ATLANTA (Sept. 10, 2014) — Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will
hold its annual Fall Convocation Tuesday, Sept. 16,
with LaDoris "Dot" Harris, director of the Office of Economic Empowerment
and Diversity of the U.S. Department of Energy, as the speaker. The program will take place at 11 a.m. in the
Leonidas S. Epps Gymnasium in the Vivian Henderson Athletic Center, at Vine
Street and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard (formerly Fair Street).
was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the director of the Office
of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March
29, 2012. Harris brings nearly 30 years
of management and leadership experience to this position, having served at some
of the world's largest firms and leading a successful energy, IT, and
healthcare consulting firm.
at an assistant secretary level position at the Office of Economic Impact and
Diversity, Harris leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure minorities
and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to
participate fully in energy programs. She oversees a corporate funding strategy
for minority institutions, develops the current and future departmental
workforce, works closely to develop small business contracting opportunities,
and protects the civil rights of departmental employees and recipients of departmental
brings a wealth of knowledge to this work, having been deeply engaged in the
energy sector, small business innovation, and strategic partnerships. Previously, she was the president and CEO of
Jabo Industries, LLC, a minority woman-owned management consulting firm
concentrated primarily in the energy, information technology and healthcare
has also served as an executive at General Electric Company (GE) and held a
number of leadership positions in GE's Energy and Industrial Systems
businesses. After joining GE in 2000, as
the E-Business leader for Engineering Services, Harris was critical in
expanding GE's business operations and energy sector growth. GE tasked her with key operations roles,
including responsibility for the North Region power services businesses,
responsibility for the Central U.S./Canada's integrated power generation, and,
beginning in 2009, oversight over all marketing for GE's industrial businesses
as GE's global marketing leader.
joining GE, Harris was an officer and vice president of Operations &
Production for ABB Service, Inc. She
also spent 12 years as field services engineer and services manager with
Westinghouse Electric Company.
holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of
South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and a master’s degree in technology management
from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga.