Shayne Wilwert, CFO of All Energy Solar

Shayne Wilwert, CFO of All Energy Solar

Shayne Wilwert has a track record of forging new paths in her career, and as the first CFO at All Energy Solar, she has already made an impact. Leading in a high-growth industry is a challenge, but Shayne was ready for it and has successfully navigated the traditionally male-dominated industries of construction and electric. She is well-respected both as a leader and mentor. Her signature is interpreting accounting and finance, and telling the story behind the numbers to support strategic decision-making. Shayne also prioritizes professional growth and serves on the board of FEI, where she is instrumental in forming Executive Peer Groups. Her professional successes and ability to lift those around her made Scouts Talent curious to learn more…

If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?

I’d like to be a tour guide. I love to travel and I’d meet a lot of interesting people along the way.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?

Be strategic about what you want in your career. If you know you want to be in a certain position in 5-10 years, think about what experiences you need to get there, and raise your hand for every opportunity you can get. Start getting involved with things outside of your current position that will help you get there, like joining a non-profit board of directors, and soak up new experiences to build out your resume. Most importantly, build a strong network. Take the time to connect with people and build a network that you can lean into when you are ready to grow.

What is your mantra?

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” My high school cross country coach would always say this to us during training (and I hated it, lol), but it has stuck with me throughout my life. I constantly remind myself that I didn’t get to where I am because of how I handled the easy days, and every challenge provides an opportunity to grow.

What companies or leaders do you admire?

I admire leaders that are truly authentic in how they present themselves, are willing to do the right thing even if it isn’t the best financial outcome, and can do so with adding a little humor to their day. Life is boring if you can’t laugh once in a while.

What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?

More and more, CFOs are looked at to be a leader in building the business and helping to create and execute a strategic vision for the organization. We have to think broader than finance and be willing to understand different perspectives in the business. This requires finance professionals to have a broader understanding of the industry they work and how their customers think.

How do you get yourself out of a slump?

When I am in a slump, I try to take the time to remember what is going well, or what I am grateful for. These little acts help me to remember what is important and resets my mind frame.

Who has been most instrumental in your career?

My husband, Tristan. He’s always been there to support me, cheer for me, and he’s never once doubted my abilities. He is a true partner in raising our family together and in life.

What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?

I celebrate with a really good steak and potatoes – either on the grill at home or out to eat.


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