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Mark Sebree

Director of Diverse Sourcing and Inclusion
With an impressive resume and proven track record of success and dedication, Mark Sebree has a reputation for changing paradigms in the Business Inclusion arena. He is responsible for engaging with utility clients to identify and develop supplier diversity strategies, leading outreach efforts to various organizations, and collaborating across teams and departments to promote diversity within the supply chain and talent acquisition. Mark has served on over 15 business inclusion and utility industry boards and associations, and he holds various certifications including a green belt certification in Six Sigma and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville.

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Be the Change You Desire

We’ve all been there. We lose a loved one or experience some other tragic event in our lives. At first, the outpouring of support from family and friends is overwhelming. Depending on our culture, the pomp surrounding funeral arrangements or others offering support (though well-meaning) may be a bit disconcerting and overwhelming. And then, when it’s all over, the quietness starts. Days, weeks, and months may pass without so much as a word from anyone. We often go from overwhelming attention to deafening silence.

The Celebration of Juneteenth

2020 is an important moment in our nation’s history. As individual citizens, non-profit organizations, small businesses and corporations all come together to celebrate and fight for the equality of the Black community, it’s vital to become educated on our nation’s past and present. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

Understanding the Dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech in Washington D.C., exclaiming, “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” Today, some fifty-six years later in 2020, one may ask, what does this have to do with me? The answer is this: It has everything to do with each one of us as some still lack freedoms in various ways today. What do I mean?

Shades of Green: A Diversity Forum

In early October, I attended the 2nd annual Shades of Green Forum in Philadelphia. This unique forum brings together a diverse group of industry professionals including utilities, energy consultants, energy professionals of color, and leaders of minority-owned businesses as well as other stakeholders.

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion

Often when discussing diversity and inclusion (D&I), practitioners find themselves in the position of trying to explain the business case. This is often required due to a general lack of understanding by many on the topic. Some feel D&I is some type of social program such as affirmative action. Others tend to characterize it as simply a racial topic, narrowing it even further to a black and white issue. In reality, D&I involves each of us, regardless of our race, nationality, professional background, age, sex, sexual preference, communication or learning style. This long yet incomplete list gives us a good definition of diversity. Inclusion is defined as the act of including or the state of being included. As a verb, it’s transitive in nature; that is, it involves the transfer of an action from one person to another. So, action is required.  

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