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Southern Company: Committed to Employees, Customers, Shareholders and Communities

This month, Southern Company is celebrating the value Total Commitment.

As Southern Company (No. 44 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) continues to grow its business and expand the services and offerings it brings to customers and communities, the company is unified under a shared set of values designed to bring out the best in everyone — Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment. The company's values are a guide to make every decision, every day, in the right way.


This month, Southern Company is celebrating the value Total Commitment. This means it is committed to the success of employees, customers, shareholders and communities, and that it fully embraces, respect and values differences and diversity.

Southern Company encourages the 32,000 employees across its footprint to embrace the Total Commitment value and to be a citizen wherever they serve, whether through donating their time, talents or money to a cause they believe in. Employees will be sharing on social media how they are #SOCommitted throughout this month.

Click here to follow along and see how they are exhibiting Total Commitment in their communities and beyond.

The Southern Company family includes: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Southern Linc, Southern Nuclear, Southern Power, Southern Telecom, Southern Company Gas, Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, Elkton Gas, Florida City Gas, Nicor Gas, Virginia Natural Gas, Pivotal Home Solutions, Sequent Energy Management and PowerSecure.

Michelle Obama Speaks Candidly to Black Male College Students: Video

Obama gives students advice on how to respond when someone questions if they belong.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama visited Motown Museum in Detroit and spoke with Black male students from Wayne State University, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. Obama's message of encouragement is poignant in a time when the viewpoint of Black males in this country is so negatively skewed.

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Southern Company: Making the Season Merry, and Bright

Gulf Power's holiday lighting tips to to save you money and keep your holidays safe.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Stringing holiday lights inside and outside of your home is as much a holiday tradition as singing carols, baking treats and shopping for that special present for a loved one.

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Racists Beat Down Oregon Man, Police Are Not Investigating as Hate Crime

Meanwhile, Parsham Rabiee, a Lyft driver, now can't work to save the life he took years to build.

Parsham Rabiee was attacked by two white Lyft passengers outside of Portland, Ore., who verbally and physically assaulted him, including repeated use of racial slurs and making fun of his music. But the Gresham police are claiming it wasn't a racially-biased attack.

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Viral Video of 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Shows How White Women Can Be Allies for Women of Color​

Shonda Rhimes shared a video where Ellen Pompeo demands diversity during an interview.

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Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer and executive producer of "Grey's Anatomy," shared a video of the star of her show, Ellen Pompeo, talking about how white people need to be advocates for diversity. It's gone viral with more than 2 million views.

"As Caucasian people, it's our job, it's our task, it's our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. It's our job because we created the problem," Pompeo says in the video, during a photo shoot for Porter magazine.

Pompeo called out the lack of diversity in the magazine crew, and in Hollywood, without mincing words.

"This day has been incredible, and there's a ton of women in the room," she said. "But, I don't see enough color. And I didn't see enough color when I walked in the room today."

Actress Gabrielle Union is seen in the video giving a look of approval.

DiversityInc COO Carolynn Johnson said that both white women and women of color have a responsibility to each other to say there needs to be equality across the board.

"We need diversity of all walks represented," said Johnson, who in October launched DiversityInc's annual Women of Color and Their Allies event.

She said that people of color have a responsibility to talk about what's wrong and how it can be improved.

"We need to communicate," she said.

And for allies, "their responsibility is to recognize where there is no diversity and be bold enough to say something about it."

Johnson offered the example of Christopher J. Nassetta, CEO of Hilton (No. 10 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list). She said he was in one of his executive board meetings and looked around and said there wasn't enough women in this room.

So he did something about it.

"He was present enough in the moment to look around and see what was missing … not what he was comfortable with," Johnson said.

For white women who choose to be allies, "It's also your responsibility to know these stories and share them," she said.

Allies should also ask questions like: Why aren't there people of color on the set, as interviewers and production staff, scholarship recipients or in executive boardrooms?

Allies should hold decision makers accountable for age, class, ethnicity, ability, and gender diversity. And Johnson said, allies need to be helpful in the solution piece.

"We have countless examples of people who are doing this work … who are present in their everyday interactions," Johnson said.

She called attention to the fact that sometimes leaders don't hear what they need to from the vantage point of the people who need support, but from the vantage point of others in similar positions.

Reader Question: Do you think those who don't have Ellen Pompeo's position in Hollywood would speak up the way she did?

Dow Highlights "All IN" Movement with First Inclusion Report

The company's new inclusion strategy demonstrates commitment to making progress.

Originally Published by Dow.

Dow today released its first-ever annual Inclusion Report, titled SHINE, which puts a spotlight on the Company's global INclusion 2020 strategy and progress in 2017.

Dow accelerated actions, deepened its commitment to strengthening inclusion and diversity (I&D) across the organization and implemented a fully integrated and holistic strategy. This included institutionalizing a new I&D governance structure that shares ownership among Dow's leadership and drives accountability for creating a more inclusive work environment down and across the Company. Building an inclusive workplace for all will benefit employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the bottom line.

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Southern Company Hosts 2018 Smart Cities Summit

Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives, a research and development project, will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Southern Company served as the host for the KNect365 Smart Cities Summit, Oct. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Executives from Southern Company, PowerSecure, Georgia Power and Alabama Power were featured among the conference's keynote speeches and panel discussions, including the morning keynote address by Chris Womack, Southern Company Executive Vice President and President of External Affairs.

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The New Congress Must Change 'Appalling Lack of Diversity Among Top Staff'

"The American public was more likely to elect a person of color to the House than House members were to hire top staff of color," according to a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report.

As a result of Tuesday's midterm elections, Democrats have won a majority in the House of Representatives, and Republicans will remain in control of the Senate, but Congress, as a whole, needs to make diversity a priority when it comes to hiring top staff members.

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Southern PowerSecure Holdings CEO Sidney Hinton Announces Retirement

Mark Lantrip Assumes Role to Implement Company's Vision for the Future of Energy.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Southern Company announced that Sidney Hinton, CEO of Southern PowerSecure Holdings and its subsidiary, PowerSecure, is retiring effective Oct. 31. Hinton will be succeeded at Southern PowerSecure Holdings by Mark Lantrip, who will continue as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Power.

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