Join Our Professional Networking Happy Hour on: 
"How to Find a Bright Green Job in  
a Dull Gray Economy"

Leaders in Energy and public relations firm,  LEVICK, will co-host a professional networking Happy Hour to help millennials, mid-career, and seasoned job seekers build their career strategies to land or create a bright green job in a dull gray economy. The event will be held at LEVICK, 1900 M Street NW, Washington DC 20036, on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 6 - 8 pm. 

Despite the rosier employment statistics being reported in the media, many job seekers are still finding it hard to tap into green jobs and the growing green economy. Consider the following:

1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment has dropped to 5.5 percent for February 2015. The last time unemployment was that low was May 2008.
2. However, we know that 5.5 percent doesn't tell a complete or entirely positive story. Many people dropped out of the labor market following long term unemployment-or-they are stagnating in jobs with reduced earning power and career potential.
3. Many careerists are eager for opportunities in green business: clean energy, cleantech, sustainability, CSR, etc. But their well-developed skill may not be enough for them to pivot into the green space.
4. And the distress affects all aspects of the workforce: entry level candidates (Millennials) are very purpose-driven and environmentally predisposed. While more seasoned talent want to feel like they are doing well while doing good.
5. What should be a bright green outlook is for many in our workforce dull gray.

Our speakers will discuss strategies on how to land or create a bright green new job, talk about what companies such as SolarCity are looking for in their hires, and also hear the stories of several Leaders in Energy members who found their current positions through networking in the Leaders group.
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Featured Speakers

Dan Smolen, Executive Director of The Green Suits, LLC, an executive search and career empowerment firm and author of "Tailoring the Green Suit: Empowering Yourself for an Executive Career in the New Green Economy," will discuss 10 strategies to land or create a bright green job!  

Dan states:"Every week, we speak to great talent whose advanced degrees in business, engineering, IT, or other fields don't guarantee easy entry into the New Green Economy. So, we counsel them to identify their gaps, then acquire the skill, accreditation, and experience they need to pivot successfully into our growing clean and green space."
Jack Levenson, Senior Field Consultant/Mentor with SolarCity (pictured standing on left with his other team members) will talk about how his local and international networking helped him, how SolarCity is hiring over 5,000 people in 2015, and what SolarCity is looking for in job candidates. 

Jack says, "I joined SolarCity just 1.5 years ago in an entry level sales role working out of 6 Home Depots in MD while living in Reston.  I have been promoted 4 times and have never felt more passionate and fulfilled than in any other job (including being a middle school teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer).  I couldn't agree more that good networking and preparation pay exponential dividends in any career search!" 

Testimonials from Leaders in Energy members who have landed jobs via networking and contacts that they made in the Leaders group:

Jeannette (Jan) Brinch is the Director of the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC), a collaboration among 39 states and the City of New Orleans. EISPC is an historic endeavor initially funded by an award from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It is comprised of public utility commissions, Governors' offices, energy offices, and other key government representatives.

Oana Leahu-Aluas works at one of Alexandria's Resource Recovery Stations. These stations are located at farmers markets throughout Alexandria and allow residents and businesses to divert their food scraps from their waste stream and get turned into compost. She learned of this opportunity after attending a Leaders in Energy Happy Hour event and it has led to connections to other, full-time career opportunities.

Thomas Schmitt is a Program Analyst with New West Technologies LLC.  He supports the U.S.Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)'s Vehicle Technologies Office on subjects pertaining to transportation, alternative fuels, and electric vehicles in the Clean Cities program.

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Thank you for your attention and response and I look forward to seeing you at our event. 

Janine Finnell
Clean Energy Ambassador and Founder, Leaders in Energy

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Leaders in Energy is a clean energy and sustainability networking and consulting organization.  The group seeks to connect professionals who delight in thinking about, discussing, and collaborating on energy, environmental, and sustainability topics through our online discussion forums and in-person networking events. 

We seek to attract like-minded individuals who are passionate about dialoguing, collaborating, and seeking solutions to energy, environmental and sustainability challenges. Through its member LinkedIn site and monthly professional networking events in the Washington, DC area, the group collects and exchanges ideas and information to build a specialized network of professionals who are interested in making a difference through transformative leadership and actions. 

Leaders in Energy was recently added to the Circular Economy Global Network Map which is managed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

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