October was designated as Black Energy Awareness Month. The Scholarship Committee, led by Conitsha Barnes, planned an interactive learning environment for high school students to broaden their knowledge about the energy industry and new technology, as well as enhance their exposure to various career opportunities within the energy field. The first event was held in Raleigh on October 3 at the FREEDM Systems Center on the campus of NC State University. The second event will occur on November 7 at the EPIC Building on the Campus of UNC – Charlotte. Duke Energy has invested in both the EPIC Building and FREEDM Center. Duke Energy awarded NC State a $2.5 million grant. The multi-year grant, distributed through the Duke Energy Foundation includes $1.5 million to establish an endowment for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution Management (FREEDM) Systems Center based in the College of Engineering at NC State. This was a great opportunity for our young people interested in STEM Careers.
AABE also participated in the Raleigh LDN Leadership Summit. The theme of this year’s summit was Power, Politics and Persuasion: Three Keys to Making Solid Decisions. As the moderator, the panel discussed how mastering the three P’s can help leaders be more effective at delegating, challenging the norm and overcoming conflicts. It was indeed an exciting day!
The program year is coming to a close, the leaves are turning, and Fall is in the air. As we look back over the year, the NC Chapter has been hard at work informing, educating, advancing and growing the network of energy professionals. Our national office initiated a membership drive over the summer and our chapter gained 5 new members. A special thank you to Delphine Parker, Natasha Ashton and Vakesia Graves who were the top recruiters for our chapter. As a national organization, we have a goal to grow our network by 30%. That’s a pretty aggressive goal, but we can do it. Thank you for your membership. We challenge “each one to reach one.” We can do this. Your membership does matter to ensure that we our organization remains, healthy, viable and sustainable. So the leaves are turning to beautiful shades red, yellow and orange as the fall season approaches; it’s a great time to review your membership status. Don’t’ let it “fall.” Get it? I know, I know. Let’s just stay active!
Yours in AABE,
President, North Carolina Chapter
American Association of Blacks in Energy