Michelle Williams: ‘Never underestimate yourself’
March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate we’re spotlighting Michelle Williams, Radiation Protection manager at Plant Vogtle.
When and why did you become interested in nuclear energy?
Working in nuclear energy was never what I was truly interested in until I was hired on as a laborer at a commercial nuclear plant in 1989. Once hired, I started finding opportunities to educate myself more on nuclear energy, and it quickly became my passion.
How did you end up at Southern Nuclear?
I received a phone call from an individual wanting to know if I would be interested in applying for the Radiation Protection superintendent at Plant Vogtle. I had always heard that Southern Nuclear was a great company to work for. Applying for this position and getting it was an opportunity for me to advance in my career.
What are some obstacles you’ve faced during your career?
Some of the obstacles I’ve had to overcome include perfectionism, feeling overwhelmed with work, balancing a work life and family life, and recently, battling stage 3 breast cancer.
What advice do you have for other women in the nuclear industry?
My advice would be to never underestimate yourself; you can do whatever you put your mind to. Attend industry conferences, workshops and meetings, and start networking with individuals. You’ll be amazed at the relationships you’ll make. Maintain a positive attitude, as being positive will influence those individuals around you.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women past and present who have been instrumental in shaping our society into the culture of the advancement that we have today.