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Veterans in Energy Initiative Holds Inaugural National Leadership Summit
WASHINGTON, October 14, 2016— “Veterans in Energy”—a new national initiative with the goal of providing transition, retention, and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry—will hold its inaugural National Leadership Summit at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. today.

The Veterans in Energy National Leadership Summit features leaders from the energy industry and the federal government speaking about the work being done around the country to support veterans transitioning from military life to successful careers in energy. Speakers include:

Don Brandt, Chairman, President and CEO, Pinnacle West and Arizona Public Service 
Tom Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
Tom Farrell, Chairman, President and CEO, Dominion
Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute
Mike Langford, National President, Utility Workers Union of America
Mike Michaud, Assistant Secretary of Labor
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary of Energy
LT Brad Snyder, USN Paralympian and Gold Medalist Swimmer

“While Veterans in Energy is a new initiative, the energy industry has a long history of employing and engaging military veterans. Their capabilities and skills match those required for technical, engineering, leadership, and support positions in the energy industry,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “At the National Leadership Summit, veterans who work in the energy industry are coming together with leaders in the federal government, the energy industry, and organized labor to support transitions from military life to successful careers in energy.”

Veterans in Energy builds on the success of Troops to Energy Jobs, an initiative launched in 2010 by EEI under the leadership of then-EEI Chairman Tom Farrell. The mission of Troops to Energy Jobs is to connect military veterans to careers in the electric, natural gas, and nuclear industries. 

One of the many best practices identified by Troops to Energy Jobs is the creation of Veteran Employee Resource Groups to help companies support the needs of employees who are military veterans. Many energy companies now have Veteran Employee Resource Groups. Veterans in Energy hopes to take this a step further by connecting military veteran employees to others around the country and by providing leadership opportunities in Veterans in Energy at the state, regional and national levels. 

More information on the National Leadership Summit is available at www.veteransinenergy.org

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