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
Silvia is a Senior Program Associate 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.
John Paul "JP" 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.
Spencer is a 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.
Andie recently joined GRID Alternatives as its 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.
Learn more about our Green Jobs speakers here.
Exhibitors (Including Companies, Educators, and Career Assistance Organizations)
Association of Energy Engineers (offering certifications such as the Certified Energy Manager)
40 Plus of Washington
Green Career and Networking Workshops (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
Green Career Workshop: What's Your Green Career Plan
8:30 - 11:30 am
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 Leaders in Energy members who can be a career resource for you
Engage in group discussion about the context around your career in the Green Economy
Obtain useful resources. (Green Career Workshop: What's Your Green Career Plan includes a workbook with exercises and resources.)
Instructor: Beth Offenbacker, Ph. D.
Green Career Workshop 2.0: What's the Best "Fit" for Your Career Path?
2:00 - 5:00 pm
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 Leaders in Energy members who can be a career resource for you.
Engage in group discussion about the context around your career in the Green Economy.
Obtain useful resources.
Note: 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.
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
See additional details on our workshops and instructor bios at the event website here.