Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Southern California Edison. She has served in several leadership roles in several utilities in her career. At SCE in addition to her current position, she has also been the Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & Power Supply. At New York Power Authority, she worked as the Chief Commercial Officer, Vice President of Public Affairs and Energy Policy and Chief of Staff to the CEO. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from NYU.
What do we talk about in this episode?
Jill shares her career journey starting out in the utility industry, moving into leadership positions early in her career; she discusses her wide variety of experiences from leading people in the field to leading people in an office. We talk about some of the challenges faced in being a woman in the field of a utility and how to handle those challenges. Jill provides insight into leadership and her leadership experiences. She shares how she has developed her skill sets over her career to move into the executive leadership role she currently inhabits.
- The importance of meeting people where they are – one person at a time.
- Jill’s experience in a variety of leadership experiences at different utilities. Technical leadership roles and leadership roles in non-technical areas of utilities.
- Why and how Jill uses social media and is purposefully visible so she can be a role model as a woman engineer and a woman executive.
- The importance of being in leadership and being in the field with her employees.
- How Jill strategically and intentionally uses her time in a week and how she intentionally invests in herself.
- Enjoying the people side is one of the most important parts of being in leadership vs. staying technical
- Avoiding office manager type tasks – or sharing them equally with others on your team.
Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio
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