International Women’s Day 2024

Breaking Barriers and Building Career 

Meet the Women of Miller EV Solutions

In honor of International Women’s Day, Miller EV Solutions is celebrating the impact the women on the team make everyday. These are trailblazers, forward-thinkers, and relentless dreamers carving out their space in the sustainable transportation solutions realm. To get the inside scoop on the impact these women have on the EV infrastructure industry, I sat down to have candid chats that dive deep into their roles, dreams, and inspirations while also getting a peak into their unique personalities and perspectives. From managing projects in EV solutions to leading the charge on innovative initiatives, their journeys are nothing short of inspirational. 

To begin my exploration behind the scenes of nations leading EV infrastructure company, I interviewed the women that make up over 19% of the team. I found myself captivated as their stories paint a picture of a diverse group of women using innovation and determination to make their mark in the industry. The women describe diverse career paths that are almost as diverse as their current roles. Their stories are not just narratives of personal achievement but beacons of inspiration. 

Do you ever wonder how women enter into a traditionally male dominated industry?

From childhood aspirations to impactful careers, the ladies of Miller EV did not always have electric vehicles and charging on their mind. In fact, Kerri Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer and President of Miller EV Solutions, once dreamed of a career in forensic pathology or law, and discusses her unexpected transition into leading strategic initiatives in sustainable transport. Her journey underscores a powerful message, “the most rewarding paths often begin with a step into the unknown”.

Similarly, Program Manager of Marketing and Analytics, Nicola Hebert, who had once envisioned a life on stage, now plays a pivotal role in shaping the EV Solution’s marketing voice. Her story resonated with me as a testament to the transformative power of embracing one’s skills in new contexts. It was during these reflections that Angellyna Bui, an EV Project Coordinator known for her sharp insights and dynamic approach, shared a thought that resonated deeply with me, “I’m thrilled about our move towards more technological solutions and the focus on developing talent from within. We’re not just building infrastructure; we’re building leaders.” The common theme across all of their interviews, the road less traveled is the one that leads to the most rewarding destinations.

Essential Skills to Build the Future

During my interviews, I was struck with a consensus of vital skills for career growth: resourcefulness, patience, adaptability, and a commitment to continuous learning.

Lindsey Callaway, an EV Project Manager, emphasized the importance of resourcefulness and patience, especially when navigating the complex nature of groundbreaking projects. Kayla Franklin, Marketing & Analytics Associate, highlighted adaptability and flexibility as essential in keeping pace with the dynamic EV industry.

Beyond technical skills, the ladies talk about the power of effective communication and the strategic use of data. They highlighted the importance of being able to bridge diverse teams and leverage data analytics to inform decisions, underscoring the multidimensional nature of innovation in the EV space.

Yet, it was their shared passion for a sustainable future that truly inspired me. “I loved how passionate the company has become about this generational opportunity. Knowing that we are leading the charge in sustainable transportation and being on the cusp of innovation is exciting.” Julianne Hutchison, Sr. Business Analyst remarked, capturing the essence of what drives the team at Miller EV Solutions.

Breaking Barrier to Build Careers

While construction and EV infrastructure might be primarily associated with men holding the majority of the industry, the women of Miller EV Solutions are flipping the script and challenging stereotypes. Behind every groundbreaking project and every new charging station, there is likely a woman who faced challenges and turned them into triumphs. Take Debbie Simpson, Project Administrator, as an example – her confidence and expertise command respect and pave the way for others.

But it’s not just about fighting external battles. Margine Buitrago, EV Project Associate, knows that shattering glass ceilings begins with believing in yourself. “If they chose you, it’s because you’re ready,” shares Margine as she highlighted the power of mentorship and role models.

These are not just inspirational interviews – they’re fueling a movement. Their work at Miller EV isn’t just about jobs; it’s about accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world. This International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate their groundbreaking contributions, and let their stories ignite the fire in every woman ready to shatter expectations in STEM fields and beyond.

 Ready to be inspired? Let us meet these incredible women of Miller EV Solutions and hear their stories. Find the full interviews below.


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Kerri Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer and President of Miller EV Solutions

Complete Interview

Interviewer: Kerri, it is a pleasure to hear your perspective on International Women’s Day. Let us kick things off with a fun one. Do you have any nicknames?

