Diversity and inclusion are essential to the successful implementation of the Commission's Strategic Plan. FERC relies on the talents and capabilities of employees of different ages, races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations to ensure effective oversight of the energy industry by creating a work environment that maximizes the potential of all employees.
Some of the programs and observances that help FERC to promote a diverse workforce are: M.L. King, Jr. Week, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Women's Equality Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month and more.
To attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce, we apply several key principles. First, we maintain a respectful work environment free from harassment and discrimination. Secondly, FERC actively recruits and hires qualified employees from all groups of individuals. Finally, we continue to remind our employees that a truly diverse workforce is essential to achieving Commission goals. FERC has several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs are voluntary, employee-driven groups that focus on shared interests and experiences and look to apply those perspectives to initiatives that create value for the Commission. They are a critical link between employees and senior management, connecting a diverse array of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences to the Commission’s management, Human Capital staff, and key decision makers. Learn more about our nine Employee Resource Groups below.
|African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG)|
|AAERG members photographed celebrating Juneteenth with a themed Kahoot trivia game, prizes, refreshments and music.|
|Americans of Middle Eastern and North African Heritage (AMENAH)|
Photo of AMENAH Board Members celebrating the 4th annual Eid Celebration to mark the end of Ramadan.
|Asian Pacific Americans of FERC (APA FERC)|
|Chinese dancers from the Virginia Community Services Center performed at FERC to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.|
|Energy Latinos of FERC (EL FERC)|
|FERC employees enjoying “A Taste of Latin America” potluck dishes and beverages to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.|
|FERC Military Veterans (FERC Vets)|
|FERC Vets and senior leaders gather together to recognize the contributions of our brave servicemembers on Veterans Day.|
|Future Power, a professional development ERG, brings together employees to socialize over Happy Hour.|
|Greener FERC members celebrate Earth Day by plogging (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) around the NoMa area.|
|Queer Employee Resource Committee (QERC)|
|To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, QERC hosted an event featuring guest speaker Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the Supreme Court marriage equality case.|
|Women emPOWERing Women (WEW)|
|Members of WEW celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women on International Women’s Day.|