Join us for a panel discussion about the challenges of the engineering profession with three of its most successful women - Jacinda Woodward, Kim Greene and Jenifer Cistola.
Title: Women Engineers in Leadership
Presenter: Jacinda Woodward, Kim Greene and Jenifer Cistola
Time: Friday, April 1st, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Location: Min Kao Building, Room 622
Jacinda B. Woodward, P.E. is Senior Vice President, Transmission & Power Supply Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Jacinda joined TVA in 1984 and has worked in various nuclear, information technology and power transmission divisions throughout her career.
Jacinda is currently Senior Vice President of Transmission & Power Supply. This business unit is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and real-time operation of TVA’s transmission system -- one of the largest systems in the country. This business unit also has responsibility for TVA’s generation unit commitment and dispatch, power trading and power acquisition as well as reliability coordination services for seven electric utilities in parts of eleven states.
Prior to her current assignment, Jacinda was Vice President, Transmission Reliability & Operations, a business unit responsible for real-time power system operation with accountability for transmission operations, reliability coordination, transmission provider services, balancing authority, and operational planning functions. In this role, she served as the lead operational contact for the TVA System and Regional Operations Centers. She has also served as Vice President, Power Control Systems, a business unit responsible for engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of TVA’s supervisory control, energy management, data acquisition and telecommunications systems used for control and visibility of TVA’s power system.
Jacinda has a broad experience base with assignments including design, maintenance, program development, project management, and executive support. She earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1988. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee.
She is married and has two daughters, ages 19 and 12.
Kimberly S. (Kim) Greene is Chief Operating Officer of Southern Company, responsible for overseeing the Southern Company system’s operations, including generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning, and research and environmental affairs, as well as Southern Power and Southern Wholesale Energy. Prior to becoming COO in 2014, Greene served as President and CEO of Southern Company Services.
From 2007 to 2013, Greene held senior executive roles at Tennessee Valley Authority, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer for the federally-owned corporation. Earlier, Greene also spent eight years at Southern Company subsidiary Southern Energy Inc., now NRG.
Greene serves on the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In addition, she serves on the University of Tennessee College of Engineering Board of Advisors and as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Alabama at Birmingham master of advanced safety engineering and management program. Greene is a member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and a recipient of the University of Tennessee’s Distinguished Alumna Award. She was named to Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” Class of 2015, World Gen’s Class of 2015, and was named 2015 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year.
Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from Samford University. In 2011, Greene completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Jenifer Cistola was most recently the Senior Vice President of Business Technologies at CableLabs (like a Bell Labs for the Cable TV industry). While at CableLabs Jenifer led a diverse team made up Data Architects, Software Developers and Product Managers. They collaborated with Cable Operator Member teams to develop and publish a robust set of industry-wide APIs, which will for the first time enable sales automation across Service Providers.
Prior to leading the Business Technologies Program, Jenifer led the re-architecture of an industry-wide ecommerce platform and then extended the platform to provide Service Provider analytics dashboards.
Before moving to Colorado to work for CableLabs, Jenifer was VP of Product Marketing for Scientific-Atlanta (later acquired by Cisco) while there she established the first interactive television application developer community, led and launched twelve interactive television applications, and led the team of Network Engineers that designed and installed more than one hundred digital video systems.
Jenifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is an Emeritus Alumni Advisory Board Member. Georgia Tech recognized Jenifer with an Engineering Excellence Award and she is an active Board Member of MusiComms (focused on virtualizing digital music distribution).