Kerri Stewart: Well, I do not really use a nickname day-to-day, but there is a cute story from my childhood. My dad used to call me Kerri Canary. My sister has her own version too—Kelli Canelli. Brings back fond memories.

Interviewer: That is very catchy! Moving to dreams and aspirations, what did young Kerri imagine herself becoming?

Kerri Stewart: Oh, I had grand plans! I was torn between becoming a forensic pathologist or an attorney. Quite the spectrum, right?

Interviewer: Indeed, it is! And look at where you are now. Speaking of which, how do you see your role in the team?

Kerri Stewart: My job is all about leadership and guidance. I see myself as a navigator, helping steer the ship through calm and stormy seas alike.

Interviewer: Speaking of navigation, we hear you’re an EV enthusiast. What’s your ride?

Kerri Stewart: Yes, I have embraced the EV life! I drive a Cadillac Lyriq. It has been a fantastic experience.

Interviewer: Impressive choice! Now, for the million-dollar question: what advice would you offer to young women aiming to achieve a career like yours?

Kerri Stewart: That is a thoughtful one. I would say, be open to opportunities, even those that might not seem like an immediate step up. What matters is what intrigues you, what offers a new learning curve, be it a different field, department, or even a geographical move. Sometimes, what appears to be a lateral or even downward move can be the most enriching experience of your career.

Interviewer: Wise words indeed. Kerri, it has been an absolute pleasure. Your journey is inspiring, and your perspective on embracing opportunities is something we can all learn from.

Kerri Stewart: Thank you! It has been great chatting with you. Here’s to more women forging their unique paths in the business world.

Lindsey Callaway

EV Project Manager

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Interviewer: Alright, let us start with a fun one. Got a nickname?

Lindsey: Snapper

Interviewer: What did you dream of becoming when you were all grown up? 

Lindsey: Marine Biologist

Interviewer: So, what brings you to Miller EV Solutions? What’s your role here?

Lindsey: I have been working on EV projects my entire career at Miller Electric Company so it was a natural fit for me to be a Project Manager for EV Solutions. 

Interviewer:  Electric Vehicles are all the rage. Do you drive one, and if not, what would be in your dream garage? 

Lindsey:  I do not, but if I did, I really like the Cadillac Lyriq

Interviewer: Okay, we need a book recommendation. Something folks should grab for their next road trip. 

Lindsey: The Family Upstairs

Interviewer: Speaking of road trips, how far have you driven in one push?

Lindsey:  350 miles

Interviewer: And what’s the song blasting from your speakers to keep you going? 

Lindsey: Dave Matthews Band, “Two Step”

Interviewer: We all appreciate a little recognition. What’s your favorite way to be shown some kudos?

Lindsey: Even just on small victories, it’s nice to hear, good job!

Interviewer: Let’s talk mentorship. Did you have any role models who helped guide you on your path here? 

Lindsey: Robert Dorsey, my uncle who is also a PM at Miller Electric believed I could do this job before I could. He encouraged me to change my career to come to Miller Electric Company and I am so glad I did!

Interviewer:  Let us pass the torch. Any advice for young women wanting to follow in your footsteps? Any words of wisdom for your former self?

Lindsey:  Breath, take one step at a time. Planning is key!

Interviewer: Diving into specifics – what makes someone a rock star in this field? 

Lindsey: Resourcefulness and I care, I want what is best for our clients!

Interviewer: How do you stay in the loop about all the cool new tech happening in the EV world?

Lindsey: I rely a lot on my development team, they are in the thick of it daily and often pass on great information that is more tailored to our clients. 

Interviewer: Let’s be real. Being a woman in construction comes with challenges. How did you navigate that initially?

Lindsey: Being heard. I believe that was an internal battle though, once I grew confidence and realized that I have an amazing team around me that will support me, those issues started to dissipate. In this business, you do not always have to know everything, you need to have the resources to put the right people together to get the job done.

Interviewer: What got you hooked on EV infrastructure initially?

Lindsey: My former bosses, Chad Guinn and Donnie Smith. Chad and Donnie brought in and maintained some of our core EV clients. I learned so much from Chad on how to run large EV programs and service projects with success. I have learned so much from Donnie on how the little things with your clients go the extra mile. 

Interviewer: Tricky one – how do you balance the demands of this job as a woman and still find personal fulfillment? 

