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POWERING OUR COMMUNITIES THROUGH OPPORTUNITY

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Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Exelon

Calvin G. Butler Jr. is a senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at Exelon. Butler oversees Exelon’s six local electric and natural gas companies -- Atlantic City Electric,...

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Exelon has long led with a business strategy that centers our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which helps our communities thrive. We serve our customers and communities with excellence while celebrating and cultivating the most valuable, untapped resource in the energy industry: talented people in our service areas who want to learn new skills, do meaningful work, and create fulfilling careers. Systemic barriers to opportunity and economic security in communities of color have blocked access to work that has for generations created financial security and fueled economic growth for other communities in this country.

People have been held back—for far too long—from opportunity.

When we tolerate an imbalance of resources and opportunity, we limit progress for individuals, communities, and cities. As we build a cleaner-powered future, we must do so in a way that includes communities of color in technological progress. Our industry offers a wide range of family-sustaining jobs—in fuels, electric power generation, transmission, distribution and storage, energy efficiency, alternative energy, cyber security, data analytics, innovation, customer experience and fleet electrification. That’s a lot of people bringing home good paychecks and serving as powerful community role models. We care about that deeply at Exelon.

Opportunity is so important to us at Exelon that we currently offer more than 65 different workforce development programs across our six (6) utilities. These programs build capacity for long term careers now, while investing in the leaders of the future. For our part, Exelon has invested $30 million in workforce development the last two years, serving more than 22,000 participants. Exelon is a power company—and we are also an empower company.

Exelon’s impact as a business leader is tied directly to the impact we make every day for families and communities. We deeply value and prioritize workforce development because the economic security bolstered by these initiatives transforms lives, opening doors of access that stay open for the next generation. I’m proud that our programs were recognized with the highest honor at the CEWD 2021 Impact Awards for Workforce Development Excellence. We will continue to build on that honor by modeling community partnership and leadership for businesses across our industry. We will continue to do more and do it better.

What do we owe the customers and communities we serve, the people who are key to our business growth? For any business looking to grow equitably and sustainably, the answer to that question must be access and opportunity. At Exelon, we know that powering communities is about more than simply supplying power for everyday life. It’s about generating a cleaner, brighter, more secure future for our customers and communities.

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Matt Chester on Mar 8, 2022

These programs build capacity for long term careers now, while investing in the leaders of the future. For our part, Exelon has invested $30 million in workforce development the last two years, serving more than 22,000 participants. 

This could not be more timely-- we have large parts of the utility workforce reaching retirement age just as the time when the need for manpower across the sector is reaching it's highest ever amid modernization and digitalization!

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Dawn Thompson on Mar 15, 2022

As a retired Exelon employee, I can attest to their commitment to help those in challenged communities. In my observations, it is unparalleled and in many ways, should be emulated by others.

The unfortunate truth is, that in cities like Baltimore, it will take way more than Workforce Development projects to lift people from the mire of desperation. The problem is primarily on the shoulders of the school system and City leadership for failing these students. Barely 60% graduate, and of those that do, 75% achieve only a grade school level for math and reading. This is an atrocity that will keep potential candidates out of any WDP since a great majority cannot read or perform simple math equations. 

It is not a systemic societal attitude that is failing these children, but the corrupt leadership in Baltimore.  The real focus should be on accountability of these folks. They operate under the fallacy that more money will make it better, going from one photo op to another. I’m able to make these assertions because I'm mostly a product of Baltimore City schools and it has taken me years to shed the damage and attempt to hone better reading, writing and math skills. 

I always appreciated that BGE offered employees the opportunity participate in multiple community programs like food kitchens and Habitat for Humanity. I'll be honest, going into Sandtown was absolutely heart-breaking. The core of a good society is when folks are willing to take their time to come alongside those less fortunate. Sadly, helping others find and maintain a sense of dignity is a challenge especially when juxtaposed with the generous handouts provided by the government, and dare I say it, creating their own version of soft slavery. Baltimore is a government-sanctioned plantation that inhabits many races. Brutal? Perhaps...but true, and absolutely infuriating and one needn't look hard to see it. 

Exelon, and other corporations, would serve the citizens of Baltimore more by helping dismantle the entrenched "good ole boy" network and who seem to derive a warped pleasure in ruling over ashes. If we want to use words like "systemic" - they are the guilty parties who are the barrier to opportunities for their constituents. What a glorious achievement it would be!

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