Inclusive workplace helps power APS forward

At APS, we believe that belonging matters. And when our more than 6,000 employees feel seen, heard, and valued, they can more effectively unite behind our APS Promise.


We’re creating a sense of belonging through our commitment to inclusion, which involves embracing the unique perspectives of each employee. True inclusion brings greater appreciation for our diversity. This will allow us to equitably leverage our powerful workforce so we can successfully bring our APS Promise to life. 


Recently, APS received the 2021 Inclusive Workplace Award, a joint award presented by the Diversity Leadership Alliance and the Arizona Society of Human Resources Management. The award recognizes an Arizona corporation or organization that leads by example, creating an inclusive environment in which employees can be their genuine, authentic selves and partnering on community outreach efforts and support.


“This is a moment of recognition and reflection, and it was an honor to be a finalist for this award, let alone be named the recipient,” said Leila Zaghloul-Daly, manager of culture, learning and inclusion at APS. “Both our company’s strategic plan and the APS Promise laid the groundwork and reflect the company’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Individual sitting at a desk on a video call.

Zaghloul-Daly said APS rose above the other finalists for the award largely because of our robust, multi-year diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. The strategy incorporates feedback from our Employee Networking Groups, gained from their willingness to engage in dialogue through listening sessions, panel discussions and cultural events. In addition, she also credited APS’s officer team for its commitment, support and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, recognizing that this work is an important part of who we are as a company. Last, she noted the strong partnerships and outreach with underrepresented groups in the communities APS serves.


“We should take pride in the work we have done so far and recognize that the journey is far from done,” Zaghloul-Daly said. “We have developed a strong strategic diversity, equity and inclusion plan and have a solid foundation with an inclusive culture we continue to create.”


This video highlights some of APS’s inclusion efforts:

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