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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - TRAINING ORGANIZATION: Career Inspiration Through Environmental Education Camp

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Kathy is the executive director of Solar Energy International, the largest and oldest training organization for the energy industry in the country. She spends her typical day developing business connections with people in the solar industry to help them train their employees. One really fun aspect of her job? Running a solar race car program for high school students.

Degree: Psychology - Sociology
Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: Solar Energy International

Job Summary: Chief Executives

Job Description

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and public or private-sector organizations.

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Top executives must have related work experience. Top executives in some companies are promoted from within their organization. However, other companies may prefer to hire from outside the organization.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives also are expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

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Average salary
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$75,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
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Full-time, Irregular
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Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
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Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Networking, Organizational skills

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m='10850'>about</span> <span m='11140'>30,000</span> <span m='11890'>people</span> <span m='12290'>who</span> <span m='12400'>are</span> <span m='12550'>actively</span> <span m='13040'>working</span> <span m='13440'>in</span> <span m='13580'>the</span> <span m='13660'>solar</span> <span m='14020'>industry.</span> <span m='15080'>I</span> <span m='15550'>personally</span> <span m='15930'>have</span> <span m='16070'>been</span> <span m='16219'>involved</span> <span m='16610'>in</span> <span m='16700'>solar</span> <span m='17040'>for</span> <span m='17200'>about</span> <span m='17430'>eight</span> <span m='17680'>years</span> <span m='18010'>now.</span> <span m='18270'>I</span> <span m='18360'>took</span> <span m='18560'>my</span> <span m='18690'>first</span> <span m='19080'>women's</span> <span m='19450'>only</span> <span m='19790'>class</span> <span m='20230'>from</span> <span m='20490'>Solar</span> <span m='20870'>Energy</span> <span m='21180'>International</span> <span m='22120'>about</span> <span m='22350'>eight</span> <span m='22560'>years</span> <span m='22850'>ago.</span> </p><p><span m='23720'>And</span> <span m='23950'>my</span> <span m='24190'>typical</span> <span m='24660'>day,</span> <span m='25000'>and</span> <span m='25170'>what</span> <span m='25360'>my</span> <span m='25490'>job</span> <span m='25860'>entails,</span> <span m='26530'>is</span> <span m='26860'>really</span> <span m='27150'>reaching</span> <span m='27490'>out</span> <span m='27650'>to</span> <span m='27750'>a</span> <span m='27790'>lot</span> <span m='27980'>of</span> <span m='28070'>industry</span> <span m='28520'>contacts,</span> <span m='29500'>making</span> <span m='29830'>those</span> <span m='30090'>good</span> <span m='30250'>business</span> <span m='30720'>connections,</span> <span m='31410'>and</span> <span m='31530'>helping</span> <span m='31960'>those</span> <span m='32500'>industry</span> <span m='32930'>partners</span> <span m='33780'>get</span> <span m='33930'>the</span> <span m='34020'>training</span> <span m='34390'>that</span> <span m='34560'>they</span> <span m='34720'>need</span> <span m='35080'>so</span> <span m='35190'>that</span> <span m='35400'>their</span> <span m='35570'>employees</span> <span m='36070'>can</span> <span m='36240'>be</span> <span m='36380'>successful.</span> <span m='37500'>We</span> <span m='37860'>also</span> <span m='38200'>do</span> <span m='38360'>a</span> <span m='38440'>lot</span> <span m='38810'>of</span> <span m='38870'>training</span> <span m='39290'>for</span> <span m='39440'>young</span> <span m='39740'>people.