Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

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Sunday, July 16

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Harbor Island 3

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.   


Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards-SWD Chairwoman and Commissioner, Illinois

9:05 a.m - 9:35 a.m.

UPDATE: Supplier Diversity in Financial Services

A follow up to the 2011 NARUC summer meeting resolutions that addressed supporting supplier diversity in financial services within investor-owned utilities, sponsored by SWD (also formerly known as Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee or “UMA”).

Hon. Nikki Hall, South Carolina

Timothy Alan Simon, Founder, TAS Strategies

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

PANEL: State Diversity Councils: Challenges, Opportunities, and Where We Go From Here

As diversity and inclusion initiatives grow nationwide, utilities are increasingly expected to hire more diverse suppliers and have a more diverse workforce. As a result, diversity councils have emerged in some States to further focus on advancing the growth and utilization of diverse businesses. This panel will discuss how these councils assist utilities with best practices, existing challenges, and areas of economic growth. Additionally, this panel will discuss how other States can establish their own diversity councils.

Moderator: Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards- SWD Chairwoman and Commissioner, Illinois


Hon. Maida J. Coleman, Missouri 

Joe Chow, Supplier Programs Excellence Manager, Sempra Energy Utilities

Byron J. Witherspoon, Managing Executive, Supplier Diversity, Ameren

10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.


Please join us as we discuss with Phyllis Currie her extensive personal and professional experiences as a utility industry leader, a dedicated public servant, and an African-American woman. Ms. Currie has been committed to public service for over 45 years, including 30 years with the City of Los Angeles. She is the former Chief Financial Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and General Manager of the Pasadena Water and Power. Ms. Currie joined the Board of Directors for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, the regional transmission organization for several Midwest and southern entities, in December 2015. She also serves on the Electricity Advisory Committee for the US Department of Energy.

Moderator: Hon. Angela Rapp Weber, Indiana

Speaker: Phyllis Currie, MISO Board of Directors

11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.