Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Supplier and Workforce Diversity


Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

9:00-11:45 a.m. • Ballroom South

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Empowering Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives in the Utility Industry

To Drive Awareness, Action & Accountability

The Utility Industry has a call-to-action to implement diversity initiatives that evolves the industry to a more inclusive and socially responsible sector among all segments including consumer engagement, supplier procurement, and corporate culture.  Studies prove that communities and businesses prosper when such values are incorporated. Therefore, for such change to take place, we must understand the available methods and tools available to connect with minority groups, define and track goals, and deliver measurable results.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Business Meeting

9:15 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Session 1: Learn How the Department of Energy Optimizes Opportunities for Diversity & Inclusion Throughout the Country.


In addition to ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges through transformative solutions, the Department of Energy (DOE) is also charged with availing diverse communities throughout the United States with awareness and access to opportunities in the energy sector.  This session will highlight the solutions the DOE is implementing to ensure that minorities are represented and afforded participation in the critical aspects of the industry.



Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois


Hon. James E. Campos, Director of Economic Impact & Diversity, Department of Energy

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Session 2: A Deep Dive on Supplier & Workforce Diversity: How Diversity Councils and Supplier Diversity Directors Lead the Way.


This session will focus on diversity councils’ and energy companies’ commitment to increase knowledge of and access to energy sector opportunities across diverse communities throughout the United States. Speakers from Exelon, NUDC, and the IUBDC will discuss the impact that legislative energy policies, regulations, and programs have on minority communities, minority institutions, and specific segments of the US populations; and the need to ensure that minorities are represented and afforded opportunities to participate in the important aspects of the energy sector.  Speakers will discuss how they bring awareness to the important issue of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, what needs to be done to address this issue, and how to get it done.



Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois


Bruce Hauk, Chairman of IUBDC, President of IL American Water

Keisha Parker, Director of Supplier Diversity, Exelon

Laurie Dowling, Executive Director, NUDC

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3: From Military Force to Workforce: How America’s Finest are Fit for Professional Services


Leadership ability, strong communication and work ethic are among the several skills that veterans develop during their time serving in the military. What many don’t realize is how seamlessly veterans’ skills translate beyond the service industry to the professional services sector. This panel will discuss veteran recruitment in the energy industry and what we as an industry can do to foster professional service opportunities in the professional services sector.



Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois


Hon. Angela Weber, Executive Director, MISO

Mark Whitt, Managing Partner, Whitt Sturtevant

Kateri Riley, Associate, Drexel Hamilton

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Session 4: What’s Next for Supplier & Workforce Diversity


To move the needle on diversity and inclusion in the Utility arena, leaders including Commissioners, Chief Officers, Community Advocates, and Legislators must take protective steps to develop a go-forward plan with the necessary factors and next steps to avail change now.  This session will brief attendance at a recent policy forum in Minnesota, hosted by Hispanics In Energy, that brought together Utility leaders to address the gap between minorities and policy, programs, and leadership in the State.



Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois


Jose Perez, Chairman & CEO, Hispanics in Energy 


Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Congressional Ballroom

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Environmental, Social, Governance and Sustainability Reporting (Joint Session with the Committee on Consumers and Public Interest and Subcommittee for Supplier and Workforce Diversity) 

 This is a timely cutting-edge topic. Environmental, social, governance, and sustainability (ESG/sustainability) factors are becoming important attributes to consider in investments. ESG/sustainability assessment and reporting are now of growing interest in the energy market investment community.  This panel will look at the joint partnership between Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association on a voluntary initiative and how it may affect the regulatory framework and long-term investment strategies.

Moderators: Hon. Dwight D. Keen, Kansas, Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri


  1. Hon. Willie Phillips, DC
  2. Paula Ciprich, Senior VP/General Counsel, National Fuel
  3. Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer – DTE Energy
  4. Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  5. Lisa Schroeer, Senior Director and Sector Lead, S&P Global