</span> <span m='40320'>I'm</span> <span m='40440'>just</span> <span m='40680'>thinking</span> <span m='41750'>of a</span> <span m='41810'>few</span> <span m='42090'>people</span> <span m='42430'>in</span> <span m='42510'>particular,</span> <span m='43830'>one</span> <span m='44080'>fellow</span> <span m='44390'>was</span> <span m='44650'>just</span> <span m='44970'>out</span> <span m='45150'>of</span> <span m='45170'>high</span> <span m='45410'>school.</span> <span m='45850'>His</span> <span m='46100'>passion</span> <span m='47390'>was</span> <span m='47480'>solar</span> <span m='47930'>electricity.</span> <span m='48930'>And</span> <span m='49150'>so</span> <span m='49310'>we</span> <span m='49490'>helped</span> <span m='49730'>to</span> <span m='49860'>train</span> <span m='50200'>him</span> <span m='50360'>so</span> <span m='50700'>he</span> <span m='50880'>could</span> <span m='50950'>go on</span> <span m='51780'>to</span> <span m='51860'>get</span> <span m='52010'>a</span> <span m='52050'>job</span> <span m='52400'>within</span> <span m='52660'>the</span> <span m='52780'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='53990'>And,</span> <span m='54640'>let's</span> <span m='54930'>see,</span> <span m='55440'>we</span> <span m='55670'>also</span> <span m='55990'>do the</span> <span m='56100'>solar</span> <span m='56550'>race</span> <span m='56870'>cars</span> <span m='57200'>program,</span> <span m='58450'>mostly</span> <span m='58860'>for</span> <span m='58990'>high</span> <span m='59170'>school</span> <span m='59490'>students.</span> <span m='60320'>And</span> <span m='60490'>what</span> <span m='60680'>that</span> <span m='60840'>involves</span> <span m='61560'>is</span> <span m='62280'>having</span> <span m='62580'>the</span> <span m='62600'>high</span> <span m='62780'>school</span> <span m='63110'>students</span> <span m='63590'>design</span> <span m='64519'>these</span> <span m='64750'>solar</span> <span m='65260'>race</span> <span m='65650'>cars,</span> <span m='66080'>and</span> <span m='66160'>you</span> <span m='66280'>actually</span> <span m='66670'>have a</span> <span m='67110'>race.</span> <span m='67760'>And</span> <span m='68020'>they're</span> <span m='68140'>remote</span> <span m='68500'>controlled</span> <span m='68990'>race</span> <span m='69290'>cars</span> <span m='69660'>that</span> <span m='69810'>you</span> <span m='69950'>race</span> <span m='70290'>for</span> <span m='70410'>an</span> <span m='70510'>hour.</span> <span m='71260'>And</span> <span m='71370'>you</span> <span m='71460'>have</span> <span m='71650'>to</span> <span m='71760'>design</span> <span m='72250'>and</span> <span m='72370'>engineer</span> <span m='72920'>them</span> <span m='73220'>so</span> <span m='73530'>that</span> <span m='73830'>they</span> <span m='75100'>perform.</span> <span m='75530'>It's kind of</span> <span m='75960'>like</span> <span m='76150'>NASCAR,</span> <span m='76690'>just</span> <span m='76970'>on</span> <span m='77050'>a</span> <span m='77580'>smaller</span> <span m='78100'>level.</span> <span m='78390'>And</span> <span m='78510'>you're</span> <span m='78610'>using</span> <span m='78980'>solar</span> <span m='79320'>panels</span> <span m='79710'>such</span> <span m='79960'>as</span> <span m='80120'>these</span> <span m='80470'>on</span> <span m='80640'>top</span> <span m='80930'>of</span> <span m='81040'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='81570'>How</span> <span m='81890'>I</span> <span m='82010'>got</span> <span m='82250'>into</span> <span m='82580'>the</span> <span m='82670'>solar</span> <span m='82980'>industry</span> <span m='83870'>is kind</span> <span m='84320'>of a</span> <span m='84400'>long,</span> <span m='84810'>winding,</span> <span m='85740'>background.</span> <span m='86610'>I</span> <span m='86730'>originally</span> <span m='87130'>went</span> <span m='87300'>to</span> <span m='87380'>college</span> <span m='87920'>with</span> <span m='88150'>an</span> <span m='88260'>emphasis</span> <span m='88820'>in</span> <span m='89030'>studying</span> <span m='89460'>psychology</span> <span m='90150'>and</span> <span m='90250'>sociology.</span> <span m='91250'>But</span> <span m='91900'>there's</span> <span m='92160'>not</span> <span m='92370'>really</span> <span m='92670'>much</span> <span m='93010'>you</span> <span m='93120'>can</span> <span m='93360'>do</span> <span m='93510'>with</span> <span m='93700'>that</span> <span m='93930'>unless</span> <span m='94240'>you</span> <span m='94350'>want</span> <span m='94480'>to</span> <span m='94520'>become</span> <span m='95675'>a</span> <span m='96020'>psychiatrist,</span> <span m='96870'>or</span> <span m='97220'>a</span> <span m='97570'>psychologist.