Mississippi Power employees Kim Washington and Kenneth Means recently were recognized with the BEYA STEM Science Spectrum Trailblazer award at the group’s annual conference in Washington.
Trailblazers are those who actively create new paths for minority groups in science, research, technology and development.
For 32 years, the Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Conference has been bringing professionals and students together to share information and experiences.
Washington is engineering manager at Plant Daniel and Means is the Distribution Control Center supervisor. They were selected for their accomplishments, commitment to excellence, enthusiasm for their work and leadership.
“Kim is a solid leader who ensures great results and inspires her team. She consistently achieves top level performance goals for compliance, budgeting and inventory management,” said Vice President and Senior Production Officer Allen Reaves. “She is always seeking ways to grow and improve, and give back to others.
“Her dedication to mentoring is one of her most valuable assets. She works tirelessly with the Moss Point School District, partnering with numerous leaders to seek innovative solutions and create awareness and a desire for STEM education.”
Due to the implementation of STEM-related opportunities organized by Washington, the 2016-17 fifth-grade students in Moss Point showed a 15 percent increase in test scores.
Washington also mentors girls outside of the school district through various programs to create an awareness and desire for STEM-related careers for young women.
“Kenneth’s dedication to teaching the youth in our community is one of his most valuable contributions,” said Vice President of Customer Services Organization Nicole Faulk. “He fills the gap for many young men without a strong role model in their life. He has tutored and mentored many minority students, inspiring them to pursue the boundless opportunities available through education, especially careers in STEM fields.”
Means serves as board chairman for the Boys and Girls Club of Gulfport and is a member of the corporate board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast. These roles provide the opportunity to lead and direct mentoring efforts on a much larger scale to successfully serve the needs of children in the area.
He is also president of the local chapter of the American Association of Black in Energy and the Coast chapter of Community Connection as well as secretary for the Jackson State University’s business school advisory board.
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