"My biggest take away from the GREEN program is that sustainable energy production is scalable. With GREEN, I saw firsthand that it was indeed possible. "
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
This applies to all industries: be prepared to do your own legwork and do not be afraid to cold call. Especially in a nascent industry like sustainable development, the opportunities exist, but they may not be part of a formalized recruitment or advancement program. It’s important to seek out the opportunities you want. And don’t be afraid to pick up the phone – the worst anyone can say is “no.”
Why do you believe that you are the next-generation pioneer of your industry?
It is important to embrace change be open to new ways of thinking. I make a conscious effort to do both of these things, even when it may not be the most comfortable or secure path.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
In law school, I served as co-president of a large student organization. One of our core missions was to foster student-alumni relationships. To this end, we sponsor an annual conference with around 300 attendees. In planning for this event, I learned a lot about how important teamwork and communication is. Being a leader is often less about leading per se and more about enabling those around you to accomplish their goals.
Describe a personal experience that has indirectly or directly influenced your career path.
I had the opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia in May 2012 with a small group of professors and students from Penn State. We were studying economic and community development in post-war and post-genocide regions. One of the themes that was apparent to me throughout my time there was the importance of a robust legal framework to enforce obligations and protect property rights. Without this, there is little incentive for investment. This was one of the reasons behind my decision to attend law school.
Describe your dream job.
My dream job is pretty simple: helping others achieve their goals.
"GREEN changed my perspective considerably. Prior to GREEN, I had never been outside the US, with the exception of Canada. The opportunity to travel and be immersed in a totally new culture really opened up my world. Such a global perspective is critical in today’s increasingly globalized economy."
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
GREEN changed my perspective considerably. Prior to GREEN, I had never been outside the US, with the exception of Canada. The opportunity to travel and be immersed in a totally new culture really opened up my world. Such a global perspective is critical in today’s increasingly globalized economy.
What does #onlyontheGREENprogram mean to you?
Once-in-a-lifetime immersive experiential learning.