Exelon Utilities CEO Calvin G. Butler Jr. was honored with the BEYA Chairman’s Award during the all-digital BEYA STEM conference.
Butler joined a roster of accomplished leaders of Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies recognized for their service and dedication to opening doors for minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Chairman’s Award is given for outstanding contributions.
“To whom much is given, much is required,” Butler said in his acceptance speech. “We’re committed to standing up, stepping up, and being the change we’re all talking about. Teamwork, partnership, and service have powered my contributions and impact. That same combination can power a cleaner, brighter future for all of us.”
Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane commended Butler during the program, saying “He’s got heart for the employees, for the customers, and for the communities we serve.”
Exelon prioritizes STEM through its workforce development efforts, which focus on preparing work-ready adults and youth for family-supporting careers. Through its long-standing partnerships with select middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations in underrepresented communities, Exelon provides mentors, resources, and education support to prepare students for higher education and 21st-century careers in STEM. In addition, our enterprise-wide STEM education programs are held in each of our major service territories, offering hands-on learning and mentorship to strengthen education and introduce young minds to careers in energy.
Under Butler, Exelon Utilities’ focus on STEM-related workforce development efforts is yielding significant results and powering opportunity for the communities Exelon serves. In the last 18 months, Exelon workforce development programs have resulted in more than 700 new hires at Exelon and companies with which we partner. Our local utility program focuses on opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adults in the most poverty-stricken sections of our cities. Exelon has more than 45 different workforce development programs across our six utilities and Exelon Generation.
Butler serves as a senior executive vice president of Exelon and chief executive officer of Exelon Utilities. In that role, he oversees Exelon’s six local electric and natural gas companies — Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO, and Pepco. Together, they form the nation’s largest transmission and distribution utility company by customer count, serving approximately 10 million electric and gas customers in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, respectively. Butler serves as vice chairman of each utility’s board and is a member of Exelon’s executive committee.
Butler previously served as CEO of BGE from 2014 to 2019. For the 2011 US Black Engineer magazine cover story, Butler talked about the utility industry, the merger of Exelon and Constellation, and opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students.