1. Describe your current role and your responsibilities.
Since my time at MIP, I have transitioned from Manager of Member Services to Project Specialist. I report to the CFO and work on various tasks related to rates, audits, RFPs, resource adequacy planning, efficiency, loan procurement, research, policy and procedures, power marketing, new software implementation, etc.
2. In general, how has the Management Internship Program (MIP) helped you in your work and in your career?
It has given me the confidence and drive to seek a leadership role in the cooperative and strive for a senior management role or perhaps even CEO one day. MIP showed me my co-op's commitment to building leaders and its dedication to expand my knowledge in all aspects of the electric utility industry. It was an honor to be chosen to attend MIP.
3. What’s one thing from MIP that has made a difference for you? The network and relationships created from my time at MIP, has been the most rewarding and grateful experience. I've met some great people who were smart, passionate about their job, and willing to help others both professionally and personally, for the greater good. I would do anything to help my fellow MIP class mates and I feel they would do the same for me.
4. What is something you’ve approached differently or had greater success with because of what you learned from MIP?
Because my supervisor and CEO has invested time and money into my growth as employee, I feel I need to pay it forward and promote those same opportunities with my staff and other co-workers with who have shown they have great potential to become leaders. I want others to get the training and opportunities to network and create friendships. Those experiences gave me confidence to seek opportunities to serve at a higher level and learn more, during a time where there is a need for leaders due to increasing retirements in the electric industry workforce.
5. If you were telling a peer or colleague about MIP, what would you want them to know? In other words, what advice would you give someone considering the MIP?
What you gain from MIP all depends on what you put into it. You have to be willing to challenge yourself and answer the questions: how can I be a better employee, what can I do help my fellow co-workers? Be engaged and ask questions! Take time to get to know your fellow classmates both during and outside of class time. Get to know your instructors and trade contact information. Stay connected with your classmates, even if it’s just to say hello. It’s easy to get on with your life once you’re done with MIP, so don't regret not staying in touch with those you may come to rely on down the road. Share your experiences, give advice and let people know, you’re willing to help them. It’s easy to ask from others, but are others comfortable coming to you? MIP created an environment for self-reflection, which drove me to ask myself the bigger question: are you willing to take your game to the next level and really make a difference?