We will begin our Green Career Momentum series tomorrow (4/19) with our first session.  Hear Cheryl Bedard, Principal, The McCormick Group, who specializes in placing Business Development Managers in the energy industry.  Learn about working with external recruiters vs. internal ones.  We will also conduct an experiential activity focused on Creating Your Search Strategy.  NOTE: We will meet in Room 200, Second floor.

Our additional 5-session package (May 3 - June 21, biweekly sessions) early bird runs until 4/24.  See more details here with topics, speakers, and green economy focal area. 

There are a number of great spring green events coming up.  

O ur third Circular Economy Working Group  will be held on Wednesday, April 18th .   We will kick off our new  Green Career Momentum series  on Thursday, April 19th.   We will also be an exhibitor and serve on a panel discussing "Alternative/Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Carbon Offsets" at the  Northern Virginia Community College Green Festival  on Thursday, April 26th. 

See further details on these and other activities below. 

Third Circular Economy Working Group 
Wednesday, April 18th, 6-7:30 pm 
(Creative Colony, 8121 Georgia Ave, Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910)

The Circular Economy (CE) Working Group met at the Made in DC store last month. Thanks to those who attended and for sharing your thoughts.  We heard from Amy Bachman, Director of Procurement and Sustainability, at DC Central Kitchen about their gleaning (harvesting produce that would otherwise go to waste) and other activities.  Working group member, Gaby Seltzer, provided us with a circular economy discussion topic for us to work on for our April 18th meeting.  See further details here.  

Those who would like to attend our meeting for the first time, please email us at info@leadersinenergy.org. 

 (April 19 - June 21) 

Are you at a crossroads as you consider your next career move in the Green Economy?  Have you been inspired by Leaders in Energy members and speakers working in green jobs whom you've met at our events?  Is this your year to land the Green Job you've been dreaming about?

Green Career Momentum (GCM) is an ongoing career development program and job network for those seeking new jobs and related opportunities.   The program will feature speakers who are working in the green career arena, career coaches, recruiters, etc.  We will also conduct experiential exercises to help people gain insights into their job search and collaborate with one another.  The program is tailored to assist job seekers at all levels and provide a supportive environment.

Join us for our first meeting on April 19.
Note:  We will hold our session in Room 200, Second Floor. 

For those who live outside the area and wish to participate in our sessions, we are also providing a remote access option.  Please contact us at info@leadersinenergy.org so we can provide you with the online meeting link.

We will hear from Cheryl Bedard, Principal, The McCormick Group, who specializes in placing Energy Efficiency Business Development Managers. She has also recruited experienced business developers to lead companies into expanded markets for distributed generation, CHP, microgrid, and solar projects.

We will also conduct an experiential activity focused on Creating Your Search Strategy.  


The McCormick Group
1525 Wilson Blvd, Suite 200 (Second Floor) 
Arlington, VA 22209 (Available via Metro. The McCormick Group office is 2 blocks west of the Rosslyn Metro Station and garage and metered street parking are also available.)

The 5-Session package schedule is listed below.  See more details here on our speakers, topics, and green economy focal area.

Session 1: May 3 - Virtual session, 7-8:30 pm
Session 2: May 17 - In-person, 7-8:30 pm
Session 3: May 31 - Virtual, 7-8:30 pm
Session 4: June 14 - In person, 7-8:30 pm
Session 5: June 21 - Virtual, 7-8:30 pm

Our sessions will align with four Key Quadrants of the Green Economy below as well as on cross-cutting themes applicable to the green economy.  (Source: "Green Economy Map: Industries and Sectors within the Green Economy" from Green Career Central and Four Key Green Quadrants from Leaders in Energy Green Career Workshop)

Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management

IT/Built Environment
Energy & Smart Grid, Information Technology, Buildings, Transportation
Extracting Raw Materials, Processing Materials, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Distribution, Waste

Research, Design, and Consulting Services; Governmental and Regulatory Administration; Environment Protection, Policy

Our instructor will be Beth Offenbacker, Ph.D., HR Consultant and Coach, Waterford, Inc.  

Offenbacker developed and led the highly successful Green Career Workshop for Leaders In Energy, with sold-out sessions in August 2017 and January 2018. She is also an advisor to Leaders In Energy.

See Offenbacker's bio on our Green Career Momentum web page here

First meeting:  Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ($15 Regular; $10 Early Bird until 4/12)  (Brown Bag lunch) 

5-session package from May 3 to June 21 - Biweekly, both onsite and virtual ($75 Regular; $50 early bird until 4/24)  
Save the Date - Green Leadership Retreat 

In recognition of the United Nation's World Environment Day taking place in June, this half-day program will provide experiential activities designed to spark innovative ideas, build your network with fellow leaders, and further your green leadership development.

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7, 8, and 9 as a framework, we will explore what is needed in the world and how we - as individual and community leaders - can step forward to "Be the Change."

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

The Green Leadership Retreat will provide you with insights, skills, and connections for making a positive green impact in our world.

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and action with fellow Green Leaders. 
This retreat is for individual leaders seeking to gain inspiration and connection with ourselves and others and further develop their leadership skills.

Price is $50, $45 early bird by May 30th.

