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The Current February 2015
The Current
February 2015


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: Positioning Ourselves for Success

By Tiffin Shewmake

Leadership and integrity were key themes highlighted by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, at the December 8, 2014 Women in Leadership Series for the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment. Jewell heads an agency with more than 70,000 employees that manages 20 percent of the nation’s lands including national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands.

From left, Sydney McNiff Johnson, Ronke Luke, Tenley Dalstrom, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Judy Neason, Alice Grabowski and Christi Tezak.


Spotlight on Ronke Luke
By Molly Bauch

Ronke Luke is an award-winning professional with 20 years’ experience consulting in energy, environment and IT for government and private sector clients. She currently leads business development for General Dynamics Information Technology’s Energy account.


Editorial: WCEE Congratulates Colette Honorable on FERC Appointment
By Branko Terzic

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s most recent nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Arkansas Public Service Commissioner Colette Honorable, on a 65-28 procedural vote.


National Conversation on Board Diversity Continues
By Britt Ide

On November 20, 2014, more than1600 people in 18 cities, including Washington, DC, joined in events to discuss a strategy for making the U.S. a global leader in advancing women to company boards. The organizer of the events, 2020 Women on Boards was founded in Boston in 2010 as a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on US company boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020.
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Public Speaking: Speak Well, Do Well
By Branko Terzic

One step in building your “brand name” is to develop the skill of public speaking. The art of public speaking is natural to some but it can be acquired by all. That the skill can be acquired has been the message of teachers of rhetoric since the time of the ancient Greeks. It’s also been the subject of numerous books, tapes and seminars during the 20th century. But why is this an important skill?


EPA Set to Finalize Clean Power Plan as Opposition Grows
By Jody M. Foster

The New Year promises to be a time of uncertainty for the Obama Administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the plan in June under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to require reductions of carbon emissions associated with electric generation from existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030 (“Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,” 79 FR 34830 (June 18, 2014), Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602).


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The Current Team

Marketing and Communications Section Chair:
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Executive Editor:
Pat Courtney Strong

Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, Jody M. Foster, Branko Terzic, Tiffin Shewmake, Molly Bauch

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