Nominations for the 2024 Impact Awards are now open. These awards honor excellence by individuals, companies, and consortia affiliated with CEWD for their leadership of workforce development initiatives that will have a lasting impact on the development of a skilled, diverse talent pipeline for the energy sector.

The awards will be bestowed at the 2024 Workforce Development Summit, after review and selection by a panel of independent professionals, from within the energy sector and other non-profit and workforce development leaders. Nominations, due by September 30, 2024, be self-submitted or made on behalf of a deserving candidate.

2024 Impact Award Categories

Community Partnership Award

This award recognizes a company for developing unique connections within the local community – with educators, minority facing organizations, workforce systems, or other groups – that have yielded demonstrated results in fueling the talent pipeline. This award was created to recognize the vital role community partnerships play in the advancement of the CEWD mission to ensure our workforce represents the diverse communities we serve. 

Entries will be evaluated on creativity, collaboration, and innovation in developing new outreach to attract and engage diverse candidate interests. Evidence of the impact of ongoing educational and partnerships employment opportunities to potential workforce candidates is essential.


Energy Workforce Consortia Game Changer Award

This award will honor one consortium annually for their programming and outreach to create and build awareness for energy careers within the state or region, support for members within the area, and involvement in CEWD supported programs.

Entries will be evaluated on evidence of dedication to creating awareness of careers in energy while exhibiting strength in community, collaboration, and partnership through the state or region represented by the consortia. Demonstration of thoughtful, impactful, and intentional strategic initiatives accomplishments are expected.


Workforce Champion Award

This award recognizes an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership in the workforce development arena. Creating meaningful change that will influence, mobilize, and energize a diverse, skilled talent pipeline.

Entries will be evaluated on demonstrated innovation, progress, and accomplishments within the nominee’s company and/or community as well as leadership, mentorship, and stewardship for the industry and its professionals through support for local and regional workforce development activities, state workforce consortia, and/or CEWD initiatives.


Chair’s Award for Workforce Development Leadership

This award, CEWD’s highest honor, recognizes a company for excellence in general workforce development leadership. Entries will be evaluated against CEWD’s workforce development priorities:

  • Promotion of 21st Century Careers in Energy
  • Achievements toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals
  • Innovation in approaches to training and upskilling, and
  • Enhancement to office culture and operations to attract and retain a skilled, diverse workforce

Entries will be evaluated on demonstrated excellence in the areas of collaboration, commitment, innovation, leadership and learning in the advancement of the CEWD goals. CEWD may honor more than one company to ensure organizations of different sizes are appropriately recognized for their actions.


Tom Kuhn Veteran Leadership Award

Launched in 2023, this award recognizes a company that has shown leadership in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of veterans. Entries will be evaluated on demonstrated innovation, progress, and accomplishments in their ability to attract, retain, and support the professional development of veterans. The company should demonstrate their commitment to veterans, creating and ensuring a supportive veteran-focused environment, through actions and demonstrated successes. Thoughtful, impactful, and intentional strategic initiatives focused on increasing the number of veterans hired and retained by the company should be evident. The company should have increased the number of veterans hired and retained by the company.