2016 TILG EEO-AA Practitioner Award WinnerPosted on October 13, 2016
At the September 8, 2016 Triangle Industry Liaison Group (TILG) Meeting the inaugural TILG EEO-AA Practitioner Award was presented to Maria Hicks-Few. She was recognized as an outstanding TILG member who inspires excellence and dedication in equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs.
Maria Hicks-Few is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the City of Greensboro, a role she has held since September 2014. In her capacity as the City’s first Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Ms. Hicks-Few demonstrated her commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action by implementing a Diversity and Inclusion strategy and action plan, which has ensured a compelling business case for Diversity and Inclusion as a key business driver for the City of Greensboro. In addition to developing and executing the City’s EEO/AA Plan, providing consultation to and partnering with departments on recruiting, development and retention issues, and serving as a member of the Human Resources Policy Team, she has developed the City’s Diversity and Inclusion website, Diversity and Inclusion Heritage Calendar, manages the City of Greensboro’s Diversity Drama Program, serves on the LGBT Police Task Force, and led the City of Greensboro to achieve an 85 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.
Ms. Hicks-Few has over 20 years of EEO/AA and Human Resource Management experience. She served as Regional Human Resources and Compliance Director at the Mental Health Network, Divisional Human Resources Director at LabCorp, and Human Resources Manager and EEO/Labor Relations Site Director and Bristol Myers Squibb Company-(ConvaTec Division).
Ms. Hicks-Few received her Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resource Management, Masters of Science in Public Affairs, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a few certifications including a Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional (Sr. CAAP) Certification, a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She is also certified as a Life Executive Coach, Six Sigma – Green Belt, and is an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science.
She has said that one of her most rewarding accomplishments was her ability to influence the Greensboro City Council in adopting a more inclusive view concerning matters of gender identity and gender expression.
Based on the accomplishments above the TILG was proud to recognize Maria Hicks-Few as the first winner of the EEO-AA Practitioner Award.