Carol Wright

McKee, KY, US
Field of Work 
Electrical Engineering
 
Business Administration
Company 
Jackson Energy Cooperative
Job Title or "Student" 
President and CEO
Education 
University of Kentucky and Sullivan University
Degree 
BSEE and MBA
Education Level 
Masters
Profile Biography 
I am the President and CEO of Jackson Energy Cooperative headquartered in McKee, Kentucky. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a MBA from Sullivan University.

While a senior in high school, I had no idea that I would love engineering. However, my high school math teacher had a hunch. He asked what my major would be in college and I told him mathematics because it was so easy for me. He said that was great, but asked if I had considered engineering. I said no and did not think about it again until I was a freshman in college. I found the mathematics major rather boring and remembered what my math teacher suggested and checked out the curriculum. It was a hard choice between mechanical and electrical engineering, but I really liked power, motors, and machines. So electrical engineering was the choice and I have not regretted it.

I have worked in the electric utility industry for more than 28 years. I began my career with an investor owned utility as a student engineer and was offered a position as a technical engineer after graduation. I worked in the field designing and maintaining the distribution electrical grid for 10 years before moving into management. This technical design was very challenging and exciting. However, as a young professional I wanted to advance, so I moved into management.

The remaining 18 years of my career has been in senior management positions with two electric distribution cooperatives. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in January 2013, I held the position of Chief Operations Officer at Jackson Energy. With the senior management positions, I supervised the Engineering and Operations personnel in the utility. Management is quite different than performing the engineering duties, but I have enjoyed the challenges and it definitely prepared me for the CEO role.

My advice to those interested in the STEM fields would be to explore different areas and find what you love to do. If you love what you do, it will be your passion and your work will show it. Success will be inevitable.
Interests 
Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekends
Resources 
Career exploration activities
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Other
Other Program Affiliation 
IEEE

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