The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) announced winners of the 2022 Impact Awards during its industry-wide Workforce Development Summit. The Impact Awards honor excellence by individuals, companies and consortia affiliated with CEWD for leading workforce development initiatives that drive a diverse talent pipeline to the energy sector.
“The energy industry is full of passionate and committed companies and individuals who are paving the way for the next generation of our workforce,” said Missy Henriksen, CEWD’s Executive Director. “It is my privilege to celebrate an impressive group of Impact Award honorees in the midst of critical conversations about workforce development. They are shining examples of what it means to make a difference in an industry that fuels the future.”
Award winners are celebrated for excellence in four different areas of leadership across the industry.
The Energy Workforce Consortium Game Changer Award honors one consortium for its involvement in CEWD-supported programs and local programming and outreach to create and build awareness of energy careers and support area.
· Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium (GEICC)
The Community Partnership Award recognizes companies for developing unique connections within the local community that have yielded demonstrated results in fueling the talent pipeline.
· Alabama Power
· Knoxville Utilities Board
· Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
· Sacramento Municipal Utility District
The Workforce Champion Award celebrates individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership in the workforce development arena by creating meaningful change that will influence, mobilize, and energize a diverse, skilled talent pipeline. Honorees have demonstrated innovation, progress, and accomplishments within their company and/or community as well as leadership, mentorship, and stewardship for the industry and its professionals through support for local and regional workforce development activities, state workforce consortia, and/or CEWD initiatives
· Kristen Bucher, Baltimore Gas and Electric
· Joyce Cooper, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
· Bruce Peterson, Xcel Energy
· Diana Sharpe, ComEd
The Chairman’s Award for Workforce Development Leadership is CEWD’s highest honor and recognizes companies for excellence in general workforce development leadership, including excellence in promotion of 21st century energy careers; achievements in diversity, equity and inclusion; innovations in training; and enhancements to workplace culture and operations to retain a strong workforce.
· Alliant Energy
· Exelon Corporation
· MidAmerican Energy Company
A panel of independent energy industry professionals as well as nonprofit and workforce development leaders reviewed and selected award recipients from a competitive pool of nominations. To learn more about CEWD’s Impact Awards and other energy industry workforce development initiatives, visit www.cewd.org.
About The Center for Energy Workforce Development
The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy companies, and their associations, committed to the development of a skilled, diverse energy workforce.