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 Senior Permitting Manager at EnBW, Isabel lends her comprehensive permitting and strategic planning experience to deploy clean energy solutions and reach carbon neutrality goals in a way that ensures marine wildlife and resources are protected, and stakeholder needs are met so that the ocean can be enjoyed by all.
Isabel has been involved in the offshore wind industry since 2009, when she co-authored the first US study on ports and infrastructure analysis to support offshore wind development for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She also conducted the first utility-scale navigational risk assessment for a US project. Prior to joining EnBW, Isabel worked with various clients to provide permitting support and develop studies for on- and offshore wind projects.
Why did you choose your profession?
As a kid I realized that I deeply care about sustainability and the environment. I aspire to leave the world a better place than I found it.
Any advice to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
Try lots of things until you find what suits you – don’t be afraid to change careers if needed. Mingle and network with likeminded people who share similar goals. Ask for advice, most people enjoy sharing their experiences and lessons learned. Also, talk about and celebrate your own successes. You’re your own best advocate.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Go for the opportunities life gives you. Stretch beyond your comfort zone and try new things. If you should fail, file it under lessons learned and move on. It’s part of an exciting life journey.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
“Begin with the end in mind. Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it.”
Quote by Stephen Covey on the seven habits of highly effective people. Brilliant book.
Which woman most inspires you and why?
My grandmother. She was the first female medical doctor in her class and continued to run her own business until she became of age. I also ran my own firm for several years.
What advice would you give to women in your field?
From time to time try something new and think outside the box. As women we tend to have a great ability to relate to an issue from multiple angles and put ourselves in the other person’s position. Communication is key.