Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

The Future of the Solar Workforce

November 2023

Our CEO, Catherine McLean, recently spoke on the Future of the Solar Workforce panel at Chesapeake Solar & Storage Association (CHESSA)’s Solar Focus event. She spoke alongside experts from Civic Works & Got Electric – Kelly Brooks-Hailey, Simón Zimmer & Grant Gotlinger, about how solar companies can prepare to meet guidelines in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) as well as reach critical milestones to deploy solar energy at scale. The panel took place on November 16th at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Looking for your next role in clean energy? Take a look at our industry-leading clients’ latest job openings. If you’re a clean energy employer and need help scaling your workforce efficiently with top tier candidates, send Catherine McLean a message directly on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemclean1/

How to Talk Money at Work

September 2023

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) hosted a professional development event focused on helping women build their negotiation and pay conversation skills. Our CEO, Catherine McLean, led sessions alongside Ashley Smith, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at AES Corporation, Zoë Gamble Hanes, President at CleanChoice Energy, A.J. Dale, Director of Talent Acquisition at Copia Power, and Pamela C. Sammarco, CEO at Green Training Associates. During this workshop, attendees had the opportunity to work on live money conversations and discuss challenges related to new job salary negotiations, as well as pay raise and pay equity conversations.

The primary purpose of this event was to elevate women’s skills in pay conversations and negotiations. This was achieved through sessions that focused on pay equity and workplace compensation trends; two executive spotlight interviews; skill building handouts; and two breakout sessions where attendees discussed their own live money conversation challenges.

Looking for your next role in clean energy? Take a look at our industry-leading clients’ latest job openings. If you’re a clean energy employer and need help scaling your workforce efficiently with top tier candidates, send Catherine McLean a message directly on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinemclean1/

Building Better Climate Tech: Recruiting, DEIJ & HR Strategies for Success

May 2023

Catherine McLean, CEO of Dylan Green, spoke alongside Tatiana Height, Director of DEI at American Forest Foundation, Quionna Allen, CEO Caldwell Allen Consulting and Beth Gullette, Chief People Officer at Well, during a webinar focused on recruiting; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEIJ); and HR strategies for success in the rapidly growing climate tech industry. Topics included salary negotiation tips, and how to prevent pay disparities and promote greater diversity and inclusion within an organization. Watch the full webinar here: https://bit.ly/46WSfkW.

If you’re a cleantech employer and need help scaling your workforce efficiently with top tier candidates, contact Catherine McLean directly on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3odzxQr. If you’re looking for your next role in cleantech, take a look at these industry-leading clients’ latest job openings.

Veterans Advanced Energy Project's Veteran Resource Group Roundtable

December 2022

Dylan Green’s CEO recently spoke at the Veterans Advanced Energy Project‘s Veteran Resource Group Roundtable last week, which is a new virtual forum for military veterans and military spouses working in cleantech to have a space to share resources, best practices, and build community. It’s incredibly important that we uplift our veterans in a way that sets them up for success. With the green transition well underway, there’s a major opportunity to capitalize on the careers our industry can provide. Their time in the military has provided vets with highly transferable leadership skills like effective communication, adaptability, and problem-solving that prove to be invaluable to companies in a growing industry. 94% of employers say that hiring a veteran is appealing to their organization, and with the IRA expected to create 9 million jobs over the next decade, it’s an opportune time to develop a diverse staff with a unique set of skills. Apply to join the VRG today: https://bit.ly/3G7ViLY.

Shoutout to companies like Siemens, American Electric Power, Minnesota Power, Dominion Energy, Con Edison, Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric, National Grid, DTE Energy, and many more, for exemplifying exceptional veteran support through their resource groups, fellowship programs, scholarships, and fundraisers. 

Find your next career in this impactful industry with Dylan Green’s stellar clients. Learn more about their open positions and apply: bit.ly/3htChpY. Alternatively, if you’d like to onboard more diverse talent for your team, please reach out to Catherine McLean directly through LinkedIn

CEO of Dylan Green Hosts GRIT Awards

October 26, 2022

Dylan Green’s CEO, Catherine McLean, co-hosted the 6th annual GRIT Awards & Best Energy Workplaces ceremony with Katie Mehnert and Tom Weirich, presented by ALLY Energy, on Oct. 26th. The ceremony celebrated the outstanding winners of the GRIT & lifetime achievement award winners, including Chairman & CEO of Baker Hughes, Lorenzo Simonelli; CEO of EAG, Elizabeth Gerbel; Executive Vice President & Group President at Sempra, Kevin Sagara; & Mayor Sylvester Turner. Shalanda Baker, the Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was the Keynote Speaker for this event.

