Thursday, August 16, 2018

5th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum (5:00 – 9:00 pm) PLUS

Green Career and Networking Workshops (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Learn about opportunities for green jobs in the DMV Region from economic development and workforce development officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
  • Get tips from Leaders in Energy members who have landed or created green jobs.
  • Meet exhibitors from companies and organizations who are hiring and meet green tech/clean energy educational organizations offering training and certifications for continued career growth.
  • Connect with others working in the energy, sustainability, and environmental fields (or who are seeking to transition into these sectors) at one of our most popular events!
  • Advance YOUR Career by learning new skills and insights by attending our Green Career and Networking Workshops!

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Register here. 

Forum includes pizza, beverages, and program.  Student, job seeker and early bird rates available (until Thursday, August 9th).  $30 for general admission ticket ($25 for early bird); Student and Jobseeker ticket $25 ($20 for early bird).  $35 for walk-in.

NOTE:  Special early bird and student/job seeker rates are available by registering at the workshop registration sites below.   Attend all three workshops and receive the “Bonanza Workshop” package! 

We are offering sponsor spaces for the Green Jobs Forum for companies and recruiters who are interested in hiring in the green space, and educators with green technology training programs.  If your organization wishes to consider sponsoring this event, please call/text John Gaffigan, Director of Sponsorship and Membership, Leaders in Energy at 703-283-6100 or email John at jgaffigan@leadersinenergy.org to discuss sponsorship options available here

Event Schedule  (IMPORTANT: Bring Photo ID for Building Entry at MWCOG) 

8:30 am – 5:00 pm Green Career and Networking Workshops

8:30 – 11:30 Green Career Workshop: What’s Your Green Career Plan?
11:30 – 12:30 (Lunch – on your own)
12:30 – 1:30 Fear is Your Copilot: Networking in DC
2:00 – 5:00 Green Career Workshop 2.0: What is the Best Fit for Your Green Career Path?

5:00 – 9:00 pm Green Jobs Forum

4:45   Registration will open for Forum
5:00   Exhibit Tables Open for Green Jobs Forum
5:30   Networking and Refreshments
6:00   Welcoming Remarks – MWCOG
6:15   Economic Development Panel Speakers
7:15   Leaders in Energy Members Who Have Landed or Created Jobs – Tips and Advice
8:00   Resume Networking
9:00   Event Adjourns

Location

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Kirby Training Room, 777 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Check out the recap articles describing our previous Green Jobs Forums at the following links!

Welcoming Remarks from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 

TIM MASTERS is an Environmental Planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. His roles and responsibilities include providing support to the Climate and Energy Team at COG, collecting and evaluating energy use data and renewable energy trends in the region, and supporting work on the regional greenhouse gas emissions inventories. He is passionate about environmental economics, clean energy, the built environment, and food systems.

Tim earned a BSc in Environmental Science at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), majoring in Geography and Zoology. After completing an Honours degree at NMMU focusing on Environmental Geography, he moved to the UK in 2016 to study for an MBA in Environmental Management at Bangor University, Wales. His dissertation was concentrated on the transition of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the food industry to business models that were aligned with the circular economy. In 2017, Tim graduated with distinction and two awards: Best Dissertation in Business, Management or Marketing, and Best MBA Environmental Management Student. He was born in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Meet Our Forum Speakers: Panel 1 

TODD BEAZER is the Supervisor for the Business Services Group, a program of the Washington DC Department of Employment Services responsible for business engagement services. Prior to his role with Business Services Group, Mr. Beazer was the Regional Revenue Management Specialist for UPS responsible for Small Package and Supply Chain solution tax compliance.

Mr. Beazer will highlight the current work of the Department of Employment Services in matching job seekers to employers in its Job Banks system.  He will also discuss the new Infrastructure Academy which has a solar training program and Apprenticeship Academy.

Mr. Beazer brings over 23 years of experience in Transportation Logistics, IT Sales & Marketing and Workforce Development.  Mr. Beazer has vast experience in providing business to business solutions within private and public sectors. Mr. Beazer holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Morgan State in Baltimore, Maryland.

DR. ELLIE GILES serves as the first CEO of WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. (WSM) in Montgomery County, Maryland.  WSM is a talent development non-profit connecting employers and job seekers. WSM works with current employers and new employers to support their talent needs. Additionally, WSM creates strong talent pipelines for jobs of the future by establishing career pathways through collaboration with strong and relevant training and community resources.  WSM has received a grant for green jobs and is developing a program on solar training and also offers programs related to jobs in sustainability such as stormwater management technicians.

Prior to this position, Dr. Giles was the Director of Operations for Montgomery Business Development Corporation (MBDC), the first public/private economic development agency in Montgomery County. MBDC’s mission is to provide engagement and a platform for the business community in economic development and policy decisions. In this role, Dr. Giles built relationships and implements actions with targeted decision makers to realize a shared vision of economic stability. In 2016, the Daily Record identified Dr. Giles as one of Maryland’s top 100 women.

