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Green Jobs Forum (8th Annual) & Career Fair with Resilient Virginia – August 26, 2021

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm UTC-5

The past year’s COVID experiences have highlighted the need for inclusive resiliency plans that integrate health, social, and economic concerns with ever-increasing climate change impacts. This conference, from Resilient Virginia, will bring national and local perspectives on solutions being formulated to address vulnerabilities while moving forward to create a more economically sound and equitable future.

Leaders in Energy is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its 8th Annual Green Jobs Forum with Resilient Virginia this year.   The Resilient Virginia Conference will take place virtually from August 25-27, 2021.  The Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum & Career Fair will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021.   Because it is a virtual conference, attendees will be able to attend the entire conference as part of their registration.

The Leaders in Energy Forum will take place on Thursday, August 26th, from 1:30 – 4:00 pm EDT, and the livestream portion of the Career Fair from 4:30 – 6:30 pm EDT.

We are reaching out to employers as well as educators who offer certifications in the clean energy and sustainability sectors to be our exhibitors.

We will be using the virtual Whova platform which allows you to maximize your brand awareness and attract more job applicants by posting job openings, uploading your company videos and brochures, setting up live info sessions, and adding promotional materials including raffles or giveaways.  You can also see more details in the Career Fair brochure here.

The Career Fair exhibitor cost is $150.  This also includes a ticket to the entire three-day conference.  It also entitles the exhibitor to make a brief presentation at our livestream Career Fair event taking place from 4:30-6:30 pm EDT.  There are also sponsorships to introduce the panel sessions at the Green Jobs Forum.

Attendee registration is now open along with exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.  Register and learn more below.


1:30 – 2:00 PM EDT
Welcoming Session: The Moment is Now – Green Economy Opportunities

Forum Welcome,
Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy

Green Economy Overview,
Dr. Beth Offenbacker, Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Program Lead & CEO, Waterford Inc.

The Moment is Now – Green Economy Opportunities, Keynote Speaker

Peggy Brannigan,
Peggy is Director of Global Environmental Sustainability for LinkedIn. In this role, she drives strategy and programs to achieve sustainability excellence for LinkedIn’s operations and shares best practices and resources to support climate progress for other businesses and individuals. Peggy leads initiatives to implement LinkedIn’s ambitious Carbon Negative, Water Positive and Zero Waste commitments. She established an internal carbon fee and a grantmaking fund to invest in environmental justice. Her team spearheads energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, innovative green and healthy building standards, and sustainable sourcing. To scale impact and accelerate the global transformation to a green economy, Peggy works cross-enterprise to deploy LinkedIn’s online platform and products to support green companies, green jobseekers, green skill-building and green thought leadership. Peggy also advocates to federal and state governments for green jobs and carbon pricing.

Her prior roles include Sustainability Lead for the US Department of State’s Mission to the Netherlands, strategy consultant to the Global Reporting Initiative, and corporate loan officer for Wells Fargo Bank.

2:00 – 2:55 PM EDT
Panel 1: LE Green Jobs and Career Program Success Stories (Learn from others successfully entering the green workforce)

Francois Giraud, Strategic Advisor, LV Health Solutions and Digital Marketing Director, Leaders in Energy

Doug Abbott, Program Manager, Education at Alliance to Save Energy

Jacqueline Guobadia, Deliver Business Profits through Innovative Sustainable Commercial Solutions, Skilled Negotiations

Debbie Prenatt, Sustainability Market Manager, M. Holland Company

3:00 – 3:55 PM EDT
Panel 2: Skills and Experience Needed for the Green Economy (Learn from recruiters on what are employers looking for to enter the green job market)

Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO at Dylan Green

Chloe England, Head of Permanent/Direct Hires, at Piper Maddow (a specialist Renewable Energy and Clean-Tech recruitment firm which has expertise across the following niche verticals: Energy Storage, Solar. Wind, E-Mobility, and Energy Efficiency)

Victoria Waye, Director of Customer Success, EnergeiaWorks

Career Fair “Live Showcase”
4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Meet with career fair exhibitors including employers, educator, and those knowledgeable about gaining employment to talk about their company and opportunities.

Meet Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

Our main Forum sponsor

Green Jobs Forum Sponsor

  • CleanChoice Energy

Career Fair Exhibitors

  • Advanced Biofuels USA
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • Career Confidence
  • CleanChoice Energy
  • Green Corps
  • Leaders in Energy
  • National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers
  • The George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI)
  • University of Virginia Sustainable Business Certificate Program
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability


Date: August 26
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm