Young women don’t necessarily see themselves working in a hard hat or steel-toed boots. We’re working to change that perception.

Recently, our Human Resources department hosted its second annual Girls in the Trades fair at one of our facilities near Allentown. By giving young women information about educational opportunities and introducing them to mentors and role models, we aim to encourage them to pursue careers in fields they may not otherwise consider.

Here’s a look at the event:

High school students from Lehigh Career and Technical Institute attended PPL’s second-annual Girls in the Trades fair to learn more about career opportunities in technical fields.


Sarath Trujillo, labor and employee relations consultant (in blue shirt), organized the event, which included a panel talk with PPL employees.

Melinda Heckman, an admissions counselor with Pennsylvania College of Technology, gave the students an overview of the opportunities available at the technical school.

“The girls were very interested in what all is involved with training a line worker and opportunities here at PPL,” said Mike Deasey, training and development specialist. “Also, they had a real interest in how electricity works and the dangers involved with safely working on and around it.”

Lineworker Ashley Harris showed off her climbing skills.