It is an honor, privilege and pleasure to serve as the North Carolina Chapter President for the 2015-2016 program year. You elected a diverse and dynamic team of capable leaders to serve as chapter officers. The NC Chapter Board of Directors stands ready to “Inform, Educate, Advance and Grow the network of energy professionals” within our Duke Energy family and with our external business partners in the energy industry.
So, what does 2015 look like for the NC Chapter of AABE?
Our program year is off to a great start! Our chapter will strategically focus on five areas: Membership, Scholarship, Legislative, Communications and Corporate Citizenship.
Membership– We have a clear focus on targeted membership drives, the value of industry partnerships, and bridging the gap with our Student Chapters.
Scholarship– We will provide financial support to students pursuing careers in energy-related fields and serve as an active partner in the community for Black Energy Awareness Month.
Legislative– We will host two industry summits focused on legislative issues impacting the energy landscape.
Our fifth focus area is a new one for the NC Chapter: Corporate Citizenship. Through strategic partnerships with our fellow Duke Energy Employee Resource Groups, we will seek out appropriate opportunities to represent the company through advocacy and community outreach.
We are most excited about the 2015 National Conference, which will be held in Charlotte, May 4-8. This year’s theme is: Empowering a Generation Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond. As the host chapter, expectations are high for us to have a strong turnout – let’s show up in great numbers! Registration information for the the 2015 National Conference can be found here.
As you can see, our chapter has a number of opportunities to “Inform, Educate, Advance, and Grow the network of energy professionals.” We want YOU to stay engaged with our chapter and be committed to the mission of AABE. If you have questions about our programs or the chapter, please contact me. Thank you for your involvement, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Yours in AABE,
President, North Carolina Chapter
American Association of Blacks in Energy