Lindsey:  I am not the best at work-life balance, it is a constant struggle. Perhaps because I am a woman in this industry, I feel somewhere that I have to work harder or dig deeper to be successful. With that said, being successful is what motivates me!

Interviewer: What’s Miller EV’s future? Paint me a picture! 

Lindsey: Endless possibilities.

Interviewer: It’s International Women’s Day! What do you want to tell all the women out there, especially those in STEM? 

Lindsey: Be proud to be a woman in this industry!

Nicola Hebert

Program Manager Marketing and Analytics

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Interviewer: Let us start with the basics. Got a nickname? If not, what nickname would you like to have? 

Nicky: Just Nicky, as far as I know. 

Interviewer: Back when you were a kid, what did you picture yourself doing as an adult? 

Nicky: I had my sights set on a career as a singer, actress, and model! 

Interviewer:  So, explain your current role. You’ve got quite a title!

Nicky: Within the team, I serve as the Marketing and Analytics Program Manager, I work toward shaping our presence within the EV market. My responsibilities span a wide range of tasks, including defining our market positioning, developing and executing the annual marketing strategy, driving lead generation initiatives, orchestrating cross-functional promotions, strategizing conference participation, refining our social media approach and cultivating the growth of our marketing and analytics team. Additionally, I use my experience in database architecture and data modeling to meet our analytics needs, providing insights through data visualization, dashboarding, and analysis using tools such as Tableau, Salesforce, Excel, and more to help drive our success in the dynamic EV landscape.

Interviewer:  Do you rock an EV yourself? If you could choose any model, what would it be?

Nicky: I drive a blue Tesla, Model Y. Her name is Blue Lightning.

Interviewer:  Hit me with a good book recommendation, something to keep us entertained on a road trip. 

Nicky:  Tough to pick just one, but  here’s my top five: 

  1. Traction by Gino Wickman 
  2. The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox 
  3. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal 
  4. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P Frankel 
  5. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham 

Interviewer: Okay, road trip question – what’s the furthest you’ve ever driven in one day? 

Nicky: 18 hours! It was a beast of a drive. 

Interviewer: And the essential sing-along to keep you going? 

Nicky: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Pure joy! 

Interviewer: Recognition is important to everyone. How do you prefer to be recognized?

Nicky: My favorite form of recognition varies depending on the context. Typically, I lean towards private, face-to-face acknowledgment. However, there are instances where public recognition is fitting, especially for achievements that were particularly demanding or had a significant impact. Ultimately, what matters most to me is feeling appreciated and valued. While public acknowledgment can be gratifying, I find greater satisfaction in knowing that I have solid support and acknowledgement.

Interviewer: Mentorship is key. Did you have any role models guide you to where you are now? 

Nicky:  Absolutely, I’ve been fortunate to have several remarkable mentors whose influence has truly shaped my journey in profound ways.

One individual who stands out is Kerri Stewart, who not only served as my mentor during my early days at Miller Electric Company but now also holds the position of my boss as the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Miller EV Solutions. Kerri has been instrumental in helping me realize that the path to success isn’t always linear. She’s shown me the importance of embracing new challenges, pursuing what I’m passionate about, and maintaining a relentless commitment to learning. Kerri’s leadership style, characterized by her unwavering dedication to servant leadership, has empowered me to chart my own course with confidence.

Another significant figure in my professional journey is Richard Baumy, the CEO of Baumy Group. Richard challenged me to broaden my business acumen, steering me towards pursuing an MBA instead of a Masters in Marketing. I’m incredibly grateful for his advice, as my MBA journey provided me with a comprehensive understanding of business operations. Under his guidance, I delved into areas such as financial analysis, business modeling, strategic thinking, and operational excellence, all of which have been invaluable in navigating the complexities of the corporate landscape. Additionally, Richard introduced me to the EOS system, a framework that has revolutionized the way I approach meetings, measure success, and track performance, ultimately enhancing my effectiveness.

The guidance and wisdom imparted by Kerri and Richard have not only propelled my professional growth but have also instilled in me a profound sense of purpose and resilience. Their mentorship has been nothing short of transformative for me.

Interviewer: Pay it forward time!  What advice would you give to young women looking to have a career like yours? 

