The first African American female fire chief of a major metropolitan U.S. city, Teresa Deloach Reed, exemplifies Southern California Edison's (SCE) commitment to the initiatives of diversity and safety, was the guest speaker at the company's Eleventh Annual Black History Month celebration.
Themed "Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships," the event at the Energy Education Center in Irwindale acknowledged businesses and organizations that support the various goals of SCE, including safety, diversity, energy efficiency and education.
"Safety and diversity are two initiatives that have been at the forefront of SCE's business for decades and ingrained into the cultural fabric of the company," said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE's vice president, Business Customer Division. "Hosting this event allowed us to honor suppliers and organizations that contribute to our business and provide valuable resources to the community and demonstrate our dedication to these issues, to our employees and the communities we serve."
Chief Reed, who began her career with the San Jose Fire Department in 1986 as a firefighter and eventually joined the Oakland Fire Department in March 2012, spoke about safety and emergency preparedness. Senior Manager of Cyber Relations of IT Risk at General Electric Company Arnold E. Bell was the keynote speaker. He served 12 years with the FBI working primarily on violent criminal cases, and focused his speech on cyber safety for small businesses.
SCE also recognized the American Red Cross. Edison International, the parent company of SCE, is the founding sponsor of the American Red Cross program, Prepare SoCal, which educates and prepares communities to respond to major disasters and catastrophes. The company's support of charitable causes is entirely funded by shareholders and not SCE customers.
In addition, SCE presented several awards:
Diversity Business Award — World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) has provided SCE with communications network, material management services for communications infrastructure and application development since 2009. As a start-up founded in 1990, WWT is now the largest minority-owned company in the U.S. with more than 2,200 employees and $5 billion in revenue.
Community Partnership Award — The Council of African American Parents (CAAP) has been a SCE partner for 10 years and provides scholarships, educational resources and empowerment workshops to students.
Energy Efficiency Award — New Direction Community Church of God in Christ has participated in the California Solar Initiative Program, installing solar panels on the rooftop of their day care building and 20,000-square-foot main sanctuary, which resulted in approximately $111,000 in incentives.
Emcees for this year's celebration were news anchors Michaela Pereira and Chris Schauble of KTLA5 Morning News.
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[An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.]