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Melvin leads the way in the continuing dialogue of diversity and inclusion as president of Nicor Gas and founding chairman of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council. Through both organizations, Melvin has increased spending with diverse businesses to record numbers. Melvin has committed Nicor Gas to an inclusive workforce that reflects the customers it serves. There are eight employee resource groups that support both the company’s priorities and the interests of members, such as En Rapport, which Melvin is the executive sponsor of, and focuses on African American issues in the workplace through networking opportunities, community activism and professional and personal development. For more than 25 years Melvin has been a member of the national organization American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), including having served as a board member, and remains active member of the Chicago Chapter. He is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council, committed to advancing the role and contributions of Black executives and preparing the next generation of corporate leaders. Having experienced the benefits of strong African American community role models, Melvin supports the United Way and is a lifetime member and Hall of Fame inductee of the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club of Savannah, Georgia, continuing the legacy of his predecessors.

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