Nicky:   Here is what I would tell them: Remember, you don’t need to have all the answers from the get-go. Each person’s journey is unique, and what worked for me might not necessarily be the right path for you, or anyone else for that matter. Instead of viewing others’ experiences as blueprints to follow, see them as valuable resources to draw insights from as you carve out your own path.

If you’re intrigued by the EV market, dive into it headfirst and absorb as much knowledge as you can. Explore everything from chargers and infrastructure to regulatory shifts and industry news. The EV landscape is evolving rapidly, demanding a constant state of vigilance and a growth-oriented mindset. Embrace the fact that what you know today might become outdated tomorrow.

Even if you find yourself within a well-established company like I have, remember that the EV market resembles more of a fledgling startup, brimming with opportunities for innovation and growth. As Henry Brown often emphasizes, this is a generational opportunity, so approach it with enthusiasm and excitement.

In any industry, genuine passion for the product you’re promoting is crucial. For us, it’s about championing Electrical Infrastructure for the EV Market and all the cutting-edge technology solutions that accompany it.

Lastly, keep in mind that the path to success resembles more of a jungle gym than a straightforward ladder ascent, as aptly described by Maria Ford, President of Dewalt. Progress isn’t always linear, and it’s okay if your journey takes twists and turns. Avoid comparing your growth trajectory to others’, and focus instead on your own unique progression.

Interviewer: What do you think are the most important skills to succeed in this field?

Nicky:   A few essentials: 

  1. Analytical Mind: Be able to understand and interpret data 
  2. Tech Tools: Know your way around Tableau, Excel, etc. 
  3. Stellar Communication: Especially for effective marketing 
  4. Adaptability: The EV market changes quickly! 
  5. Understanding of the Tech: How does it all work? 
  6. Passion: Be excited about sustainability and EV innovation

Interviewer:  How do you keep tabs on all the fast-paced developments with EVs and construction? 

Nicky:  To stay updated on the latest developments and technologies in electric vehicle infrastructure and the EV market, I attend industry conferences, participate in webinars and workshops, subscribe to relevant industry publications and newsletters, and network with professionals in the field in person and through social media. This allows me to monitor the rapid changes and see what others in the industry are talking about to make sure I am staying current. This also allows me to identify potential collaborations

Interviewer: Have you been directly involved in any innovations in your role at Miller EV Solutions? 

Nicky:  Being part of a 95-year-old company navigating the complexities of an emerging market has been a journey filled with innovation and excitement. While electric vehicles have been around for some time, the rapid growth in this sector is still in its infancy. One of the most exhilarating projects I’ve been involved in is the EV Innovation Design Center at our headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. This groundbreaking facility, the first of its kind, has posed unique challenges and opportunities in terms of marketing and positioning. Crafting strategies to showcase its significance has been both challenging and immensely rewarding.

Moreover, spearheading the marketing efforts for our EV Solutions segment of Miller Electric alongside Kerri Stewart and our dedicated EV Solutions team has been a gratifying experience. Building from scratch, I’ve been able to leverage my 22 years of marketing expertise in ways I never have imagined. It’s been an incredible journey thus far, one that has allowed me to push boundaries and explore new realms of creativity and innovation.

Interviewer:  What were some challenges you faced entering this male-dominated field, and how did you handle them? 

Nicky: Initially, as a woman entering any traditionally male-dominated industry, we face challenges such as gender bias, lack of representation, and stereotypes. To overcome those it is important to demonstrate competence, expertise, and dedication to your work, build strong professional relationships, seek mentorship from successful women in the industry, and advocate for other women within your organization.

Interviewer:  What first sparked your passion for EV infrastructure?

Nicky:   I stumbled into the EV market at Miller Electric somewhat by chance, but looking back, it feels like fate intervened. I call it lucky, but this unexpected journey has led me to discover my passion for the industry. It wasn’t until I started driving an EV myself that I truly became personally invested in the growth of the U.S. electrical infrastructure and the success of the EV market.

Experiencing the benefits firsthand, from the environmental advantages to the sheer joy of driving electric, ignited a bigger interest. I found myself drawn to the idea of contributing to the expansion of the industry and championing its transformative potential and helping to position Miller as the leading EV solutions provider. I’m deeply invested in the growth of the EV market and am proud to play a role in shaping its trajectory. 

