What prompted Kroger, Microsoft, T-Mobile and Duke Energy to form a cross-industry coalition? An important initiative that drives corporate synergies, alliances and brings value, Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE) is the nexus which brought all parties to the table to strategize, unify and work together to make a difference! In the global quest to become a more equitable and clean planet, slow climate change, reach sustainability goals and advance corporate commitments to further diversity, equity and inclusion, four leaders in their respective industries formed an alliance to transform words to action. Historically, diverse suppliers have not received an equitable share of opportunities to provide goods and services. DiCE seeks to raise awareness, open doors for and ultimately amplify the economic opportunities solicited from and awarded to diverse suppliers. The future is inclusive! In these unprecedented times, corporations faced with complex problems must learn to lean in and learn from one another. This coalition is an example of innovative relationships working to foster change.
Strategic Account Manager, Duke Energy Business Services
Cheryl Comer is a Strategic Account Manager in the Sales and Relationship Management organization at Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. She is responsible for developing and sustaining long-term strategic customer relationships for mutual growth, profitability, trust, loyalty and risk management. Her assigned strategic accounts are FedEx, Kroger, Microsoft and T-Mobile.
Cheryl’s passions include international travel, spending time on the beach with her family and enjoying the zest of life. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has three children and resides in Charlotte, N.C.
Consultant, Advisor, Coach, Former Cisco Leader at Timberwilde Consulting
Gordon Galzerano is responsible for leading Cisco’s Next Generation Sales and Leadership programs in support 20,000 sellers and sales managers worldwide. With more than 28 years of technology and business experience, he is a strong advocate for applying people development practices and strategies to solve business challenges and improve productivity.
Within Cisco, Galzerano held a variety of sales and operations leadership positions across several of Cisco’s business segments including Global Accounts, Enterprise, Service Provider, Commercial, and Channel segments. He also served as the leader of the Sales Associates Program, overseeing all aspects of an organization designed to integrate “new in career” account managers and systems engineers into Cisco.
Prior to joining Cisco, Galzerano was responsible for Ingram Micro’s
northeast sales operations. He is a graduate of Edinboro University
of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Business Administration.
Sustainability Sourcing Manager at T-Mobile
Ms. Bond was selected as one of the top 100 energy professionals in the USA in 2019 by Environmental Leader. The award recognized “movers and shakers who are helping all of us drive innovation in the environmental and energy management space”. She is the Sustainability Sourcing Manager at T-Mobile where she’s driven this kind of innovation for more than a decade.
Her expertise includes power and utilities procurement, building energy optimization schemes, corporate goal positioning, carbon disclosure leadership, and holistic clean energy strategies, including securing one of T-Mobile’s largest Virtual Power Purchase Agreements. You can learn more about that clean energy initiative by visiting Duke Energy Renewables’ “Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Heroes” web series.
Category Manager - Energy at The Kroger Co.
As Category Manager – Energy for The Kroger Co. (www.thekrogerco.com) – one of the Nation’s largest grocery and retail companies - Denis George manages the Company’s renewable energy acquisition, gas & electricity contracts, utility agreements, regulatory intervention and related matters. From 1998 to 2016, Denis served as Kroger’s Corporate Manager – Energy with responsibilities that also included energy efficiency initiatives, carbon footprint calculations, mechanical system design, and Energy Star program compliance.
Over these years, Kroger received numerous national and regional awards for energy efficiency and sustainability, including the Energy Star “Partner of the Year” Award (twice), the Alliance to Save Energy's top award - the "Galaxy" Star of Energy Efficiency, and an “Award of Excellence” from Platt’s Publications. Mr. George has presented before numerous Commissions and Associations, including the Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, Touchstone Energy Partnership, Green Retail Decisions, Smart Energy Decisions and the Critical Consumer Issues Forum. He serves on the Customer Advisory Board of Smart Energy Decisions and has previously served on numerous utility customer advisory groups. Denis also served two terms on the State of Ohio Public Benefits Advisory Board, a non-compensated Board advising the State of Ohio and utilities on low-income consumer energy needs.
Director, US Sustainability & Environmental Sciences - Microsoft
Dawn James leads the U.S. sustainability strategy and thought leadership for Microsoft, focused on delivering digital transformation solutions. She leverages her subject matter expertise across industries to create strategic coalitions and partnerships, helping customers leverage Microsoft technology to accelerate their sustainability journey. Dawn leads a wide range of initiatives in sustainability, environmental science, and innovation.
Dawn has over 23 years of industry experience as a geoscientist and systems
leader. She is a certified naturalist, formerly serving as the Americas
Energy Lead at Microsoft and Research Hydrogeologist with the U.S.
Department of the Interior (USGS). Dawn’s expertise not only includes
results-driven leadership and ecosystem innovation but also articulates
value at the convergence of industry and technology.