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Every Thursday, members of Constellation Energy’s Women’s Alliance business resource group arrive at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center in Baltimore. They are part of a program that pairs working professional women with women from the center who need help developing employment skills.
Constellation Energy Women’s Alliance members spend an hour each week with their “clients” at the center creating resumes, discussing job opportunities and practicing interview skills. With the help of the Women’s Alliance, the shelter has placed over 25 women in permanent positions.
My Sister’s Place serves as a resource center for Baltimore’s homeless and disadvantaged women and their children, aiming to help them achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. Women in need can access housing assistance, education and life skills training at the center. They can also utilize its shower and laundry facilities, and eat three meals a day in its dining facility.
The Constellation Energy Women’s Alliance
One of Constellation’s five business resource groups, the Women’s Alliance aims to empower women to maximize their personal and professional development and engage in community outreach opportunities that will mutually benefit employees and the communities served by Constellation Energy.
That’s why, according to Vangie McGilloway, a senior contracts manager for Constellation Energy and Women’s Alliance member, a partnership between the Constellation Women’s Alliance and My Sister’s Place is a perfect fit.
The women respond well to the one-on-one setting. They often think they don’t have anything worthwhile to put on a resume until we get started, then they’re discovering skills they didn’t know they had. It’s empowering for them but for us as well, to know we can so easily make a difference for them,” said McGilloway
Business Resource Groups
Constellation Energy established business resource groups as a way to foster a more inclusive working environment. They are formed based on Constellation Energy business objectives, community outreach efforts, or to promote personal and professional development. Other business resource groups include the Constellation African American Network, Developing Corporate Professionals, Spectrum (LGBT) and the Eco-Team.
BGE’s Carol Wellham calls the Women’s Alliance work at My Sisters Place “wonderful.”
As an experienced human resources manager, you can often find her doling out interview tips and working with the women to build their professional confidence.