4-Part Webinar Series

“A Clean Energy Workforce that Represents Everyone”

Co-hosts of webinar series:

  1. Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
  2. Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA)
  3. Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES)
  4. Holy Cross Energy

Webinar logistical host and contact:  Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory   Maury.Dobbie@ColoradoCollaboratory.org    970-682-5707 (cell/text)

Webinar series description:  This four-part webinar series will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion to help employers retain and hire the future generation of clean energy employees.  The four webinars are free for live viewing or watching re-posted videos.  You will hear from experts working on how to create the pipeline of workers for the future, why a diverse workforce will increase your bottom line, how to give others an opportunity to succeed, and opportunities to engage with organizations both non-profit and for-profit who are sharing best practices.


Workforce Part 2:  “Here’s what you’re missing-Why hiring and retaining a diverse workforce is imperative for your business

Webinar description:  As jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors increase, it is imperative that the workforce and leadership reflect the communities organizations serve. Studies show that companies with more diverse leadership and executive boards see higher profitability.   Accomplishing your organization’s energy, environmental and climate justice goals requires meaningful roles for people from underrepresented communities, including women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

This 60-minute webinar featured a keynote speaker who shared insight and data on why hiring and retaining a diverse workforce provides organizations with a competitive advantage, increased innovation, improved decision making and profit.

Original webinar air date:  Wednesday Oct 28, 2020

Webinar Part 2 co-host:
About AABE  —  The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policy regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.

Cost:  Free of charge.  If you haven’t registered please do so by clicking here.

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Moderator:  Monique Dyers, President & CEO, Ensight Energy Consulting

Keynote Speaker:   Deidre Sanders, Ph.D, Chair, AABE CA Public Policy Committee    Deidre Sanders PPT slide deck

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Monique Dyers
Ensight Energy Consulting


Monique Dyers is the President and CEO of Ensight Energy Consulting, LLC, a technically based management consulting firm, specializing in providing technical, environmental, commercial and financial advisory services and solutions to developers, owners, and financial institutions of energy, power and energy infrastructure projects. Ms. Dyers has over 15 years of experience in the energy and power industry and has contributed to the industry in various technical and leadership roles. Her leadership and consulting experience include leading project feasibility studies, transmission and interconnection evaluations, equipment bankability studies, construction oversight and leading and managing due diligence reviews in support of the financing of energy, power, renewable energy and oil and gas projects. In addition, Ms. Dyers previously managed global teams in the design, development and performance validation of generator set engines and generators used in the energy and power industries. Ms. Dyers holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and has previously held senior consulting positions with other firms such as AWS Truepower LLC and Luminate LLC. In addition, she has held leadership and engineering positions with Vestas Technology R&D Americas and Caterpillar Inc. As an accomplished energy professional and business leader, Ms. Dyers is passionate about ensuring that underrepresented communities are educated on energy polices and issues which may affect their communities. Her passion for community is demonstrated in her contribution and dedication to several groups and organizations. She’s currently the President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Denver Chapter and serves on the boards of City and County of Denver Sustainability Advisory Council, and the Community College of Denver Foundation. Ms. Dyers has been recognized for her professional contributions as a recipient of the Denver Business Journal 2014 Forty Under 40 Award, 2015 Top Women in Energy Award, 2018 Who’s Who in Energy and 2019 Who’s Who in Energy.  During Ms. Dyers’ tenure at Louisiana State University and A&M College, Ms. Dyers was initiated into the Mathematics Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon. She is also recognized as establishing a local Woman in Engineering Networking group at a previous employer.  Ms. Dyers is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and appreciates spending time with her family and friends, mentoring underprivileged students in the areas of mathematics and science, travel, golfing and designing pottery. mdyers@ensightenergyllc.com

Deidre Sanders
ArkSpring Consulting


Deidre is a consultant who guides businesses, agencies, and non-profits in the development and implementation of internal and external strategies, policies, and programs to advance their environmental justice, economic justice, and social justice objectives.  Prior to her consultant work she was Director of Government and Community Affairs, and Director of Public Policy at East Bay Community Energy from 2018 to early 2020, and before that she PG&E’s environmental justice (EJ) subject matter expert for ten years where advanced the implementation and institutionalization of PG&E’s Environmental Justice Policy, climate EJ, and policy strategy for PUC proceedings regarding disadvantaged communities.  She’s also served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including currently on California’s AB 617 Consultation Group and also serves as Policy Committee Chair for American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) California Chapter. She is currently on the board of the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis. Previously she served on the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) from 2012-2018; the California League of Conservation Voters (2015-2018); and the Coalition for Clean Air (2011-2015).  Deidre also worked seven years for Southern California Edison in various business areas (Environmental Affairs, Community Involvement, and Market Research). She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from the University of Southern California and earned a Ph.D. in Politics and Policy from the Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation topic was: “Exploring Cooperation, Competition, and Co-optation among Mainstream and Environmental Justice Organizations in California”.   Publications:  “Ignoring Environmental Justice Concerns is Risky Business” (2013) http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/07/ignoring-environmental-justice-concerns- risky-business/  and “Redefining Disadvantaged Communities” (2019)  https://ebce.org/news-and-events/redefining-disadvantaged-communities/index.html