About Wanda

About Wanda Reder, the Founder

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Entrepreneurial and proven senior executive who is globally recognized with prestigious achievements, including National Academy of Engineering and IEEE Fellow. A transformative leader with significant achievements in utilities and related technical professional associations, service providers, suppliers and regulatory groups. Track record of providing strategic direction and successfully executing large-scale change initiatives, resulting in turnarounds and sustainable growth. Expertise in leading large domestic and international organizations, start-up ventures and mergers & acquisitions, and implementing leading-edge solutions. A creative thinker and influential collaborator with proven skills for leading, networking, fundraising, building partnerships, investing capital and delivering multimillion-dollar, bottom-line growth. A committed philanthropist and trusted advisor to Boards of Directors, C-Suites, professional associations and utility industry stakeholders.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Visionary Industry Leader: Valued for forecasting and delivering unprecedented transformation and innovation to the utility industry. Highly sought-after senior executive, thought leader, speaker and advisor.

Strategic Planning and Financial Acumen: History developing comprehensive strategic plans based on a global industry perspective, inclusive of mission and vision, growth projections, business risk assessments, market insights, investment requirements, manufacturing needs and human capital requirements. Outcomes are typically Board-endorsed and foundational for investment plans, rebranding, restructuring, developing road maps and acquisitions.

Operational Excellence and Human Capital Performance: Team-oriented and impact-driven. Proven effective in bringing together a wide variety of different stakeholders and their perspectives to align with a common vision. Extensive experience leading large organizations (1,000-plus employees), overseeing sizeable budgets, developing personnel, remapping processes, reorganizing (impacting 7,000-plus employees) and executing strategies to achieve business results.

Entrepreneurial: With an MBA in New Ventures, has repeatedly identified emerging market needs and seized the opportunity; a demonstrated early mover who has built high-performing teams that have successfully embraced new technologies and initiatives, many in the Smart Grid domain, having a positive and long-lasting impact on the industry.

WORK HISTORY

S&C Electric Company, Chicago, IL, 2004 – 2018

  • Chief Strategy Officer (2015 – 2018)
  • Vice President, Power Systems Solutions (PSS) (2004 – 2014)

Exelon Corporation, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 2001 – 2004

  • Vice President, Asset Management, Exelon Energy Delivery (2003 – 2004)
  • Vice President, Engineering & System Planning, ComEd (2001 – 2003)

Davies Consulting, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD, 2000 – 2001, 2004

  • Vice President, Energy Sector

Ultra Power Technologies, Inc., Brooklyn Park, MN, 1997 – 2000

  • President & Chief Executive

Northern States Power Company (NSP), Minneapolis, MN, 1987 – 1997

  •  Director, Automated Energy Services (1996 – 1997)
  • Team Leader, Delivery System Planning (1993 – 1996)
  • Manager, Automation Planning and Development (1991 – 1993)
  • Engineer I, II, Marketing Engineer, Product Development and Analysis (1987 – 1991)

Current Board Memberships

  • Singapore Energy Grid 2.0 Advisory Board (chair)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee (vice-chair)
  • IEEE Committees: New Initiatives, Future Directions, and Employee Benefits & Compensation Committee (chair)
  • IEEE Foundation Board
  • South Dakota State University Council of Trustees
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Engineering Advisory Board
  • South Dakota State University Dean’s Advisory Committee

Achievements and Recognitions

  • IPERC, Member and Chair of the Board, 2016 – 2018
  • Defense Security Service (DSS) Clearance, 2017
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2016
  • IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award, 2014
  • IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award, 2014 – Present (recognizes a deserving female annually; promotes diversity)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association Industry Award, 2013
  • IEEE Power & Energy Society President, 2008 – 2009
  • IEEE PES Scholarship Plus (Chair and Founder), 2011 – 2014
  • IEEE Smart Grid (Chair and Founder), 2009 – 2013

Education

  • Northwestern University, Chicago IL; Executive Leadership Institute, 2003
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN; MBA, New Ventures, 1990
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD; BS, Engineering, 1986