Taheti Watson, CDE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer

Canopy has made noteworthy progress towards creating a great place to work for all employees through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Canopy prioritizes Culture and Engagement through several programs to engage the workforce:

CEO Engagement Discussion

Quarterly, Canopy CEO Dr. John D. Damon and Canopy Chief People Officer Taheti Watson travel across Mississippi to meet with employees to foster safe psychological spaces for employees to openly discuss their experiences and give feedback for improving the workplace.

Town Hall Meetings

Hosted twice a year, this is a time for Dr. John D. Damon to address employees on the state of our industry and organization. It is a time for employees to ask questions and engage with leadership.

Various Learning Opportunities

The DEI Council hosted three Lunch & Learns in 2022 which included guest speakers covering Mississippi’s different historical moments aimed to inspire employees to embrace diversity across the organization.


Canopy employs a diverse group of mission-driven employees committed to honoring the voice of Mississippi children and families. Being an integral part of the Canopy team involves committing to the Core Values that drive our organization forward. The heartbeat of our work is selflessly serving a mission greater than ourselves: helping children thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges.

Canopy Children’s Solutions received the certification of a Great Place to Work in 2021.  Using validated employee feedback gathered with Great Place to Work’s rigorous, data-driven methodology, the certification confirms seven out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience working at a certified organization. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation.

In 2022, based on current employee response from the Great Place to Work Employee Engagement Survey:

say that Canopy is a great place to work (increasing from 5% from 2021).

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