Iris Griffin

Iris Griffin

Vice President of Power Generation

Dominion Energy

Chapin, SC USA

You own your career and you own that development. If what you’re doing right now doesn’t work for you, take it upon yourself to say, ‘Okay, what am I going to do about it?


By Roadtrip Nation

Iris Griffin


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Bennettsville, a small, rural town in South Carolina.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in accounting through the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina with a goal of ultimately becoming a partner in a large accounting firm.
After graduating, I spent a couple of years working for a large accounting firm.
As I gained experience, I realized public accounting wasn’t a great fit for me, so I got a job in internal audit for SCANA Corporation, a utility company in Columbia, South Carolina.
I initially thought that working in utilities might be boring, but I ended up loving it—I stayed with the company and have moved up through the ranks, working in spaces like audit and treasury.
SCANA was eventually acquired by Dominion Energy, through which I stayed on and worked as the vice president of finance and integration.
I’ve since moved into operations and now work as the vice president of power generation in South Carolina—I’m actually the first woman to hold this position for the company!
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High School
University of South Carolina


Vice President of Power Generation

I'm responsible for Dominion Energy's non-nuclear fuel plants in South Carolina.

Career Roadmap

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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I spend a lot of time in meetings. The utility industry is very capital intensive, so we always have a lot of big projects going on. I'm in discussions about budgets, schedules, and team management for those projects. I also get to go out and visit our power plants to check in with our employees and see what they're working on.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

A business degree in accounting or finance is a great place to start for a position like mine. These degrees will help you understand budgeting and finance as well as how to manage people. Another route into this industry is through engineering. The utility industry is always looking for great engineers, whether that be mechanical, civil, or electrical engineering. If college isn't for you and you'd rather go through a technical program, power companies also offer a lot of great trade jobs.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You don't understand how hard it's going to be to be a working mom. Are you sure you've thought this through?"