Interviewer: How do you balance your role in this demanding field as a woman, with finding personal fulfillment? 

Nicky: As a woman in the EV infrastructure and construction industry, I prioritize work-life balance and personal fulfillment by valuing self-care, setting boundaries, and fostering diversity and inclusion. With four children, achieving balance is a constant effort. I blend work and family by involving my kids in company events and channel my passion for painting into coordinating an annual art auction for charity, aligning with both my personal and professional values.

Interviewer: Picturing the future – what is in store for Miller EV Solutions? 

Nicky:  I believe the future of Miller EV Solutions holds exciting possibilities, including continued expansion into new markets, new products, collaboration with industry partners to develop innovative EV infrastructure solutions, and leading the transition towards electrified transportation systems in the U.S. I envision Miller EV Solutions as a driving force in shaping the future of sustainable mobility and making significant contributions to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.

Interviewer:  It is International Women’s Day! Your message to women everywhere, especially those aiming for STEM?

Nicky: I would like to encourage all women to embrace their talents, pursue their passions fearlessly, be strong and confident and break that glass ceiling to achieve your full potential. Remember that your unique perspectives, skills, and contributions are invaluable to driving innovation and progress. Stay resilient, advocate for yourselves, and most of all support each other.

Angellyna Bui

EV Project Coordinator

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Interviewer: Angellyna, I hear you have two fun nicknames that represent your personality. What are they?

Angellyna: I got the name Speedy, from the field team because I was always walking around the site like I was on a secret mission (laughs). The second and more recent name is Fireball! Because I spit all my thoughts out in one breath, I am very idealistic! 

Interviewer: Did you always know you’d end up in construction?

Angellyna: (Laughs) Not at all! I am a first generation high school and college graduate, so it was typical to be on the pre-med track, mid-way I switched it up to Marketing & Business. My first job out of college was executing a golf tournament, similar to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, then found myself in theme park construction. I quickly recognized the value of creating rapport with the field team and began to develop leadership skills along the way. That experience led me to remotely managing a team in Japan. I worked through the initial covid outbreak and all, and now I’ve been here for 3 years already! Crazy to think that I have been in construction for 7 years now!

Interviewer: It sure is. What’s your role with the EV group?

Angellyna: I’m kind of the symphony conductor for operations now. The types of projects in our department tend to be smaller in scale, but in larger quantities, so it’s my job to establish new operating procedures and ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s a huge collaborative effort between our team, the software technology team and the supporting departments throughout the company. The documentation and communication of these new operating procedures is also a key initiative. It’s all about harmony. A tad different from my past experience, but the general background knowledge from my time on site has really helped provide additional insight! 

Interviewer: That sounds crucial. Are you driving an EV yourself?

Angellyna: Absolutely! I’m zipping around in a Hyundai Ioniq 5. It feels like I’m riding in a spaceship!

Interviewer: How do you like to be recognized for your work?

Angellyna: The simple fact that I was able to help you in one way shape or form to grow is enough for me

Interviewer: Any mentors who’ve influenced your journey?

Angellyna: Definitely. Each mentor has left a mark, pushing me to expand my horizons and never stop growing. It’s been an invaluable part of my journey.

Interviewer: How about any good suggestions?

Angellyna: I have a few.. Traction  by Gino Wickman

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson

and any Rupi Kaur books – she is an incredible poet!

Interviewer: If you could go back in time what message would you send yourself for your first day?

Angellyna:  Don’t be afraid of change, and embrace the journey along the way. You never know where you will end up in due time! 

Interviewer: What skills do you believe are essential in this field?

Angellyna: Adaptability is key; every day brings something new. Strong communication and solid relationships with your team are crucial, and you can’t take the heat personally—it’s all part of the job. 

Interviewer: Have you been part of any innovations at Miller?

Angellyna: As an EV Owner and Miller employee, I have the ability to share personal experiences as a consumer to our team to test and/or consider while we continue to develop our EVIDC for our customers/partners. It is such impactful information that we are able to use in our future efforts. 

Interviewer: Facing challenges as a woman in construction, how did you navigate that?

Angellyna: There is more pressure and effort to show you are knowledgeable and/or capable of keeping up as a woman on site. I learned in order to be heard and respected as a woman in a leadership role, I had to speak the same language. So instead of showing up to site, I showed up on site. The more I was out on site, the more opportunities there were to get to know the field team. You don’t realize what a difference that makes until you experience it. A great rapport with the field leaders is so crucial. Those relationships can make or break the success of your project.   

