Whitney Terrill was fortunate to grow up around strong, successful leaders, especially the women in her family. They were involved in the local community and government, and Whitneys’s love of language and culture made her curious about translating those local experiences to the benefit of the international community.
While attending Hampton University in Virginia, Whitney heard about PLEN’s Women & International Policy Seminar. She viewed it as a perfect opportunity to learn more about current topics in international policy and the role of women in those fields. “PLEN brought us dreamers to the practitioners.”
Because of her wonderful experience at PLEN, Whitney invited seminar participants to the U.S. Green Building Council offices during the Women & Public Policy Seminar in 2013. She introduced the students to the U.S. Green Building Council and its policy work. When Whitney was invited to speak during the same seminar in 2014 she jumped at it the chance. She enjoyed speaking about the green building movement and found it “wonderful to support other women in achieving their goals.”
At USGBC, Whitney works on the credentialing team. Her team focuses on encouraging students and professionals to pursue LEED credentials or other certificates to demonstrate their knowledge of the LEED rating system and green building respectively. Prior to USGBC, she worked in the financial industry in New York. Whitney has continued her education , with classes on conservation and environmental sustainability at Columbia University in New York.
“PLEN has become a way for me to support the professional network of other women, and it has been a great way to share the resources of USGBC to support the future of women. PLEN empowered me, and it has been wonderful to continue the cycle.”