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Meet First Energy Corp

First Energy Corp understands the value of a diverse supply chain and is working diligently to stay connected to the network of diverse suppliers. WPEO would like to re-introduce you to First Energy’s Supplier Diversity Program and their plans to continue engagement with the WPEO ecosystem of certified WBEs.


Valerie Shearer has been with FirstEnergy for 31 years and is a Consultant, Supplier Diversity for FirstEnergy Service Company. In this role, she contributes to increased and effective utilization of diverse suppliers throughout the company. Valerie is responsible for working with FirstEnergy’s Supply Chain buyers, managers and leadership team to develop a proactive program for supplier identification, growth and development; strategic planning; and program measurement. She also is responsible for identifying diverse suppliers through community outreach and participation in trade fairs on the local and national levels.