2012 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted the first Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28th, 2012. This symposium—for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines—helped to lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy. The goal of the symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. Our hope that this annual Symposium will help build a sustained, national community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers of women in clean energy.

Speakers and panelists focused on specific actions and activities in the general areas of the award categories. Small group discussions were part of the program, led by the Clean Energy ambassadors, industry representatives talking about their clean energy business lines, scientists discussing their innovations, students talking about their research, and a discussion between mentors and those they have mentored. We also honored women with outstanding accomplishments in their fields with awards and $10,000.

Attendees told us:

  • “Thank you for one of the most significant moments of my professional life. I will treasure the experience for years to come.”
  • “Truly the best conference of my 30 year career!”
  • “I learned more in that day and a half than I often learn in months!”
  • “Angela Belcher? AMAZING. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters? INSPIRING. Susan Tierney? ENGAGING. And on and on.”
  • “For the first time in my decade+ career, I *belonged*. I was surrounded by people who looked like me, and talked like me, and were professionally engaged like me.”
  • “I greatly enjoyed that while this was a woman-focused event, its content did not center on being women in clean energy. The focus remained on the hard work of policy, science, and innovation. Thank you!”
  • “This was undoubtedly the best conference I have ever attended. Many, many congratulations. I left inspired and enthusiastic about my field, and whenever I feel a tad beaten down (as happens), I just pull up the C3E website to remember that I am not alone. If your intent was to attract and inspire additional women to take on the world's energy challenges, you did that and then some!”


Friday, September 28, 2012

Opening and Overview

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Welcome Address
Susan Hockfield, President Emerita, MIT
Introduced by Melanie Kenderdine, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative

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Issues Framing
Susan Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, former Assistant Secretary for Policy, DOE
U.S. Energy Policy

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Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Policy
Moderator: Ernest Moniz, Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy
Mary Anne Sullivan
, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Lisa Epifani
, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
Dian Grueneich
, Principal, Dian Grueneich Consulting, LLC

Morning Keynote

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Women as Energy Decision Makers in Africa
Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
Introduced by Professor Phil Khoury, MIT Associate Provost & Ford International Professor of History
Advancements for the Developing World

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Technologies and Business Models for the Developing World
Moderator: Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative Team, United Nations Foundation

Allison Archambault, President, EarthSpark
Alla Jezmir
, Business Development, AES Corporation
Rhonda Jordan, MIT PhD student, Engineering Systems Division
Meg Harper, Humboldt State University (CA) Master's student, Environmental Systems: Energy, Technology and Policy

Clean Energy Student Poster Competition
  Students from Boston area universities will have posters detailing their research in clean energy. Symposium participants will select their favorite poster. The winner will be announced at the reception following the Symposium.
C3E Awards Luncheon

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Seated Lunch and Award Presentations to Winners in Six Categories

Corporate Implementation
Developing World

Energy Technology and Innovation

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Role of Basic Research in Energy Science and Technology
Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering

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Moving Ideas from Laboratory to Marketplace
Moderator: Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors

Rachel Sheinbein, Partner, Energy and Materials, CMEA Capital
Kristina Johnson
, CEO, Enduring Hydro, LLC
Kathleen McGinty, Senior Vice President, Weston Solutions, Inc.

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MIT President Rafael Reif
Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Millie Dresselhaus
Remarks from Millie Dresselhaus
Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

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Taking Risks and Driving Ideas
Moderator: Martha Broad
, Director of Knowledge Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Council

Christine Ho, Co-founder and Head of Technology, Imprint Energy
Rachel Barge, Partner, Greenstart
Wendy Arienzo, CEO and Director, ArrayPower, Inc.
Sara Groen, Co-founder and Director, SURGE Accelerator

Corporate Implementation

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Mobilizing Change in the Private Sector
Moderator: Kim Saylors-Laster, Vice President of Energy, Wal-Mart International

Jennifer Rumsey, Executive Director, Heavy-Duty Engineering, Cummins
Johanna Wellington, Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy, GE Global Research
Terry Wood, Technology Vice President, Planning and Communications, BP Group Technology


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Women Reaching Out to Make a Difference
Moderator, Carter Wall, Director, Performance Solar Division, Broadway Renewable Strategies

Lilia Abron, Founder, President and CEO, PEER Consultants, P.C.
Deborah Yerkes, Executive Director, Ohio Energy Project
Amanda Evans, Project Manager, New Mexico Energy$mart Academy

Closing Remarks

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Looking Ahead to the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial
David Sandalow
, Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
Introduced by Caroline McGregor, C3E Program Coordinator
  Cocktail Reception
Announcement of the winner of the student poster competition
Jessica Earley, Programs Director, Focus the Nation

Contact us: c3eawards@mit.edu