Interviewer: What excites you about the future with Miller EV Solutions?

Angellyna: It’s such an exciting time to be involved in something so new to the general public, 

Interviewer: Any message for women on International Women’s Day?

Angellyna: Don’t let anyone tell you no. If you believe in it enough, keep pushing. You’re making a difference whether you realize it or not.

Margine Buitrago

EV Project Associate

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Interviewer: Today, we’ve snagged some time with the remarkable Margine Buitrago, a key player in the EV revolution at Miller EV Solutions. So, Margine, is there a fun story behind your nickname?

Margine: (Laughing) Yes, everyone calls me Mar! Short, sweet, and much easier to shout across a busy project site.

Interviewer: I hear you first thought you would become a Psychologist one day now you are in construction, that’s quite a journey! What spurred the change?

Margine: I knew from a very young age that I wanted to study Psychology and hopefully in the future be a child psychologist. And the great thing about psychology is that it really complements everything, so here we are 🙂 in the gritty world of construction.

Interviewer: And as a Project Associate, what’s your secret sauce for managing EV projects?

Margine: Think of me as the behind-the-scenes maestro, ensuring every detail is fine-tuned for our projects to succeed. It’s like being a conductor for a very technical orchestra.

Interviewer: Driving an EV must feel like second nature to you by now, right?

Margine: Oddly enough, I have not made the leap yet! But when I do, it will likely be a Tesla!

Interviewer: Got a book recommendation that’s sparked your interest recently?

Margine: Definitely “This Was Meant to Find You: When You Needed It Most” by Charlotte Freeman. It is one of those reads that finds you at just the right moment.

Interviewer: How about road trips? Ever pushed the limits on a long drive?

Margine: The longest I have managed is 4-5 hours, just enough to feel adventurous without turning into a marathon.

Interviewer: And what tunes keep you company on the road?

Margine: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii. It has got that perfect blend of energy and nostalgia.

Interviewer: Recognition in the workplace can be a big deal. How do you like to be celebrated?

Margine: A shoutout does wonders. It is a public pat on the back that really reinforces the value of what we do.

Interviewer: Mentorship can play a huge role in anyone’s career. Any standout mentors in your journey?

Margine: Absolutely. There was this one person who saw potential in me when I doubted myself. Their faith in my abilities pushed me to where I am today, making me much more confident and fearless.

Interviewer: Any words of wisdom for women looking to break into this industry?

Margine: Do not be scared of the unknown. Embrace opportunities, because if they present themselves, it means you are ready, even if you do not feel it yet. I have always liked the saying ’If you weren’t ready, you wouldn’t have the opportunity’’. And now, I’m so glad I embraced the opportunity for this career! 

Interviewer: In this rapidly evolving field, what skills are indispensable?

Margine: Adaptability, communication, and teamwork are key. The landscape is always changing, and being able to pivot and collaborate effectively is essential.

Interviewer: Staying current must be a challenge. How do you keep up with the industry’s pace?

Margine: I am always on the lookout for the latest news from EV manufacturers and tech suppliers, and networking is next on my agenda—to learn directly from those at the forefront.

Interviewer: As a woman in construction, have you faced any particular challenges?

Margine: So far, I have been fortunate, but I know as I aim higher, being firm and clear in my leadership will be crucial. It is about showing up and proving you are a leader, day in and day out.

Interviewer: What sparked your interest in EV infrastructure initially?

Margine: Hearing about the impact women are making in this field. It made me want to be part of that transformative force.

Interviewer: And looking to the future, what excites you about Miller EV Solutions?

Margine: The prospect of rolling out Tesla Supercharging stations far and wide is exhilarating. We are literally powering the future, state by state.

Interviewer: Lastly, a message for women on International Women’s Day?

Margine: You are exactly where you need to be. Embrace failure as a step towards growth, and never doubt your brilliance. Remember, you are competing only with yourself, so every win is yours to celebrate.

Kayla Franklin

Marketing and Analytics Associate

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Interviewer: So, Kayla, I hear “KayKay” is a nickname you’re known by?

