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A Tribute to a Remarkable Entrepreneur, Leader and Champion of Women in Renewables

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Kimberlee Centera, CEO of TerraPro Solutions grew-up during a time when women were seldom considered management material. Although she was married and had a family, she always pursued her career. When she entered the renewable energy field over 25 years ago, it was a male-dominated club. Although she had the expertise to rise to the management level, she had to take gather the courage to submit her credentials for a vice president position. Fortunately, she had mentors who advised her about how to prepare a compelling case and how to effectively negotiate for herself.

Fast forward to today and we find that not much has changed. The number of women in the environmental sector is rising, but women continue to face unequal pay and barriers to advancement. Yet women have so much to offer, they know how to gain critical insights about situations from their feelings. They possess the skills to thrive in times of complexity and change. That’s why Kimberlee began to develop workshops that provide them with the tools and confidence to advance in their careers and achieve their goals.

As a woman, she is committed to mentoring and nurturing women. As a mother and grandmother, she is devoted to the betterment of our environment and our society. She has made a radical commitment to human possibility, fueled by the belief that kindness is continually an active force for good in our world.

TerraPro Solutions has provided opportunities for young women to grow and advance in their careers. As a society, we continue to benefit from the emotional intelligence, dedication, and spirit of collaboration they bring to the organization. Kimberlee considers this a living laboratory in which to demonstrate that we can all do well by being good humans. 

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Matt Chester on Mar 29, 2021

Kimberlee consider this a living laboratory in which to demonstrate that we can all do well by being good humans

This should be an evergreen lesson, regardless of industry, but especially important in today's energy sector! Bravo and thanks to Kimberlee!

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Audra Drazga on Mar 29, 2021

Thanks for sharing this great story.  

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Mark Silverstone on Mar 29, 2021

Oh thank goodness. I was afraid this was an obituary to a COVID victim. Congratulations to Ms. Centera.  I wish you continued success!

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Osborne Osborne on Mar 29, 2021

Oh dear, it did not occur to me that this headline could suggest that Ms. Centera has passed. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. 

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Rami Reshef on Apr 1, 2021

Thanks for bringing attention to the important contribution of women to the energy industry in general and the transition to clean energy and to climate action in particular. There is no question that we as a society are indebted to the contribution women offer to the world's efforts to protect our environment and promote sustainable technologies as the heritage we leave for our children and the generations that will inherit the world that has been entrusted to our care.  

Women at GenCell are voluntarily involved in the Women in Clean Energy community within the Lean in Energy network - a network devoted to supporting women professionals and gender diversity in the energy industry by making available mentoring and networking opportunities. Osborne Osborne and Kimberlee Centera your leadership would be most welcome at LIEN.

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Osborne Osborne on Apr 2, 2021

Thank you for your thoughtful comments, empowering women with the skills to effectively communicate their value is critical, if we are to benefit from their wisdom and expertise. We would love to learn more about LIEN, would you please forward the link to the website. With best wishes! 

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