Q&A with Julie Beggs - TREIA Development Officer

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler - TREIA Storyteller in Residence

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler - TREIA Storyteller in Residence

What’s your background and what are your main responsibilities at TREIA?

I've had the privilege in my career to work with non-profit, for-profit, and municipalities delivering communications strategies, customer service, and leadership skills to achieve the mission and vision of the organization. This has provided an opportunity to serve in organizations experiencing tremendous change, while evolving to meet the growing needs of its members/customers. My work at TREIA includes welcoming new members and retaining existing ones, while sharing the many opportunities that exist for members to get involved. Currently, my priority is ensuring our 2018 GridNEXT Conference reflects the diverse community that comprises TREIA Membership.

What drew you to working for TREIA?  What excites you about the organization?

What drew you to working for TREIA? What excites you about the organization? This past spring I had the opportunity to meet with Melissa Miller, President of the Board, and hear her vision for TREIA, some of the recent changes that had been implemented, and the recently adopted strategic plan. The Board has done a great job outlining a strategic plan that represents the significance renewables play in the market, as well as the impact and opportunities TREIA has in that discussion. It’s exciting to be involved with a group of energy professionals that has a vision for the future and the contribution it will make.

What are the benefits of TREIA membership?

I am so pleased that our membership continues to grow and the opportunities for members reflect strong benefits such as access to timely and critical information; invaluable partnership prospects; access to a strong network of industry leaders; and, support services. In addition, our Events and Education Committee continue to develop valuable opportunities to stay plugged in, learn, and network through webinars, luncheons, and member events. Now is a great time to renew your membership with TREIA or, join for the first time. Membership is easily achieved online by clicking here and best of all -- through the summer, membership dues are reduced 50 percent when using code:  SUMMER50.

What’s on tap for GridNEXT in October and why should people attend?

We've listened to our members and created an agenda that reflects what our members want: more networking opportunities, programs that reflect diversity within the renewable energy industry, and engaging speakers. The team is finalizing many of the details now and is excited to share what’s in store for GridNEXT 2018 soon. It's always a very successful event and this year will be no different.

How do people register for GridNEXT or otherwise get involved in the event?

First and foremost:  Save the Date! GridNEXT is scheduled for October 21 - 23, 2018! Secondly, check your email. We will be sending notifications for registration, program agenda updates, and networking involvement on a regular basis. And finally, think about becoming a sponsor. It’s a great way to introduce and promote your business to colleagues in the field who are interested in learning about resources available.