Mrs. Mary M. Thomas, Legend
The 2013 Albany Legacy Reunion Honors
Article | October 12, 2013 - 4:17pm
Original Publish Date: October 11, 2013
By Anne Johnson Milledge, Metro Guest Editorial Writer
Last month, Mrs. Mary M. Thomas was recognized as one of three Legends during the 2013 Albany Legacy Reunion (40 years of growing African American Leaders), hosted by the Black Managers Work Team, Active Employees and Alums of the Albany Procter & Gamble Plant.
This after-five gala was held at Merry Acres Event Center, where Patricia Russell-McCloud, J.D. was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Thomas is a well-respected pillar in the Albany community and served as a significant change-agent during the race relations intervention in Albany.
This Legend has been the “mother of change” to many employees of the Albany Procter & Gamble Paper Products site. Senior level managers have sought her out for her insight, her open mind, and her open heart. This award recipient was very outspoken about treating others fairly and made this her life’s purpose in the workplace and in the community. She is a founding member of H.E.A.R.T. (Hands Extended Across Reaching Together) Organization, Inc. and remains active to this day. Her untiring efforts over the past 33 years have made The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast and Shoes from the H.E.A.R.T. two of the most premier events in the Albany community. The MLK Breakfast still gathers the community and promotes the need for social harmony by servicing those less fortunate. Since 2009, she has been very instrumental in providing over 1,900 pairs of new shoes for deserving children in the Dougherty County School System.
Mary began her career with the Albany Procter & Gamble plant in 1972 under the plant leadership of John Feldman. She was in the first hire group of 78 technicians and was involved in every Racial Awareness & Gender Training in the first few years of the plant start-up. Her leadership skills quickly emerged in the diverse technician system. Mary was a member of the first team of technicians to conduct a plant organizational renewal. She holds the distinction of being the first female in the following roles: Trainer, Line Operator, Process Technician, Employee Relations/Organizational Development Technician, and Pay System Coordinator. She retired from P&G in 1995 and resides in Albany, GA.
Please join the H.E.A.R.T. Organization, Inc. in congratulating one of its Founding Members, Mrs. Mary M. Thomas, on this most deserving honor!
Anne Johnson Milledge,
President/CEO, H.E.A.R.T. Organization, Inc.