Green Jobs on August 18th

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Interested in working in clean energy and sustainability and making a difference?

Join us for our Third Annual Green Jobs event on Thursday, August 18th, 6-8:30 pm which will examine pathways for finding a green job, both traditional and entrepreneurial.   Our speakers will include a career/employment counselor on perspectives for finding a job in the green space; an employer on characteristics that they are looking for when hiring clean energy and sustainability candidates; and an entrepreneurial way to create your own green job.

We will also hear tips and suggestions from 4 Leaders in Energy members who have recently landed or created a green job.

We are partnering with ArlingtonGreen and our event is being hosted by the Arlington Economic Development Office.

SOLD OUT – Our Green Jobs event is fully subscribed due to popular demand!  More info on our upcoming events is available here

NOTE:  We are offering several sponsorships for company display tables to employers and companies who are interested in introducing themselves and meeting with our highly talented Leaders in Energy community.  Contact Leaders in Energy’s Director of Business Sustainability, Barbara Englehart:

Stay tuned for our future announcements for additional details on our featured speakers and program.  See the recap article on our green jobs event last year which also featured 4 Leaders in Energy members who landed green jobs!

Hear from 4 Leaders in Energy members who recently landed green jobs (listed below)


Arlington Economic Development Office

1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500

Arlington, VA 22201

(Ballston Metro – Orange/Silver Line)

Admission includes program, beverages, and pizza.  Early bird, job seeker, and student pricing is available thru Thursday, August 11th.


Meet Our Featured Speakers

Welcoming Remarks by Alex Iams, Assistant Director, Arlington Economic Development 


Alex Iams is Assistant Director at Arlington Economic Development (AED) a position held since 2013. In this capacity he has helped implement new economic development programs, legislative initiatives and the department budget and work plan. Prior to joining the Director’s Office Mr. Iams worked in the AED Real Estate Development Group for seven years as a commercial development specialist. He is an elected member of the Arlington County Employee Retirement System Board of Trustees, which has investment oversight of $2 billion in assets. He has been a board member with the Crystal City Business Improvement District, and the Columbia Pike and Clarendon partnerships. Before AED Mr. Iams was the Director of Research at the Council of Development Finance Agencies and an associate at the International Economic Development Council and the City of Dublin, Ohio. He has a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and American Government from the University of Washington.

Panel 1, Moderator: Janine Finnell, Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador, Leaders in Energy

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Janine Finnell is the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador for Leaders in Energy, a clean energy and sustainability educational, professional networking, and advisory services organization based in the Washington DC Metro area. She has provided strategic planning, programmatic, and management consulting for federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry. Her experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, Institute of Energy Analysis, and other management and technology firms.  Janine has a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics (with a focus on international development and energy resource economics) and pursued postgraduate studies at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy.  Check out her recent articles on green jobs: “Insights about Green Jobs from Bioenergy 2016” and “Jobs for the Sustainable Energy Transition.”

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Scott Donelson, President of Home Energy Medics

Scott Donelson is a small business owner who company is currently recruiting green job seekers. Scott is the President of Home Energy Medics, a successful home performance company headquartered in Arlington, VA. His company, Home Energy Medics, is a BPI accredited company and a participant in the Northern VA Home Performance with Energy Star Program. The company consults directly with homeowners to help them make wise choices regarding home improvement decisions such as additions, insulation/air sealing, HVAC upgrades, and window replacements. All of these home improvement measures impact health, comfort and energy savings. The consultations and processes are based on building science principles, as well as Scott’s ideology of evaluating the whole home as a system.   Scott has been a featured speaker at many homeowners’ associations and rotary club events. He’s also provided training to homeowners and businesses on behalf of Arlington County, Virginia’s local government. Scott holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management. He also maintains certifications from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

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John Gaffigan, “Outsourced VP of Sales” for Green Companies