This award program recognizes Growth, Resilience, Innovation, & Talent (GRIT) amongst for-profit & non-profit organizations that also encourage a more just, equitable, diverse & inclusive culture. Event sponsors included ChampionX, Baker Hughes, Ovintiv, & Southwestern Energy. bit.ly/3RMLr1B

Eager to advance your cleantech career? There are several new opportunities spanning a variety of disciplines with our mission-driven clients! View recent job openings: bit.ly/3htChpY.

Breaking into Sustainability Careers

January 13, 2022

Catherine spoke alongside cleantech leaders like Shanta Eaden, Johanna Haggstrom & Beth Offenbecker, at Women in Cleantech & Sustainability’s ‘Breaking Into Sustainability Careers’ virtual event on Thursday, January 13th! If you’re not quite sure where to start in the cleantech industry, start here, as WCS brings together cleantech executives that share insights on breaking into the industry: https://bit.ly/Sustainability-Careers

Looking for your next role in cleantech? Take a look at our client’s latest openings, from development to communications to sales: https://bit.ly/dg_jobs.

Please find the link to the video recording here:  YouTube:  https://youtu.be/GfpmoYajjOs

Past 2021 Events Below

The Future of Cleantech Jobs

September 24, 2021

The Green Summit, a two day hybrid event taking place in San Diego featuring leaders in renewable energy, cleantech, science, and sustainability, sharing their vision for a cleaner more sustainable future.

Speakers come from varied backgrounds including, renewable energy, electric vehicles, solar technology, finance, sustainable product development, transportation, and job growth, and will each be giving a 30-minute presentation about their respective industries.

The goal of this event is to educate people about the latest trends in renewable energy and cleantech, so that they can support businesses that are working to create a more sustainable future, as well as bring more awareness on a local, national, and international level about San Diego and its leading tech and renewable energy companies.


Post-Pandemic Energy Employment & Economic Recovery

August 2, 2021

Veterans Advanced Energy Week is an interactive virtual learning and networking experience dedicated to Veterans, reservists, and military spouses working to strengthen US national security through careers in the advanced energy industry.
Participants will gain insights into the technology, policy, and economic trends that are driving the global energy transition from senior leaders and experts across industry, academia, and government. Opportunities will also be provided to help participants develop networks with other veterans, supporters, and potential employers through company introductions, a resume database, and job board postings.
Update your resume and get your virtual handshake ready! Conference participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with company recruiters, submit their resume, browse job postings, and take part in advanced energy career transition sessions with representatives from companies in the field. 

How to Build a Winning Climate Tech Marketing Team

Thursday 22nd July, 2021

Climate tech marketing But how do you build a winning climate tech marketing team?

We invited leading climate tech marketers and those who find and place talent into climate tech marketing roles to share their expertise and experience with you on…

  • How are CMOs building their climate marketing teams? Who is typically a first marketing hire for climate tech companies?
  • How important is diversity, equity and inclusion for climate tech marketing teams, and where do you find candidates from diverse backgrounds?
  • When to work with an agency vs. to build in-house?
  • What’s different about hiring for climate tech than any other industry?
  • How important is industry experience to junior roles, mid-level and senior roles?
  • What is some practical advice for marketers who want to work in climate tech?

Hosted by climate tech marketers Bettina Grab and Melanie AdamsonAlder & Co., our webinar will feature these expert panelists:

Join us 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, July 22, 2021, online for an exchange of strategies and tactics for building winning climate tech marketing teams.

Each registrant will receive the recording, takeaways, and event chat after the webinar.

Opportunities for Women Environmental Leaders in the New Green Economy

Wednesday 21st July, 2021

Please join Environmental Law Institute WELL for a special Event

Join ELI’s Women in Environmental Law and Leadership (WELL) initiative and expert panelists in a discussion on the role of women in the development of the environmental movement —and looking at the current opportunities for women in the emerging “green economy”; specifically, critical environmental and climate change policies under the Biden Administration and the Administration’s “green jobs revolution.” A short networking opportunity will follow the panel discussion.