Dr. Giles is a former instructor and researcher at Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on developing strategies to enhance educational practices for students.  She earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in Educational Leadership and Administration.  She has related educational degrees from Johns Hopkins (Masters) and Florida State University (Bachelors).  She is an award-winning international speaker and consultant sharing her passion regarding education reform and advocacy for a strong educational future. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and has been recognized as a National Educator of the Year.

DR. TARESA LAWRENCE is the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy & Environment, which is charged with developing energy plans, policies, and programs in the District.  Her experience includes the sustainable use of energy in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors, and she specializes in strategic planning, energy management and analysis, program design and implementation, and evaluation methods. Dr. Lawrence currently oversees a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including those administered by the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility. She also works on a variety of electric and natural gas utility rate issues, where she assesses the impacts of various rate proposals on the District’s ratepayers.

Prior to joining the District in 2008, Dr. Lawrence was a Regulatory Economist at the Public Service Commission of Maryland, and Center Director of the Small Business Development Center at Howard University Center for Urban Progress. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from University of Manchester, England.

NATALIE MONKOU serves as a business development manager and liaison to the business improvement districts (BIDs) for Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia. In her business development role, she focuses on national recruitment and attraction of new business to Arlington County with a primary emphasis on energy companies and educational technology, as well as nonprofit organizations. Natalie also manages the business investment team’s innovative initiatives such as the award-winning Startup Arlington and Arlington Real Labs Initiative (known as ARLi).

Before arriving in Arlington, she served as special assistant to the deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure in the Prince George’s County Executive’s Office (Rushern L. Baker, III) and focused on economic development policy and agency management.

Natalie is a graduate and dual degree holder from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Language, and Literature and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Panel 2 Speakers: Leaders in Energy Members
Who Have Recently Found or Created A Green Job

SILVIA LUCERO works at the BlueGreen Alliance promoting the BuildingClean.org database which has over 3,000 U.S. facilities manufacturing energy-efficient products as well as working on procurement policies.

Previously she worked as a General Manager and Director of Sales within the hospitality industry. As General Manager she created a sustainability plan focusing on changing procurement decisions which impacted the health and safety of her employees as well as guests. She is passionate about environmental issues that affect the health and safety of our community.

She participated in Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC initiative. Served as Chair for the Environmental Committee at the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and became an Energy Master at EcoAction Arlington where she helped residents in low income housing retrofit their homes for energy savings. Silvia earned her LEED Green Associate certificate and is currently the ANC 3D10 Commissioner.

JOHN PAUL MOSCARELLA (“JP”) is an international clean energy and climate finance executive, with over 25 years of experience.  He recently became a partner at Climate Finance Advisors and is responsible for business development and senior expert at boutique environmental finance advisory firm. Climate Finance Advisors’ mission is to accelerate sustainable, climate-smart investments, and to integrate climate considerations into financial products, services and policies.

An entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded four (4) companies, including Emerging Energy & Environment (EEE), a fund manager focused on Latin America, with circa US$70 MM in AUM, and Econergy International, a renewable developer with 260 MW (190 MW net) of projects in Latin America and USA at the time of its sale in 2008 to GDF Suez (now Engie), one of the largest utilities in the world.  With proven leadership skills, he has been a leading executive and general manager of several clean energy companies, as well as a fund manager for two private equity/venture capital funds; and a board director for over a dozen companies and organizations; and, is a pioneer in the field of carbon credits and climate finance, since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, as well as pioneering clean-technology investments in Latin America. He has experience in natural gas, wind, hydropower, biomass and fuel cells project development, as well as energy efficiency and developing solar more recently.

Recently, he has raised capital for clean energy start-ups in the USA, arranging seed financing and investing directly, including community solar, electric vehicle charging station and a wastewater technology company, and is working on climate crowdfunding.  He has an MBA from Yale School of Management and BS Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

SPENCER SCHECHT is an early-career climate and energy professional serving as the Member Experience Manager at the Smart Electric Power Alliance and the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for Green Drinks DC.  Spencer spent two years at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility helping some of the largest institutions in the nation’s capital adopt energy efficiency measures. He has also worked on programs with The World Bank and The Natural Resource Defense Council around renewable energy domestically and abroad. Spencer co-owns Green Drinks DC, a network of diverse monthly events throughout DC for individuals of all backgrounds seeking connections and opportunities in the environmental space of Washington, DC.

Spencer holds a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University, as well as an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

ANDIE WYATT recently joined GRID Alternatives as Policy and Regulatory Manager, assisting GRID’s advocacy and regulatory efforts to assure equitable expansion of the clean energy economy with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic states. Prior to GRID, she advised Congress members and staff on climate, energy, and environmental law at the Congressional Research Service, and worked in the private sector at an environmental, energy, and land use focused law firm.

Andie holds a master’s degree in environmental economics and policy and a law degree, both from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from DePauw University.