Kayla: Yes, that is right! It is what my family calls me, and it has stuck with me through the years. It has got a fun, easy vibe to it, don’t you think?

Interviewer: Definitely has a ring to it! So, you once had dreams of becoming a veterinarian. How did you pivot to analytics and marketing?

Kayla: Life is funny like that, isn’t it? I always loved animals, but as I grew up, I found myself fascinated by the world of marketing and data. The ability to tell stories and make decisions based on analytics really drew me in.

Interviewer: And what is a day in the life of a Marketing and Analytics Associate like at Miller EV Solutions?

Kayla: It’s a bit like being a detective and an artist rolled into one. I support our Program Manager by diving into our social content, shining a light on our brand, and making sure we stay ahead in the industry.

Interviewer: With all this talk about EVs, do you drive one yourself?

Kayla: Not yet, but I am eyeing the Chevy EV Equinox for a test drive this weekend. Can not wait to experience the electric life firsthand!

Interviewer: Sounds exciting! How about a book recommendation for our readers?

Kayla: For a page-turner, “From the Shadows” by Jacqueline Brown is a must-read. And for those looking to level up professionally, “The Multiplier” by Liz Wiseman, and “Managing Up” by Mary Abbajay  are incredibly insightful.

Interviewer: What is the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?

Kayla: That would be the 273-mile drive from California to Vegas. It was for a gymnastics competition, and let me tell you, it was quite the adventure!

Interviewer: And the soundtrack for such a journey?

Kayla: My playlist is full of energy boosters, but any road trip needs tunes that make you want to sing at the top of your lungs. Anything with a beat that keeps the drive lively! I would have to say right now it is “The Well” by Marcus King.

Interviewer: Recognition in the workplace is important. How do you prefer to be celebrated?

Kayla: A personal “thank you” means the world to me. But, I won’t lie, a public shoutout for a job well done always feels special too.

Interviewer: Who have been your guiding lights in your career?

Kayla: My mom has been a constant source of inspiration, along with mentors like Kerri Stewart and David Stallings, who have helped me discover my love for analytics. I also look to the women around me and on my team as they have more experience working in this industry and are able to provide very useful insights.

Interviewer: Any advice for women venturing into the EV or construction world?

Kayla: Never let any barriers hold you back. Embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, especially in fields where women are underrepresented.

Interviewer: With the fast pace of EV tech, how do you stay updated?

Kayla: Our team is fantastic at sharing knowledge, but I also keep my ear to the ground with the latest news, attend industry conferences, and participate in as much training as I can.

Interviewer: Facing challenges as a woman in this industry, how have you managed?

Kayla: Overcoming self-doubt was key. Embracing every chance to learn and grow has really helped me build confidence.

Interviewer: What sparked your interest in EV infrastructure?

Kayla: Joining the EV team was a game-changer. Their passion was contagious, and it opened up a whole new world for me.

Interviewer: Balancing work and personal life can be tough. Any tips?

Kayla: It is all about making time for what’s important. Disconnecting from work to spend quality time with my family is crucial for me.

Interviewer: What does the future hold for Miller EV Solutions?

Kayla: To the moon! We are positioned as leaders in EV infrastructure, and the opportunities for growth and innovation are boundless.

Interviewer: Lastly, a message for women on International Women’s Day?

Kayla: Embrace your strengths and stand proud in STEM fields. Your contributions are invaluable, and together, we are paving the way for a brighter future.

Debbie Simpson

EV Project Administrator

Complete Interview

Interviewer:  Debbie, rumor has it there’s a fun story behind your nickname?

Debbie: (Laughs) Well, it is not much of a story. Everyone just calls me Debbie. Simple and straight to the point, but I have always fancied the idea of a jazzier nickname. Maybe something like “Guardian of the Team” to highlight my passion and role in taking care of both the team and the project’s progression.

Interviewer: From nursing dreams to the heartbeat of Miller EV, how did that journey unfold?

Debbie: Oh, the nursing dream sailed away a long time ago. I found my true calling in the whirlwind of project administration. It’s like I am the Swiss Army knife for the team, involved in everything from A to Z.

Interviewer: And in the realm of driving, have you joined the EV revolution yet?

Debbie: Not yet, but I have got my eyes on the Chevy Blazer EV RS. It is sleek, powerful, and just my style. Hopefully, I will make the switch soon!

