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Diversity Leads to Award-Winning Collaborations
Diversity is the key to successful collaborative efforts, says Anne Pramaggiore, chief executive officer and president of ComEd. ComEd’s diverse staff – who differ in life experiences, race, sex and religion – help to bridge gaps in communication and make collaborative efforts successful.
The Keystone Policy Center recently honored Anne with the Keystone Leadership Award for her collaborative approach to solving problems and willingness to find common higher ground with other organizations.
Anne was honored along with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Kees Kruythoff, president, Unilever North America, Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer, The Nature Conservancy, and Chris Wallace, anchor, Fox News Sunday, at an awards ceremony in June in Washington, D.C.
“When you’re in a fast-changing world, a business with a lot of complexity, a world with a lot of complexity, having diverse people with diverse experiences and diverse approaches to the world becomes really important. It allows you to identify problems – and opportunities – more quickly,” Anne says.
Over the years, ComEd has embarked upon a variety of collaborations, including community programs such as CONSTRUCT, a ComEd-led program that includes 31 other organizations and helps provide job training for minority candidates seeking careers in the energy and construction sectors.
Last year, working with a diverse group of stakeholders – including energy companies, businesses, environmental groups, and community organizations – ComEd helped spearhead an important piece of legislation called the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) and its eventual passage. FEJA went into effect in June and will increase funding for energy efficiency from $250 million to $400 million annually by 2030. These funds create savings opportunities for all customer classes, including municipalities, supporting the development of new energy efficiency programs as well as the conversion of current municipal lighting systems to smart LED streetlights.
In May, ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar and other infrastructure projects. The MOU provides for a one-of-a-kind collaboration between ComEd and the MMC to develop a pilot for a national model on how utilities and municipalities can work together to create greener, more resilient and sustainable communities.
The Keystone Leadership Awards, which were established in 1994, recognizes those who embody Keystone’s belief that lasting results are crafted by considering diverse perspectives and building consensus. Honorees are selected for their leadership, vision, outstanding problem-solving skills, and efforts to seek collaborative solutions to challenging issues.
The Keystone Policy Center, a Colorado-based nonprofit, has worked at the forefront of public policy and dispute resolution for more than 40 years. From energy to education and health to sustainability, Keystone’s work has shaped public policy debates at local, state, and national levels. Keystone’s unique strategy provides a blueprint for policymakers and leaders to address today’s most pressing and vexing policy issues with shared, action-oriented solutions.