Workforce of the Future
Anne Pramaggiore is the CEO of Exelon Utilities.
For us at Public Utilities Fortnightly, this was one of our most favorite articles to work on and present in the magazine. As soon as we heard about the Icebox Derby from Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore, we were determined to bring this extraordinary story to you. What an awesome way to create excitement and confidence among middle and high school girls in STEM! Read on. You'll see it isn't just the girls who are inspired by the Derby but also the adults at ComEd who participate.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Give us an overview of this program you've created to get girls more interested in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Anne Pramaggiore: Let me start from core principles. We think of ourselves as not exclusively, but significantly an urban utility rooted within the communities we serve. Our company has always been focused on connecting with our customers and communities and finding ways to help support education initiatives, ultimately facilitating greater economic impact for our customers and neighborhoods. That means a focus on diversity.
In that assessment we recognized that our workforce from a diversity standpoint, should match the communities we serve. Particularly in the STEM areas, we fall short.