Throughout March, we’re celebrating the women of EnBW North America and sharing their advice for building a successful career in clean energy and how to support each other along the way.
As EnBW North America’s Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Anna Russell works on growing the company’s digital communities, crafting brand awareness campaigns, and developing fresh content to position EnBW in the US market. Prior to joining EnBW, Anna worked with agencies and clean energy projects across New York State on stakeholder engagement and communications plans emphasizing the critical role of public involvement to successfully build infrastructure projects.
Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Nyack College. Outside of the daily routine, you can usually find her growing her plant collection or experimenting in the kitchen.
What do you love most about what you do?
Every day I get to be part of a team that is actively working on a solution to the climate crisis – and doing so in a way that is intentional and equitable. I truly believe the energy transition is primed to have its moment here in the US and I’m glad to do my part in making that moment happen. When you can take a step back from the day-to-day and find your work meaningful, no matter how big or small of a part you have, the bigger picture becomes a little clearer and more achievable. It doesn’t hurt that offshore wind is simply amazing technology.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
You’re not locked into the first job you get. It’s okay to bounce around and see what sticks, especially when you’re starting out. Take the time to absorb everything your career has to offer and spend a lot of time listening to those who’ve been intentional in shaping their own path. It’s okay to take a couple years in the workplace to discover what you want to pursue and set a larger plan into motion. As with most things in life, push yourself to grow in every situation and take the lessons as they come – and remember to have fun with it.
Any advice to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
You are your own best advocate. I often have to remind myself to speak up, but when I do it’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. It’s easy to give in to imposter syndrome and feel like you don’t belong at the table, but you’re there for a reason. Embrace your role, find support from those who have walked the path before you and be confident in your ability to succeed.