The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was recently honored with two Society of Women Engineers “WE Local” awards at a conference in San Diego.
The department received the Sustaining Benefactor award, and its LADWP-Society of Women Engineers chapter was selected for the Outstanding Professional Development Event award. WE Local awards recognize outstanding Society of Women Engineers members, groups and individuals, and honor regional excellence in empowering women to achieve full potential in their careers as leaders and engineers.
The Sustaining Benefactor award recognized LADWP’s ongoing support of the LADWP-SWE chapter, which was established in March 2018. LADWP-SWE has become a key career development organization in LADWP, with more than 200 employees from 40 different job classifications. Leadership at LADWP, from executive management to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, has prioritized gender equity and opportunities for women in the department.
“LADWP is very pleased to support an employee-led organization that is committed to promoting gender equity, diversity and closing the managerial gender gap, values that our utility is also prioritizing through our recruitment efforts and customer program development,” LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin L. Adams said. “LADWP-SWE’s mentoring and training programs are effectively helping connect members of our workforce to ensure they have the tools to equitably rise up the ranks and succeed.”
The Outstanding Professional Development Event award was presented for a five-part Leadership Training Series developed by LADWP-SWE that included video and in-person training. The award highlights projects that help employees achieve professional goals.
In September 2019, SWE also showcased LADWP by honoring Reiko Kerr, senior assistant general manager of power engineering, planning and technical services, with the SWE Spark Award. That award is given to individuals who have contributed to the advancement of women through mentorship. Kerr is the first woman to lead the department’s Power System.
LADWP-SWE’s mission is to support employees’ careers in science, technology, engineering and math by providing supportive networking opportunities and mentoring. For information, visit ladwpnews.com.
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