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Women in STEAM: Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd | Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation | Vice President of Public Affairs & Member Services

Beginning Interests… My 35-year career in the energy industry began with an internship at the Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard during the summer of 1984.  When I arrived, they needed legal research on a high-stakes utility case at the federal level.  After one week working on these challenging utility issues, I was hooked and I’ve remained in the utility industry ever since.

Surprising, but True… The young women of today have opportunities to work in any field that appeals to them.  Many glass ceilings have been broken by strong women and the support system for women is strong – the opportunities are great.

A Day at Work… In this COVID-19 era, we manage our projects via virtual meetings.  Although this is great technology, I look forward to working face-to-face meetings again.

LOVE the Work… I have always loved serving the people of our state, particularly those who live and work in rural communities.  My job allows me to work side-by-side with electric cooperatives to help them help their members.

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 Lori Sparkman Photography


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