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33 years in power. Meet Laura Gribbin.

March 13, 2019

In honor of Women's History Month, we're highlighting history-making women of our own. Like Laura Gribbin. She was the first female programmer in her department way back when. After 33 years, she's still innovating.

Q:    How long have you been involved with the New York ISO and what brought you to it?

A:     I have worked at NYISO since startup in 1999, but also worked for the New York Power Pool (NYPP) since 1986.

Q:    What's changed in those 33 years?

A:     In the mid 1990's, I was the first female programmer in my group and the first woman on the Communications & Data Advisory Subcommittee (CDAS).

Q:    Where did you go to school and what did you study?

A:      I attended Elmira College, transferred to Russell Sage, and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Q:    What job did you dream of as a kid and why?

A:      I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to use my creativity to make the world more beautiful.

Q:    What gives you energy in your daily life?

A:     I am inspired by creative and technical people, by nature, and by family and friends. Sun and solitude also give me energy.

Q:    Do you have a role model that had a profound effect on you?

A:     My first supervisor, John Hickey. He knew what I was capable of before I did. He never once said "We can't."

Q:    What advice do you have for aspiring leaders?

A:     Be humble, have a clear vision, listen more than you speak, and be decisive.

Q:    Are there certain quotes you find particularly meaningful?

A:     I love two quotes:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave are not those who feel afraid, but those who conquer their fears." - Nelson Mandela

"Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire." - from the film Schindler's List

Q:    What are you proudest of?

A:     When I realize my two children have already exceeded my own accomplishments.

Q:    What do you look forward to?

A:     Our next Caribbean vacation and our next visit with my children and granddaughters.

Q:    What lesson is among the most valuable you ever learned?

A:     Bad luck and bad judgement always go hand in hand!



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