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Kali Taylor

Executive Director, Student Energy

Describe a typical day

A typical day at Student Energy usually involves taking an international conference call from my kitchen table while eating breakfast.  We have volunteers in 13 time zones so I am constantly taking calls way too late at night or way too early in the morning! After that, I will go into our office, which is a funky coworking space in Kensington where the Student Energy team member sits in a cube configuration.  My staff and I will usually have a quick touch point and then we will get to work planning conferences, writing content for our web platform, building funding proposals, editing blogs, recording our radio show, etc. There are a variety of things that need to be done by a small group of people so every day is unique in its challenges and opportunities.

Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.

One of the perks of leading an organization is it is extremely flexible, if I need to run an errand or take off early it’s no problem.  The work never really ends but I truly love that my work is such a large part of my identity.  The best part of Student Energy is probably the travel and the people I meet. Since starting the organization I have travelled to India, Brazil, Qatar, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Norway, and South Africa and have met thousands of amazing young people along the way!

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

One time the UN tweeted about Student Energy to 2.5 million followers.  The same week the head of a cleantech investment firm quoted me in a public discussion he had with Robert Kennedy Jr.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

I am in the business of the future! Working with students all over the world has made me see that our generation is going to be the one to truly push the status quo.   I believe that energy will be the single most exciting industry to work in over the next 20 years; it is constantly evolving and the rate of change is only increasing.  It is up to our generation to strike a balance between energy and environment; while that may seem like a daunting task I think we are up for the challenge.

Current community involvement efforts.

I sit on various Boards around energy and sustainability but most of them are related to my work with Student Energy. It is quite an all-consuming community effort.

Why YWE?

It may be overused but I fully subscribe to the Margaret Mead quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Building strong communities will change lives and the world.

What are you reading?

GMAT prep books!