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Benefits of Successful Women and Future Leaders Groups

Sunday, April 16th
4:20 - 5:00 p.m.

Why have Women and Future Leaders groups? Our panel will discuss the benefits of offering such programs to employees and Chapter members. Learn how to increase employee engagement, strengthen leadership within your organization, and train high potential individuals for internal hiring opportunities.

Moderated by Ron Bailey.

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey | WINFL Conference
Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey is a national leader who joined NECA as Vice President, Industry Development, in 2020. At NECA, he is working on creating executive training programs, expanding the scope of workforce development, implementing diversity strategies, creating partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and leading the charge on recruitment programs that bring new, skilled workers into the industry. This includes a focus on recruiting ex-military personnel to NECA member companies and various Chapter positions.

At his alma mater, Austin Peay State University, Bailey was a student athlete and member of the ROTC program. He graduated from the University in 1977 with a degree in biology. He was a varsity member of the football team, and he turned the skills he learned at Austin Peay into a distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps.

About Mike Carroll

Mike Carroll | WINFL Conference
Mike is a 28-year veteran of the electrical industry working from the Electrical Distributor side of the business. In leading various management roles and running small, medium and large P&L's, Mike has managed teams of 15-150 employees across the U.S. Most of these roles were existing teams that were underperforming and needed help. During his career, Mike has worked very closely with NECA and EC’s across the country and has a solid base for understanding the challenges faced.

About Ashley Schoonmaker

Ashley Schoonmaker | WINFL 2023
Ashley is a Key Account Manager for Schneider Electric. She has spent the majority of her career working closely with electrical contractors and distributors. She has been a champion of employee engagement on her team, leading their engagement, team building, and training initiatives for over 3 years. She is currently is on the National Leadership Team for Women in Schneider Electric, leading the planning and execution of national events.
She received her engineering degree from Syracuse University.

About Saean Kosmides

Saean Kosmides | WINFL Conference

Seaen Kosmides is the CEO and majority shareholder of OlympiaTech Electric, a full-service, commercial, electrical contractor specializing in design build. She provides executive leadership to the company in her role as chief executive officer. Outside of OlympiaTech, Seaen is actively involved in several organizations and trade associations in the construction industry. She currently serves as the president of the Minneapolis Chapter NECA. She is the founder and co-chair of Women in NECA Twin Cities and also sits on the national steering committee for Women in NECA-FL. Seaen is a member of the board of directors for NCEL (North Central Electrical League). She donates her time to help with interviews at the JATC and is also a member of NAWIC and the Minnesota Subcontractors Association.

About Noelle Sebastian

Noelle Sebastian | 2023 WINFL Conference

Noelle Sebastian is a Project Manager for Rosendin Electric out of San Jose, California. Noelle brings a different perspective to her role, taking a non-traditional approach to project management by beginning her career in the field. During the past 9 years while at Rosendin Electric, she has led projects while working closely with team members, providing opportunities for on the job training and mentoring others to step out of their comfort zones and to become the best versions of themselves. She is part of Rosendin’s We LEAD peer group and serves on the Women in NECA/NECA Future Leaders Task Force.