</span> <span m='99020'>And</span> <span m='99330'>so</span> <span m='99520'>after</span> <span m='99860'>I</span> <span m='99900'>graduated</span> <span m='100470'>from</span> <span m='100620'>college</span> <span m='101130'>I</span> <span m='101240'>went</span> <span m='101500'>into</span> <span m='101700'>the</span> <span m='101820'>environmental</span> <span m='102330'>education</span> <span m='102880'>route.</span> <span m='103620'>And</span> <span m='103780'>I</span> <span m='103860'>spent</span> <span m='104580'>a</span> <span m='104680'>good</span> <span m='104930'>number</span> <span m='105190'>of</span> <span m='105270'>years</span> <span m='105660'>working</span> <span m='106150'>as</span> <span m='106380'>a</span> <span m='106410'>naturalist</span> <span m='107150'>at</span> <span m='107280'>environmental</span> <span m='107820'>education</span> <span m='108140'>camps</span> <span m='108660'>similar</span> <span m='109500'>to</span> <span m='109630'>what</span> <span m='109850'>you</span> <span m='110000'>may</span> <span m='110240'>have</span> <span m='110440'>gone</span> <span m='110610'>to</span> <span m='110760'>when</span> <span m='110910'>you</span> <span m='111020'>were</span> <span m='111110'>in</span> <span m='111210'>elementary</span> <span m='111870'>or</span> <span m='111940'>middle</span> <span m='112200'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='113290'>And</span> <span m='113750'>after</span> <span m='114070'>that,</span> <span m='114310'>I</span> <span m='114370'>eventually</span> <span m='114840'>started</span> <span m='115140'>working</span> <span m='115430'>my</span> <span m='115660'>way</span> <span m='115920'>up the</span> <span m='116000'>ladder.</span> <span m='116470'>I</span> <span m='116580'>became</span> <span m='117050'>a</span> <span m='117190'>program</span> <span m='117680'>director</span> <span m='118120'>at a</span> <span m='118220'>very</span> <span m='118530'>large</span> <span m='119210'>environmental</span> <span m='119720'>education</span> <span m='120230'>camp</span> <span m='120920'>based</span> <span m='121190'>in</span> <span m='121360'>the</span> <span m='121450'>Bay</span> <span m='121690'>Area</span> <span m='121950'>in</span> <span m='122210'>California.</span> <span m='123330'>It was called</span> <span m='123605'>Camp Arroyo.</span> <span m='125260'>And</span> <span m='125480'>at</span> <span m='125670'>this</span> <span m='125910'>camp</span> <span m='126230'>it</span> <span m='126350'>was</span> <span m='126530'>amazing,</span> <span m='127880'>because</span> <span m='128370'>all</span> <span m='128570'>the</span> <span m='128669'>buildings</span> <span m='129139'>had</span> <span m='129340'>solar</span> <span m='129669'>hot</span> <span m='129889'>water</span> <span m='130229'>systems,</span> <span m='130780'>we had a</span> <span m='130949'>solar</span> <span m='131320'>electric</span> <span m='131770'>system.</span> <span m='133130'>The</span> <span m='133340'>cafeteria</span> <span m='134270'>was</span> <span m='134510'>one</span> <span m='134710'>of</span> <span m='134790'>the</span> <span m='134890'>largest</span> <span m='135410'>straw-built</span> <span m='135710'>buildings</span> <span m='135790'>in</span> <span m='136090'>the</span> <span m='136470'>United</span> <span m='136910'>States.</span> <span m='137970'>And it</span> <span m='138460'>just</span> <span m='138750'>really</span> <span m='139360'>inspired</span> <span m='140060'>me.</span> <span m='140160'>We</span> <span m='140290'>started</span> <span m='140650'>teaching</span> <span m='141020'>kids</span> <span m='141300'>about</span> <span m='141630'>solar</span> <span m='143080'>so</span> <span m='143280'>that</span> <span m='143410'>our</span> <span m='143710'>younger</span> <span m='144160'>generations</span> <span m='145030'>know</span> <span m='145760'>the</span> <span m='146070'>potential</span> <span m='146600'>solar</span> <span m='146930'>has</span> <span m='147225'>and</span> <span m='147520'>how</span> <span m='147720'>it</span> <span m='147890'>works.</span> </p><p><span m='148900'>And</span> <span m='149130'>so</span> <span m='149360'>from</span> <span m='149670'>there,</span> <span m='150040'>I</span> <span m='150160'>took</span> <span m='150420'>my</span> <span m='150610'>first</span> <span m='150990'>class</span> <span m='151285'>at</span> <span m='151580'>Solar</span> <span m='152000'>Energy</span> <span m='152300'>International,</span> <span m='152620'>the</span> <span m='153060'>Women's-only</span> <span m='153500'>PD</span> <span m='153940'>Design</span> <span m='154380'>and</span> <span m='154820'>Installation</span> <span m='155490'>Class.