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Back Q&A with NYISO Board Chair, Ave Bie: Problem Solver and Sports Fan


Q&A with NYISO Board Chair, Ave Bie: Problem Solver and Sports Fan

March 28, 2019

As we celebrate Women's History Month, we interviewed our distinguished board chair, Ave Bie. A tireless power grid advocate and leader, she's a great example of history making at the New York ISO.

Q:     How long have you been involved with the New York ISO?

A:     I have been on the board since 2009, and became the board chair in April 2018. I was drawn to the New York ISO because it is a leader in its field and sets the standard by which markets and RTOs should aspire to. I was also the chair of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission from 1998 to 2004 where I was a strong advocate for a robust infrastructure to benefit the ultimate consumer.

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

A:     I earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where I studied business.

Q:     What was your dream job as a kid and why?

A:     To work in executive branch of government to participate in formation of policy.

Q:     What gives you energy in your daily life?

A:      Solving problems and finding solutions.

Q:     What would people be surprised to know about you?

A:      I'm one of five Ave Marias in my family.

Q:     What would you say to your younger self?

A:     "Be patient."

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

A:     My parents. Both were wonderful people with kind hearts and had a broader sense of giving back and participating in one's community.

Q:      What advice do you have for aspiring leaders?

A:     Leadership requires some knowledge of human nature. It requires nurturing high potential while being inspirational.

Q:     Are there certain quotes or 'words to live by' that you find particularly meaningful?

A:     “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”— John Quincy Adams

Q:     What do you consider one of your proudest moments?

A:     The moments I reflect on both of my children and the individuals they have become as young adults.

Q:     What are you most looking forward to at the moment?

A:     A family trip to Europe to celebrate our daughter graduating from college. 

Q:     What was one of the most valuable lessons you ever learned?

A:     A little kindness may help ease someone else's burden.

Q:     What do you do to relax in your time off?

A:     I bike and work out, and I enjoy traveling with family. I am also an avid football fan and huge college basketball fan.

Q:     We understand you are a Packer fan and that you may have some commemorative jewelry; can you comment on that?

A:     The Super Bowl ring weighs more than two pounds so while it’s not the most practical everyday wear, it is a show-stopper when I flash it around for effect. I'm hoping to have at least one for each hand in the future.

Note: Ms. Bie also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Green Bay Packers.

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