WIE Events

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022 (10:30 AM EDT): Power at the Table - Advocate for Energy & Data Equity: Fireside Chat with Electric Co-Op CEO Curtis Wynn


Have you wondered how to identify your career goals – even the really scary lofty ones? Have you pondered how to sell a crazy idea to your company and obtain funding? Do you know how to effectively respond when you hear “no” to your ideas or career aspirations?  Curtis Wynn, CEO of SECO Energy, does and consequently, 1000s of homes in Rural Communities have had affordable energy for decades, and now they have affordable access to the internet too.

Redefining the expectations for an industry can sometimes feel like an insurmountable or unapproachable task. Curtis Wynn, CEO of SECO Energy, personifies the idea that you should seek to be a part of the change you hope to see in the world. Curtis has dedicated his over 40-year career in electric cooperatives (co-ops) to support equitable access to clean energy, high-speed internet, and economic development to support all members of the co-ops he has led - especially focusing on programs to assist rural and low-income members. "It's not easy," Wynn says. "But I imagine it wasn't easy to string those first wires, either." In this fireside chat, Curtis will share how he has been an effective change maker in the energy market through a focus on adopting new technology and the power of developing a strategic vision. 

As the son of a rural farmer, Curtis Wynn is no stranger to hard work. Growing up he knew that he wanted to work at the local electric co-op and began his career in the industry by washing co-op trucks with future dreams to be a line technician. Working in many roles across the electric co-op ecosystem, he currently leads the sixth largest co-op in the nation serving over 220,000 families and businesses in Central Florida. Curtis is also the immediate past president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where he led fellow energy executives through supporting their service regions during the onset of the COVID pandemic.


Year Event

APEC (USA): WIE, YP, and You: How to become involved with IEEE PELS and PSMA too

Learn about all the ways you can engage with PELS and PSMA and uncover all the exciting opportunities behind these acronyms.


ECCE (Virtual):

 - Mentors + Advocates: How to be one + How to find one by Stephanie Watts Butler, Christina DiMarino, Lauren Kegley, Katherine Kim, Denise Ridley, and Ray Ridley

Learn the difference between a mentor and an advocate as well as how you can find or be a part of the career evolution process for yourself and others.

 - From Bachelors to Fellow to Board of Directors: Fireside Chat with Electrical Engineer Duy-Loan Le

Learn about Duy-Loan Le's journey in the field of power electronics.


APEC (USA): Power Electronics: A Destination Few Women Have Gone Before by Keyue Ma Smedley

Learn about Keyue Ma Smedley's journey in the field of power electronics.

ECCE (USA): The Role of Mentorship in My Career Path from Bulgaria to Canada by Tanya Gachovska

Learn about Tanya Gachovska's view of mentors and how her mentors helped shape her career path in power electronics.

ECCE (Asia) and ICPE (Korea): "Presentation" by Meiqin Mao

SPEC/COBEP (Brazil): Who Am I? From My Choices To My Life by Camila Gehrke

Learn about Camila Gehrke's career challenges and triumphs that she revealed during her presentation.


APEC (USA): Breaking the Glass Ceiling by Azadeh Ansari

Learn about the challenges and compromises that Azadeh Ansari encountered while pursuing a career in power electronics.

ECCE (USA): "Presentation" by Anette Muetze

ECCE (Asia), IPEC (Japan): The Journey to My Dream: From Astronomy to Electrical Engineering and More by Marta Molinas

Learn about Marta Molinas's personal story of a dream she had as a child and how that dream led her to where she is now.


APEC (USA): The Power to Be by Stephanie Watts Butler

Learn how you can have a powerful career regardless of changes in the power electronics field or your personal life.

ECCE (USA): "Presentation" by Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

2016 APEC (USA): Impedance Matching Your Power Electronics Career by Katherine A. Kim

 - The Sponsorship Imperative: Critical Roles and Shared Responsibilities by Dr. Elizabeth Travis of MD Anderson

View Elizabeth Travis's slide deck that highlights the importance of sponsors in one's career.

 - Fostering Sponsorship Success Among High Performers and Leaders by Catalyst

View this PDF to learn about sponsorships and how you can set yourself up to receive one.

 - Sponsorship: Defining the Relationship by Harvard Business Review (Podcast, Women at Work, Season 4, Episode 3)

Listen to this podcast episode to learn more about sponsorships.