Thursday, August 16, 2018
5th Annual Green Jobs Forum, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
PLUS Green Career & Networking Workshops, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hosted by Leaders in Energy
Leaders in Energy will conduct its 5th annual Green Jobs Forum on August 16, 2018, at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. These activities will include Workshops (8:30 am - 5:00 pm) and a Green Jobs Forum (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm).
This event will cover green careers opportunities in the DMV Region and include economic development and workforce development officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
There will also be a panel featuring Leaders in Energy members who have found or created a green job.
Exhibitors include companies that are hiring and green tech/clean energy educational and career assistance organizations. 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!
A number of green career and networking workshops are also being offered from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. See more information below on these.
Location: Kirby Training Room, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 777 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002.
Forum includes program, pizza, and beverages. (Early bird through August 9th and student/jobseeker rates available for Forum and Workshops).
Panel 1 Speakers: Growing a Clean Economy and Creating Green Jobs
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 District of Columbia (To be announced)
Panel 2 Speakers: Leaders in Energy Members Who Have Found or Created a Green Job