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Today’s spotlight: Susan M. Gray
Tucson Electric Power
Gray began her TEP career 26 years ago as a student intern and is now the first woman to lead the company. She has championed efforts to promote women’s engagement and achievement in the traditionally male-dominated utility industry.
Lesson learned in 2020: “We learned that our faith in the dedication of our employees was well-founded as we pivoted to remote work and adopted rigorous new safety protocols. Our success through that transition showed that if you start from a foundation of trust in your employees’ professionalism and accountability, they’ll meet or exceed those expectations.”
Source of pride: “I’m very proud of my role in starting a Women in Energy resource group several years ago at our company. It provided a more formal way to inspire and equip women to be successful and was another step toward a larger focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re continuously working to bring this support not just to women, but to the men who work alongside us.”
Surprising fact: “I love football – and not just watching it, playing it. When I was growing up, I got in on every pickup game I could. So it’s probably no surprise I married a football player. My husband jokes one of the reasons he fell in love with me is that I could throw a spiral.”