Employee Spotlight: Liz

LizEDITOR’S NOTE: At Green Mountain Energy, we’re dedicated to changing the way power is made, and we’re fortunate to have employees who share our vision. Get a closer look at who’s helping accomplish our mission by reading our employee profiles.  

NAME: Liz Brown
OFFICE: Austin
TITLE: Project Manager
TIME ON THE MOUNTAIN: 4 years

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO THE MOUNTAIN?
Getting the job at Green Mountain was a stroke of luck. I was connected by a technical recruiter looking for a Project Manager. Anyone who has worked with me can tell you neither the words “project” nor “manager” were in my signature line when I first started. After I was hired, I remember asking my boss what title to use because I didn’t think that Project Manager fit the heart of the role. I was advised to choose something appropriate which, in hindsight, was a missed opportunity. I mean, how often do you get to choose your own job title? I could have been the Magical Slayer of Process Dragons or the even the Solution Sniper…if only for a little while.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GREEN MOUNTAIN MEMORY?
There are too many fond memories to choose just one.  I will say that my favorite memories are wrapped up in the small moments shared between teams and individuals. A single sentence or an image in an email that makes you laugh. A congratulations on work well done. “Cookies at my desk come over!” That day when something ridiculous happens and you realize this person who used to be your co-worker is now your friend for life.  Thanks to all of you for sharing those memories with me.

WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT OF YOUR DAY-TO-DAY?
It would either have to be the people or the problems. I get the opportunity to work with a lot of different people on diverse sets of issues. Where this sometimes takes me is to the great unknown, but I love to learn new things. Getting to test my mental agility keeps me hungry and I never get bored.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Mainly through recycling and re-usable options like food containers over plastic bags, rechargeable batteries, etc. I also use natural light as much as possible and opt for things like socks and open windows instead of running the heater or AC.

SHARE SOME WORDS OF WISDOM:
Never stop loving people. They will always surprise you, if you give them the chance.