John Gaffigan will share his unconventional pathway to finding a green job. John has led sales teams from start-ups through Fortune 500 organizations across a variety of sectors including Telecom, Datacom, InfoSec and Energy Efficiency Services. With a layoff of the entire global sales team at Verio in August 2014, John elected to pursue what he felt passionate about and has created his own green job by working with start-up and other companies spanning energy efficiency, water, agricultural and other technologies. He did this by sourcing intriguing firms that appealed to him, becoming an “Outsourced VP of Sales” for several emerging green technologies that provide high ROI solutions and/or enhance health and wellness.   Schooled in the Jesuit tradition of service for others, John has a life-long passion for applying technology that improves the human condition. John was thus drawn to consulting for the following companies due to each having core principles of helping individuals and organizations run more efficiently with better stewardship of our precious resources. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Edythe Richards, Career Counselor, Arlington Employment Center and Northern VA Community College

Edythe Richards will share her perspectives on how to tailor a job search for finding a green job. Edythe is a Career Counselor for the Arlington Employment Center and Northern Virginia Community College. In today’s ever-competitive world, she has found more and more educated 30, 40, and 50-somethings need guidance with the changing career landscape. While her specialty is on mid-career transitions, she has worked across the generational spectrum with young people – those just starting and finishing college, as well as veterans, immigrants, people with no college, people with PhDs, and everyone in-between.  Edythe has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of Delaware; Master’s Degree in Counseling from Seton Hall University; she is a Myers-Briggs® Master Practitioner (one of the first 50 individuals worldwide to achieve this credential); Global Career Development Practitioner (GCDF); Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (EQ-i 2.0/EQ-i 360); Certified Professional Federal Resume Writer and Federal Career Coach; and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW). She was raised as a Quaker, which advocates applying one’s values for peace and social justice to care for the earth, encouraging a reduction in consumption, preservation of natural resources, and a lifestyle that is environmentally sustainable.  (Her recent article on “5 Tips to Find a Green Job” is available here.)

AND Hear from 4 Leaders in Energy Members Who Have Landed or Created A Green Job

Panel 2, Facilitator: Agustin Cruz, Executive Director, ArlingtonGreen

ANC-headshot-for-AG-e1429023529739Agustin (Augie) Cruz, is the Founder & Executive Director of ArlingtonGreen. Augie is a non-profit professional with more than 20 years experience in nearly all aspects of association management. Most recently he was Executive Director of Business Management at the National Association of Home Builders. Prior to this, he worked at a variety of other trade and professional organizations. Augie is twice a proud graduate of George Mason University; he received his BA in International Studies in 1994 and his MPA in 2004.

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Helaine Cooper recently became the Business Development Manager for Tellabs following a year of daily “green” networking events, LEED Green Associate accreditation, and supporting commission only “Green industry” related contracts.   Helaine is helping evangelize the Tellabs’ Passive Optical LAN solution, which delivers bandwidth with dramatically reduced materials, energy and cooling requirements. Helaine is a native Washingtonian and has Purdue IE and Management Degrees.   She also spent several years in the Midwest and South working for Shell Oil in Contracts and Labor Relations.


Andrew Dawson is Principal Engineer for Resilient Systems Engineering, LLC, a technical engineering group specializing in sustainable energy systems, a company he founded. RSE works on a range of renewable energy production technologies, providing systems engineering, program management and technical evaluation services. Previously, Dawson led an engineering team for the National Ignition Facility at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and worked on wind and solar power systems for GE Energy.

Robin Pence

Robin Pence recently joined Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (HHNV)) as its Director of Marketing and Communications.  In May 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia installed its first solar energy homes for lower-income families in Northern Virginia and builds Green Homes to EarthCraft Standards that are energy-efficient and provide long-term savings to local families. Robin is a senior communications executive with more than 25 years leading international communications and brand strategy for Fortune 500 companies in various industries, including energy.


Bob Reno recently recently joined USAID as a Foreign Service Officer and expects to move to an overseas mission in 2017 focusing on sustainable development. Bob Reno has 20 years’ experience in international development, and has directed programs and operations on a regional basis in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South/Southeast Asia. Bob was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine and also worked for SolarCity as a Field Energy Consultant. He has served on the Board of DC Net Impact and has a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA from Drexel University.


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