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Career Advice to My Younger Self

Posted by Bobi Garrett on July 29, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

I serve as deputy laboratory director, Strategic Programs and Partnerships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The broad and dynamic portfolio of work that I manage is both exciting and rewarding. It is from the vantage point of this role and with the hindsight of a 35-year career in energy research that I offer the following thoughts to women seeking to advance their careers in energy.

Seek every opportunity to learn. By continually seeking knowledge and information, whether through formal education or through diverse work experiences, you will expand your knowledge and skills and this, in turn, will help you remain current and relevant in the work force. Employers recognize that work place behavior is equally important to technical skills and expertise. Opportunities to learn may involve broadening or deepening energy domain knowledge or acquiring skills to work in new circumstances (i.e., the opportunity to work with a new person or team, a first…

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U.S. C3E Ambassadors Meet for Annual Retreat

Posted by C3E Moderator on July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

The U.S.-based Ambassadors for the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative met for their annual retreat on 23­–24 July at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) historic Endicott House outside of Boston, MA. The group of Ambassadors has grown to include 37 diverse executive-level leaders in clean energy (see list below), all of whom work to advance women’s participation and leadership in the sector. 

In addition to welcoming new members to the group and considering strategic priorities, the Ambassadors reviewed nominations for this year’s C3E Awards, an annual awards program that recognizes women’s mid-career leadership and achievement in clean energy. Winners in eight categories will be announced at the third C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, to be held 16–17 September in Cambridge, MA. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $8,000 supported by MIT’s Energy Initiative. A lifetime achievement award winner will also be…

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