</span> <span m='156470'>Eventually</span> <span m='156990'>moved</span> <span m='157350'>on</span> <span m='157700'>into</span> <span m='158035'>SEI.</span> <span m='158550'>Started</span> <span m='159000'>off</span> <span m='159190'>as</span> <span m='159380'>the</span> <span m='159500'>office</span> <span m='159880'>manager</span> <span m='160170'>and</span> <span m='160460'>worked</span> <span m='160750'>my</span> <span m='160880'>way</span> <span m='161120'>up</span> <span m='161290'>the</span> <span m='161360'>ladder,</span> <span m='162140'>until</span> <span m='162430'>now,</span> <span m='162680'>I'm</span> <span m='162820'>the</span> <span m='162940'>executive</span> <span m='163470'>director</span> <span m='163950'>of</span> <span m='164355'>SEI,</span> <span m='164760'>which</span> <span m='165060'>I</span> <span m='165160'>am</span> <span m='165270'>so</span> <span m='166100'>thrilled</span> <span m='166500'>to</span> <span m='166610'>be.</span> <span m='167220'>Again,</span> <span m='167500'>we</span> <span m='167570'>have</span> <span m='167810'>30,000</span> <span m='168540'>alumni.</span> <span m='169320'>And</span> <span m='169570'>people</span> <span m='169990'>who are</span> <span m='170270'>in</span> <span m='170470'>this</span> <span m='170710'>industry</span> <span m='171480'>really</span> <span m='171970'>just</span> <span m='172270'>care.</span> <span m='172630'>They</span> <span m='172790'>care</span> <span m='173090'>about</span> <span m='173320'>the</span> <span m='173400'>future.</span> <span m='173820'>They</span> <span m='173930'>care</span> <span m='174110'>about</span> <span m='174340'>your</span> <span m='174630'>future.</span> <span m='175800'>And</span> <span m='175920'>that's</span> <span m='176240'>really</span> <span m='176580'>exciting</span> <span m='176890'>for me.</span> </p><p><span m='178730'>My</span> <span m='178950'>advice</span> <span m='179410'>to</span> <span m='179550'>you</span> <span m='179805'>is</span> <span m='180541'>have a</span> <span m='181022'>job</span> <span m='181503'>that</span> <span m='181984'>you love</span> <span m='182465'>going to</span> <span m='182950'>each</span> <span m='183170'>and</span> <span m='183270'>every</span> <span m='183490'>day.</span> <span m='184070'>Life</span> <span m='184280'>is</span> <span m='184510'>too</span> <span m='184830'>short</span> <span m='185290'>for you to be</span> <span m='185700'>stuck</span> <span m='186010'>in</span> <span m='186100'>a</span> <span m='186160'>job</span> <span m='186540'>that</span> <span m='186630'>you</span> <span m='186850'>don't</span> <span m='187100'>enjoy</span> <span m='187440'>doing.</span> <span m='188920'>Find</span> <span m='189350'>something</span> <span m='189690'>that</span> <span m='189860'>you're</span> <span m='190080'>passionate</span> <span m='190750'>about,</span> <span m='191050'>something</span> <span m='191610'>that</span> <span m='191820'>can</span> <span m='192090'>make</span> <span m='192310'>a</span> <span m='192430'>difference</span> <span m='192875'>in this</span> <span m='193320'>world.</span> <span m='195990'>That's</span> <span m='196220'>what</span> <span m='196320'>inspires</span> <span m='196860'>me</span> <span m='197040'>every</span> <span m='197300'>single</span> <span m='197610'>day</span> <span m='198010'>I come to work.</span> <span m='198290'>It's</span> <span m='198570'>like,</span> <span m='198710'>yeah,</span> <span m='198960'>there's</span> <span m='199150'>a</span> <span m='199220'>lot</span> <span m='199510'>of</span> <span m='199560'>stuff</span> <span m='199850'>I have to</span> <span m='200210'>deal</span> <span m='200500'>with,</span> <span m='201190'>but</span> <span m='201320'>it's</span> <span m='201520'>like</span> <span m='202210'>we're</span> <span m='202410'>helping</span> <span m='202790'>to</span> <span m='202850'>make</span> <span m='203050'>a</span> <span m='203090'>difference</span> <span m='203820'>and</span> <span m='204220'>that's</span> <span m='204620'>what</span> <span m='204750'>I</span> <span m='204860'>really</span> <span m='205130'>enjoy.</span> </p><p><span m='205980'>I</span> <span m='206050'>wish</span> <span m='206290'>you</span> <span m='206410'>the</span> <span m='206540'>best</span> <span m='206940'>of luck.</span> <span m='207270'>Thank</span> <span m='208180'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255813,"video_id":"2701282574001","name":"70204956","duration":209023,"thumbnail_url":null}});