Meet Kelsey Schmidt// Energy Consulting Manager
Do you have any passion projects outside of work? If so, can you tell us more?
To be honest, I am not involved with many projects outside of work - traveling every week as a consultant has made that difficult, and this year has been all about planning my wedding. However, my favorite hobby outside of work is woodworking. About a year ago I bought some basic tools and set up a small shop in my garage, since then I have made several small items for myself and family/friends - including a wine rack, end table, bathroom shelf, desk, queen bed frame, and a farmhouse dining room table. This helps channel my inner-engineer and has been a stress reliever through working and wedding planning!
Who inspires you today?
More than anyone, my fiance (husband on 3/16), whom coaches D1 women's soccer at Austin Peay University. He treats me like a partner, always offers his ear to listen when I need it, and offers unbiased and trustworthy advice. As a natural leader, he offers me advice on how to coach and manage my team. He inspires me to try hard at work, but also to leave time to enjoy life outside of work.
What is your role/title and industry?
I am a manager at a technology and consulting firm that focuses on supply chain for the Power industry, including Utility and Oil & Gas companies.
Who or what would you attribute to your success so far?
Two things come to my mind immediately. First, I attribute success to my high school math and science teachers who spiked my interest in math and science. Specifically, my calculus teacher, Mr. Mastorakis gave me an opportunity to go to a Woman in Engineering Day when I was a Junior in High School, which ultimately influenced my decision to chose to go into Engineering. Second, I would attribute success to professors and curriculum at Cornell in the Chemical Engineering Department. Earning my degree was arguably the most difficult thing I have ever done, but taught me how to learn on my own, how to work efficiently, and how to be a critical thinker.
From your experience, what advice would you have for women in the workplace?
Try not to notice if you are the only woman in the room. If you do notice it, don't let it bother you or intimidate you, be proud and be part of the conversation. Don't be afraid to ask good questions and offer your advice. Use data and facts to back up your statements, and anticipate counter-arguments proactively to avoid getting caught off-guard.