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MBN USA Recognizes EFH as a Supplier Diversity Champion

Supporting the development and growth of small businesses, and businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans

Colin Carrell, EFH chief procurement officer and vice president

Colin Carrell, EFH chief procurement officer and vice president

Congratulations are in order for Colin Carrell, EFH chief procurement officer and vice president, and Heather Herndon-Wright, EFH director of supplier diversity. They have been included in this year’s “Champions of Supplier Diversity” list of honorees by the Minority Business News USA (MBN USA).

The award highlights chief procurement officers and supplier diversity professionals who foster diversity in the supply chain, and Colin and Heather’s inclusion is the latest recognition for EFH, an advocate of supporting the development and utilization of small business, and businesses owned by women,  minorities and veterans. At EFH, we recognize that a successful, progressive and innovative supplier diversity initiative not only enhances the economic development of communities, but also strengthens our competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Heather Herndon-Wright, EFH director of supplier diversity

Heather Herndon-Wright, EFH director of supplier diversity

“We’re honored to be recognized by the MBN USA,” says EFH CPO Colin Carrell. “Our commitment to supplier diversity stems from the knowledge that it creates business value for us and also for the community at large.”

Recognition from MBN USA was based on the following key indicators:

MBN USA 2016

  • Impactful promotion of supplier diversity to improve companies’ business performances
  • Identification of strategic opportunities to include and grow diverse suppliers
  • Creation of a positive environment for procurement employees
  • Encouragement of innovative ideas among employees and suppliers

“We highlight those diversity programs with strong CPO support and supplier diversity professional champions,” says Don McKneely, chairman and CEO, MBN magazines. “These programs, commitment, best practices and results play a major part in engaging minority-owned businesses in the supply chain. We salute these outstanding leaders and the work they do.”

Click here to learn about the Supplier Diversity initiative at EFH.

Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes

This Memorial Day, we remember those who gave so much in service of their country

Memorial Day 2016Together with Flags for Fallen Vets, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy and their families will gather this Memorial Day weekend to place flags on the graves of fallen service members at the DFW National Cemetery. Through this relatively small but meaningful gesture, we come together to honor those who have given their lives for our country. This year marks the third year that we join Flags for Fallen Vets to remember our nation’s heroes.

We also take this time to recognize the contributions that our nation’s veterans offer to the civilian workforce. With their extensive military training, we know that veterans have a diverse range of valuable professional skillsets to offer the energy industry. We work with American Corporate Partners to assist veterans in their career development and their transition from the military to the civilian workforce. In fact, veterans, guardsmen and reservists account for more than 15 percent of our employee base.

Veterans interested in a career in the energy industry can hear from some of the veterans working for our family of companies and follow our progress in serving veterans in our communities.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell



TXU Energy Keeps Focus on Developing Great People

Career and Development “World Tour” allows employees to discover additional opportunities

Hiring and developing great people is a core value for TXU Energy because the company understands that great people produce great products and services for our customers.

TXUE Career and Development World Tour - PassportWith a festive global theme, 25 departments and employee organizations were on hand for a Career and Development “World Tour.” During the event, representatives were available to provide information on their roles and responsibilities, as well as the education and skill sets employees would need to join particular teams.

TXU Energy Career and Development World Tour Regarding the event, Sondra Healy, TXU Energy senior organization and development specialist said, “Today’s event gave our employees the opportunity to learn about their company and the opportunities that exist for them throughout the organization in a fun and relaxed setting.”

TXUE Career and Development World Tour
Employee organizations, such as the Women’s Information Network and one of the company’s several Toastmaster International groups, provided information about the skills the groups could help develop as well as their community volunteer opportunities.

In addition to WIN and Toastmasters, TXU Energy employees have a Writer’s Café group, running, biking and soccer teams, a parents at work club and other social and professional development organizations.

JTXU Energy Career and Development World Tour ason Johnson, a door-to-door sales coordinator at TXU Energy, said he appreciated the opportunity to know more about the opportunities around the company. “This is a great way to learn about the company,” he said. “I enjoyed being able to speak with my colleagues and learn what they do.”

