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Upcoming Events

OCT
19
2016

2016 West Coast Climate Strategies Forum Side Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Speed Mentoring Session
Westin Gaslamp Quarter (San Diego, CA)
7:00pm - 8:30pm (eastern)

 
 

The WCC is pleased to host a 'Speed Mentoring' event at the West Coast Climate Strategies Forum.   Participants will meet with a variety of experienced professionals across sectors in a small-group discussion format that will enable dynamic discussion and facilitate networking. The overarching conversation will center around a series of career development oriented themes for professionals across sectors addressing climate change.  This event is complimentary for Forum registrants.

Topics will include:

  • Making the most of your elevator pitch
  • Increasing your promotion potential
  • Understanding the c-suite
  • Advancing the climate change discussion with skeptics
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Staying positive in a negative environment
  • How to improve personal branding
  • Delivering what your manager really wants

Mentors (more to be announced shortly)


Jen Boynton

Editor in Chief
Triple Pundit

 


Michael Mondshine
Vice President, Sustainability & Energy
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

 


Gina Blus
Business Strategy & Planning Consultant
Climate Ready Solutions

 


Marcene Broadwater

Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development
International Finance Corporation

 


Scott Tew

Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Ingersoll Rand

 


Risa Baron

Principal Public Affairs Representative
San Diego County Water Authority

 


Connie Sasala
Director, Strategic Energy Solutions
Altenex

 


Fahmida Ahmed

Director, Office of Sustainability
Stanford University

Recent Events

JUL
18
2016

2015 Rising Seas Summit Side Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Speed Mentoring Event
Washington Marriott at Metro Center (Washington, DC)
7:00pm - 8:30pm (eastern)

 

The WCC hosted a 'Speed Mentoring' event at the East Coast Climate Strategies Forum.   Participants met with a variety of experienced professionals across sectors in a small-group discussion format that enabled dynamic discussion and facilitated networking. The overarching conversation centered around a series of career development oriented themes for professionals across sectors addressing climate change.

Topics included:

  • Making the most of your elevator pitch
  • Increasing your promotion potential
  • Understanding the c-suite
  • Advancing the climate change discussion with skeptics
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Staying positive in a negative environment
  • How to improve personal branding
  • Delivering what your manager really wants

NOV
3
201
5

2015 Rising Seas Summit Side Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Speed Mentoring Event
Washington Marriott at Metro Center (Washington, DC)
7:00pm - 8:30pm (eastern)

 

The WCC hosted a 'Speed Mentoring' event at the 2015 Rising Seas Summit.   Participants met with a variety of experienced professionals across sectors in a small-group discussion format that enabled dynamic discussion and facilitated networking. The overarching conversation centered around a series of career development oriented themes for professionals across sectors addressing climate change.

Mentors:

  • Gina BlusBusiness Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
  • Allison BrooksExecutive Director, Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC)
  • Jay BrunsVice President, Public Policy, The Hartford
  • Brenda DixSenior Associate, ICF International
  • Bridget FerrariSustainable Supply Chain Program Manager, National Grid
  • Nancy GirardFormer Commissioner, Environmental Department, City of Boston
  • Alice LippertSenior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Michael MondshineVice President, Sustainability and Energy, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Jacqueline Patterson Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
  • Robbin Peach – Program Manager of Resiliency, Massachusetts Port Authority

Topics included:

  • Making the most of your elevator pitch
  • Increasing your promotion potential
  • Understanding the c-suite
  • Advancing the climate change discussion with skeptics
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Staying positive in a negative environment
  • How to improve personal branding
  • Delivering what your manager really wants

JUN
24

201
5

2015 Climate Strategies Forum Side Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Speed Mentoring Event
Washington Marriott at Metro Center (Washington, DC)
7:00pm - 8:30pm (eastern)

 

The WCC hosted its first 'Speed Mentoring' event at the Climate Strategies Forum.   Participants met with a variety of experienced professionals across sectors in a small-group discussion format that enabled dynamic discussion and facilitated networking. The overarching conversation centered around a series of career development oriented themes for professionals across sectors addressing climate change.

Mentors:

  • Jeff Austin – Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo
  • Thomas DayChief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service
  • Olga DominguezRetired, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Daniel KreegerExecutive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Nanette Lockwood – Global Director, Climate Policy, Ingersoll Rand
  • Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Group
  • Margery Moore – DIrector, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
  • Jenni Morejon Director, Department of Sustainable Development, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Connie Sasala – Chief Sustainability Officer, Cameron-Cole, LLC
  • Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Marian van Pelt Vice President, ICF International

FEB
23

201
5

2015 Climate Leadership Conference Pre-Conference Side Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Career Insights Panel
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (Arlington, VA)
9:00am - 10:00am

 

A Climate Leadership Conference pre-conference side event featuring useful career insights from experienced climate professionals in the public and private sectors. 