Featuring Panelists:

  • Beth Deane, Moderator, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Leeward Renewable Energy, San Francisco, CA
  • Jordan Diamond, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at the UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Alicia Taylor, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Safer Consumer Products Program
  • Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO at Dylan Green

What: Opportunities for Women Environmental Leaders in the New Green Economy

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Location: Zoom

Time: 4:00-5:15 pm PT / 7:00-8:15 pm ET

RSVP: salinas@eli.org by July 20th, 2021

Harvard Alumni for Climate & the Environment (HACE) Career Transitions: Personal Story Development Workshop

July 13, 2021

I’m looking forward to speaking about how to successfully transition into a climate-focused career alongside Anand Gupta, Heidi Lim, Aldís Elfarsdóttir, Lucille H. & Naz Beykan at this event sponsored by Harvard University tonight! If you’re considering, or actively pursuing, a career switch into clean energy & environmental work, it’s not too late to register for this event: https://bit.ly/2U7dY9j

Financing Through Disasters: Wildfires, Winter Storms and Whatever's Next

Thursday 24th June

In California, Texas, and across the entire country, the clean energy sector has been challenged by natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead, how should we finance projects and build risk into agreements to prepare for this reality? This #SEIAFinTax session will cover recapture risk, lessons learned, and how banks and investors can structure deals to prepare for unforeseen events.

Speakers: Catherine McLean, Gary Blitz, Asha Gandhi, Laura Jones, Lee J. Peterson, Esq., Michael Galea

Register to join the Seminar on June 24 in NYC:

Clean Energy & Career Opportunities

Wednesday 5th May

“Looking forward to speaking about clean energy trends & career opportunities alongside Nicole Steele, Janine Finnell, Emily A Beck, CSDP & Erin N. Mayfield tomorrow as part of Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) & Association of Energy Engineers‘ Career Advancement Webinar Series!”


Clean Energy Leadership Institute's Career Next Steps & Finding Your Mentor.

Friday 16th April

The Clean Energy Leadership Institute is a non-profit dedicated to creating a new kind of energy leadership. CELI is committed to bringing in new voices into clean energy and helping emerging leaders accelerate their careers. The Clean Energy Careers Pathways and Expo is designed to show the pathways into a meaningful and impactful clean energy career. If you’re an experienced professional looking to transition into the clean energy space, or just getting started on your career, this event is a way for you to hear from industry leaders in technology, the oil and gas transition, communications, sales and marketing, policy and more. Attend panels, workshops, submit your resume and tour clean energy companies and professional organizations, and of course, begin to build your clean energy community. For employers, this is a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s work, connect with diverse, emerging clean energy leaders, and recruit top talent in the energy ecosystem. For more information on hosting a company booth or sponsorship, please contact Rachel Kriegsman at Rachel@cleanenergyleaders.org. If you’d like to enter your resume into the resume bank, please email celi@cleanenergyleaders.org.”

Discovering & Placing Diverse Candidates in Clean Energy

Wednesday 28th April

“Looking forward to speaking at the Cleantech Leaders Roundtable (CTLR) event next Wednesday, May 5th, at 8:30 pm ET about discovering & placing women & Black & Indigenous people of color in clean energy!

Founded by Jigar Shah, Jacob Susman, Ari Raivetz, Thomas King & other prominent cleantech executives & investors, CTLR promotes fellowship among business leaders in sustainability. CTLR’s programs include networking events to facilitate collaboration among C-suite executives, along with communications to promote the positive economic impacts of clean energy & dispel media inaccuracies. Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) members will now have access to CTLR events. Contact Lynn Abramson at her email for details.

*This event was rescheduled from April 28th to Cinco de Mayo due to the State of the Union address.

ALLY Energy's Making the Job Transition to New Energy: an Open Discussion

Thursday 15th April

Charli Matthews (Empowering Brands), Sarah Derdowski (CU Denver GEM Program), and Catherine McLean (Dylan Green) created space for a deep-dive of an Open Discussion centered around what it will take to transition roles and skills to new energy jobs. Lots of candid conversation was had surrounding the challenges of women leaving the workforce, transitioning various roles across different sectors in energy, and how to keep all voices and talent engaged.

