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

August 25, 2021 @ 8:30 am - August 27, 2021 @ 12:30 pm UTC-5

Leaders in Energy will conduct its 8th Annual Green Jobs Forum & Career Fair on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 1:30 – 6:30 pm EDT.

Our theme is “The Moment is Now for Green Jobs!”  In the Forum, speakers will examine trends and opportunities for green jobs, those who have landed green jobs will share their tips and advice for finding one, and recruiters in the green arena who provide their insights about the positions they are seeing.

The Career Fair will enable attendees to meet with companies which are hiring, nonprofit organizations offering volunteer positions and helping with job searches, and educators offering green certifications.  See the schedule further below.

This year, our Forum will be conducted with Resilient Virginia’s annual conference on August 25-27th titled “From Recovery to Resilience – Moving to Vibrant, Healthy and Equitable Communities.”

Registration includes the 3-day Resilient Virginia conference.    See 7 reasons to attend here.


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.

Forum Sponsor Welcome

Jennifer Murphy, Manager, Vendor Marketing at CleanChoice Energy

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: Green Jobs and Career Program Success Stories (Learn from others successfully entering the green workforce)

Session Sponsor Welcome

Gleniss V. Brown Wade, Workforce Development Program Manager, DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

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

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

Evan Dent, Project Engineer, New Energy Equity
















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)

Natalie Lavery, Full Stack Marketer, Climate People (ClimateTech Recruiting for a Sustainable Future)

Victoria Waye, Director of Customer Success, EnergeiaWorks

4:30 – 6:30 PM EDT
Career Fair “Meet and Greet”

Meet with our Career Fair Exhibitors which include companies which are hiring, nonprofits offering volunteer positions, educators offering green certifications, and those knowledgeable about gaining employment.

Meet and Greet Moderators

Educators Session – 4:30 – 5:30 pm EDT

Miriam Aczel, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE), University of California, Berkeley.  Sje is the Director of Communications for Leaders in Energy. She received her PhD from Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy, specializing in international environmental and energy science and policy. Her Ph.D. focus was on environmental and health impacts of shale gas in the UK, USA, EU, and China. Miriam received a BA in Geography and Earth Science with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, and an MSc in Environmental Technology with Distinction from Imperial College London. Miriam has spent semesters studying at Sciences Politiques, Paris, and at the University of Florence. Between studies, she has worked as a tour guide in Paris, interned at the Natural History Museum in London, and volunteered at a sea turtle rescue center in Tel Aviv. Miriam recently spent time as a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and as a Shape Energy Horizon 2020-funded intern with the EURECA project at the University of East London.

Miriam is co-founder and co-director of the Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Education and Research in Science and Mathematics, Inc., a non-profit supporting education in Cambodia.

Employers Session – 5:30 – 6:30 pm EDT

Nandini Mouli is the Founder/CEO of eSai LLC, an energy engineering company at Reisterstown, Maryland. Prior to starting eSai LLC, she managed energy and chemical businesses at DuPont and at Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). At MEA working with the Maryland utilities she helped institute financial incentives for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program for the first time in Maryland. For its contributions in the clean energy field, eSai LLC has received the SBA’s “2018 Maryland Woman-Owned business of the year” and “The innovative Small Business of the year” awards, among others.

Ms. Mouli is an inventor of 49 US and International patents, trained in Climate Change Leadership, CEM, ISO-50001, DOE SEP programs, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Currently she is serving as the President of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)- Baltimore and Chair of the Scholarship and Awards committee of the International Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL).

Meet Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

Green Jobs Forum Sponsor

Career Fair Exhibitors

Advanced Biofuels USA

Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter


Brown and Caldwell

Career Confidence

CleanChoice Energy

Concurrent Technologies Corporation

DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)


George Mason University

Green Corps

Home Energy Medics

John Tyler Community College

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

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)


August 25, 2021 @ 8:30 am UTC-5
August 27, 2021 @ 12:30 pm UTC-5

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