Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity

Ballroom Central
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Subcommittee Chair, Illinois

9:10 a.m.
Flash from the Past: A Dialogue with Former Commissioners in the Private Sector

Several former Commissioners who were heavily involved in the development and evolution of the Supplier and Workforce Diversity Subcommittee (formerly known as the Utility Marketplace Access Subcommittee) are currently excelling in the private sector. This panel will focus on how this Subcommittee has affected or otherwise influenced their current roles. Panelists will also highlight initiatives they have pursued and implemented as a result of their participation in this Subcommittee.


Lamar Davis, Executive Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator 


Robert Kenney, VP, CPUC Regulatory Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Lori Murphy Lee, Manager, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, PJM Interconnection

Greg White, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Timothy Alan Simon, Founder, TAS Strategies

10:10 a.m.
Hiring and Diversity: Utility Apathy or Enthusiasm?

As the country becomes more diverse, employers' hiring practices are expected to reflect that diversity. State Commissions increasingly expect utilities to hire a more diverse workforce and diverse suppliers. This panel will explore the sometimes-overlooked utility perspective on diversity in hiring. Panelists will discuss company approaches and programs used, as well as successes and obstacles experienced in hiring diverse suppliers and employees. 


Hon. Angela R. Weber, Indiana


LaTonya King, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Duke Energy

Marianne Taylor, Director, Recruitment & Talent Acquisition, American Water

Chris Smith, VP, Human Resources, NiSource

11:10 a.m.
Commissioner Discussion: Supplier and Workforce Diversity Toolkit

The status of the Supplier and Workforce Diversity Toolkit was last discussed at the NARUC Annual Meeting in La Quinta, Calif. The members of the Committee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity will continue this discussion and determine a plan of action for data retrieval completion from each State represented by NARUC in the toolkit. 


Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Chair, Committee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity, Illinois

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjourn