Duke Energy Teammates Support Diversity and Inclusion
Page Leggett’s work Teammates from Duke Energy are sponsoring and attending Pride Month parades and festivals, but that isn’t the only thing they do to support the LGBTQ+ community.
The Duke Energy employee resource groups’ (ERG) goal includes education as a key component. For the first time, the company’s Indiana WeR1 branch, which was founded last year, will march in the Indy Pride Parade.
The organization has already funded educational programmes, such as training on how to be an effective LGBTQ+ ally, and plans to do so again this year. They’re beginning on a three-part learning trip, which will be open to every person – electronically – at the corporation, according to chair Julie Orben. You are not need to attend the preceding session, according to Orben.
“Since Indy Pride 2021 was postponed due to the pandemic, there is a lot of anticipation for this year’s festival.”
Diversity and Inclusion senior programme manager Brad Platt applauds the Indiana chapter for getting off to a strong start.
“This outpouring is a testament to Indiana’s LGBTQ+ workforce and allies,” he stated. “They’re stepping up to make sure we’re seen.” It is critical that all of our employees have a sense of belonging. Our participation also sends a message to our LGBTQ+ customers: We notice you and are here to help.
This outpouring is a tribute to Indiana’s LGBTQ+ employees and allies, he said. “They’re stepping up to make sure we’re seen.” It is critical that all of our employees have a sense of belonging. Our participation also sends a message to our LGBTQ+ customers: We notice you and are here to help.
In Indiana, Duke Energy is also investing in local Pride celebrations.
The corporation will sponsor Spencer Pride on Oct. 15 in Spencer, Indiana, later this year.
“Spencer boasts one of the state’s oldest Pride organizations,” Orben added. “It’s a little, rural village, but it has one of Indiana’s most powerful organizations.” Their Pride festival drew more than 8,000 people two years ago.
“Orben stated that she is searching for more people who are willing to learn and advocate.”
“I’m hoping for a good turnout,” Orben added. “Come with an open heart and mind and listen.” Extend grace to others. Uncomfortable feelings can result from a lack of understanding. We want to make everyone feel more at ease and provide the right information in a secure setting.”
Orben said she just received a message from another coworker informing her that their child had recently come out. WeR1’s work assisted this employee in dealing with and accepting the news. “You’re making a difference,” they told Orben.