When I started my first “real” job 33 years ago, there was absolutely no way I would have predicted the route my career would take over the course of the next three plus decades: to a trade association, a consultancy, the US Government, three large US multi-nationals in Europe, and finally to a solar company in Arizona. I certainly never would have forecast that I would end up in business or in solar! I have been very happy with the road I have taken—or that has taken me—and I have absolutely no regrets, but there’s no question that I could have benefited from some words of advice along the way; advice that might have smoothed out some of the bumps and potholes I encountered during my travels. Here are some of the words I would share with my younger self.
As a C3E Ambassador, I’ve been asked to reflect on my career (now spanning over three decades) and discuss insights on leadership. Let me start by saying that every person has her (or his) own career path and the most important advice I can give is to stay true to the approach that fits you the best. However, don’t ever short-change yourself on how much you can accomplish or how far you can go.
Etched into the history of our Nation are the stories of women who fought for the America they knew was possible — a country where all are truly treated equally and have access to the ballot box, regardless of gender. It took generations of fearless women who organized and advocated to secure women’s right to vote, and on Women’s Equality Day, we honor these courageous heroes, celebrate how far we have come in the decades since, and acknowledge the work still left to be done.
Learn about the three women who run a “tri-lab” team from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories. Together, Wendy Baca (Los Alamos), Sheryl Hingorani (Sandia), and Cynthia Nitta (Lawrence Livermore) helm a newly formed team that works toward a cohesive vision for the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent from a laboratories’ point of view.
This July, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy and the U.S Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency convened a forum in the City of Lake Charles with small and minority businesses, educational institutions, lawmakers and industry to discuss workforce development and supplier diversity opportunities related to the mega energy projects planned in the area.
At the May 2014 U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Ethiopia Director Dot Harris moderated a panel focused on creating innovative partnerships and technical exchanges between American and African universities and businesses to address energy and development challenges.
The women of the Space Nuclear program at Idaho National Laboratory consider their work both demanding and enormously rewarding, operating in a high-stakes atmosphere. Read about the women who work in this program and get their insights about their careers.