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Women in STEAM: Barbara Sugg

Barbara Sugg | Southwest Power Pool | President & CEO

Beginning Interests… I’ve always loved solving problems – whether they are people problems, math problems or technical problems. In every stage of my career, I’ve faced the need to solve complex issues and to develop leadership in others. While the decision in high school to seek a career in information technology was something I didn’t fully understand or appreciate at the time, I could not have chosen a better career path for myself. Working in technology, especially in the electric utility industry, has provided me an endless supply of challenges to be solved coupled with phenomenal job security. Technology is definitely here to stay!

Career Evolution… All of my professional roles have been with companies that are very technology-oriented, if not completely technology-dependent. Choosing the computer science degree program when I graduated high school was a complete leap of faith. I really didn’t know anything about computers or software at the time, but I have always worked with the most amazing people doing some of the most amazing and rewarding work.

LOVE the Work… I love the people. We have the most incredible workforce. They’re adaptable, committed, brilliant and loyal – I simply couldn’t ask for a better group of people with which to surround myself. I also have the pleasure of working with our amazing member companies, regulators and more.

These wonder women are redefining what STEAM means in the Capital City. With exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics – each reflects WIT (women in tech) and true grit for making the most of every opportunity. Here’s to the PowHER of knowledge.


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