Her goal: a STEM program for a hometown school.
Over three years ago, Betsy Soehren Jones of ComEd began a partnership with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. Betsy's objective was about a brighter future for youth: a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program in her hometown. Fewer kids are studying these vital subjects and there's an inadequate pipeline of teachers. STEM education helps improve America's workforce and ensure its ongoing leadership.
Once Betsy had Northwestern on board, she began searching for a host school for the program - one that would be open to any student. Marian Catholic High School stepped up. From there, Betsy invested a full year researching, organizing, drafting the curriculum, and marketing it. The first STEM class launched in fall 2013 with 61 students.
At Exelon, individual initiative drives our success.
Exelon's executives serve on hundreds of nonprofit organization boards. We also field Exelon teams of volunteers, and help employees find community service opportunities. But what impresses us the most? Employees' drive to volunteer for causes that they're passionate about.
Volunteerism is part of who we are. Our employees are purpose-driven in their work - and also on their own time. In 2014, nearly 5,000 Exelon employees spent more than 112,000 hours volunteering with nonprofits in the diverse communities we serve. We encourage them to track their hours so we can recognize and reward their work.