Innovations & Collaborations

2018 HPC National Conference Session

The Value of Partnerships in Training and Workforce Development

Wednesday, April 25
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Salon L (5th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

In order to scale up rapidly, the energy efficiency profession needs to train many more workers than we are currently doing. Collaborations and partnerships between technical training providers, colleges and universities, schools, non-profits, manufacturers and many other stakeholders in our industry is a very promising way to expand training venues, audiences and opportunities. This session will explore the benefits of these partnerships and how to develop them.

Learning Objectives:

Diana McCarthy-Bercury

Owner, CEO
Earth Forward Group, LLC

Diana McCarthy-Bercury founder, Earth Forward Group, LLC (
Diana leads Earth Forward Group’s energy, workforce development, and climate resilience practice. She has broad technical expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable building performance. She has advised on energy strategy, program design, and implementation for private and public sector. Diana's an advocate for sustainability workforce development and education. Prior Diana managed Connecticut energy efficiency fund programs for the region's largest energy provider, Eversource. She designed and implemented the GreenSTEP program, municipal sustainability planning and educational programs.
Diana holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.


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Walter Yakabosky

Director of Training
Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA)

Mr. Yakabosky has decades of experience in technical training and workforce development in the Mid Atlantic region. His career has included decades at community colleges, including the Community College of Philadelphia, institutions in New Jersey, and as Dean of Technical Studies at the Delaware County Community College. He is a master of "cooperation," seeing competitors as collaborators, and finding the complementary skills and assets to benefit both partners.


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Eric A. Cheek

Associate Vice President and Director of Continuing Education and Summer Programs
Delaware State University

Dr. Cheek has degrees from Carnegie Mellon in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Electronics Engineering. He has an MS and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Prior to coming to Delaware State University, he taught at the college level in North Carolina, and worked as an administrator for the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.


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Sheri Borrelli

Sr Business Development Professional
The United Illuminating Company

Sheri Borrelli is a Sr. Business Development Professional for the Conservation Load Management Department at The United Illuminating Company (UI) located in Orange, Connecticut. Before joining the Conservation Load Management Department, Sheri worked in the Regulatory Affairs Department for UI. Her current role at UI is educating customers throughout UI’s service territory about the Energy Efficiency Funds programs administered by UI. Ms. Borrelli graduated from Quinnipiac College with a Bachelor of Arts and Albertus Magnus College with a Masters of Science in Management, and a Masters in Business Administration.


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Nancy Kaplan

Manager of Workforce Development
Building Performance Institute, Inc.

Manager of Major Accounts for The Building Performance Institute in New York


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