In 2015, our employees had the opportunity to attend 11 Strategic Issues Seminars including “Energize Your Career,” which focused on the career-development process. We’re committed to helping employees plan and achieve their professional goals. We offer coaching, career counseling, and workshops to all employees on topics such as interviewing skills, resume writing, effective communication, and conflict management. Sessions offered include Development Plan Workshop, Managing Workplace Conflict, Situational Leadership, Leadership Challenge, and Business Academy.
Our three formal mentoring programs—Executive, Corporate, and Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC)—support the development of a diverse and inclusive workforce. In 2015, for the first time, the Corporate and WINC programs held a joint introductory session to promote greater networking and engagement. Our tuition aid program reimburses eligible employees who seek higher education to enhance their careers. Employees may qualify for up to 100 percent reimbursement of tuition costs after earning a degree.
In 2015, 636 employees took advantage of tuition aid. Of those employees, 62 percent were minorities and 36 percent were women. Also in 2015, 129 employees earned their degrees through the tuition aid program. Of those employees, 67 percent were minorities and more than 30 percent were women.
In the past year, we launched a web-based diversity and inclusion training course for all employees. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also conducted in-person training for more than 3,500 employees across the company. And to help prepare our field supervisors for the increasing diversity of people, technology, and processes on the job, we launched the Leadership Academy for Supervisors to provide them with the skills and knowledge to become more effective leaders.