Supplier and Workforce Diversity

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Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Sunday, November 12

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Key 6
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Chairwoman, NARUC Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity, and Commissioner, Illinois

9:05 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

Panel: Hispanic-Americans in Energy

By 2016, the U.S. Latino population reached nearly 58 million and was the principal driver of U.S. demographic growth, accounting for half of the national population growth since 2000. However, the Latino population's representative in this industry does not reflect these statistics. This panel will discuss how to tackle the barriers of engaging more Latino communities into this industry, the obstacles that Latinos are facing with getting a seat at the table, and the challenges of trying to change the culture of a business. 

Moderator: 

Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois

Panelists: 

Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director, National Latino Education Institute

Mario E. Dominguez, Associate, Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy, LLP

Martin Montes, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Commonwealth Edison

Jose L. Perez, Chairman and CEO, Hispanics in Energy

10:05 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Roundtable: Reflecting on the Past, Strategizing for the Future

As terms come to an end and we welcome in the new, we must reflect on our past to ensure we move the needle forward. This panel will discuss how Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity leaders and members have advanced the subcommittee's goals, the vision for this subcommittee, and how to ensure its continued success. 

Presenters:

Hon. Ronald A. Brisé, Florida

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois

Nikki Hall, Director of Regulatory Strategy & Services, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

11:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Update: Workforce Diversity Toolkit

The Workforce Diversity toolkit was formally launched at the NARUC Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Today we will receive information regarding tools to promote workforce diversity and an update of the status of data collection.

Presenter:

Laurie Dowling, Executive Director, National Utilities Diversity Council

11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Subcommittee Business and Closing Remarks