Our 5th and final Green Career Momentum (GCM) session will take place on Thursday, June 21st, with speakers Cassandra James , and Devan King , from The Nature Conservancy who work in human resources/recruitment and programs respectively. This session will take place virtually from 7-8:30 pm.

Our June Circular Economy Working Group meeting will be hosted by Sustainable DC and the DC Department of Energy and Environment on Wednesday, June 27th, 6-8 pm.

We are lining up our exhibitors for our 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum taking place on Thursday, August 16th, 5- 9 pm, at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. We will feature economic development and workforce development officials working in green tech and clean energy from around the DMV region to grow a clean regional economy. In addition, we will have exhibitors comprised of companies who are hiring in the green space and educators providing programs in green/clean tech.

PP&A’s Managing Partner, Chris Peoples, is offering an Unlocking Blockchain for Energy | Executive Workshop . Chris is a Leaders in Energy member and thought that various segments of our community would be interested in learning about the energy industry-specific perspectives of blockchain technology and how it is impacting the sector today.  

Please join us in welcoming Leaders in Energy member and volunteer, Miriam Aczel , as our new Blog Editor and Director of Communications. We also want to thank Travis High , our outgoing Blog Editor, for his significant contributions in building the substance and volume of our information assets.

See more details on these events and news below.
June 21, 2018 -- Nature Conservancy Speakers
Featured at Green Career Momentum
"Inside the Organization: What Happens After
the Interview and Before the Offer"

Our speakers for this week's Green Career Momentum program (held at Green America) on Thursday, June 21st, 7-8:30 pm, are Cassandra James and Devan King . Our topic will be "Inside the Organization: What Happens After the Interview and Before the Offer." Our skill will be "Staying Positive and Post-Interview Strategies for Positioning to Get the Offer." Our industry focus will be nature and natural resources.

This session will be conducted virtually. 
Cassandra James
Devan King
Cassandra James is The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s HR & Ops Manager. She is responsible primarily for human resources functions, including hiring, onboarding, performance reviews and professional development planning. In addition, she provides assistance to all levels of staff on HR issues, working closely with the Regional HR Manager on coaching, performance and conflict resolution. Cassandra also sits on the chapter’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.  

Cassandra has seven years of HR experience, and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, she held positions as a Human Resources Partner at Stamford Hospital, a Senior Human Resources Generalist at Wheeler Clinic, as well the HR Coordinator for Save the Children.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Towson University in Maryland, and Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College in New York.  

Devan King is the Communications Coordinator for Global Cities Youth Engagement at The Nature Conservancy. Devan began her career at The Nature Conservancy in June 2012, specializing as a Photo Specialist — managing photo archives, designing marketing materials, managing the organization’s flagship Instagram account, and photographing conservation projects around the United States and abroad. Devan joined the Youth Engagement team in September 2017 and now focuses on telling written and visual narratives about the next generation of conservation leaders and how The Nature Conservancy engages with them.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Towson University in Art and Design and Photographic Imaging. 

You can still register and receive the recordings and materials from the previous sessions.  This includes a special brain talent assessment, using cognitive and emotional data, to identify your preferences and strengths.  
June 27, 2018 -- Circular Economy
Working Group Meeting
Join us for our next Circular Economy Working Group on Wednesday, June 27th, 6-7:30 pm.

Our June meeting will be hosted by Sustainable DC and the DC Department of Energy and Environment. During this meeting, we will be reviewing and providing comment on the, new Sustainable DC 2.0 Outline that was recently released. Please come to the meeting having read the digital document, and prepared to provide your insight. You can access it here.

Meeting Location: 1200 1 st  Street, NE (the corner of 1 st  and M Streets, NE). Visitors are required to check-in and show ID to the lobby attendant. DOEE occupies the 5 th , 6 th  and 7 th  floor. Those floors are locked and require badge access. The entry process is to have someone assigned to retrieving visitors from the front desk every few minutes at the start of the meeting and then upon request.

 The Circular Economy Working Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month."

For those who wish to attend for the first time, please contact us at
August 16, 2018 - 5th Annual Green Jobs Forum
5th Annual Green Jobs Forum
We will feature economic and business development officials around the DMV region to hear their perspectives on trends in the clean energy and sustainability sectors. Our event will also provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet with companies who are hiring and educators who offer green career credentialing and training programs.  

Our event venue will be held at the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments located at 777 North Capitol St, NE, Washington, DC 20002. 

