Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency

Emerging Professionals Workshop

Calling all Emerging Professionals!

Join your colleagues for a pre-conference workshop focused on supporting the Emerging Energy Efficiency Professional in the IAEE network. Lead. Adapt. Inspire!

The workshop is open to all industry professionals – whether you’re new to the business, new to Iowa or have experience you’re just dying to share – this year’s EP Workshop will have something for you. Meet new folks, network with familiar faces and spend the afternoon exploring:
•    How to capture your inner star with the Gallup StrengthsFinder
•    Organizational culture and innovation in a changing environment
•    Industry fortune telling by experts in the field

All workshop attendees will receive a code for the CliftonStrengths assessment and a
copy of the book STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0

When:  Wednesday, November 7th, 11:30 – 4:00 PM
Where:  Prairie Meadows Conference Center
Fee:  $35 for the pre-conference workshop - includes entry to the post-workshop events: facility tour, IAEE member meeting and networking reception. What a deal!

11:30-12:00 is reserved for check-in and informal networking. We hope you’ll join us!  Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Food is also available for purchase at the facility café.

   Attendance to the Iowa Energy Summit on
Thursday, November 8th is a separate registration.

Register:  Space is limited, book your seat today!

**Online registration is closed. You can register at The Meadows Events & Conference Center (1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA 50009) for the Emerging Professionals Workshop on November 7.**


Presentations and activities will be led by local professionals and your friends at IAEE.  Workshop is generously sponsored by VHF Sales, Inc.

If you have already registered for the Iowa Energy Summit and would like to add the emerging professionals workshop or have additional questions, please contact Meggan Boyle at 515-778-3112 or



Mindy Connors is a veteran of the energy industry where she developed innovative customer care, marketing and energy efficiency program strategies to increase customer satisfaction and create a more sustainable energy future. After nearly two decades of working to influence consumer perceptions and behavior, she knows that positive change of any kind starts with a deep understanding of ourselves and the impact we have on the world around us. She now spends her days helping individuals discover their unique strengths to stimulate personal growth, cultivate passions, and live an intentional life. Mindy holds an MBA from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on leadership and personal development.


Dr. Ryan Warren is the founder of QstN and located in Des Moines, Iowa. Ryan works to make a positive difference in the world through questioning the status quo. His experience includes nine years of energy efficiency program design/implementation and five years of scientific research in the areas of building energy systems, renewable energy generation, and energy efficiency. Ryan holds a PhD, MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. 




Rob Buchanan is an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Product Manager at Xcel Energy. He manages the Energy Feedback (Behavioral), Efficient New Home Construction, and Whole Home Efficiency programs. He has been there since April, 2018.

Prior to working at Xcel, Rob worked for 4 1/2 years as a Product Manager at Alliant Energy, primarily managing its Home Energy Assessment and Low-Income Programs. Before that,  Rob worked for three years at Green Iowa AmeriCorps as Logistics Coordinator and a Home Performance auditor.Rob earned his MBA from the University of Northern Iowa and BA in Economics from Carleton College. Professionally, he is a Bulding Performance Institute certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist. His professional goals include improving the energy system in a financially responsible, market-driven fashion, and efficiently electrifying the energy sector.

Ethan Hohenadel is a Regulatory Specialist for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC).  Since 2008, he has assisted members in assessing and reporting their energy efficiency plans and results.  He has been involved in many collaborative meetings regarding energy efficiency programs and has been involved with many groups focused on various aspects of energy efficiency including, but not limited to, the Farm Energy Working Group, PIE2, and the OCA Collaborative.



Amanda Zwanziger is currently the Energy Services Leader for The Waldinger Corporation (TWC). TWC’s Energy and Facility Solutions business unit is focused on helping customers identify ways to drive out energy and operational costs within their facilities. Amanda’s nearly twenty year career in the energy efficiency sector also includes doing business development for McKinstry and Siemens. Amanda is a committed advocate for energy efficiency policy and programs in the State of Iowa and is actively engaged in committees and efforts at the statehouse and the Des Moines metro.  



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