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Careers in Renewables

Past Event

February 28, 2023

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The use of renewable energy is rapidly expanding and is expected to double by 2050. This projected growth, spurred by the Inflation Reduction Act, will increase the renewable energy labor market.

The Women in Energy (WIE) initiative at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia SIPA envisions a world with equal gender representation at every level within the energy sector. Our mission is to elevate women and enhance inclusion within the energy workforce by developing and sharing research, expanding entry into the sector, and supporting professionals.

In order to help facilitate entry into the sector, WIE will host a career panel series to highlight and connect women who have successfully entered and thrived in a specific energy subsector. Our first session will focus on careers in renewables. The panelists will discuss their career trajectories, share advice for students and graduates, and provide information on what skills are required to be successful in their fields.


  • Trixie Blair, Vice President, Greenbacker Development Opportunities
  • Salsabil Salah, Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Sarah Porter, Commercial Manager, Ørsted


Trixie Blair is a Vice President at Greenbacker Development Opportunities. She focuses on transaction execution, portfolio management, and fundraising. Prior to Greenbacker, she was a Vice President at Evercore, focused on M&A advisory for power, utility and renewable energy companies, having advised on over $15bn of transactions. Before Evercore, she was at HSBC. Trixie graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a degree in Business Administration and Accountancy, and earned her MBA from Wharton.

Salsabil Salah is an Engineer for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Salsabil has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Energy and Power from Purdue University. While at Purdue, she was also involved in solar cell research and electric go-kart projects. After college, she worked at General Motors, primarily in their EV teams on motors and power. Then she attained an MS in Business Analytics from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After Duke, she started to work for Electric Power Research Institute in their Electric Transportation team. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and doing social media and is also on the board leading marketing efforts at Women’s Energy Network (NYC).

Sarah Porter spent her first years in onshore markets, specifically utility-scale solar, where she focused first on the origination/commercial side of things and later on project execution. Currently, Sarah works as a commercial project manager, overseeing the development of two New Jersey offshore wind projects.

This event will be hosted in person in New York City. All in-person attendees are required to have received a full COVID-19 vaccination series.

Advance registration is required and free-of-charge. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].