In honor of Women’s History Month this March, America’s Power is celebrating the women who help keep the lights on across the country. To kick things off, we’re spotlighting two companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to creating opportunities for women energy workers.
Ameren Corp. has fostered growth for female workers through its employee resource group, Women Influencing Success in Energy (WISE). In 2013, Ameren WISE launched a pilot program called “Get Into Energy – Young Women Career Day.” Through the program, Ameren’s employees educated 30 high-school students on potential careers in energy and specific opportunities at Ameren, provided tours of Ameren’s facilities and much more.
In addition to engaging young women, Ameren is also committed to promoting female leadership at top levels. Currently, Ameren is one of the top three St. Louis companies when it comes to the percentage of women directors serving on boards.
By ensuring their “workforce represents the country they serve,” Union Pacific has won multiple awards for its commitment to diversity. In fact, Union Pacific was named a Best Diversity Company by the readers of Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology for the fifth consecutive year in 2013, largely for its support of women and women-owned businesses.
Much of Union Pacific’s success with female workers can be attributed to its women’s initiative, LEAD (Lead Educate Achieve and Develop). LEAD ensures that more women are recruited, retained and advanced as Union Pacific leaders. From providing motivational female speakers, to holding women’s networking events, Union Pacific’s LEAD initiative actively works to enhance the careers of female employees.
Both Ameren and Union Pacific are empowering women with more opportunities in the energy workforce. We recognize their efforts and thank them for the work they do to help power all of our lives.