Dot Harris runs the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy. She leads the DOE’s efforts to ensure minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded an opportunity to participate fully in our energy programs.
Harris is mother to William Avery, 18, Gary Allan, 20, and Goddaughter Yorri Berry.
Track star Will will attend Georgia Southern University this fall to study Business/Management IT. Gary is pre-med at Morehouse College. His grandmother and aunt died from breast cancer and he knew at eight years old that he wanted to be a gynecologic oncologist so he could help the women in his family.
Harris met Yorri Berry through the GE Leadership Program six years ago, when she served as a mentor to Berry. The two bonded through the mentorship program and became family to each other. Berry is a Ph.D. candidate at Fordham in education and policy, and will be graduating her program in two years.
The family loves to cook together — but Dot, the master chef, is tapped to do most of the cooking — and they also like to hit zip lining courses around the country together. Dot loves the validation as a mother she gets from teachers and strangers telling her how much they admire her children. From the school bus driver meeting her in a salon and gushing that her children were never any trouble to the math teacher saying her son could come over and babysit anytime, she knows that she has done a good job raising her children.