Leaders in Energy (& With Collaborators) Events - 
At A Glance

--April 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Circular Economy Third Working Group meeting, Creative Colony, Silver Spring, MD. 
--April 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Kickoff Session for Green Career Momentum, The McCormick Group, Arlington, VA 
--April 26th, Leaders in Energy Exhibit at the Northern Virginia Community College's Annual Green Festival  at its Annandale Campus (in Fairfax, VA) scheduled for April 26th, 2018.  This year's theme is "Towards Environmental Resilience in a Changing World".  See more here .
--May 3rd, Session 1: Green Career Momentum, Virtual session, 7-8 pm
--May 9th, Energy and Sustainability Seminar, Crystal Gateway Marriott 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM May 9, 2018, by Energy Sustainability Services.  See more here. (Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy, will present on trends in energy). 
--May 17th, Session 2: Green Career Momentum, In-person session, 7-8:30 pm, Venue to be announced
--May 31st, Session 3: Green Career Momentum, Virtual session, 7- 8 pm
--June 8th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Green Leadership Retreat (in recognition of the United Nation's World Environment Day), focused on several Sustainable Development Goals including #7 on clean energy, #8 on decent work, and #9 on resilient infrastructure. Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Arlington, VA (See more information below)
--June 14th, Session 4: Green Career Momentum, In-person session, 7-8:30 pm, Venue to be announced
--June 21st, Session 5: Green Career Momentum, Virtual session, 7-8 pm
--August 16th, 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum and Green Career Workshop
--October 18th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, The Utility of the Future (with Resilient Virginia)
--November 30th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, 5th Annual Four Generations Awards and Holiday Event 
Other Events of Interest

April 20, 2018, "Projects and Advances in Solar Thermal, Passive Solar, and Hybrid Systems," George Mason University, National Capital Chapter- Association of Energy Engineers, 11:30 - 2:30 pm. See more here.

April 26, 2018, 2nd Annual Mason Energy Symposium: Energy - Water Nexus, Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP), Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT), Fairfax, VA. See more here.

May 5, 2018 - 11 am - 3:30 pm, Montgomery County Green Festival, Jesup Blair Local Park in Silver Spring.  See more here.  There will be a green jobs workshop at this festival presented by DC EcoWomen and Montgomery College from 3 - 4 pm.  See more here.
Green Jobs Corner

  • Leaders in Energy Partnership with Green Jobs Network: Post a job opening on the US-wide Green Jobs Network and receive a $20 discount by using a Leaders in Energy code. This also helps our organization to sustain its work. Learn more here and apply code: leaders2018  This unique code is available until December 31, 2018.
  • See more green career job information, job boards, etc. at our Leaders in Energy Career Resources page here.
NOTE: Is your company hiring?   Advertise your positions in our Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Corner. Contact John Gaffigan at  jgaffigan@leadersinenergy.org

Leaders in Energy is Building a Global Action Network

We are building a global action network to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions. Learn more here and in our 2017 Year in Review.
If you are interested in learning more about Leaders in Energy and our activities, please feel free to join us via our mailing list.  Our membership is currently free. You may also wish to join us on social media, particularly our LinkedIn group known as Leaders in Energy Research, Communications, Policies & Analysis (LERCPA) which is a lively forum with 3000 members around the DC area, US, and globe exchanging information on clean energy and sustainability topics.  You can easily join our LinkedIn group via the social media icon on our website.

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .

If you have been attending our events and like our content, consider reaching out and inviting interested colleagues to join us.  Increasing the number of people in our network enhances its value for everyone to find clean energy and sustainability solutions by connecting with others on projects, jobs, developing working groups, etc. 
Resource Corner
See articles on our past event topics including the circular economy, green jobs, sustainable facilities, clean energy finance, and more at our  Blog  and  Event Archive .  

Recent articles include the following:

Here you can find our one-stop shop for materials from Leaders in Energy monthly events, including announcements, recaps, and related articles. If you would like to contribute to our events or have a great idea for an article, check out how you can get involved as a member, volunteer, or sponsor  and see the  2018 list of events .

Blog article ideas can be submitted to thigh@leadersinenergy.org.

At Leaders in Energy, we are focused on building a global action network to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions. We are connecting people in the U.S. and around the world who are passionate about clean energy and sustainability in over 100 countries. 

We are seeking transformative change for a better world through collective action and leadership.   We have worked to forge consensus and convene experts on sustainable energy systems, such as microgrids, to reduce greenhouse gases and take actions to move from a throwaway society to a circular economy. 

Leaders in Energy connects people through our website, LinkedIn group, and other social media, as well as our face-to-face events. We also connect job seekers with hiring managers and help those seeking solutions to link with vendors providing a variety of sustainability solutions.

We appreciate your support and attendance at our thought leadership, educational, and professional networking events on clean energy and sustainability topics.  We believe that our organization is playing an important role in building the capacity for positive change and action by convening professionals who are working to make a difference.  

We look forward to seeing you at our Circular Economy Working Group, on Wednesday, April 18th, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Creative Colony, 8121 Georgia Ave, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and at Green Jobs Momentum on Thursday, April 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, at The McCormick Group, 1525 Wilson Blvd, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209. 


Janine A. Finnell
Executive Director 
Leaders In Energy

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