Industry Leaders Discussion Series: Energize Your Networking
*The event has been postponed to a date to be determined*
5:00 – 6:00 pm | Registration, Networking and Headshots
6:00 – 6:30 pm | Networking Do’s and Don’ts Presentation
6:30 – 8:00 pm | Panel Discussion
SMPS Philly and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) are joining forces to help energize your networking. A panel of energy industry and A/E/C leaders will share personal insights and lessons learned from their experiences building and nurturing relationships. In addition, a photographer will be on-site offering complimentary headshots to update your LinkedIn profile, and there’ll be a refresher on networking tips and tricks. Don’t miss this opportunity to power up your network.
6:00 – 6:30 pm | Networking Do’s and Don’ts Presentation
We’ll kickoff the Discussion Series with a presentation from Kathy O’Donnell.
Kathy O’Donnell | Marketing Coordinator at McCormick Taylor
Kathy has served as the Marketing Coordinator working directly with McCormick Taylor’s energy group since 2017. One of her main responsibilities in this role is business development. Not only does Kathy attend numerous networking events and conferences each year to promote McCormick Taylor’s services to potential energy clients, she works with other McCormick Taylor staff members to track and strategize their own business development efforts. Kathy has been an active member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy since 2018 and currently serves on its Communications Committee. Prior to coming on full-time, she worked for McCormick Taylor as a marketing intern. Kathy has a Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Loyola University Maryland.
6:30 – 8:00 pm | Industry Leaders Discussion Series
Our main event! Join us for a panel discussion with industry leaders to discuss the importance of networking in their careers. What are their most significant tips and tricks? What are their biggest pet peeves? What have been their biggest career mistakes? We’ll cover it all in this engaging and personal discussion.
Christine Knapp | Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia | Panelist
Christine Knapp was appointed as the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration in January of 2016. Previously, she served in leadership roles at the Philadelphia Water Department, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, and at PennFuture where she advocated for the creation of a municipal sustainability office. She is on the board of the Passyunk Square Civic Association and lives in the neighborhood with her husband and daughter. She is a graduate of Villanova University, was a 2010 Center for Progressive Leadership Political Fellow, and has been recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as a “Keeper and Connector”.
Andrew Daga | Founder, President and CEO of Momentum Dynamics | Panelist
Andy is the founder and serves as the President, and CEO of Momentum Dynamics, the global leader in fast, efficient high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. He holds degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture, and space science and technology. Andy’s primary responsibilities include formulating the company’s business strategy, working with the Board of Directors, and implementing strategy through the coordination of technology development, market analysis, and partnership building. Through his varied experience over 25 years, Andy has developed a strong capacity to identify engineering talent and manage multidisciplinary engineering and business teams.
Fabian Robinson | Manager of Corporate Applications at PJM Interconnection | Panelist
Fabian currently leads the Corporate Applications department of PJM Interconnection. He is responsible for managing a team of analysts and developers who support the enterprise analytics and applications. He has held this position since April 2018. Previously, he held the post of manager for the infrastructure support department. This included responsibilities for enterprise storage and backup, rapid response, capacity and performance monitoring, and patch and vulnerability management services. In addition, Fabian is the president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy – Philadelphia chapter, a position he has held since 2018. In this capacity, Fabian has had the opportunity to work with educational institutions, corporations, non-profits, and private individuals. Fabian has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of the West Indies and a master’s degree in Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.
Susie Ridenour | Vice President, Energy Services at McCormick Taylor | Panelist
Susie leads McCormick Taylor’s Energy Services, Marketing, Business Development, and Talent Acquisition teams. Prior to joining McCormick Taylor, she worked at the Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Environmental Design, Environmental Programs Division for 30 years where she managed the environmental process for thousands of transportation, electric, gas pipeline, and power generation projects. She’s worked with federal and state agencies and developed a strong understanding of the techniques and tools that help streamline regulatory approvals. A key to her success has been a career of developing authentic personal relationships.
Rory Sweeney | Regulatory Consultant at GT Power Group | Moderator
Rory manages electricity-industry market intelligence for GT Power Group clients and provides energy-sector media and PR consulting. He has nearly two decades of experience in print and online media and has acted as a media representative for several Fortune 500 energy corporations. Rory has been involved in YPE since 2011 and currently serves as the Philly chapter’s secretary and archivist.
1.5 CMPS Credits
- Learn what networking is and tips and tricks for networking
- Learn how to engage your network to gain leads for new work
- Understand how your network can benefit you professionally and personally
- Learn how a strong personal network can provide you/your firm with valuable information
McCormick Taylor | 1818 Market Street, 16th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cancellations made two weeks prior to the event will be fully refunded, minus a $10 processing fee. Due to SMPS Philadelphia’s commitment with vendors, all cancellations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund, though a registrant may substitute for another event at no charge up until 24 hours prior to the event.