Excellence in Women’s Development

Recognizing diversity and inclusion in the energy industry!

Energetic Women wishes to give special recognition to a company for their leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the utility industry. The company recognized by this award valiantly champions diversity and inclusion efforts and meets the following criteria:

  • Member of MEA Energy Association (MEA) for 3 years or greater (non-consecutive)
  • Representation via attendance to the Energetic Women Conference for 3 years or greater (non-consecutive)
  • Provides resources and tools tailored to assist women in excelling in non-traditional roles that includes engineering and operations
  • Active talent management and development organization(s) that facilitates initiatives that encourages and supports women to pursue non-traditional roles that includes engineering and operations
  • Achieves their internal diversity and inclusion goals targeted to increase the selection and retention of diverse candidates at the levels of middle management and above
  • Supports Employee Resource Groups within their company to assist with diversity and inclusion goals

Nominations are closed for 2024. Award recipients are announced at the annual Energetic Women Conference in June. 

Excellence in Women's Development Award Winning Companies

  • ComEd

    2023 Honoree

    ComEd receives the 2023 Excellence Award.
    Sarah Soard (left), director of technical services – environmental for Burns & McDonnel presents the award to Cheryl Maletich (middle), SVP of T&S engineering, and Saira Raja (right), principal DEI programs manager, both of ComEd, at the 15th Annual Energetic Women Conference.

    ComEd: An Exelon Company, is dedicated to ensuring that their employees reflect the identities, skills, and values of the 4 million customers they serve. Embracing diversity, ensuring an equitable and inclusive workplace culture, and serving the needs of their communicates are all key components of powering a cleaner and brighter future for their customers and empowering their service territory.

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is core to their business and part of who they are. It strengthens their ability to achieve their vision by integrating this important value as a business imperative and a core strength for attracting, retaining, and advancing employees who will best serve and represent their customers, partners, and communities. DEI is as important to ComEd as the delivery of safe, reliable — and ever cleaner — energy to their customers. ComEd has a clear commitment, deliberate strategy, and bold approach exhibited by their core DEI objectives, including specific employee resource groups focused on women.

    View ComEd’s video

  • DTE Energy

    2022 Honoree

    Burns & McDonnell: 2021 Excellence in Women’s Development Award Recipient
    Diane Antishin, vice president of HR & chief DEI officer and Ben Felton, senior vice president – energy supply, both with DTE Energy, accepted the award at the 14th Annual Energetic Women Conference.

    DTE Energy, celebrates and leverages diverse backgrounds and perspectives. DTE understands that diverse representation in the workforce begins with attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool. DTE focuses on recruiting women, people of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities through strong partnerships with the Society of Women Engineers, Women of Color in STEM Conference, National Black MBA Conference, and other organizations.

    DTE knows that investing in the development of women for leadership roles requires ongoing education, growth opportunities, mentorship and time. Through use of focused tools and resources for women at every level, the company has placed capable women in key roles at DTE.

    View DTE Energy’s video.

  • Burns & McDonnell

    2021 Honoree

    Burns & McDonnell: 2021 Excellence in Women’s Development Award Recipient
    Renita Mollman, chief administrative officer, Burns & McDonnell accepted the award at the 13th Annual Energetic Women Conference: A Virtual Experience.

    Burns & McDonnell was recently named one of Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity — a list based on results from an independent survey that looked at a representative sample of 60,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. Questions included topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity. They are proud to be among some of the most well-known brands in the U.S. and recognized for their efforts to create an inclusive workforce for all.

    Burns & McDonnell is committed to empowering their female engineers by connecting them with meaningful opportunities to advance their careers. Whether it is their mentor program, professional development opportunities or their Professional Women’s Exchange (PWE), they provide the tools and resources necessary to help them realize and reach their career goals.

    View Burns & McDonnell’s Video

  • Consumers Energy

    2019 Honoree

    Consumers: 2019 Excellence in Women’s Development Award Recipient
    Sarah Rossi and Mary Palkovich of Consumers Energy accepted the award at the 12th Annual Energetic Women Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Consumers Energy is a strong advocate for promoting and retaining women in their company. Their CEO, Patti Poppe, is one of only 25 female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company. Their Board of Directors is made up of nearly 50% women, and they proudly have eight other female officers in the company.

    Consumers Energy is dedicated to employing a diverse and inclusive workforce and creating an environment where every worker can be their best and authentic self. As such, Consumers Energy has made a concerted effort to create a diverse talent pipeline and consistently bring women and minorities to the table for strategic leadership and problem solving.

    The company has strong partnerships and aligns themselves with external organizations, career fairs, and college visits in order to increase the number of women in the pipeline for engineering and operations positions. Historically, women have made up a small percentage of the workforce in linework, and this trend is true for Consumers Energy. In an effort to attract women into this rewarding career, they have created a female lineworker scholarship.

    View Consumers Energy’s Video

  • CenterPoint Energy

    2018 Honoree

    CenterPoint Energy - 2018 Excellence Award Winner
    Ashley Babcock (center), Energetic Women Leadership Team, presents Shachella James (left) & Beverley Melchisedech (right) with the Excellence in Women’s Development Award for CenterPoint Energy.

    CenterPoint Energy’s focus on workforce diversity and respect is reflected in their Women in Leadership (WIL) Advisory Council. The Council was established in 2011 to increase female leadership development within all organizational areas of CenterPoint Energy, including operations and engineering. Recently, the WIL Advisory Council started a ‘Pipeline to Purposeful Leadership’ that provides opportunities to educate women on feeling confident in their pursuit of leadership and management positions.

    CenterPoint Energy offers a variety of internal professional growth programs and opportunities to bring female leaders and employees together to foster discussion, networking and relationship building. Support and funding, at the corporate level, of these highly attended programs is a testament to the company’s commitment to diversity. The result is a significant increase in female leaders, specifically in engineering and operations.

    View CenterPoint’s Video

  • NiSource

    2017 Honoree

    NiSource - 2017 Excellence Award WinnerNiSource fosters a culture of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) every day. Their success depends on being open to new ways of thinking that can make them a better community partner and a stronger company. NiSource embraces a four-part I&D strategy that focuses on

    1. providing resources and support for employees by enhancing Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to provide development opportunities and cultural awareness;
    2. providing Inclusive Leadership Training to all senior leaders and measuring the success through an innovative “Inclusive Index”;
    3. accelerating the development of existing diverse workforce through nationally recognized programs; and
    4. enhancing efforts to drive diverse talent acquisition through prioritizing outreach to diverse candidate pools.

    View NiSource’s Video