Women’s History Month is a powerful time to celebrate significant women throughout history. Continuing our highlighting of the many women of NTCIC that make our impactful investments possible, we sat down with Lan Sasa, our Director of Solar Project Management.
Lan joined the team in 2021 with over 11 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and leads our solar transaction closings and asset management transitions.
We spoke with Lan to learn more about her career, passion, and life.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a lawyer. When I was a young teen, I watched Ally McBeal and I loved Lucy Liu’s character. I wanted to be her. There weren’t a lot of Asian American women represented on TV and I think that’s why I was so drawn to her. She was fierce, powerful, smart – and she looked amazing in those suits!
What makes NTCIC a unique place to work?
It’s unique in that it values your humanness. All the things that make me human are seen as important and are nurtured. I feel valued for all the things I bring and do, not just whether I did something in a way that someone liked. In the past, my success and value were determined by how well I did (or did not fit!) into a role that has been defined as “right” for a person that looks like me. At NTCIC, I am recognized for my work and I’m given the freedom to do it in a way that plays to my individual strengths.
What drew you to this industry?
I was drawn to the industry because I am an environmentalist and conservationist. I wanted my professional work to fight climate change. And I’ve stayed in the renewable energy industry because it’s dynamic and I’m always learning new things.
What excites you about the future of women in this industry?
The pandemic was a huge disrupter of everyday life and has changed working life dramatically. I hope that in our efforts to “return to normal” we can actually transition to a better normal, a normal that works for everyone. While I’m disheartened that so many women have left the working world, I am hopeful that companies will realize this loss and work to change their culture and work environment to encourage women to return and focus on truly supporting them, their growth, and their success.
What are you reading right now?
In an effort to experience other perspectives I have been on a biography kick for a little while. I am currently reading Phoebe Robinson’s book “Please don’t sit on my bed in your outside clothes.” It’s hilarious and I highly recommend!