Job One Profiles: Mark O’Brien

From Stage to Sales

Helping other people succeed is what it’s all about for Mark O’Brien, a commercial sales supervisor at TXU Energy’s Houston office. As an actor, Mark stole the spotlight by connecting with his audience. Now, his sales team is taking center stage and connecting with customers across South Texas. Watch this month’s Job One Profile to learn more about Mark and the entire team in Houston.


View more Job One Profiles to see how our employees’ unique talents, passions and expertise help strengthen our company’s legacy of leadership in the energy industry.

Watch how Job One defines us and guides us in the work we do every day to serve our customers and our communities:

Team TXU Energy Goes the Distance to Help Find a Cure for MS

Cycling to Beat MS

WP_20160430_06_56_06_Rich_largeDuring the recent 150-mile Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride, more than 80 employees shifted their fundraising efforts into high gear and raised more than $70,000 to support the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Participants could choose to ride as little as 30 miles on Day One or cycle the entire 180 miles throughout the two-day ride. Riders began in Frisco and ended Day One with barbecue at our team tent at Texas Motor Speedway. On Day Two, riders completed a lap around the actual speedway, biked on country roads and crossed the finish line at Sundance Square in Fort Worth.

“Several team members hit the road for the first time and completed both days despite challenging wind conditions and hills,” said Angela Tortorice, Team TXU Energy Bike MS captain and EFH IT performance management senior analyst. “Year after year, our team’s commitment to training and fundraising continues to astound me. This ride is a great opportunity to see how our employees give back to the North Texas community.”

IMG953752Since 2003, employees have raised more than $915,000 to help find a cure for MS, which is estimated to affect more than 400,000 Americans. Team TXU Energy hopes to raise a total of $80,000 by the end of the summer. To help the team reach their goal, find the name of a rider you would like to support on the TXU Energy Bike MS page.

Bike MS Sam’s Club: Round-Up Ride is a two-day fundraising cycling event that takes place from Frisco to Fort Worth. To date, Bike MS has raised more than $1 billion to help those affected by MS and is the number one fundraising cycling series in the country.

After Hours with Steven Phelps

EFH Sr. Manager and Graphic Designer

Where music and design meet, you’ll find Steven Phelps and his collection of more than 1,200 records of rock, jazz, country, blues and everything in between. When his turntable isn’t spinning, Steven’s musical ability is on display, playing guitar, bass, piano and even banjo.

But for this creative designer, music appreciation is more than just the notes and lyrics – album cover art can hold just as much meaning. “When they’re done right, both music and design might look easy,” Steven says. “But to do either one well, it takes a lot of practice and dedication.”


Luminant’s Najeli Donahue Featured in Woman Engineer Magazine

Najeli is following her blueprint for success

Showcasing her passion for engineering, Najeli Donahue, Liberty Mine senior engineer, is featured in the latest edition of Woman Engineer magazine. The cover story highlights her engineering career path and her blueprint to success at Luminant.

While studying civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Najeli completed two summer internships at Three Oaks Mine and after graduation, began working for the company as an associate engineer. Currently, she focuses on designing water structures and post-mining reclamation projects as a senior engineer at Liberty Mine.

Read the article here to see why she has the rare opportunity to see her engineering projects come to life.

Energized Engineer: Find out how Najeli takes continuous improvement in stride – literally – as a competitive triathlete in her After Hours profile.

Click the image below to see why Najeli has the rare opportunity to see her projects come to life.

Najeli Donahue Featured in Woman Engineer Magazine











Job One Profiles: Tyler Burkhalter

Big Machines, Bigger Responsibilities

Safety means everything to Tyler Burkhalter. As a mobile equipment specialist and a BBS steering committee member, Tyler focuses on using teamwork and good communication to achieve operational excellence, while keeping safety top of mind. Watch the latest Job One Profile to see how his passion for safety is keeping his crew safe.


View more Job One Profiles to see how our employees’ unique talents, passions and expertise help strengthen our company’s legacy of leadership in the energy industry.

Watch how Job One defines us and guides us in the work we do every day to serve our customers and our communities: