Diversity & Inclusion in the Energy Industry

October 21-22, 2020


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 : Central Time

Each session will conclude with an opportunity for Q&A

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Log In

1:00 - 1:10 p.m. :: Conference Introduction

1:10 - 2:00 p.m. :: The Future of Energy: A Diverse & Sustainable Workforce

While the energy sector has made progress in diversity and inclusion, much more work is needed. Acquisition and retention of groups underrepresented in the industry is imperative. This means creating recruitment strategies to intentionally pursue objectives to build diverse teams. This presentation will highlight the importance of D&I initiatives to the future success of the business environment in energy.

Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair, National Diversity Council; Founder, Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. :: Panel: Making Diversity and Inclusion an Enterprise Priority

The energy industry needs to adopt Diversity and Inclusion programs that have 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. This panel will discuss best practices in prioritizing D&I and effecting real change.

Michelle Branigan, CEO, EHRC

Dawn Andrews, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Sempra   

Debra Smith, CEO, Seattle City Light

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. :: Presentation: Developing an Inclusive Workplace

Leadership from the top is critical to driving culture change in a large enterprise. Company leaders must clearly state the why and the how by establishing direction, setting up accountabilities, and leading by example. This session will feature leaders who will describe robust and successful Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in a large enterprise.

Moderator: Trecia TK McLennon, CEO & Founder, Culturiousity

Mary King, Chief Diversity Officer, Pacific Gas & Electric

Senior Representative, Arcadis

Jill Ramshaw, VP Human Resources, Marathon Oil 

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

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

Thursday, October 22, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. :: An Overview of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

A company culture of diversity and inclusion has myriad benefits. Studies show companies that embrace diversity and inclusion have lower turnover, higher levels of innovation, and stronger talent. In this session, D&I leaders will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives and the programs their organizations have developed.

Lisa Leochko, Diversity Supervisor, Manitoba Hydro

Jane Gasdaska, Change Lead for Business Transformation, Phillips 66

Dawn Andrews, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Sempra

Marcy Reed, President, Massachusetts & EVP Policy and Social Impact – National Grid

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. :: The Impact of Unconscious Bias

Stereotypes and unconscious biases create barriers to inclusion, performance, engagement and ultimately innovation.  Current research examines today’s work environments and employees’ experiences within them, and by doing so reveals gaps in women’s and men’s experiences at work.  During this session, we will explore the barriers and root causes of gender gaps in the workplace and provide solutions to overcoming these barriers and creating workplaces in which all talent can thrive.  

Paula Glover, President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy

11:45 –12:00 p.m. :: Q&A / Open Discussion

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. :: The Intersection of Corporate Culture and Diversity

Moderator: Shara Hammond, Leadership Development and Inclusion Manager, Marathon Oil

Trecia TK McClennon, Founder and CEO, Culturiousity

Sue Gagne, Director of Talent Management, IESO

Lauren Baer, VP, Human Resources, QEP Resources

2:00 - 2:30 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.

Sasha Strock, Business Initiatives Consultant/Vice President; Gender Identity & Expression Advisory Committee, Wells Fargo

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Creating a Diverse Talent Pipeline

Despite efforts to improve workforce diversity, progress has been slow. A McKinsey & Company report suggests, “Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 33 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” In this session we will discuss strategies to create a robust talent pipeline and accelerate diversity momentum in the energy sector.

Jonathan Floyd, Manager, Talent Attraction, Entergy

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. :: Pay Parity in Energy

On average, women are paid 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. Pay parity is an important step toward gender equality in the workforce. Equal pay creates a more inclusive and equitable work environment. According to recent analysis of federal data by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, equal pay would add $513 billion to the national economy. This session will outline where we are now and how we can effectively close the gap on pay parity in the energy sector.

Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director Employment & Earnings, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns



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.