By - Jon Brown

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Best Practices for Energy Leaders
February 23, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Creating diverse, inclusive environments is a priority for businesses across the globe. Benefits of a diverse workforce include higher productivity, improved performance, increased creativity, and better decision-making. Leaders committed to serving diverse communities effectively should prepare themselves to address three critical challenges: creating a culture of inclusion, setting an expectation for inclusive leadership behavior, and aligning their company with equity issues faced by the communities they serve.

This course brings together thought leaders and energy industry experts to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion solutions utilizing self-assessment tools, activities, and case studies. 

Topics addressed include:

  • Creating a Culture of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Key Behaviors for Inclusive Leadership
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Equity in the Workplace
  • Investing in Employee Growth
  • Mapping Out the Evolution of a DEI Initiative

Attend the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Best Practices for Energy Leaders course to gain actionable strategies to drive change and innovation for your company.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Discuss the intersection of culture and communication
  • Explore best practices to make diversity and inclusion a priority
  • Discover how your own leadership behavior is perceived through assessment tools
  • Describe how to overcome challenges of unconscious bias and exclusionary behavior
  • Map out the evolution of inclusion and equity in your company
  • Acquire ways to measure success of diversity initiatives
  • Demonstrate how to design and implement DEI initiatives, based on case studies and energy sector experience
  • Assess the status of diversity in the energy sector and how we can move forward



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Assessment Tools, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

Who Should Attend

  • CDOs and C-Level executives
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Human Resources
    • Talent Acquisition & Management
  • Professionals focused on
    • Leadership Development
    • Organizational Culture
    • Employee Engagement
    • Ethics
    • Succession Planning
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Corporate and Employee Relations


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 : Central Time

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. :: Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introductions

9:10 – 10:30 a.m. :: Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

While the energy sector has made progress in diversity and inclusion, much more work is needed. The energy industry needs to adopt Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs with action items and measurable results. Sustained diversity is the product of effective inclusion, and this requires not just highlighting principles in marketing campaigns, but systematically creating an internal company culture that supports and values them.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Short Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Culture & Communication

It is important for leaders to use a developmental approach to cultivate cultural competence. During this session, instructors will utilize activities and tools to give insight into cross-cultural skills. Each attendee will participate in a 360-degree leadership development assessment that will reveal how their behavior as a leader is viewed in the workplace.                   

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Key Behaviors for Inclusive Leadership

Leadership from the top is imperative when driving culture change in a large enterprise. Company leaders must establish direction and accountability, and most importantly, must lead by example. Instructors will reveal data from the earlier assessment and give best practices for development of cross-cultural and inclusive skills. This session is focused on removing barriers that impede increased diversity and inclusion of talent.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Case Study

In this session, Sue Gagne, Director of Talent Management at IESO and Michelle Grocholsky, Founder of Empowered, will present a case study detailing the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and implementation process at IESO.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Short Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Interactive Discussion: An Overview of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in the Energy Industry

During this interactive discussion, attendees will get insight into the DEI initiatives of Sempra Energy and the IESO. Attendees can join in this powerful conversation about critical strategies, successes, and challenges.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Developing Your DEI Toolkit

Instructors will share best practices and usable tools and strategies to map out the evolution of your diversity, equity, and inclusion plan. Topics covered include:

  • Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Goals
  • Diversity Hiring Strategies
  • Creating Employee Resource Groups Employee resource groups ERGs) give employees an opportunity to meet like-minded people and share their culture and values.
  • Investing in Employee Growth Maintaining diversity at the leadership and management levels can be a challenge. Providing growth opportunities to employees is an excellent strategy to increase leadership diversity and retention of key workers.
  • Auditing Your Internal Policies Actionable steps to ensure polices, company handbooks, and job descriptions are inclusive to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or ability.
  • How to Measure Success

4:30 p.m. :: Course adjourns


Trecia TK McLennon, CEO & Founder, Culturiousity

Trecia TK McLennon (she/her) is an educator, twice published author, communicator, coach and facilitator with a commitment to equity and to leaving the world better for future generations. With a background in corporate communications, knowledge management and learning, she has delivered results to organizations of all sizes and myriad industries.

TK has a BA in Communications (Windsor), an MBA (Aston UK), and certificates in Adult Training and Development (OISE), Intercultural Practice (ICI) and Human Rights Theory and Practice (Osgoode Hall Law). She’s a qualified IDI administrator and a certified training and development professional (CTDP). TK is also CEO and founder of Culturiousity, which delivers cultural competence development for healthy relationships, respect and results.

Dawn Andrews, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Sempra

Dawn Andrews is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Sempra Energy family of companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra’s South American Utilities, Sempra Mexico, Sempra LNG & Midstream, and Sempra Renewables. In this role, Ms. Andrews leads the companies’ diversity and inclusion team, handles affirmative action and EEO-1 reporting, and administers the Ethics & Compliance Helpline. From 2006-2018, Ms. Andrews handled the full spectrum of traditional labor and employment matters, with particular emphasis on workplace investigations, training, and worker misclassification risk avoidance.

Sue Gagne, Director of Talent Management, IESO

Sue Gagne is the Director of Talent Management for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Toronto.  Sue is a dynamic Human Resources executive skilled in creating environments where employees learn, engage and thrive. She focuses on guiding the organization on culture initiatives and establishing leadership practices that align to the company’s purpose and strategy.


Maureen Geddes, President, Geddess Global

Michelle Grocholsky, Founder, Empowered

Michelle Grocholsky is the founder and owner of Empowered, a boutique consulting firm on a mission to make equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) an innate part of how organizations and their people operate. Empowered was born out of Michelle Grocholsky’s 10+ years of experience designing and leading global EDI strategies across industries including Financial Services, High Tech, Land, Property, and Construction. Inspired by the slow rate of global progress and a tendency for companies to focus on surface-level initiatives that fail to elicit behavioral or cultural change, Michelle designed Empowered with the intention of making change where it matters most — in our decision making, people systems and practices. She draws extensively on her graduate training in Organizational Psychology and experience as an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach to address both the systems and mindsets crucial to meaningful progress.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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