January 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM EST
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PG&E Named Corporation of the Year by United Negro College Fund/Northern California Leadership Council

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been named Corporation of the Year by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Northern California Leadership Council for significant contributions in advancing the organization’s mission. The company will be honored at UNCF’s annual gala on Jan. 30.

Valerie Bell, PG&E vice president of IT Operations, will accept the award on behalf of the company. Bell sits on the board for UNCF and is a sponsor for the PG&E chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Employee Resource Group (ERG).

“Investing in education is vital to ensuring a bright future for our communities. At PG&E, we support a diverse workforce that reflects the customers we are proud to serve. Participating in programs today that prepare students of color for careers in the energy sector, as well as providing scholarships that make college a reality for many African Americans, will help us create the leaders of tomorrow,” said Bell.

PG&E has partnered with UNCF for nearly 30 years. The company has contributed more than $500,000 to support UNCF’s established scholarship program which benefits students from Northern California attending historically black colleges. Additionally, PG&E employees pledged more than $15,000 over the past three years to the organization through the company’s annual Campaign for the Community.

PG&E participates in several community outreach initiatives which encourage students of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In 2015, PG&E sponsored the third annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley and the Conference for Engineering Diversity at San Jose State University. The company also sent representatives to the 2015 NSBE National Conference for networking and recruitment opportunities. From that conference, eight full time jobs and 10 internships were filled. Members of PG&E’s NSBE chapter partnered with the company’s Career Advancement Program to implement Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a national program that identifies and provides training to high-potential minority employees which allows them to reach their full leadership potential.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.


Tony Khing, 415-973-5930

Source: Business Wire (January 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM EST)

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