AESP’s 27th National Conference
New Professional Scholarship Application
Are you the next AESP scholarship recipient? Four scholarships are available for AESP’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 13-16, 2017 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The scholarships INCLUDE registration for the conference, a pre-conference training course of your choice and if you’re not a member, we include a one year membership (total value $2015). PLUS a conference ambassador so you can learn, network, and fully experience AESP’s National Conference. This year’s National Conference is Destination Innovation, so be on the forefront of energy efficiency and submit your application.
Qualifications for the New Professional Scholarship are:
· 1-5 years of Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and/or Smart Grid experience.
· Must be working full time in any of the following energy-related areas: electric or natural gas utilities, co-ops/munis, regulatory or non-profit entities, public benefit groups, vendors, manufacturers, or consulting firms.
· Have approval for travel to attend the conference. Note: travel and lodging costs are NOT included in this scholarship.
· Scholarship recipients will be required to submit feedback to AESP on what was learned at the conference and how they benefit from it. Recipients are required to attend the New Professionals event on Monday February 13, 2017. It is also encouraged to attend a Topic Committee meeting or Chapter event while at the conference. Recipients may be asked to write an article for AESP, and/or post on social media.
· Disclaimer: Please be aware that by submitting this application, you consent to your photo, video, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in all media, whether now known or here after devised, for eternity, and you release AESP, It’s Successors, Assigns and Licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.
If you meet the above qualifications, apply for the scholarship by emailing the following information (please limit responses to 100 words per question), as well as a 50 word biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7, 2016.
1. How did you first become interested in the energy industry?
2. In what other industries have you worked prior to the energy industry?
3. What other industry conferences (energy or non-energy) have you attended, and what was your level of participation (i.e. attendee, exhibitor, committee member, etc.)?
4. How do you plan to leverage the National conference to achieve your goals, both personal and professional?
5. Which pre-conference training courses interest you most and why? Please rank them in order of your preference. The courses are:
Build It and They Will Come – Program Planning, Design & Implementation
This hands-on course covers a variety of program implementation and program management topics such as program operational processes, developing Requests for Proposals and contractor selection, using program tracking data and understanding evaluators. The course includes several modules that begin with a high level overview and transition to group exercises that dive into the details, data and issues that program implementers face every day. Participants will review and use program operations manuals, program tracking data, and program documentation to solve practical and common problems, and to simulate common program management issues. Class discussions will draw out useful insights and experiences from participants. Instructors are experienced in the real world successes and failures of program management at utilities and consulting firms. This course is designed for the DSM professional with at least 2-3 years of DSM program experience.
Critical Thinking – Enhance your skills for decision making, leadership and communications
This workshop is founded on an understanding that leading business today requires the ability to bridge differing opinions, ask crucial questions, and having the know-how to overcome territorial domains; without it poor decisions almost always result. Indeed, the ability to think logically and comprehensively to evaluate a situation (critical thinking) is vital for optimum decision-making. Key areas of focus include learning, bias, reasoning, questioning, fallacy, the process of critical thinking based on the work of The Foundation for Critical Thinking, and intellectual growth. The workshop is presented in an engaging and fun manner in order for participants to increase their thinking awareness as the first step to sharpening their thinking skills. It is akin to the baseball player asking Why do I have to keep my eye on the ball? I have already done that once. If we are not aware of our thinking, we have no chance of improving it. The overarching goal of this workshop is to provide the motivation for participants to become less self-centered and more fair-minded thinkers.
6. You will be provided a conference ambassador so you can “jump right in.” What type of person do you prefer to be your mentor, any constraints? How do you plan on taking advantage of your mentor’s expertise?
7. I certify that my supervisor will allow travel time to this conference. His/her name is________________________ and can be reached at_________________________.
8. Include the following information so we can contact you, if selected.
9. Are you interested in participating in a live focus group during one of the conference sessions?
10. BONUS: Have a soft spot for boy bands? Apparently so does Orlando. Both the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync got their start in Orlando. Give us your best energy-saving tips…in the form of boy band lyrics.