At SEIA, we believe that a diverse workforce creates a more resilient organization - one that supports a strong, equitable solar industry. SEIA envisions an industry that is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity at all levels. We aim to achieve this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress. We are developing strategies, programs, and tools that seek to equalize opportunities within SEIA and allow for discussing and sharing best practices within the solar industry as a whole.
SEIA has launched a Diversity Challenge - an effort to encourage our own members, the energy industry more broadly and ultimately all American workplaces to make diversity and inclusion a core part of their cultural identity. Many organizations are well ahead of us, and we want to learn from them. SEIA president & CEO Abigail Ross Hopper has made diversity and inclusion one of her top priorities, in part because it is well understood that a diverse workplace is a more successful workplace.
How to Get Involved
On May 6, 2019, SEIA hosted a roundtable event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to unveil the latest Solar Industry Diversity Study and a Best Practices Guide for the Industry. You can watch the full video of the event below, which figured SEIA President & CEO Abigail Ross Hopper, Solar Foundation Executive Director Andrea Luecke, the American Association of Blacks in Energy President & CEO Paula Glover, and Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
When I first entered the solar industry over two years ago as the new CEO of SEIA, I came in with three priorities:
Solar Industry Releases New Diversity and Inclusion Reports With a #DiversityChallenge for Energy Organizations
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