“Exclusion does not lead to inclusion – I don’t want to exclude white males, I just want to provide a rainbow of profiles.” – Catherine McLean
Catherine McLean, CEO and Founder of Dylan Green, was recently recognized as Women in Cleantech and Sustainability’s (WCS) May 2021 Member of the Month as a result of her successful efforts to discover and place top-tier, diverse candidates at leading clean energy companies, among other accomplishments. Since altering the focus of her recruitment business to discovering and placing diverse candidates in cleantech, Catherine has proven the power of intentionality two years in a row. In both 2020 and 2021, Catherine and Dylan Green have been able to place over 50% women in clean energy roles, over half of which were BIPOC, LGBTQ or have other marginaized identities. Among the men she placed in both years thus far, over half were BIPOC, LGBTQ or have other marginaized identities.
Catherine continues to lead the way forward for the clean energy industry, particularly when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion, in more ways than one. Beyond her successful recruitment and placement of diverse candidates at industry-leading clean energy companies, Catherine hosts a popular, widely viewed clean energy leadership interview series, ‘Green Light.’ This series addresses critical topics such as mentorship, venture capital funding for women and BIPOC founders, supplier diversity, environmental justice, and more.
WCS most recently interviewed Catherine about why she became and has continued to stay a member of WCS, her dedication to mentorship, why she transitioned the focus of Dylan Green to diversity, and some of her success stories related to placing diverse candidates. Catherine also provided recommendations on books for those looking to advance in their clean energy careers as well as advice for people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds about how they can gain more traction as they search for their next clean energy role.