Xcel Energy

Employee Network Groups (ENGs)

To help achieve a more inclusive workplace, Xcel Energy supports the formation and existence of Employee Network Groups. Our ENGs are an inclusive venue for cultural exchange, community outreach and business solutions that contribute to professional and personal growth, value and respect differences, and improve performance and productivity. We support these programs because we believe diversity, inclusion and engagement enrich our organization and help shape the future of our company and all employees. In 2012, we launched three new ENGs: MOVE for military veterans, Tribal Wind for Native American employees, and NEW for new employees.

ENG Function 2012 Events and Accomplishments
GCEEE (General Counsel Employee Excellence and Equality Committee) Aids the General Counsel in fostering a spirit of inclusiveness throughout the company Conducted a survey of associates at local and national law firms to determine how General Counsel can support retention. The results will be used to recommend a pilot associate program. Developed an inviting, informative internal website about and for the group.
MOVE (Military Ombudsmen for Veterans and Employees) Supports our active military employees and those who have served in the military MOVE was formed in very late 2011. Approximately 10 percent of our workforce has served in the U.S. armed forces. This year, MOVE hosted several Serve Our Troops events and coordinated efforts to send 200 packages overseas.
New Employee Network Group Supports newly-hired employees Bringing new employees together has been a focus of this ENG. They have hosted several ice cream socials and coffee chats where more tenured employees connect with the new employees to help them get acclimated as Xcel Energy employees. This ENG is partnering with human resources in 2013 to update the on-boarding program for new employees and hiring managers.
SAGE (Supportive Association for Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Employees) Works to help the company become and remain a leader in the area of workforce diversity by addressing issues relating to sexual orientation SAGE is now in both Minnesota and Colorado. This year, Judy Shepherd, an equal rights activist, spoke at an event in Colorado about her personal experience and what parents can do when their sons or daughters are harassed by other children.
Tribal Wind Supports diverse workforce initiatives and the Native American population through business initiatives, such as recruiting, retention, professional development and cultural awareness. In November, Tribal Wind hosted a Native American event that focused on several aspects of the culture, including history of the different tribes, food, dance and clothing.
SOURCE (Strategic Organization Utilizing Resources for Career Enhancement) Promotes career development, continued education, training and cultural awareness and addresses issues and concerns of people of color SOURCE hosted a variety of employee events in Denver and Minneapolis. The group, which was originally based in Minnesota, expanded to include Colorado employees in 2012.
WIL (Women’s Information Link) Identifies and implements innovative ideas and strategies for recruiting, developing, promoting and retaining women in non-traditional work roles in our Energy Supply business area Participated in career-path presentations for middle-school girls in Minnesota and Texas. Supported recruitment events and involvement opportunities with the Society of Women Engineers. Held WIL awareness events in Minnesota, Texas and Colorado.
WIN (Women’s Interest Network) Focuses on issues of interest to women, such as professional development and work/life balance Created the first annual “Power of WIN” award to honor employees who help the Women’s Interest Network efforts within the company. Held the first annual speed networking event in Minneapolis, offering employees the opportunity to network one-on-one with leaders in different parts of the company. Hosted various professional development opportunities, including speeches, plant tours and leadership panels.
!Xcelente¬° Increases visibility of Latino employees within the company and community, promotes professional development and shares Latino culture through awareness, inclusion and celebration Sponsored a “Celebration of Culture” event in Denver with more than 150 attendees. Proceeds of $948, along with a truckload of toys and non-perishable food items, were donated to local United Way agencies. Members also obtained and coordinated the inclusion of compact fluorescent light bulbs in the Sam Sandos Holiday Gift Basket Drive on behalf of Xcel Energy. In Minnesota, Xcelente sponsored a recognition fair and designed a new electronic card, You Xcel.¬†

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