PES Women in Power Electric Utility Crossroads

IEEE Power & Energy Society Women in Power Webinar Series

Electric Utility Crossroads Includes Renewables, Storage and a Workforce in Transition

14 July 2015  12:00 pm eastern

Presented by Wanda Reder
Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company


With significant workforce attrition on the horizon, Wanda has been promoting efforts to attract and educate the necessary talent for the power industry.  Her efforts have served to bolster industry image, increase outreach efforts and rebuild power related curriculums.   This presentation discusses the workforce transition that is needed given the significant industry changes that are underway. Business model changes, the importance of diversity to successfully innovate, knowledge management and impacts on corporate culture are a few of the topics that will be discussed to build the next generation workforce.


The Presenter:


Wanda Reder started at S&C Electric Company in 2004 as VP of Power Systems Solutions and is now the Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to S&C, she held various power delivery leadership positions at ComEd / Exelon and Northern States Power.  Wanda is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, is on the IEEE Board as Division VII Director and on the IEEE Foundation Board. Wanda is the Founder of IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, a Signature program that has provided 733 scholarships to 466 students. She launched the IEEE Smart Grid, now enjoying over 27,000 LinkedIn and 11,000 Twitter followers.  Wanda was named a Distinguished Engineer at South Dakota State University in 2007, was the first female President of IEEE Power & Energy Society in 2008-2009, became an IEEE Fellow in 2012 and received the IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership and Meritorious Service Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In recognition for exemplary service, she received the IEEE TAB Hall of Honor Award in 2013 and the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award in 2014.

Eric Sortomme received a B.Sc. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He is currently a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Alstom Grid, Redmond, WA. He has authored or coauthored many technical publications. His research interests are smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a co-recipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He has been a member of IEEE since 2007 and has served as the Electric Vehicle Working group chair and the Seattle Chapter vice-chair.