Diversity matters at all levels. Having employees, leaders and board members who represent different experiences, thought processes, generations, genders, and races and ethnic backgrounds gives us a broader perspective on business issues, challenges and solutions. It advances us to a place of viewing differences as strengths. It also solidifies our commitment to building a high-performing workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve.
In 2019, the AEP Women’s Leadership Series launched a new program called Lead with Confidence and Courage to Thrive. This interactive leadership program helps women discover ways to build confidence, relationships, and a leadership brand to create career opportunities. It provides a pathway for employees to advance and unlock the power of perspectives to better serve our customers, drive innovation and generate sustainable growth for our company. It also creates a foundation for long-term success planning and career mobilization for emerging leaders.
In 2020, AEP was recognized by 2020 Women on Boards as a Winning “W” Company for the third consecutive year. The recognition is for Russell 3000 companies whose boards have 20% or more seats held by women. AEP’s 13-member board includes four women, or 31%. Leadership diversity lays the foundation for enabling a more inclusive workforce that breaks down silos and creates a trusting, engaging and collaborative work environment. While we are making progress, this is a journey, and we still have a long way to go.