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September 9, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future

Our latest #WomenInSTEM profile's career is like "a real-life videogame" -- while leaving a cleaner future for her son.

September 5, 2014
A Few Words on How to Make the Best of Your Early Career

When I started my first “real” job 33 years ago, there was absolutely no way I would have predicted the route my career would take over the course of the next three plus decades: to a trade association, a consultancy, the US Government, three large US multi-nationals in Europe, and finally to a solar company in Arizona. I certainly never would have forecast that I would end up in business or in solar! I have been very happy with the road I have taken—or that has taken me—and I have absolutely no regrets, but there’s no question that I could have benefited from some words of advice along the way; advice that might have smoothed out some of the bumps and potholes I encountered during my travels. Here are some of the words I would share with my younger self.

September 4, 2014
The Top Ten Things I Learned at the Ambassador Retreat

Editor's Note: This blog is cross-posted from the Clean Energy, Education, Empowerment (C3E) online network, Learn more about C3E here.

I am delighted to be serving as a C3E Ambassador.  The retreat in July was my first and I learned a ton and deeply enjoyed meeting the other Ambassadors and C3E Leaders.  Here are my biggest takeaways: 

August 26, 2014
Developing Leadership in Your Career

As a C3E Ambassador, I’ve been asked to reflect on my career (now spanning over three decades) and discuss insights on leadership. Let me start by saying that every person has her (or his) own career path and the most important advice I can give is to stay true to the approach that fits you the best. However, don’t ever short-change yourself on how much you can accomplish or how far you can go.

August 26, 2014
President Barack Obama bends down to listen to the daughter of a departing U.S. Secret Service agent in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Celebrating Women's Equality Day 2014

Etched into the history of our Nation are the stories of women who fought for the America they knew was possible — a country where all are truly treated equally and have access to the ballot box, regardless of gender. It took generations of fearless women who organized and advocated to secure women’s right to vote, and on Women’s Equality Day, we honor these courageous heroes, celebrate how far we have come in the decades since, and acknowledge the work still left to be done.

August 20, 2014
(From left) Cynthia Nitta (Lawrence Livermore), Wendy Baca (Los Alamos), and Sheryl Hingorani (Sandia) helm a team that is developing plans and options for future strategy.
Forward Thinking: Women-led Team Plans for National Labs’ Future

Learn about the three women who run a “tri-lab” team from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories. Together, Wendy Baca (Los Alamos), Sheryl Hingorani (Sandia), and Cynthia Nitta (Lawrence Livermore) helm a newly formed team that works toward a cohesive vision for the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent from a laboratories’ point of view.

August 14, 2014
Inspiration from Environmental Educators and Youth at the White House

I had the distinct honor of being present at the White House for the announcement of the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and President’s Environmental Youth Award. These awards recognize outstanding student leaders in environmental stewardship and K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education in their schools

August 7, 2014
On July 9, 2014, nearly 60 participants gathered at SOWELA Technical Community College to share information and learn about energy investments that will bring billions of dollars and thousands of in-demand energy jobs to the region.
Connecting Ready-to-Work Americans with Ready-to-Be-Filled Jobs in Southwest Louisiana

This July, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy and the U.S Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency convened a forum in the City of Lake Charles with small and minority businesses, educational institutions, lawmakers and industry to discuss workforce development and supplier diversity opportunities related to the mega energy projects planned in the area.

August 5, 2014
The author, pictured outside the Department of Energy's headquarters in Washington, D.C. | Photo by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
How I Energized My Summer: An Intern’s Inside Look at the Department of Energy

An Energy Department intern shares her story -- and gives advice to other students who may not have realized that the agency offers opportunities for any type of college major.

July 31, 2014
Director Dot Harris meets with Subramania I. Sritharan PhD, P.E., Central State University, and John J. Qu, Ph.D., George Mason University, fellow participants at the May 2014 U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Ethiopia.
Empowering the Next Generation: Connecting the U.S. and African Nations through Technical Exchanges

At the May 2014 U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Ethiopia Director Dot Harris moderated a panel focused on creating innovative partnerships and technical exchanges between American and African universities and businesses to address energy and development challenges.