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Diversity: Andy Jarvis and Ron Evans

“This is about providing opportunities for communities who have been historically disadvantaged, to have a chance at a decent life.”
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Andy Jarvis: We’re an employee-owned company. We own what we do. It’s important for us to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our practices.
Ron Evans: Since we work for the utilities to design and build the infrastructure that supports the community, that is what makes us partners when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Author Bio: 

Andy Jarvis is Vice President at Burns & McDonnell Transmission & Distribution.

Ron Evans is T&D Business Diversity Director at Burns & McDonnell.

Burns & McDonnell

Diversity: Byron Witherspoon

“Quite simply, employees of diverse businesses reinvest and spend their wages to purchase goods and services where they live.”
Author Bio: 

Byron Witherspoon is Ameren's director of Supplier Diversity.

Ameren

Diversity: Melody Birmingham

“We have a commitment to build a diverse workforce that mirrors the communities we serve.”
Author Bio: 

Melody Birmingham is SVP at Duke Energy.

Duke Energy

Diversity: Linda Apsey

“I’ve told our employees, don’t let a perfect conversation get in the way of a good conversation. I might use a word or say something that may not sound right but know my heart is in the right place.”
Author Bio: 

Linda Apsey is the CEO of ITC Holdings.

ITC Holdings

Diversity: Kevin Walker

“From an investment standpoint, within the community, diverse business owners, and diverse suppliers, it’s a game changer. It creates a competitive environment that allows you to have local impact.”
Author Bio: 

Kevin Walker is the COO of Duquesne Light.

Duquesne Light

Diversity: Calvin Butler

“For every job that becomes available, two things have to happen. You have to present a diverse slate of people to interview for that job and have a diverse interviewing panel.”
Author Bio: 

Calvin Butler is the CEO of Exelon Utilities.

Exelon Utilities

Diversity: Hugh Price and Ran Yan

His great-grandmother was Lewis Latimer’s sister. Conversation with former National Urban League president Hugh Price, along with Lewis Latimer House Museum executive director Ran Yan.
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Hugh Price: Latimer supervised the installation of lights at major buildings in New York, Montreal, and elsewhere. He ran a business in London, so he was one of the early African-Americans operating in the international business sphere.
Ran Yan: Our mission at the museum, first and foremost, is to preserve and promote Lewis Latimer’s historic legacy.
Latimer family on front porch, l-r, Mary Wilson Lewis (wife), Lewis Latimer, and Louise Latimer (daughter).
Latimer house today.
Author Bio: 

Hugh Price is a former president of the National Urban League. His great-grandmother was the sister of Lewis Latimer, the African American co-founder of the electricity industry.

Ran Yan is executive director of the Lewis Latimer House Museum.

Unique Conversations

Diversity in Utilities Workforce and Spend

PUF's annual look at our industry's drive to diversify its workforce and spend, plus a very special conversation on diversity in history.
Author Bio: 

Steve Mitnick, the president of Lines Up, Inc. and executive editor of Public Utilities Fortnightly, is the author of “Women Leading Utilities, the Pioneers and Path to Today and Tomorrow” to be published this June, “Lewis Latimer, the First Hidden Figure,” and “Lines Down, How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm.” Mitnick was formerly an expert witness testifying before the utility regulatory commissions of six states, District of Columbia, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and in Canada, and a faculty member at Georgetown University teaching microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics.

PUF Annual Feature

Overcoming Racial Inequality Then and Now

The inspiring story of this extraordinary founding father of our industry.
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Thomas Edison’s Legal Department. Lewis Latimer in the back row, second from the right.
Author Bio: 

Steve Mitnick is President of Lines Up, Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly, and author of “Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm.”

Lewis Latimer

Our Industry's First Conference

When NELA was founded, Ohm’s Law was actually fairly novel.
Author Bio: 

Steve Mitnick is President of Lines Up, Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly, and author of “Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm.”

National Electric Light Association

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