Advisory Board Member
Frank McCloskey retired in 2011following a 38-year career that began in 1972 with Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company. From 2000 to 2010, he served as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity for Georgia Power. Prior to that he held numerous marketing and supervisory roles including, the Atlanta Region Manager from 1993 to 2000, the Buckhead District Manager from 1988 to 1993, and the assistant to the executive vice president for division and land operations from 1986 to 1988.
In heading up Georgia Power’s long-termed, broad-based management and organizational culture change initiatives affecting diversity and inclusion, heightened emphasis was placed on increasing transparency and fairness in the processes for compensation, hiring, selection, training, and development. The employee concerns program was revamped with the establishment of the Workplace Ethics department. Female and minority representation increased by 8 and 10 percent respectively, as the overall employee workforce decreased by 31 percent over the previous 16 years. For the decade beginning in 2000, the company spent more than $2.2 billion with female, minority, and veteran-owned businesses.
He is past chair of the Atlanta Urban League, Leadership Atlanta, the Buckhead Business Association, and the Korea-Southeast United States Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of various organizations including the Anti-Defamation League’s board of directors, the Conference Board’s Council of Diversity Executives, the former Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, and Men Stopping Violence board of directors. McCloskey serves on the Editorial Board of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding’s Workplace Program Advisory Council and an online blogger for Catalyst and the Men Advocating Real Change initiative, ontheMARC.
He has been honored with awards by the National Hockey League, The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the American Institute for Managing Diversity, and historic Marist School. In 2005, McCloskey and his wife participated in the March of the Living, an international education program bringing young adults to Poland and Israel to understand lessons from the Holocaust. In 2006, he participated in a World Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece with Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergy and community leaders from Atlanta to find common ground between these faith communities.