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Women in Clean Energy

Encouraging Gender Equality in Energy

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The goal of the 2021 Women in Clean Energy Conference was to provide students and recent graduates from all fields the resources they need to begin a meaningful career in clean energy and sustainability. We want to empower women and allies to make a difference in the male-dominated energy industry and educate men on the challenges often faced by women in the industry. We believe that by providing education, networking, and recruitment opportunities, we can close the gender gap in the energy industry in an empowering and productive way. Note: Anyone with questions can email womenincleanenergyconference@gmail.com

Videos of three main 2021 sessions

Clean Energy Implementation & Development

Women across the country have worked tirelessly to develop innovative technologies and analytics to meet a growing customer desire for clean, cost-effective energy solutions. In this session, women at the cutting edge of their field will discuss their roles in sustainable transportation, solar and wind energy development, and the advanced data science techniques that give developers the tools to deploy these technologies to the masses. This session will give a broad look at the forefront of clean energy deployment.

Speakers

Kerri Devine, Director of Engineering, Arcadia

Joo Yong, Director of North American Wind Independent Engineering Section, DNV

Meredith Isom, Project Engineer, Romeo Power


Policy, programs and regulations are often the largest drivers of clean energy deployment within a state or a utility. Incentives, renewables requirements and even electricity rate structures all can have enormous impact on the value of clean energy for both customers and developers. In this session, women will speak on clean energy policies on the local, state and national levels that enable renewable deployment and on the issues confronted as renewable penetration increases on the grid.

Speakers

Jhay Spottswood, Staff Attorney, Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Sarah SpenceExecutive Director, Ohio Conservative Energy Forum

Randi Leppla, VP of Energy and Lead Energy Counsel, Ohio Environmental Council (OEC)


Energy Justice & the Social Impact of Clean Energy

Energy Justice & the Social Impact of Clean Energy: 6:30-8 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 23

The growing impacts of climate change have inspired many of us to make changes in our lives to have a positive impact on our planet. These women are taking “change for good” to the next level. Join us for a session on energy justice and the social impact of clean energy to learn how women across the country are ensuring the clean energy revolution is beneficial for everyone.

Speakers

Dr. Diana Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Erin PeifferExpert Fellow, Engineering for Change

Dr. Anya Galli Robertson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Dayton


2021 Participants/Organizers Biographies

We invite you to download or view information about our participants and organizers.

Meet our Participants (pdf)
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Session Slides and Videos

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

6:30-8 p.m. ET

Women across the country have worked tirelessly to develop innovative technologies and analytics to meet a growing customer desire for clean, cost-effective energy solutions. In this session, women at the cutting edge of their field will discuss sustainable transportation, solar and clean energy development, and the advanced data science techniques that give developers the tools to deploy these technologies to the masses. From start-ups, to Fortune 500 corporations, this session will give a broad look at the forefront of third-party clean energy deployment.

Session Speakers:

Emily Skill, Developer Manager, Enel Green Power

Sandy Winkler, Senior Research Scientist, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Reagan Mamer, Senior Manager, Innovation, IGS Labs

Madalyn Beban, Rotational Engineer, PJM Interconnection


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

6:30-8 p.m. ET

Policy, programs and regulations are often the largest drivers of clean energy deployment within a state or a utility. Incentives, renewables requirements, and even electricity rate structures all can have enormous impact on the value of clean energy for both customers and developers. In this session, women will speak on the regulations across the country that enable renewable deployment, and the issues confronted by utilities and governments as renewable penetration increases on the grid.

Session Speakers:

Katie Rever, Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, IGS Solar

Patricia D’Costa, ICF, Senior Consultant, Distributed Grid Strategy


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

6:30-8 p.m. ET

The growing impacts of climate change have inspired many of us to make changes in our lives to have a positive impact on our planet. These women are taking “change for good” to the next level. Join us for a session on clean energy and social impact to learn how women across the country are ensuring the clean energy revolution is beneficial for everyone.

Session Speakers:

Dr. Natasha Wright, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Krystal Laymon, Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Marie McConnell, Outreach and Organizing Manager, Drive Electric Ohio


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Susan

Susan completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, C-U and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Susan has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, including energy, automotive vehicle, powertrain and components assembly. Susan has dedicated her career to improving American manufacturing and assuring that the United States maintains a vital manufacturing footprint, especially in areas of key technological advances. In her time as a manufacturing practitioner, she has always been a strong proponent of sustainability, starting in her first role as the Environmental and Coating Manager with Douglas and Lomason, leading the plant to Iowa's first Waste Minimization award to launching the all-electric Nissan Leaf in Smyrna, Tennessee and now the COO of Bloom Energy, in Sunnyvale, California, bringing reliable #alwayson energy to critical infrastructure including Data Centers, Hospitals, Grocery stores, banks and other essential services.

Throughout her career, she has maintained that jobs and the environment can have a symbiotic relationship, and that passion drives her as she pursues her role at Bloom. In addition, she has created and supported organizations that encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science as a way to support future generations of technological manufacturing in the United States. Susan founded Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, a 10-year-old 501(c)(3) whose mission to provide professional development for women in automotive and scholarships has changed the face of automotive leadership in the Southeastern United States. Susan is now an ambassador for C3E, a Dept. of Energy program tasked with bringing more women into Energy and for professional development of women currently in the energy field.  Both of these organizations support Susan’s passion of building and growing technical fields to be more open and accessible for highly talented and skilled women.

Susan shared the story of her career with her alma mater, the University of Illinois, giving the Molecular and Cellular Biology Commencement speech in 2019 to tell her story of how a technical degree can lead to a rewarding and exciting path for those who are willing to take on the challenge. 


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

12-1 p.m. ET

Navigating the post-grad space can be stressful and exciting. During this presentation, our panel of recent college graduates will answer your questions about post-grad life such as, “Should I pursue grad school?” plus “How do I find a company/organization that aligns with my morals and values?” and “How do you compromise working a job you love but not getting paid as well vs. getting a well-paying job that might not be as exciting?” Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a small group setting based on their interests.

Session Panelists:

Sarah Fischer, Electric Vehicle Specialist, Electrification Coalition

Andi Mott, Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lindsey Weisman, Solar Analyst, IGS

Tess Isemann, Energy Systems Designer, Tesla

Sarah Richard, Director of Special Projects, CleanEnergy4All

Dana Larison, U-LEAD Rotational Intern, ENGIE North America Inc.


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2020 Participants/Organizers Biographies

We invite you to download or view information about our participants and organizers.

Meet our Participants (pdf)
CONTACT

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