Mary Powell is the CEO of Green Mountain Power.
Recently, Navigant's Jan Vrins and PUF's Steve Mitnick talked with seven inspiring utility CEOs — all women — about their experience as leaders, their advice to today's rising stars (particularly those that are young women), and their company's challenges as they transform their organizations to navigate the energy transition, address climate change, and redefine our industry.
PUF: Talk about your experience as a woman CEO in our industry.
Mary Powell: It's always a pleasure to talk about leadership in this industry, particularly at the time we're in from a climate perspective. There has never been a more important time to be in a leadership position in an industry that exists for the public good, and there's no greater public good than tackling the climate crisis that we're facing.
My experience as a CEO in this industry has been that it has been incredibly important to be bold, courageous, loving, and it's an honor, as I've been CEO since 2008. When I first became CEO, there were very few women. I'm pleased that now the industry's up to maybe twenty+percent female, something like that. It has changed a lot.