One WEN For All
Join us in this important conversation! There is always a way to get involved and advance the conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion at WEN through a variety of programming, initiatives, presentations, social events, and other happenings. In addition, WEN members are encouraged to share resources and send information about upcoming events. Click “Contact Us” to make your recommendation to our task force. #OneWENforAll
On November 5, 2020, WEN hosted a webinar entitled “Courageous Conversations: Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Your Organization”. This webinar featured a panel of industry experts who shared the challenges our industry is facing, giving us insights into their own journeys in DEI, and inspired us all to take individual actions to make a difference. To watch the webinar, please click here.
About the Task Force
The WEN Task Force on Racial Equality in the Workplace, which formed in June 2020, is an engaged group of WEN members championing actions to address disparity in the treatment of and opportunities for women of color in the energy industry and in WEN itself. The focus includes developing opportunities for open, honest dialogue within the WEN community to build a deeper understanding of issues around social justice and equity. In addition, the task force recommended, and the National Board of Directors adopted, the WEN statement on diversity, equity and inclusion reflected on this page and throughout the WEN organization.
Co-chaired by Dione Carter of TechnipFMC (Houston Chapter) and Lakshmi Srinivasan of Lockheed Martin (Boston Chapter), the task force is working under a Board-authorized charter
to define the action steps WEN can take to include more women of color in WEN membership and leadership positions. One of the first initiatives was evaluating WEN’s governance structure, bylaws, policies and data points. The resulting recommendations included proposed modifications to the national bylaws, including the purpose statement; board and advisory council composition requirements; and the addition of a National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director as a new voting position on the National Board.
WEN is grateful for the leadership of the following members of the WEN Task Force on Racial Equality in the Workplace:
- Dione Carter, TechnipFMC (WEN Houston) - co-chair
- Lakshmi Srinivasan, Lockheed Martin (WEN Boston) - co-chair
- Dannetta English Bland, Deloitte (WEN Houston)
Jeannie Gardner, Shell Oil (WEN Houston)
- Jessie Hagger, National Grid (WEN Boston)
- JeNae Johnson, Content That Matters (WEN Houston)
- Kristi Obafunwa, Kean Miller (WEN South Louisiana)
- Crystal Passley, Enlink (WEN North Texas)
- Brittany Ramos, Orion Strategies (WEN Greater Pittsburgh)