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ECLP Commercial Women Speaker Series: Hannah Kaplan

Foreign Service, customer obsession, and 2-dimensional diversity may seem like dynamic topics for a lunch-time discussion. However, Hannah Kaplan, Senior Sales Manager in Power & Water, spoke about these topics and more to the ECLP Women in Commercial group this past week as part of an ongoing Speaker Series.

Spanish, Italian, French and English - Hannah started her career with a linguistics background looking for opportunities in Foreign Service. She then completed her masters from Johns Hopkins and worked with the EU Commission. After the financial crisis in 2009, Hannah joined GE with experience in building relationships between the government and industry partners. She notes her international experience as a key element to her continued success.


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ECLP Diversity Conference Webinar 2015 - 9/18/15

     If you are interested in attending this webinar, please RSVP here


Class of 2015: The Graduates … Two years of growth that went by in a flash

Christina Waters started the ECLP program in Toronto, Canada, in GE’s Power & Water business. She has accepted a role in Oil & Gas Software as a Product Line Leader – Early Ventures based in San Ramon, California. She was the recipient of the FastWorks award in July 2014, and the Innovation award in July 2015.

Two years of hard work recognized for all program participants.

They say when you are experiencing something really great, you need to make sure that you stop, take it in, and relish in it. Looking back on my two-year journey with the ECLP program, I feel the pride and sense of accomplishment when thinking about all that we as a class have accomplished, and at times I wished I stepped back and took it all in because it went so fast. 

The program is yours to shape – you make it great by how much you lean in to it. Beth Comstock, Vice-Chairman at GE, said during my first conference in July 2013 that the expectation was that ECLPs would get into the business and help transform them – but that GE wouldn’t hold our hands and ‘we needed to Figure It Out (FIO)’.

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ECLP Commercial Women Speaker Series: Erin Dillard

Erin Dillard (@edillardeclp)

Erin Dillard, Managing Director of Strategic Accounts for GE Lighting and ECLP Alum“Choose, don’t wait to be chosen” – don’t take a backseat when you have an opportunity to drive.

Wise words from the professor, turned motivational speaker, turned entrepreneur mother of Erin Dillard.  Erin, herself a mother of 3 young children, has certainly taken the opportunity to drive her career and is the current Managing Director for Strategic Accounts at GE Lighting.  She was also the first female leader to provide her perspective on gender diversity in the ECLP Commercial Women speaker series – an ongoing conversation about gender diversity led by top female leaders of GE.

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From the Eyes of an ECLP Summer Intern … 2015 Summer Conference Reflections 

Name:  Jim Lamb

Jim Lamb at the 2015 ECLP Summer Conference

School:  University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Focus on Energy finance and Clean Technology.  Final semester (Spring 2016) will be in Copenhagen.

Prior Employment: Prior to business school, I worked as a field engineer for an Oil and Gas service company.  I ran data acquisition and analysis operations on oil rigs and frac locations. In the five years as a field engineer, I worked in every major oil/shale play in the US and the oil sands in Alberta, Canada..

GE Business: ECLP Summer Associate in Power & Water, eStore management/eCommerce at GE Water & Process Technologies (Trevose, Pennsylvania.)

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From the Eyes of an ECLP Summer Intern … 2015 Summer Conference Reflections

From L to R: Summer ECLPS Jorge Cespedes, Narmina Conzatti and Elisabeth Burrows pose for a selfie outside the Village at Crotonville!

Name: Jorge Cespedes

School: Licentiate in Business Administration by University of The Pacific (Lima) and MBA Thunderbird School of Global Management AZ, USA.

Prior Employment: 10 years of experience in sales and marketing roles for Unilever, Bayer, Goodyear, and Shell.

GE Business: GE Transportation, Product Management at GE Mining (Erie, Pennsylvania.)

Why I choose GE. I’ve read early in my career that GE educates the best managers in the world. As soon as I began my MBA I said to myself, “I want to be part of that experience.” 

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From the Eyes of a 2017 ECLP … 2015 Summer Conference Reflections

Priyanka and a few of her 2017 ECLP colleagues relaxing at Crotonville … Just another day at the office.Name: Priyanka Joseph
Education: Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Prior Employment: Union Pacific Railroad, Maintenance of Way
GE Business: GE Transportation, ECLP 2017

What an inspiring start to a promising career at GE – The 2015 ECLP Conference in Greenwich, CT was a beautifully planned and executed event, hosting all new ECLPS (Go 2017s!), current ECLPs, Summer Associates and members from the CLDP.

Starting off the week on a technology high note (with a trendy ECLP-tech themed backdrop) was Salim Ismail, Global Ambassador at Singularity University. Salim’s discussion encouraged all forms of creativity and imagination, truly setting the theme for the rest of the conference. 

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From the Eyes of a 2016 ECLP… 2015 Summer Conference Reflections

Jeff Immelt shares a few memorable stories with the ECLPsThe ECLP community gathered for our annual summer conference in Greenwich, CT the week of July 13-17.  After a week back in the office, we’ve had time to reflect on the commercial learning and high pace experience at the Greenwich, Hyatt.   This year’s theme was “Shift” and the tone for the conference was set by our first speaker Salim Ismail who delivered a captivating talk about the pace of innovation and growth of computing power.  In the current era, an organizations ability to adapt to change and embrace or contribute to disruption will dictate their survival. This powerful message resonated with the audience and served as a great catalyst to the mood for the rest of the week.   Below are my thoughts on Salim’s talk as well as takeaways from some of our other speakers:

  • Salim Ismail: we live in an era where mankind is accelerating technological capability at an unprecedented pace.  The key to the future will be our ability to reform governance (to both regulate and properly facilitate technology) and adopt to disruption as a society (energy abundance in oil driven world for example).   

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2015 ECLP Commercial Conference

The 2015 ECLP Commercial Conference was held in Greenwich CT.Every July, ECLPs from around the globe meet in a central location for an annual ECLP commercial conference. This year we met at the Hyatt in Greenwich Connecticut. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘SHIFT’. This can mean different things to different people, however for the ECLPs it reflects the notion that we as future commercial leaders need to be ready, willing, and able to change, adapt and alter our behaviors in order to provide solutions for our customers biggest problems. Business models are changing, technologies are evolving rapidly … and being fast and nimble in business is key.

Over the next few weeks we will reflect back on the conference through a series of blogs, written by ECLPs … 

  • Graduating Class will share their memories from the past 2 years and give insight into their graduation week
  • ECLP class of 2016s, who are now the upper-class men/women for the program will provide insights into the speakers and training
  • ECLP class of 2017s will provide a snap shot into what life at GE is like during their first week on the job
  • ECLP Summer Associates will share why they joined GE in the first place and what they took away from the conference

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Jamie Hutson is going Solar this Summer

Jamie Hutson tracking the sun in Schenectady NY

Who: Jamie Hutson, ECLP Summer Associate in Power & Water.

School: Year one of a three year dual-degree program at Columbia University, which is a Master of International Affairs in Energy Management and an MBA.

Work Experience: Prior to grad school, I was an entrepreneur, having started and sold two companies. The most recent company I was involved in was a biodiesel feedstock provider where we took the company from 4 people to 80+ in 5 years and sold the business to a Private Equity firm that still operates it today.

My First Week at GE …

People often ask me: Why would you want to come to GE after being an entrepreneur? The answers, while both personal and professional, can be boiled down to scale. As an entrepreneur, you are constantly driving toward scale, to accomplish scale economies. While it’s exciting and rewarding in many ways, much of your time is spent dealing with the growing pains of the business, rather than actually growing the business.

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