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Group shot of C3E participants in front of Suffolk County, New York & American flags 

Suffolk County Event Addresses Issues of Gender Equity in Energy Industry

Stony Brook University supports this national effort with educational opportunities

On March 19, the   Suffolk County Office of Economic Development  and   Suffolk County Executive's Office of Women's Services  hosted a "C3E" educational and networking event that addressed implicit bias and gender equity for women working in the field of energy. " C3E" is the U.S. Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative that aims to close the gender gap and increasing the participation, leadership, and success of women working in clean energy.

The event included an address by   Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone  and a presentation by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. It culminated in a panel discussion that brought together executives from Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Grid, IPS Inc, and LIPA, as well as Florence Hudson, former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at IBM.

Stony Brook's   Patricia Malone,  Associate Vice President for Professional Education and Executive Director of the  Center for Corporate Education  (CCE) , chaired the panel presentation.

"It was my pleasure to facilitate a panel of such highly respected leaders in energy to explore how organizations are changing their culture to support and enhance the careers of women. We are grateful to the Suffolk County Executive's Office for hosting such an impactful event," she said.

As a member of the   Long Island Regional Economic Development Council  and the   Suffolk County's Workforce Development Board, Ms. Malone has long been a proponent for advancing the careers of women in STEM fields by developing programs to address the unique challenges that women face that can hamper their success in male-dominated industries.  Under her leadership,  CCE oversees the   Advanced Energy Training Institute  and offers an annual  Women in STEM Leadership Program  for current and emerging female leaders.

In his welcoming speech to the 100-plus attendees, Mr. Bellone said, "If we as Long Islanders want to make a difference, protect the planet and our environment while simultaneously growing our economy, we need to support pay equity and break down barriers impeding women from succeeding and advancing in this industry."



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