Duke Energy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion helps the company attract top talent.

Deepening and Diversifying the Talent Pipeline


Duke Energy’s communities, customers and workforce are more diverse today than ever. Diverse employees and leadership are critical assets as the company transforms to better serve customers and communities.

Duke Energy believes that a commitment to diversity and inclusion helps foster innovation and enables us to attract and retain world-class talent.

With that in mind, the company elevated diversity and inclusion to the C-suite and named Joni Davis as chief diversity and inclusion officer. In that role, Davis is focused on building a diverse and inclusive organization that delivers the right products and services to its customers, grows the business and enables people to reach their full potential.

One of the many ways the company aims to diversify its talent pipeline is through deepening relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In 2018, Duke Energy became the first energy company to sign up for the HBCU Partnership Challenge created by the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus.

Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), co-chairs of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, launched the HBCU Partnership Challenge to promote greater engagement and support from private companies with HBCUs.

Duke Energy’s wide-ranging support of HBCUs underscores the company’s commitment to attract and retain the diverse talent the business needs to successfully serve its customers. For example:

  • Through the Duke Energy Foundation, the company has provided more than $1.5 million to nine HBCUs to support scholarships, academic programs and other initiatives, with a focus on programs aligned with the energy industry’s future workforce needs. For instance, the company invested in a five-week bridge program at North Carolina A&T State University to attract and retain high-achieving students in engineering and computer science disciplines.
  • In 2018, Duke Energy established the position of HBCU and Diversity Recruiter, which is solely focused on deepening the talent pipeline from HBCUs and other diverse organizations and communities.
  • The company participates in career fairs and information sessions and conducts on-campus interviews at several HBCUs across our service footprint, including North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University, Johnson C. Smith University, Wilberforce University and South Carolina State University.