Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Energy Industry

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Energy Industry

October 20-21, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

While the energy industry has made progress toward diversification, more work is needed.

According to the 2021 Diversity in the U.S. Energy Workforce Report from the National Association of State Energy Officials, the energy sector has a below-average proportion of women in the workforce. Only 25 percent of energy workers are female, compared to an overall average of 47 percent across the nation. The energy sector has below-average representation of Hispanic and African American workers.  Only eight percent of energy workers are Black, and Hispanic individuals comprise 16 percent of energy workers. In a new survey conducted by Pride in Energy, findings show that almost 35% of workers in the energy industry have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in the last five years. Fewer than half of surveyed energy workers across race and ethnicity were optimistic about their company’s diversity and inclusion in recruitment, hiring, promotion, and leadership roles.

EUCI’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Energy Industry conference will bring together a curated cross-section of energy leaders and experts to explore diversity and inclusion solutions.

Topics addressed include:

  • Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Company Culture
  • Essential Elements for Building Impactful DEI Strategies
  • Age Diversity
  • Creating the Workforce of the Future

Attend the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Energy Industry conference to prioritize D&I strategies in order to drive innovation and capitalize on future opportunities for your company.

Learning Outcomes

This conference will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Explore best practices to make diversity and inclusion a priority
  • Discuss strategies for creating a diverse talent pipeline
  • Identify how to create and sustain an inclusive environment
  • Discover essential elements of impactful DEI strategies
  • Demonstrate best practices for addressing the challenges of age diversity
  • Develop a culture where workers can bring authentic selves to the workplace
  • Recognize the effects of colorism in the energy industry
  • Assess the current status of diversity in the energy sector and how we can move forward

 

Agenda

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

Each session will conclude with an opportunity for Q&A

1:00 – 1:05 p.m. :: Conference Introduction

1:05 – 1:30 p.m. :: Keynote Address

Natalie Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Report: Diversity in the US Energy Workforce

While the energy sector has made progress in diversity and inclusion, much more work is needed. In this session we will look at data findings recently published by the National Association of State Energy Officials.

Sandy Fazeli, Managing Director, Policy, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Company Culture

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.

Peggy Simmons, President & COO, Public Service Company of Oklahoma

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Panel: Best Practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion has become more mainstream, a broad array of strategies, methods, and suggestions on how to create and sustain DEI programs has emerged. During this session, panelists will share lessons learned and successful strategies that can be implemented across organizations for measurable results.

Anne Mersereau, VP Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

Blake Osner, Director, Employee & Leadership Development, JEA

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Session

5:00 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

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

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Essential Elements for Building Impactful DEI Strategies

While the energy sector has made progress in diversity and inclusion, much more work is needed. This means creating recruitment strategies to intentionally pursue objectives to build diverse teams. In this session we will look at culture transformation and behavior adoption, examine effective models for culture change, and dive deeper into essential elements of creating a long-lasting DE&I strategy.

Debra Lynn Martinez, Chief Human Resources Officer, Alera Group

Lisa Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer, CPS Energy

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: The Impact of Colorism

Colorism is prejudice based on the shade of one’s skin with darker skin often being the most heavily discriminated against – even within communities of color. This session will bring the topic of colorism to the table and discuss its impact on the perception of talent in the workplace.

Ralph Cleveland, Interim President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy

11:30 –12:00 p.m. :: Q&A / Open Discussion

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: The Start of the Journey: Developing & Executing a DEI Strategy

Current events have led many employers to begin or expand DEI initiatives. This session will feature firsthand experiences from companies about the challenges faced from the start of their programs through the first 3 years.

Amy Best, Chief Human Resources Officer, Exelon

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Presenting Your Authentic Self

For too many employees, discrimination is a way of life. According to GLAAD, “more than 40% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and almost 90% of transgender people have experienced employment discrimination, harassment or mistreatment.” In this session we will look at ways to prevent discrimination and ways to make your company an inclusive, welcoming place for all employees.

Jonathan Aronoff, Senior Associate, ScottMadden

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 3:45p.m. :: Age Diversity

Age diversity is often left out of the DEI conversation. As people are living longer, many are working longer. Today, it is possible to see five generations working side-by-side in the workplace. Join us for an engaging discussion of global trends in age diversity and a closer look at recent data.

Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, AARP

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: The Workforce of the Future

Currently, Millennials and Generation Z account for slightly over a third of the energy workforce (38%). In the next decade, that number is projected to grow to 58%. Deloitte’s recent report about the future of the workforce showed that younger employees are not driven by earnings. In order to build a solid pipeline for recruitment, companies will need to create diverse company culture and forward-thinking strategies.  

Denise Owusu, Experienced Energy & Utilities Consultant, West Monroe

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

The Start of the Journey: Keys to Developing a DEI Strategy

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Timing

 

Short breaks every hour

Overview

Developing a culture that embraces inclusiveness and diversity is more than just a good thing to do; it also makes for a strong business strategy. But many organizations fail to understand diversity and inclusiveness and are not equipped to introduce or embrace actionable plans. Using small and large group discussion and self-reflection, this highly interactive customized workshop provides key learning in a safe, structured environment.

Attendees will come away with practical and actionable steps and tools to begin the journey toward a measurable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.

Learning Outcomes/Agenda

The workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Assess business strategies for inclusiveness and diversity
  • Review actual data and case studies from corporate D&I initiatives
  • Evaluate how to optimize and efficiently implement a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
  • Analyze best practices for measuring and managing Diversity and Inclusion programs
  • Operationalize data and tools to move employee initiatives forward in a clear manner

Instructor

Michelle Grocholsky, Founder & Principal, Empowered

For over a decade, Michelle has designed and led DEI strategies across a variety of industries with organizations ranging from a few individuals to tens of thousands. Across those experiences, she has learned the critical strategies that enable organizations to turn difference into a difference-maker to the bottom line and employee experience. Her work has been recognized globally via numerous awards and distinctions and has led to meaningful improvements to organizational engagement, empowerment, inclusion and customer experience scores.

Speakers

  • Jonathan Aronoff, Senior Associate, ScottMadden

  • Amy Best, Chief Human Resources Officer, Exelon

  • Ralph Cleveland, Interim President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy

  • Natalie Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid

  • Sandy Fazeli, Managing Director, Policy, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

  • Lisa Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer, CPS Energy

  • Debra Lynn Martinez, Chief Human Resources Officer, Alera Group

  • Anne Mersereau, VP Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

  • Blake Osner, Director, Employee & Leadership Development, JEA

  • Denise Owusu, Experienced Energy & Utilities Consultant, West Monroe

  • Peggy Simmons, President & COO, Public Service Company of Oklahoma

  • Heather Tinsley-Fix, Senior Advisor, AARP

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.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Energy IndustryUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts
* all other discounts do not apply to license packs

This event has the following workshops:

The Start of the Journey: Keys to Developing a DEI StrategyUS $ 495.00
Pack of 5 ConnectionsUS $ 1980.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 3465.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 5940.00

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  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay US $ 1,595.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 17, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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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 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, 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

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