Mary Otu Okley ’24, an international relations and security studies major from Woodbridge, Virginia, attended the Careers in Energy Diversity Student Conference Oct. 7-9. The virtual conference, hosted by Richmond-based Dominion Energy, gives college students the opportunity to explore careers in the energy industry.
At the conference, which is open to women and minorities, students also can interview for a full-time, paid summer internship with Dominion Energy.
Of the nearly 750 students who applied to attend the conference, Otu Okley was one of just 125 selected.
“Academically, it will help me step up my game, especially seeing women doing what is known to be associated with men or a ‘men’s job,’” Otu Okley said after the conference. “It will encourage me to put in more effort because women can also do all things.”
Otu Okley learned about the conference through the University’s Career and Professionalism Center. The office helps students explore majors and careers, find internships and jobs, and prepare for graduate school. It also provides numerous other services and programs that help students get ready for life after Lynchburg.
“I’m glad that the University of Lynchburg was represented at the Dominion Energy Student Diversity Conference,” Dr. Robert Canida, vice president for inclusive excellence, said. “Mary took advantage of this awesome opportunity to connect with professionals and other students and had a great experience.”