Women in Energy - Panel Discussion

March 22, 2019 - 11:45 am to 2:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross 107)


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Across the energy sector, women make up less than 30% of the workforce, but that is changing as more young women enter the sector and as the industry makes a concentrated effort to increase gender diversity. What's it like to be a woman working in energy? What can both male and female executives do to encourage more diversity in the sector? And what skills make any young professional well prepared

for a career in energy?


Industry leaders and innovators will address those questions (and more!) in a panel discussion from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross 107):

  • Sarah Adair (MEM'11) - Environmental Policy and Affairs Director, Duke Energy
  • Noël M. Bakhtian (E'05) - Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Maria Kingery - Co-founder of Southern Energy Management, Professional EOS Implementer, and Leadership Team Coach)
  • Megan O’Connor (PhD'17) - Co-founder of Nth Cycle and Fellow in the Department of Energy’s Innovation Crossroads entrepreneurial program at Oak Ridge National Lab

More information about the panelists and registration is available here


The panel discussion is open to all, including energy professionals as well as students, faculty, and staff at local universities. Individuals of all gender identities are welcome to attend.


FOR STUDENTS ONLY: Students are invited to register for the panel discussion AND/OR one breakout session with an individual panelist (1-2 p.m. in various Gross Hall locations, rooms TBD). Lunch will be provided for registered attendees at breakout sessions.


Co-organizers are Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE).