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!

Register here.

Forum includes pizza, beverages, and program.  Student, job seeker and early bird rates available (until Friday, August 3rd).

We are offering sponsor spaces for the Green Jobs Forum for companies and recruiters who are interested in hiring in the green space, as well as educators with green technology training programs relevant to our Leaders in Energy membership and attendees.  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 to discuss the options which are available here

Event Schedule

8:30 – 5:00 (Green Career and Networking Workshops)  See information on these further below.

5:00   Registration and 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


Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol St NE # 300, Washington, DC 20002

You can also see a number of our recap articles from our past Green Jobs Forums at the following links:

Meet Our Forum Speakers: Panel 1 

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 teacher and researcher at Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis in 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.

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.

Speaker From the District of Columbia 

(To be announced)

Panel 2 Speakers: We Will Feature Leaders in Energy Members
Who Have Landed and Created Their Dream Green Job

(To be announced)

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

Grid Alternatives
Association of Energy Engineers
(offering certifications such as the Certified Energy Manager)
Career Confidence
40 Plus of Washington

Green Career and Networking Workshops

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.


Fear is your Copilot: Networking in Washington DC   (12:30 – 1:30 pm) (Presented by DC Green Drinks)

Networking. You’ve been told it’s 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 😉

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, 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. 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.

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)