Greensboro Day School honored trustee Lenora Billings-Harris with the 2010 Dr. Judith R. Thompson Award.

The Thompson Award recognizes a student, group of students, parent, faculty or staff member who has enhanced human relations within the Greensboro Day School community. Billings-Harris is an internationally recognized speaker, multicultural diversity expert, and author.

Upon receiving this award, Billings-Harris said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. I am also encouraged by Greensboro Day School’s continuing commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.”

Billings-Harris is the founder and president of Excel Development Systems, Inc. and has served in the human resources management area for CIGNA Corp. and General Motors. She is past-president of Win-Win Resolutions, Inc. and the National Speakers Association.

She has served on the GDS Board of Trustees for three years, and for the last two she has been chair of the School’s Diversity Committee. This year, she generously offered many sessions of leadership training in the area of inclusion and diversity for the GDS Parents’ Association and other independent school leaders from throughout the state.

The Dr. Judith R. Thompson Award was created in 1998 to preserve the memory and the work of Dr. Thompson, GDS former parent and Bennett College professor. Award recipients have demonstrated a strong passion and commitment to ensuring that GDS is and always will be a welcoming community that understands, respects and celebrates differences. Through thoughtful planning and deliberate action, recipients have made a direct impact on diversity and inclusion planning and education at GDS.

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