Special Guest Speakers:

  Lisa Shpritz – Environmental Operations Executive, Bank of America
Lisa Shpritz is a Senior Vice President in the Global Environmental Group, where she manages the bank’s global environmental reporting and public environmental commitments related to bank operations.  After joining Bank of America in 2005, Lisa established the Environmental Risk and Sustainability Group, which oversaw environmental compliance and sustainability in more than 100 million square feet of bank-occupied space.  Lisa was on the Board of Directors of USGBC from 2006-2013, serving the last two years as Board Treasurer and is now Chair of the Board Finance and Audit Committee.  Lisa holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA in Biology from Cornell University.
     

  Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
Susanne M. Torriente joined the City of Fort Lauderdale in July, 2011 as part of the new management team focused on streamlining city services, initiating strategic management practices & performance measurement systems and integrating sustainability into city operations. She has direct responsibility for Sustainable Development, Transportation & Mobility, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and Structural Innovation. Susanne has been a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact steering committee since its inception in 2009 and was a major contributor in the development of the regional climate action plan. Previously, Susanne served 21 years in Miami-Dade County in roles such as the Sustainability Director, where she led the county's sustainability planning efforts, and the public-safety assistant county manager, which landed her in a central role during the County's response to the numerous damaging hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.  Susanne joined ACCO's board of directors in 2014.
     

  Maria Vargas Director, Better Buildings Challenge and Senior Program Advisor, United States Department of Energy
Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient by 2020. This leadership initiative involves chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders that have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow. Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for over 15 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985.

SEPT
25

2014

Climate Week New York Event:
Women's Climate Collaborative Reception
Crowne Plaza Times Square (New York, NY)
6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

An evening of networking, community building and to hear useful career insights from experienced climate professionals in the public and private sectors.  Our special guest speakers provided perspectives on their career journeys, mentors who helped them along the way, challenges they faced and opportunities from which they benefited, and lessons learned. 

Special Guest Speakers:

  Angela Licata Deputy Commissioner, NYCDEP
Angela Licata brings over twenty years of experience working with the DEP to this role and has had the opportunity to work with all aspects of the operation. In her current position overseeing the Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, Bureau of Environmental Compliance, and the Office of Green Infrastructure she is responsible for more than 25 major initiatives of NYCDEP’s Strategy 2011-2014. Some of these critical initiatives include strategies for stormwater management for capturing the first inch of rainfall on 10% of impervious areas in CSO watersheds over the next 20 years, accelerating meaningful regulatory reform, restoring wetlands habitat in and around Jamaica Bay, improving air quality and public health in New York City by controlling local sources of air pollution and revising and modernizing the New York City Air Code, and further enhancing the 2005 Noise Code.
     

  Valerie Patrick Founder & President, Fulcrum Connection
Dr. Valerie Patrick helps technical organizations improve productivity through science-based collaboration.  She previously served 4 years as Sustainability Coordinator/Strategist for Bayer North America, and 21 years leading technical and strategic initiatives of increasing scope to identify and pursue new sources of organizational value for both Bayer and Monsanto.  While at Bayer, she was responsible for embedding sustainability thinking into Bayer’s business operations and processes for risk, reward, and reputation benefits.  She served as inaugural Chairperson of the Board for the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and now serves on the ACCO Advisory Board. Dr. Patrick is a Certified Professional Facilitator, an SOQ Qualified Climate Practitioner, and a Trained Creative Problem Solving Facilitator.
     

  Olga Dominguez – Retired Asst. Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure, NASA
Ms. Olga M. Dominguez has over thirty years of experience in leadership and management spanning local, state and federal governments. She is a strong advocate of Climate Resiliency and Adaptation and led NASA’s efforts in climate adaptation planning until she retired from NASA in March of 2014. Ms. Dominguez is currently supporting ACCO and the ACCO Women’s Climate Collaborative in an advisory role. While at Nasa, Ms. Dominguez received numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive; The Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive; the Presidential Award for Leadership in Energy Management; NASA’s Cooperative External Achievement Award; and NASA’s Medal for Outstanding Leadership. She was named one of “The 80 Elite Hispanic Women” by the Hispanic Business magazine in April 2002.

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Event Archives

Women's Climate Collaborative Webinar
Lean In to Fight Climate Change
February 12, 2015 (12:00pm - 1:00pm)

To watch and listen to a streaming WebEx replay of the original webcast, please click here.  To download slides from the presentation, please click here.

This is the first of a series of webinars presented by the Women's Climate Collaborative (WCC). In 'Lean In to Fight Climate Change' we will summarize the current status of carbon mitigation in the U.S., an in-depth discussion of the challenges professional women face in moving the needle on climate change in their organizations, and the WCC's role in supporting those efforts. Webinar presenters will also discuss the data and information provided in Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In," which examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower professionals regardless of gender to achieve greater success within their organizations and in support of their missions/responsibilities.

Presenters:

  • Margery Moore -- Director of Environmental Strategic Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
  • Connie Sasala -- Chief Sustainability Officer, Cameron-Cole LLC
  • Moderator: Daniel Kreeger -- Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers