received his master’s in Human Resource Management from Marymount University in 1991. He lives in Oak Hill,
THE SISTER EYMARD GALLAGHER AWARD FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Honors an individual, team or organization for leadership, dedication, and achievements that help create positive
change in the community.
DLT Foundation, led by Chris Laggini (The DLT Foundation is in Herndon, VA)
Funded by an annual contribution of $10,000 from DLT Solutions, Inc., as well as fund-raising events, the DLT
Foundation was founded two years ago to give back to the local community. Each year, employees conduct a Toys-
for-Tots drive. Other outreach efforts have included money for a SMART Board at Island Creek Elementary School
in Fairfax; assistance for employees with special needs (wheelchair; trip to Disney World for a terminally ill
colleague); and support for such charities as the American Cancer Society, Parkinson’s Foundation, Lorton
Community Center, and Help the Homeless Walkathon. Potential beneficiaries are reviewed by an all-employee
THE DR. J.P. LONDON AWARD FOR PROMOTING ETHICAL BEHAVIOR
Honors the outstanding individual who demonstrates considerable and enduring commitment to ethical business
practices in the field of human resource management.
Gus Siekierka – CSC (based in Falls Church, VA)
Gus Siekierka is vice president of Human Resources at CSC and views the company’s Management Principles as
much more than an obligatory document; they are the foundation for daily practice at CSC around the world. He
ensures that all employees participate in ethics training, sign a personal commitment to uphold CSC’s Code of Ethics,
and receive direct communication from the CEO regarding the company’s ethical practices. Siekierka was recently
named CSC’s Chief Ethics Officer. He also chairs the Ethics Committee Working Group and the CSC Global Diversity
Council, as well as oversees the annual ethics training program and the CSC internal ethics hotline, Openline.
EMERGING LEADERS RECOGNITION
New this year, the HR Leadership Awards program is recognizing emerging leaders in the field.
The 2009 Emerging Leaders are:
- Donna Diederich, Director of HR and New Business Pursuits at Northrop Grumman;
- Harriet Dunlap, Director of the HR Department at TechTeam Government Solutions; and
- Kate Nekic, Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.
HR LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
A 2009 HR Leadership Scholarship of $4,000 was awarded to Lisa De Coteau, candidate for a master’s degree
in Human Resource Management at Marymount University. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
The HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington would like to thank the following corporate sponsors: CACI;
Greenberg Traurig LLP; Northrop Grumman; Employment Enterprises, Inc.; Strategic Organization Solutions;
Mercer; HayGroup; Right Management; Lockton Companies; HR Leadership Forum; CSC; WTPF; Lee Hecht
Harrison; The SkillSource Group, Inc.; B.F. Saul Company Hotel Division; Wachovia Insurance Services, a Wells
Fargo company; LEA Consulting Group; The McCormick Group; Morrison & Foerster; NOVA SHRM; and the
Northern Virginia Technology Council. The university sponsor is Marymount University, and the media sponsor is
the Washington Business Journal.
To participate in next year’s awards program, visit www.hrleadership.org or call Zuzana Steen at 703-284-5916.