Interviewer: On those long drives, what is the tune that keeps you rolling?

Debbie: There is nothing like the soulful strains of Stevie Ray Vaughan or the legendary BB King. The blues carry me through, adding a touch of rhythm to the road.

Interviewer: Recognition is key in any role. What is your preferred pat on the back?

Debbie: Honestly, a heartfelt “thank you” in person or a quiet acknowledgment does wonders for me. It is about the genuine appreciation, no matter how it’s delivered.

Interviewer: Looking back, what wisdom would you impart to young women stepping into their careers?

Debbie: Never hold back. Believe in your incredible potential to make a difference. The world is your oyster, and sometimes, it is the underestimated paths that lead to the greatest destinations. Embrace your strength, and do not shy away from making your mark.

Interviewer: In this fast-paced industry, what are the must-have skills to stay ahead?

Debbie: Keeping a cool head and being a communication ace are top of the list. It’s about keeping everyone in sync and navigating through the challenges with grace and determination.

Julianne Hutchison

Senior Business Analyst

Complete Interview

Interviewer:  Do you rock an EV yourself? If not, what would be in your dream garage?

Julianne:  Nope! No EV yet, but I have my eyes on a few…

Interviewer:  Hit me with a good book recommendation, something to pass the time on a road trip. 

Julianne:  Gotta go with The Search for Significance 

Interviewer:  Road warrior question – how far have you driven in one push? 

Julianne:  Twelve hours straight. Chicago to Valdosta, GA! 

Interviewer:  And the ultimate sing-along to keep you going? 

Julianne: “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain is a banger

Interviewer:  Everyone likes to be appreciated.  What’s the best way to get a thumbs-up from you? 

Julianne: In-person, one-on-one recognition is my favorite. 

Interviewer:  Did you have any mentors or role models who helped you get where you are? 

Julianne: Kerri Stewart, my manager, has been amazing.  She’s pushed for my growth and is a fantastic example of a strong, successful woman in this industry. 

Interviewer:  What advice would you give to other young women who see a career like yours in their future? 

Julianne: My advice would be to always ask questions even if everyone in the room knows the answer. This shows an eagerness to learn and humility. Always speak up and have courage. Being a woman in a male dominated industry takes confidence and bravery!

Interviewer:  Let’s dive into industry specifics here – what do you think are the most important skills to succeed in this field? 

Julianne: It takes a willingness to learn and ask questions – the industry is complex and you will learn something new every day. 

Interviewer:  How do you keep up with all the rapid changes in EV tech? 

Julianne: I listen to podcasts and read news articles that are circled around the EV Solutions team 

Interviewer:  You’ve been involved in pretty significant innovations.  What have you worked on at Miller EV Solutions? 

Julianne: Definitely the EVIDC!  I have been heavily involved with the EVIDC software/hardware commissioning and data outputs. This first of its kind facility is the definition of innovation!

Interviewer:  Did you face challenges entering this male-dominated industry, and how did you navigate them? 

Julianne:  Prior to Miller, I knew nothing about construction or the electrical industry. I was intimidated by the knowledge gap, but overcame the fear by building relationships with individuals who had been in the company/industry for 20+ years. Miller employees are stewards to those newer in the industry and eager to help others learn and grow.

Interviewer:  What first got you hooked on EV infrastructure? 

Julianne: I loved how passionate the company has become about this generational opportunity. Knowing that we are leading the charge in sustainable transportation and being on the cusp of innovation is exciting. The passion here is infectious! 

Interviewer:  How do you find that balance between your demanding role and personal life?  Is it difficult as a woman in this field? 

Julianne: When I go home at the end of the day, I feel I am making a difference in the trajectory of Miller EV Solutions, and ultimately the EV Infrastructure industry. Miller EV is the leading EV Solutions provider in North America, and knowing I play a part in that is fulfilling.

Interviewer:   Let’s picture the future – what’s in store for Miller EV Solutions?

Julianne:  Being a turnkey provider, I see our customer base scaling significantly over the next 12 months. I am excited about the data outputs we are acquiring from the EVIDC, and anticipating the more educated decisions we can help our customers make from them.

Interviewer:  It’s International Women’s Day! What do you want to say to other women, especially those reaching for STEM careers? 

Julianne:  Just like Rihanna said, “There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”