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Women in STEAM: Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson | Seal Solar | President

Beginning Interests… It was luck and connections. Ken Davenport and I decided to meet for lunch; he spent the meal talking about his son’s business idea and told me I was “going to run it.” By the time we left, he had Josh on the phone. I never said yes, but here we are eight years later.

A Day at Work… Due to COVID-19, I’ve transitioned to more remote work and now do the majority of meetings virtually. I start my days by reading the paper, trade publications and industry-related digests and sharing articles of interest. Each weekday I generally tackle a specific responsibility – policy, marketing, business development, finance or strategy. In the current climate, it’s more important than ever to stay in tune with our target market.

LOVE the Work… I love creating something new. Some people see solar as a disruptor. But I see it as an opportunity to bring high-paying jobs to our state and empower homeowners, business owners, farmers and taxpayers to achieve energy independence with innovative renewable technology.

Surprising, but True… We don’t talk enough about the variety of STEAM jobs available. If you had told me that I would work in construction, corporate finance and renewable energy I wouldn’t have believed you or known the first thing about what some of those industries entailed.

Advice… Be open to possibilities and never lose your curiosity. Don’t underestimate the power of a mentor. It’s critical to seek out people who have the skills, job or career path you want.

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.

Photography by Sarah Oden

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