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Clark Atlanta University (CAU) To Hold Fall Convocation Sept. 16

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  • Date: 9/10/2014
  • Author: Larry Calhoun
  • Origin:Clark Atlanta University


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).

Harris 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.

Serving 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 funding.

Harris 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 industries.

She 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.

Before 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.

Harris 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.