Staff Leadership

The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility was formed in 1993 when a group of Atlanta business leaders gathered to discuss ways to stimulate a meaningful community dialogue on business and professional ethics. Today, we are led by a professional staff and board members who represent regional business, medical, financial, educational, religious and non-profit organizations.

Rob Williams, senior fellow

Rob Williams, a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, is a social psychologist who works with individuals and organizations on developing leadership, group and organizational dynamics, collaboration and conflict resolution, and organizational development. Rob continues an active research and writing interest in leadership development, social advocates, and group dynamics (primarily collaboration and conflict).

He spends about a third of his time facilitating leadership development programs such as Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and LEAD21, a third of his time as a consultant and educator nationally and internationally, and the remainder on research and writing. His two most recent publications are “Leadership and collaboration” in Leadership and the Global Environmental Challenge (Routledge, 2010) and “Leadership development in higher education,” The Business of Higher Education (Praeger, 2009).

Currently Rob is the lead faculty for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, LEAD21, Fuld Fellows for Leadership in Academic Nursing, and others. He is on the faculty of Georgia State University’s Executive Leadership Program for Non Profits and Executive Education for the Robinson College of Business. His most recent funded research is a two-year study of stakeholder involvement in coastal policy development funded by the national SeaGrant program.

He is the author or co-author of four leadership or organizational assessments. Formerly, he was a senior fellow and associate director at the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia; a senior associate and managing partner for Triangle Associates of Chapel Hill, a national consulting firm specializing in health care, higher education and the non-profit sector; associate director for the Pew Center for the Health Professions, Duke University; and an associate of the Charles Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio. From 1985-1989 he was a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow.

Molly Nuttall, associate director

Molly NuttallMolly Nuttall is associate director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, where she is responsible for financial management, program logistics and other administrative functions. Ms. Nuttall joined the center in 2001, bringing 15 years of experience as a manager in leading business organizations. Most recently, she was a marketing manager for Wachovia Corporation where she managed approximately 200 projects annually and was instrumental in the creation of Web resources for the sales force.

Earlier, Ms. Nuttall was with United Parcel Service, serving as a marketing supervisor and developing profit-driven pricing and discount strategies for large national and regional shippers. She began her career with Decatur Federal Savings & Loan Association, where she was both market research manager and mortgage product manager, and at Barnett Bank, where she was a loan officer.

Ms. Nuttall earned a Master’s of Business Administration degree at Virginia Tech, receiving the Harold B. Berry Scholarship. After graduating, she was a marketing instructor in the business college, preparing and presenting 12 hours of marketing management lectures weekly. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Stetson University, graduating cum laude.

Diondra Powers, administrative specialist

Diondra Powers is the administrative specialist for the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Her primary areas of responsibility are providing executive assistance in support of the board of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), including data management, resource development, and communications.

Prior to joining the center, Ms. Powers worked at the City of Atlanta Office of Resilience as a Communications Fellow and Southface Energy Institute as an Associate Fellow/Intern. Ms. Powers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.