“During a time of crisis is when leadership matters the most,” said Ed Baine, President of Dominion Energy Virginia.
The Hampton Roads Chamber welcomed Baine as the speaker for the Chamber Leadership Series on February 26th.
Baine shared his personal story of growing up on a farm, getting a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and entering Dominion Energy in 1995. In his twenty-six years with Dominion, Baine has held over fifteen roles with the company. “Dominion Energy saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” said Baine.
Baine shared his story of working with Dominion during hurricane Isabel, one of the worst storms in Virginian history. He described that it was working in these storms when he learned that leadership is most valuable in times of crisis. “During a time of crisis is when leadership matters the most”.
Baine then shared the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts that Dominion Energy has been working on over the past several years. He shared a personal story of his son’s reaction to the unjust death of George Floyd that caused Baine to really look inwards to see if he was doing enough in his position to bring change. “I was an advocate, but I wasn’t as active as I could or should be and there was more to be done. So, we started community conversations internally. Being more willing to speak in venues like this about how things aren’t where they need to be and what can be done is a big step,” said Baine.
Baine’s final thoughts were a list of attributes that leaders should always be looking to posess.
The Hampton Roads Chamber works to bring meaningful and topical programming to Chamber members. Thank you to Ed Baine for sharing his experiences, and to our sponsors for making this event possible.