If your company is hiring, this is a great opportunity to meet and engage with highly informed, educated, and purpose-driven clean energy and sustainability professional, gain visibility and build your brand in the clean energy marketplace, and identify superior workforce candidates. See details on sponsorship here and/or contact our John Gaffigan , our Director of Sponsorship and Membership, at
Unlocking Blockchain for Energy |
Executive Workshop
Unlocking Blockchain for Energy | Executive Workshop
It seems that no matter where you look today there is some mention of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Perspectives today range from viewing these topics as world-changing innovations to pyramid-type Ponzi schemes. While there is no doubt that there have been some bad actors in the market who have taken advantage of some early investors, the technology itself is in fact rather revolutionary in the sense of its ability to create new business models and value propositions for a variety of stakeholders. The energy industry is a prime example, of a sector which will undergo significant change with the introduction of blockchain technology. Companies today are already using blockchain to reinvent a host of concepts ranging from the creation of decentralized retail models to streamlining of organizational operations and cost structures. In fact, leading energy organizations such as Direct Energy, ConEd, as well as others have already made first inroads to utilizing the technology to improve performance and create new innovative service offerings for customers.
PP&A has established itself as a leading authority on blockchain topics by working and collaborating with a variety of front-running organizations in the space as well as covering and assessing how blockchain technology may impact businesses, governments, and societies as a whole. PP&A offers a series of industry-specific executive workshops which are perfect for organizations looking to understand and explore how blockchain technology may fit in with their business. These workshops include our recently launched, “Unlocking Blockchain in the Energy industry” Executive Workshop.
In our “Unlocking Blockchain for Energy | Executive Workshop,” we combine a blockchain technology onboarding with energy industry-specific perspectives of how blockchain is impacting the sector today. Our team will elaborate on industry-specific use cases and applications for generators, transmission service organizations, regulators, marketers, and energy service providers. As a result of this executive workshop, participants will have a solid foundational understanding of blockchain technology as well as of how blockchain is being used in the energy industry today. With this understanding, participants achieve a sense of clarity about blockchain technology and have the ability to consider how blockchain may impact their respective processes, business lines, and organizations.
To learn more and book this workshop, please visit: or contact PP&A’s Managing Partner, Chris Peoples, at
Important: Please support “Leaders in Energy” when registering by providing the referral code: LERC2018
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
Leaders in Energy Member Spotlight

We are pleased to welcome Leaders in Energy member and volunteer, Miriam Aczel , as our new Blog Editor and Director of Communications. Miriam is perfect for this role as she has also been a long-time contributor as an author of many of our blog articles. You can read more about her further below.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank Travis High , who served as our Blog Editor for several years and to congratulate him for his new permanent position at the Pan American Health Organization which will demand more of his time. We are delighted when our members and volunteers ascend to progressively responsible positions in the workforce.

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MIRIAM ACZEL  is the Director of Communications for Leaders in Energy. She is a President’s Ph.D. Scholar at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy, specializing in international environmental and energy science and policy. Her Ph.D. focus is on environmental and health impacts of shale gas in the UK, USA, EU, and China. Miriam received a BA in Geography and Earth Science with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, and an MSc in Environmental Technology with Distinction from Imperial College London. Miriam has spent semesters studying at Sciences Politiques, Paris, and at the University of Florence. Between studies, she has worked as a tour guide in Paris, interned at the Natural History Museum in London, and volunteered at a sea turtle rescue center in Tel Aviv. Miriam recently spent time as a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and as a Shape Energy Horizon 2020-funded intern with the EURECA project at the University of East London.

Miriam is co-founder and co-director of the Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Education and Research in Science and Mathematics, Inc., a non-profit supporting education in Cambodia. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC. She also volunteers as an editor with the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. She speaks French, Italian, Hebrew, and is learning Spanish.
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Our 2018 Calendar - Save the Dates
  • Green Career Momentum to Land or Create a Dream Green Job, May 3 – June 21, 2018, Virtual and In-Person bi-weekly sessions;
  • 5th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum On “Growing the Regional Clean Economy” (5-9 pm) and Green Career Workshop 2.0 (1:45 – 5 pm), August 16, 2018, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments;
  • The Utility of the Future, October 18, 2018, (with Resilient Virginia), Venue to be Determined, 6-8:30 pm; and
  • Four Generations Awards and Holiday Event, November 30, 2018, Crystal Condominium Complex, Arlington, VA , 6-9 pm
Other Events In the Washington Area
Potential Energy DC (PEDC) Summer Pitch Night 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
PEDC is partnering with Morgan Lewis to present PEDC Pitch Night Summer 2018 on June 28th, 2018.
Location: Morgan Lewis, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 2nd Floor Conference Area, Washington, DC 20004-2541. Register here
One Montgomery Green -- Green Gala
Thursday, June 28th, 6-9 pm at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center. Register here .
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