Veterans

WE USA Recognizes EFH in the 2016 WE 100 Corporations of the Year Annual List

Committed to the development of women-owned businesses, small businesses, and businesses owned by minorities and veterans


 

WE 100 LogoEvery year, Women’s Enterprise (WE) USA recognizes 100 corporations that demonstrate an active commitment to empowering women-owned businesses through partnerships that contribute to the success of WBEs across the country.

EFH is honored to be included in this year’s WE 100 Corporations of the Year annual list.

We are committed to advocating and supporting the economic 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 our communities, but also strengthens our competitive advantage in the marketplace.

“It is a pleasure to highlight the companies that have carved pathways for entrepreneurial women to bring competitive, collaborative, innovative and high-quality services to an ever-expanding marketplace,” said WE USA Publisher Jarilyn Fox. “These corporations have helped set the stage for WBE success.”

WE USA uses a variety of key indicators to determine the WE 100 including:

  • Impactful promotion of supplier diversity to improve business performance
  • Identification of opportunities to include WBEs
  • Ensuring a positive environment that fosters innovative ideas among employees and suppliers
Heather Herndon-Wright, EFH director of supplier diversity

Heather Herndon-Wright, EFH director of supplier diversity

“We’re honored to be among the organizations recognized for making strides in respect to the development and utilization of companies owned by women,” said Heather Herndon Wright, director of supplier diversity for EFH. “The inclusion of women-owned businesses in our supply chain drives business value for EFH, reinforces our commitment to diversity and to the economic development of our communities.”

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

TXU Energy Helps to Make the American Dream a Reality for an American Hero

Honoring a local veteran and his family with a home to call their own


Operation Finally Home - Holcomb HouseThanks to the collaborative efforts of TXU Energy, Operation FINALLY HOME, Mishler Builders, the Dallas Builders Association and FC Dallas, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jerry Holcomb and his family received the keys to their custom-built, mortgage-free home this month.

It was less than one year ago at the FC Dallas’s 2015 4th of July celebration that Sgt. Holcomb and his family received life-changing news about their new home. Even more surprising was that this home would not only be custom-built for their needs, but would also be mortgage-free thanks to Operation FINALLY HOME, a national non-profit that works to provide homes to our country’s veterans. TXU Energy is honored to be a part of the effort to give this American hero a home to call his own by helping to provide appliances for it.

Sgt. Holcomb joined the U.S. Army in 2001 and during his 13-year career with the Army he served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. It was in Afghanistan where he was first injured when two separate grenades exploded nearby. A short time later, a blast threw him from his guard tower, extending the depth of his injuries. Since retiring from the Army in November 2014, Sgt. Holcomb has been awarded two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Star Medals, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal and an Iraq Campaign Medal for his service.

Operation Finally Home 2016 - Holcomb HomeIt is by partnering with organizations like Operation FINALLY HOME that we are able to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. Energy Future Holdings, Luminant and TXU Energy are home to many veterans and active reservists, and throughout the years, we have been recognized for our work with veteran-owned businesses. We will continue to give back to this community and invite you to follow our progress.

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:

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  • 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

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The 2016 DFW Veterans Summit

New business opportunities for veteran-owned businesses


DFW Veterans Summit - Matching SessionsAs part of our commitment to veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we co-chaired this year’s DFW Veterans Summit to help veteran-owned businesses connect with companies to discuss new business opportunities. In a day-long conference held at the Grapevine Convention Center, attendees heard from senior sourcing officers in the morning’s panel session, met face-to-face with large local corporations during the Matchmaking sessions, participated in one of three workshops to interact with attendees and walked the exhibition floor to speak about their service offerings.

 

L to R: Lanea Ishman, Patrick Harrison, Todd Christenson and Jamie Potter.

During the morning’s panel session, Todd Christenson, sourcing manager with Luminant supply chain;  Patrick Harrison, manager of supplier performance management for Southwest Airlines Co.; and Jamie Potter, senior sourcing manager with DynCorp International, provided their suggestions on how a veteran-owned businesses can get — and keep — their foot in the door with any organization. Key suggestions included:

  • Focus on your core competency: At the start of any business relationship, remain focused on what you do best until you have proven your company’s value. Do not attempt to expand into other services until trust has been established.
  • Keep it short and simple: During the sales pitch, keep your presentation short, simple and most of all, focused on the subject at hand.
  • Respect the relationship: Be smart and thoughtful when emailing contacts in any organization. Know that people within any company speak with each other.
  • Commit to what you say you’ll do: Never overpromise and under deliver and always exceed expectations.

To learn how you can get involved with the 2017 DFW Veterans Summit, contact Carol Riggall at Carol.Riggall@EnergyFutureHoldings.com.

Honoring Veterans Day

Thank you to those who have served.


 

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to sincerely thank everyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who also serve.

In support of our veterans, today several Energy Future Holdings, Luminant and TXU Energy employees are working with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to build a home for the family of a local veteran.  Our Veterans Mentoring Program has also been working this month to coordinate “Letters from Home” – an initiative to send holiday greetings to our troops serving overseas.  Additionally, throughout the next two weeks we will be hosting several breakfast and Thank You events at our various locations.  One of our speakers will be Former Navy SEAL and war veteran, Clint Bruce who is a co-founder of Carry The Load, an organization created to provide active ways to honor our veterans.

 

EFH volunteers at Veterans Day Event

Mentoring Meet-up

Employees, veteran mentees talk career transition, take in a game


VetMentors2015The people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy are privileged to help many military veterans in their career development and transition to civilian life through our partnership with American Corporate Partners’ veterans mentoring program. Employees – many veterans themselves – mentor former members of the armed services with guidance on navigating the professional world and re-entering civilian life. Many of the pairs met recently at a Texas Rangers baseball game.

“I am impressed with this program and have been selling it to sailors wherever I go. John is exactly what I wanted when I signed up for this program. I am not sure how you do it, but you found a perfect fit.”

~ Christopher D., U.S. Navy, paired with an EFH mentor

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Honoring, helping heroes

EFH companies continue history of hiring, supporting veterans as nation observes Memorial Day


To honor the men and women of the armed forces who died serving their country, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy and their families join Flags for Fallen Vets volunteers each Memorial Day in placing more than 35,000 flags on the graves at DFW National Cemetery. While these heroes deserve our nation’s gratitude, we also take time to thank America’s veterans and those currently serving for their contributions. We believe these men and women can be a tremendous asset to the civilian workforce and are honored to help recruit and transition military leaders into careers powering Texas.

We’re privileged to help veterans in their career development through our veterans mentoring program, joining the Department of Veteran Affairs in furthering economic opportunities for veterans, and reaffirming our support of employee active participation in the military.

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

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