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Inclusivity in Workforce Development
Electric companies are working together with natural gas and nuclear companies—and their trade associations, contractors, and unions—through the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to create a skilled, diverse talent pipeline that will meet the industry’s needs in the future. Companies showcased these workforce initiatives, from partnerships with colleges and state workforce systems to targeted outreach to military veterans, at 12th annual CEWD Summit in November.  
Beth Reese, CEWD chair and executive vice president and chief financial officer, Southern Company Gas, writes in the current issue of Electric Perspectives: “I was thrilled to attend the summit and was honored to join my fellow CEWD Board and Executive Council members to discuss how energy companies are using CEWD’s resources and tools to attract, educate, hire, and retain students, women, veterans, and transitioning adults for successful energy careers. We also previewed some fascinating data on the state of our workforce. 
“A key theme of the meeting was identifying and using strategic linkages among energy companies, educational institutions, unions, and the military, and developing long-term strategic solutions that meet companies’ needs for qualified, diverse workers.”