Exhibitors (Including Companies, Educators,
and Career Assistance Organizations) 

Clean Energy Leader Exhibitors

Green Career Workshop 1.0: What’s Your Green Career Plan?  (8:30 – 11:30 am)

Our Green Career Workshop will provide you with insights on your career strengths and preferences and how these can be tailored for application to the new “green” economy, e,g, clean energy, sustainability, circular economy, resiliency, etc. It provides experiential activities designed to guide you in developing an actionable career plan. Registration includes a workbook with exercises and resources.

In this workshop you will:
– Complete activities that guide you in identifying your core career assets – your strengths, skills, abilities, and knowledge – that you can offer a potential employer
– Begin to develop a career plan appropriate for your career level
– Network with fellow LERCPA members who can be a career resource for you
– Engage in group discussion about the context around your career in the Green Economy
– Review useful resources

We will network with others about our mutual career journeys, focus on what inspires you about the Green Economy and the marketplace needs/opportunities right now, discuss your work values as they relate to your career needs, begin to develop a career plan, and identify the next steps you need to take on your career goals.

INSTRUCTOR: BETH OFFENBACKER, Ph.D., is the Director of Training and Development for Leaders in Energy. She has more than 25 years of experience in training, coaching, talent development, engagement, community relations, marketing, and project management experience. Beth’s core expertise is in developing and implementing talent management and development programs for emerging, established, and senior-level professionals. Beth has taught a number of green career workshops as well as the Green Career Momentum program for Leaders in Energy.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the State University of New York at Brockport and a master’s degree in public communications at American University.  Her doctorate is from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. Beth is also the Founder and Principle of Waterford, Inc. Waterford’s mission is to create stronger, more successful companies, nonprofits, and communities.

Pricing

General Admission: $50 ($40 early bird through Thursday, August 9th)
Student/Job Seeker $40 ($35 early bird)
Walk-in $60

Fear is Your Copilot: Networking in Washington DC   (12:30 – 1:30 pm)

Description: Networking. You’ve been told its so important to landing that next job, the right internship, or access to in-demand people. But where do you even begin? How can I understand this process? And why does just thinking about a room full of strangers in professional dress make me so nervous?! This session will tackle these questions and more with a balance of theory, strategies, and group participation. Learn how to beat the stress and thrive in these social situations. Feel free to bring your lunch! And business cards,

We will network with others about our mutual career journeys, focus on what inspires you as a Green Leader and the marketplace needs/opportunities right now, and identify the next steps you need to take on your career goals.

This workshop is offered by DC Green Drinks.

INSTRUCTOR: SPENCER SCHECHT is an early-career climate and energy professional serving as the Member Experience Manager at the Smart Electric Power Alliance and the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for Green Drinks DC. Spencer holds a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.A. in International Affairs from the School if International Service at American University, as well as a M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the University for Peace in Costa Rica.  Spencer spent two years at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility helping some of the largest institutions in the nation’s capital adopt energy efficiency measures. He has also worked on programs with The World Bank and The Natural Resource Defense Council around renewable energy domestically and abroad. Spencer co-owns Green Drinks DC, a network of diverse monthly events throughout DC for individuals of all backgrounds seeking connections and opportunities in the environmental space of Washington, DC.

Pricing:

General Admission: $40 ($30 early bird through Thursday, August 9th)
Student/Job Seeker $30 ($25 early bird)
Walk-in: $50

Green Career Workshop 2.0: What’s the Best “Fit” for Your Career Path?  (2:00 – 5:00 pm)

This workshop builds on the insights and practices from the Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop and we encourage you to take this workshop as a prerequisite, although it is not required.  Participants will be asked to bring their Green Career Plan, developed in the Green Career Workshop 1.0, as a foundation for the Green Career 2.0 workshop.

This workshop provides experiential activities designed to guide you in the next step on your actionable career plan. In this workshop you will:
– Identify your specific area or areas of specialization as a Green Leader
– Complete activities that guide you in identifying the technical, managerial, and individual leadership competencies – the knowledge, skills, and abilities – that you need to be successful in your area or areas of specialty
– Develop, or further hone, a strategy for moving your career along your chosen career path, based on your career level
– Identify how to assess potential employers on a five-part scale for “fit” with your career path
– Network with fellow Green Leaders who can be a career resource for you
– Engage in group discussion about the context around your career as a Green Leader
– Review useful resources

We will network with others about our mutual career journeys, focus on what inspires you as a Green Leader and the marketplace needs/opportunities right now, and identify the next steps you need to take on your career goals.

INSTRUCTOR: BETH OFFENBACKER, Ph.D., (see bio in above Green Career Workshop 1.0) 

Pricing

General Admission: $50 ($40 early bird through Thursday, August 9th)
Student/Job Seeker $40 ($35 early bird)
Walk-in $60

Are you interested in attending all three workshops?  Register for our Bonanza Package” here.

Pricing:

General Admission $125 (Early bird $99 through Thursday, August 9, 2018)
Student/Jobseeker ($110) ($99 Early bird)
Walk-in: $150