“Acting Courageously” – Presenters: Kellee Christensen from Lansing Board of Water & Light; Carol Cool and Tori Menold from the WIST Program)
Following the ATHENA principle to “Act Courageously,” are you willing to stand alone and speak the truth, to question assumptions or challenge the status quo? On February 28, we invite you to hear the stories of three women who have challenged the status quo and persevered in traditionally male-dominated professions: electrical engineering and construction.
Kellee Christensen is one of the first female engineers at the Lansing Board of Water & Light. She has been working in the utility industry for over 27 years, navigating a career in a mostly male-dominated field and industry. Through all her challenges and opportunities, she has been able to persevere and take the lead on many interesting projects that have helped move the Board of Water & Light into becoming a “Utility of the Future.”
Carol Cool and Tori Menold have a combined 48 years of experience as construction project managers. They have taken that knowledge and experience and created Women in Skilled Trades (WIST), a pre-apprenticeship program that supports the courage it takes for a woman to enter a nontraditional career. Through training, mentorship and industry connections, WIST strives to lift women up and help them succeed in a life-changing decision to enter the skilled trades.