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We believe diversity is good business, and we nurture a corporate culture that respects and leverages different backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints. Being diverse helps us capture the opportunities in our changing industry and reflect the communities we serve.


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To encourage employees to challenge themselves, develop additional skills and advance within their chosen fields, the company supports employee networks that enable employees to connect with one another and promote career development. 

These self-organized, voluntary groups are formed around the basis of common attribute such as experience in the utility industry, gender, ethnicity or race. However, membership is open to all APS employees to support inclusivity across all employee networks.

hispanic organization for leadership and advancement (hola)

​HOLA partners within and outside APS to contribute to the development of current and future Hispanic leaders in Arizona. HOLA’s commitment to community outreach accounts for 225 hours of APS’s volunteer outreach per year on average.

“HOLA has helped me enhance my knowledge and exposure to many business areas at APS. This, in turn, allows me to apply the learnings directly to my job, community and APS. It’s a synergy that keeps on giving and the return on investment is priceless.”

– Marcos Sanchez, Corrective Action Program Coordinator and recent honoree as one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40.


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the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alliance (lgbt)

The LGBT Alliance mission is dedicated to the support of diversity and inclusion at APS. The four hallmarks of the mission include education about and awareness of the LGBT culture; enhancement of APS brand with collaborative relationships with LGBT communities and businesses; cultivation of insight into LGBT markets; and professional development opportunities for members. The LGBT Alliance contributes directly to APS through recruitment, inclusion, retention and leadership, as well as externally engaging the LGBT customer base, suppliers and communities.

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native american networking organization (nano)

APS’s rich history includes decades of dedicated Native American employees. The mission of NANO is to attract and develop Native American talent through professional development opportunities, assisting in recruitment and retention and community involvement. 

“It is important that APS networking groups represent the demographics of all of our employees. With almost half of Fossil Generation’s employees being Native American, I’m pleased we have a networking group that represents them and provides all of us the opportunity to enrich our knowledge of their culture and support their efforts for professional development.”

– David Hansen, Vice President, Fossil Generation and NANO Executive Sponsor


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network for urban engagement (nue)

The mission for NUE is to create a collaborative, professional and highly engaged network of African American employees that promotes strategic initiatives and values of APS.

“The Network for Urban Engagement (NUW) is a growing employee networking group that has met ambitious goals in a short time thanks to the commitment of our steering committee to develop as leaders and work as a team.  The yearly theme supports our mission well: NUE year, NUE people, NUE possibilities!”

–Simeon Onwuzuligbo, Engineer II and NUE member



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NextGen was the first employee network group launched at APS. As APS and the entire utility industry face a large segment of its workforce set to retire, it’s important to prepare employees who will replace outgoing leaders. 

NextGen’s mission is to unite and engage individuals new to the utility industry through professional development, recruitment and retention enhancement through community outreach efforts and team building. NextGen works to develop future leaders of the company.

NextGen’s annual can build canned food drive collects cans and donations to build a can structure for display in APS’s Corporate Headquarters. All proceeds from the project benefit St. Mary's Food Bank.


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palo verde women in nuclear (win)

Palo Verde Women in Nuclear is part of U.S. Women In Nucler (U.S. WiN) and the greater WiN Global. This employee network group was formed to provide a network through which employees could further their professional development and promote diversity within the nuclear field while also promoting public awareness about nuclear energy technologies.

U.S. WiN is the premier network of more than 6,000 women and men who work in nuclear and radiation related fields around the country. Local chapters are organized within companies, universities and geographic regions. The global WiN organization includes more than 3,800 chapters in 94 countries.

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palo verde young generation in nuclear (ygn)

Palo Verde Young Generation in Nuclear (PV-YGN) unites professionals working in the nuclear industry and provides them opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills, create meaningful connections that encourage retention, engage the public in nuclear technology and support site specific goals. PV-YGN is a back-to-back winner of the best in the west chapter awarded by the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.


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veteran engagement transition retention network (vetrn)

The Veteran Engagement Transition Retention Network (VETRN) organization welcomes veterans, reservists, family members and friends to help engage APS employees in the transition of veterans into our workforce. The VETRN organization formed in 2011 to create an environment of inclusiveness that fosters loyalty and retention by involving APS employees in volunteerism, outreach and fundraising that benefits APS veterans and the Arizona veteran community at large.

APS received the Freedom Award for its support of Guard and Reserve employees. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers. APS was selected from a pool of almost 3,000 nominations.


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women in search of excellence (wise)

Women in Search of Excellence was formed to build a community at APS committed to the development of women as they pursue personal and professional excellence. WISE member have driven a number of unique and beneficial programs to support APS employees.

WISE members have volunteered to help non-profits throughout Arizona, including the Sojourner Center, Florence Crittenton, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and more.


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