Find below the video recording of the first How to Change Careers panel discussion event held online – inspiring!
I was joined live by three amazing Career Changers and we talked about what it’s really like to go from not knowing what you want to do next to creating a fulfilling career.
Here are some of the topics we covered:
- What it’s like to find out what to do next professionally
- Learning on the job
- Applying what you already know to a new career
- Working in renewable energy
- Starting your own company – without investment, a big name, lots of money or connections
- Doing work that is aligned with your values
- How working in the renewable energy field is about the environment, economic and social justice
- Money and career change
- Ideas and opportunities in renewable energy – it’s a growing field!
- and more
On the panel:
JOSE HERNANDEZ leads external outreach efforts and helps with recruitment for all programs at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Prior to LACI, Jose served as Deputy District Director to Congresswoman Barbara Lee where he advised her on issues related to transportation, housing, foreign affairs, and economic development. He also worked with the Greenlining Institute where he published a research brief that influenced the City of Los Angeles to change its local election dates to coincide with statewide elections. Jose earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.B.A. from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College.
KAMEALE C. TERRY is the co-founder and CEO of ChargerHelp!, an app that enables on-demand repair of electric vehicle charging stations. As the former Director of Programs and Gov’t Contracts at EV Connect, an EVSE network provider, Kameale led a team of four to execute over ten multi-million dollar private and government contracts for electric vehicle infrastructure in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Prior to this role Kameale created, hired, and oversaw the Customer Experience Department at EV Connect, by partnering with the Southbay Workforce Investment Board to employee candidates from the local community. As a South Central Los Angeles native, Kameale believes that the green economy can be spread to the masses through workforce development that utilizes emerging technology.
CHRIS GOLDIE is a Community Solar Operations Manager at Cypress Creek Renewables. He has experience tracking energy project development and advising federal clients on improving government reporting in order to keep pace with economic, regulatory, and technological changes in the energy industry. He has diverse skills in industry research, data analytics, and consultation with clients and end-users for an in-house government consulting firm. LEED Green Associate with an engineering background closely following the green building and sustainability industries.
A Special Shout Out
I want to give a big shout out to three organizations who in different ways contributed to this event.
First and foremost, General Assembly, always an amazing partner and a great place where to learn new skills.
I have been a long-time fan of LA Tech4Good – and they are growing! Check out the team and new initiatives on their website. And follow their Executive Director, Karen Borchgrevink on Linkedin, she always posts something interesting.
Last, but not least, special invites went out to the AWWEE community – The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment. This is a great group to be connected to, dedicated to the advancement of all women in the fields of water, energy and environment.
Are you ready to Repurpose Your Purpose? Join the Group Program to Change Careers that starts in June.