Diversity and inclusion are not just empty words at Exelon. Rather, they are part of our core values that we believe benefit our businesses and communities. We've worked hard to combat retention and promotion issues, and identified two key barriers to advancement – the lack of a deep network and lack of sponsorship. Many business relationships are formed through informal networking opportunities. Unfortunately, 46% of women surveyed noted exclusion from informal networks as the biggest impediment to reaching their career goals.
We realized we could leverage our sponsorship of the
KPMG Women's PGA Championship as a catalyst for girls and women to expand their networks. Golf teaches valuable life skills that parallel the business world, such as strategic thinking, taking risks, remaining calm under intense pressure, and honesty.
With the help of
KPMG and the
First Tee of Greater Chicago, we launched our first "Girls in Golf Academy." The primary objective is to immerse girls between the ages of 8 and 15 into the world of golf. Beyond teaching the game, we incorporate a STEM-focused curriculum to expose girls to the kinds of careers that are possible within STEM fields.