Eaton is also taking innovative and forward-thinking approaches to help other renewable energy leaders diversify their workforce. Recently elected as a board member to the American Clean Power (ACP) board, Eaton and WECS Renewables are helping ACP coordinate efforts with companies across the United States to form partnerships with organizations supporting diverse recruitment and training programs. They are deploying resources to accelerate these workforce development initiatives, in order to attract top talent into the clean energy industry.
Eaton’s work does not stop there. She pushes beyond the realm of her company, forming strategic partnerships to make the participation in the renewable energy workforce more expansive and to create more American jobs in the clean power sector. WECS Renewables has a partnership with the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATEenergy.org). Solar and wind technicians are two of the nation’s top five growing jobs, yet there are not enough skilled workers in the U.S. currently to fulfill the demand. As a member of CREATE’s National Visiting Committee, Eaton works closely with CREATE, which helps train teachers at two-year technical colleges as they implement renewable energy education programs and certificates in wind and solar. CREATE has trained over 900 faculty members to equip educators to train students for careers in wind and solar across the United States. This partnership gives teachers access to professional development resources and mentorships that will help prepare younger generations to enter the growing field. Eaton recognizes that there are many pathways into renewable energy. The work with CREATE helps enable affordable higher-level education in communities that may otherwise lack the resources and training, and prepares them for careers in renewable energy. Learn more here: WECS IN THE COMMUNITY (wecsrenewables.com)
Eaton is a multifaceted problem-solver. Beyond her impressive leadership in renewable energy, she is a woman and a mother who recognizes that every action she makes is one that may have a lasting impact on future generations.
“I have two sisters who are also in STEM careers,” Eaton explains, “and an eight year old daughter. So, it is important to help her understand that there are all types of great careers out there.” This is why Eaton is excited about being featured in the upcoming children’s book, Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy Careers, scheduled for release from WiseInk on July 25, 2022. This nonfiction children’s book shares the stories, careers and superpowers of thirty-four Energy Superheroes – women like Eaton – who are leading the energy transition. Eaton’s superpower is problem-solving and she hopes to inspire the next generation of the energy workforce by sharing her story with readers. This book provides real-life examples of the opportunities for future careers in energy, from technicians to scientists in our national labs. By sharing these stories with kids, Eaton hopes to be a role model to inspire a more talented and diverse renewable energy workforce.