Harvard Alumni For Climate and the Environment's Career Transitions.

Wednesday 24th March

Please join us for a conversation about energy roles, public and private, with David Hochschild (California Energy Commissioner), Nate Berner (Co-Founder of Deep Green Solar), and Catherine McLean (Founder of Dylan Green Recruitment). And as per audience feedback, attendees are welcome and encouraged to stay tuned in for an extended Q&A followed by a networking breakout session. Not yet a member? Join HACE at www.harvardclimate.com.

Past 2020 Events Below

ACORE event

American Council on Renewable Energy's Opportunities and Challenges in Corporate DEI Hiring Programs

Friday 11th December

Interested in learning more about diversity, equity & inclusion hiring program best practices? Join Vince Plaxico of Recurrent Energy & our resident expert, Catherine McLean, who will provide real world examples & experiences to help your company improve DEI hiring & employee engagement. Register for this free American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) event by contacting Colleen Pickford.

Suncast Career Summit Event

SunCast Career Summit's D&I Hiring in Action Panel.

Tuesday 1st September

How are managers creating diverse and inclusive work environments? Hear from hiring professionals and D&I experts as they dispense practical advice, best practices, and processes to efficiently implement D&I strategies to your hiring procedures.

Women's Environmental Network Making Waves: Finding Your Employment Niche

Thursday 27th August

With all we’re going through these days, it’s a tough time to consider getting a job — or even promoting yourself. Join WEN as we talk to leaders in recruitment and hiring for government, environmental policy, and healthcare. This networking event will give you the tools you need to clarify your search and leverage your stories to launch the career you’ve always wanted – even during an economic downturn.

Leaders in Energy's Jobs for a Just, Equitable & Green Future

Thursday 27th August

Learn about new deep green jobs from Justine Burt, author of “The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable World.  Hear from Martin Ogle, Founder of EntrepreneurialEarth, LLC on how  ALL CAREERS are needed to intentionally create a green/sustainable economy; get tips on green hiring opportunities from recruiters, and from those working in green jobs.”


WRISE Webinar - Navigating the clean energy market amid Covid-19

Tuesday 25th August

This webinar panel will focus on navigating the clean energy job market during a pandemic and will touch on a few key questions: How to find a job (especially during COVID)? How has the pandemic changed the job landscape? What are Human Resources departments and Recruiters looking for? How do they search for and find people? How to navigate the process as a woman/woman of color? How to onboard virtually?”

How to be your own recruiter

New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE)

Tuesday 26th May

Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to make a change, these are complex times to begin a job search. Join NEWIEE for a Lunch & Learn session on Tuesday, May 26th from 12 -1 pm for expert advice and insights from professional recruiter Catherine McLean, CEO and Founder of Dylan Green.


WRISE - Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

Wednesday 20th May

Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO of Dylan-Green will be hosting a Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)

Virtual Meetup. Career Talk: applications, resume and LinkedIn tips and engaging with recruiters.


Clean Energy Leadership

Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Thursday 23rd April

Join CELI & Georgetown University McDonough School of Business next Thursday (4/23) for a Careers in Clean Energy Panel and Networking Event. We’re thankful to have panelists share their advice and experiences in the clean energy economy, including Wendy Hado, Nick Thorpe, Claudia Garavini John Izevbigie and many more. Specific questions on breaking into clean energy for the panelists or Catherine McLean CEO and Founder of Dylan Green.

Womens Energy Network DC

Women’s Energy Network

Tuesday 28th April

Please join WEN- D.C. for a great conversation with Beth Offenbacker, PhD – Executive/Leadership Coach & Consultant at Waterford Inc. and Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO of Dylan-Green as they provide advice on job searching during a recession, points and primers for resume building, and tips for conducting a remote interview.

Women’s Bar Association

Thursday 23rd April

Interested in a Green Career in Renewable Energy?  Join Beth Offenbacker and Dylan Green’s Catherine McLean on Thurs Mar 26 at 12pm for “Business Hour: Terrific Tips from Top Energy Career Coaches.” 

Hosted by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Energy and Environmental Law Forum, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, Clean Energy Leadership Institute, WGR Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force, and DC Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources.