Women in Solar is a 501(c)3 membership organization dedicated to advancing women in all aspects of the solar industry. We are completely member run, and we are successful thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and solar industry advisors. We recently sat down with one of our volunteer members, Christina Mathieson of Sunation, to learn more about her career experiences in the solar energy space.
Tell us a little about yourself and where you work:
I work at Sunation Solar Systems in Oakdale, New York. My title is “Chief Administrative Officer” and I am tasked with managing our sales team and all that goes along with that, which I really like. My background is a little bit of Wall Street Finance and a lot of Entertainment Production. The Production position I held for many years allowed me the flexibility to raise my four children and to have a nice “life-balance” between work and family. It wasn’t that I wasn’t working hard or doing crazy hours, that was just all in between being the mom. In retrospect, I’m so glad I was able to do that.
How did you get into solar?
I live on Long Island now but I’m originally from Queens, New York. In 2010 it was time for me to make a career change. My first choice was to reach out to Scott Maskin, a friend for more years than we will discuss, to see if he might be able to use me at his solar company. In my case, I learned about solar after I got the job. I had a lot of good, business experience and four years ago there were only a handful of people who had solar experience. They liked me. I learned. They kept me.
Back then when I told people where I worked, they would always follow up with “Does that solar thing really work?” Now, for the most part, people don’t ask that any more. I’m so excited to be a part of an industry that is changing the world for the better, even if I’m only a small part of that. The passion that I have for what I do is something that I know my sales team feels and I hope it helps to drive them just a little bit. I think my kids are proud of what I do, too.
I’m very fortunate to work with Scott Maskin, Mike Bailis and the whole team at Sunation. We have our own group of AMAZING Women (and Men) In Solar Energy
What is your role at Women In Solar?
I was lucky enough to be able to help out at the WISE Cocktail Reception during this year’s SPI conference in Las Vegas. There was a great turnout and I got to meet people whose work I’ve followed and whose words and publications I read just about every single day.
Why did you decide to volunteer with Women in Solar Energy?
I learned about WISE and thought their ideals and goals were fabulous. I wanted to offer my support and do whatever little thing I could do to help out. I see my own daughters and daughter-in-law in careers they’re passionate about and would love to see other women, in my own industry, given the chance to achieve their own goals. If something I can do can be helpful to a young woman starting her career then I’m all in!