Name: Channing Evans
Organization: Xcel Energy
Title: Communications Consultant
Community work (board service, volunteering, mentoring, etc.) I’m a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a serviced based Honor Society.
CWCC Involvement (CWCC member for x amount of years, Engagement within CWCC: serve on our board, support our members and team, etc.) I joined the CWCC YP Board this year and I’m loving it. This is my first time sitting on a board and I was a little unsure of the expectation, but those concerns quickly melted away after my first meeting. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive- I’m grateful to be surrounded by such motivated and thoughtful women. I’m also a member of the CWCC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
The Why: Why do you do what you do/ why are you passionate about your work in our community? I love to communicate! Whether I’m telling customers about ways they can conserve energy to help them save money on their energy bill, touting the benefits of the CWCC to prospective members or engaging in conversations about social justice and equity, I do my best to find a way to craft my message so it resonates most with my audience. Ultimately, I’m passionate about helping people communicate more effectively so they can understand each other in a more meaningful way. This makes for a more empathic and informed community.
What is one of your biggest challenges that you have overcame, and how did you overcome it?I moved to Denver from NYC without family, friends or a job (oy…quarter life crisis). It was an incredibly humbling experience as the reality didn’t match my expectation at times. While I welcomed the advice of others, I had to learn to not make decisions based on the expectations of others, but rather what I thought was right for me.
What is your personal motto? No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt
Advice for others in business based on what you have learned on your journey: Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. As women we want to do it all- and do it well! It’s okay to recognize when you’re doing too much and need to take a breath.
What are you most proud of from the last year? Being part of and forwarding the conversation around social justice and equity in all aspects of my life. Silence is no longer an option. In order for meaningful change to happen we need to discuss these topics openly, frequently and with positive intent.
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