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2021 Keynotes

Nwamaka Agbo

Her work with these community driven projects led her to providing trainings and advisory services to donors, foundations and impact investment firms including institutions like The San Francisco Foundation and RSF Social Finance. Nwamaka has served as a fellow for the Center for Economic Democracy and the Movement Strategy Center. She proudly serves on the board of Thousand Currents, Restore Oakland, Inc. and Resource Generation. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master's of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University. To relax and unwind, Nwamaka enjoys spending quiet time in her Oakland backyard savoring sips of bourbon.

Allison Clements

Commissioner Clements has served as a federal energy expert in several capacities, including as a member of a National Academies of Sciences committee on grid resilience, as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's electric grid initiative, and as a clinical visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. Commissioner Clements grew up in Dayton, Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time, and she blogs on Scientific American. She was named one of Elle's 27 Women Leading on Climate. Outside Magazine called her "the most influential marine biologist of our time." Her mission is to build community around solutions to our climate crisis. Find her @ayanaeliza.

2021 Speakers

KC Baker

E'Lon Cohen Hall

In this role, she worked closely with landowners, local partners and local community members to assist in the development of several wind farms across the U.S. E'Lon spent a considerable amount of her early career working for several non-profit organizations including Fordham Bedford Children's Services and Communication for Social Change Consortium and serving underserved populations and communities. E'Lon has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a Master's degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.

Nakhia Crossley

Professionally, she has been featured in several publications for her energy regulatory expertise, including Public Utilities Fortnightly, Solar Power World, Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Daily Herald. She has been awarded for her leadership, diversity, and mentorship efforts, including as a Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leader by Energy News Network, a Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, a Trailblazer and Emerging Leader in the law by the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. and with the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Award by the National Bar Association. Nakhia earned her B.S. in Journalism/Mass Communications from North Carolina A&T State University and her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. She is a 2020 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago Booth School of Business IMPACT Executive Leadership Development Program.

Daisy Dowling

To date, she is the author of 16 articles in Harvard Business Review magazine, and serves as Series Editor for HBR's Working Parents collection of books. In addition, she has written on leadership and work/life topics in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Additionally, she and her work have been featured in the Financial Times, the Sunday Times (UK), the Wall Street Journal online, and on Forbes.com. She earned her B.A. from Brown University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A proud working parent herself, Daisy lives in New York City with her (working-dad) husband and two young children.

Sherina Edwards

Prior to joining the firm, Sherina served a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), making her the youngest commissioner ever appointed in the state of Illinois. While she served as commissioner, she was involved with the National Association for Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), serving as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity and as a member of the Committee on Gas, with previous service on the Water Committee. In 2016, Sherina was appointed by President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group, which was created in accordance with the Pipelines Hazardous and Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) guidelines, where she provided recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on information-sharing matters and best practices for the protection of proprietary and security-sensitive information. Having founded both the Women's Energy Summit and the Women's Energy Network of Chicago as well as having strong influence over the creation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and the ICC's Office of Diversity and Community Affairs, Sherina is nationally recognized for being a champion for diversity and inclusion within the utility and energy space. In addition to several civic boards, Sherina sits on the Board of Directors for SouthWest Water Company. Sherina is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College where she received her B.A. in Psychology and a graduated of Howard University School of Law where she was a merit scholar.

Stephanie Eyocko

Laurian Farrell

Jennifer Goodwillie

Carousel Gore

Pooja Goyal

Under her leadership, the group built a portfolio of investments dedicated to the renewable energy and sustainable resources sector. The portfolio consisted of investments via debt, equity, tax equity instruments and ownership of assets and portfolios of assets. As part of her role and responsibilities, Ms. Goyal has spoken at several industry conferences including the Goldman Sachs Sustainable Finance Innovation Forum. She has held several board and committee positions including the boards of Vivint Solar and the American Council of Renewable Energy and the investment committees at Altus Power and Goldman Sachs' Americas Special Situations Group. Prior to 2005, Ms. Goyal was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Goyal is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Computer and Cognitive Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Lauren Haller

Prior to joining Pattern Energy, Lauren worked at Hess Corporation as Legal Counsel where she provided legal and commercial advice to Global Supply Chain (Onshore, Offshore, Midstream & Information Technology) and Global Services (Real Estate & Human Resources) business units. Prior to Hess, Lauren worked at ConocoPhillips Company ("ConocoPhillips") as a Technology and Intellectual Property Attorney. While at ConocoPhillips, Lauren managed an international patent portfolio where she prepared, filed, prosecuted and maintained strategic patents worldwide involving liquified natural gas, unconventional resources, artic, deepwater and oil sands technologies. Lauren earned both of her degrees from the University of Oklahoma - receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with honors (cum laude) and a Juris Doctorate. Lauren is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lauren is involved in a number of professional and civic organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter; serving on the University of Oklahoma's Dean's Advisory Board on Diversity; a United Way of Greater Houston Project Blueprint Alumni; a Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy Alumni; and a member of the Houston (TX) Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Chris Hill

Chris is currently a board member for Trout Unlimited and Alaska Wilderness League, a member of the Leadership Team for Artemis Sportswomen, an ambassador for WeGotNext, a member of the Green Leadership Trust and is a Sierra Club Outings leader (leading fly fishing trips in Alaska). In 2019, Chris partnered with The Outbound Collective to tell her story on the water. The film, "Where I belong," was accepted into the 2020's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, as well as the Mountain Film Festival. Watch Chris' story here. She currently splits her time between Washington, DC and Haines, Alaska.

Yoomin Hong

Anne Hoskins

Tricia

In addition, she was named a Top 40 under 40 Lawyer in Texas by the National Black Lawyers Association and was a nominee for the Austin 40 under 40 award. TJ co-authors of the Renewable Energy Chapter of the Texas Environmental Law Practice Series, which is revised and published annually by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In her spare time, she loves traveling the world, frequenting the many Austin, Texas running trails, listening to audio books, and video calls with family and friends.

Larissa Johnson

Without clean water - how do we grow nutritious, locally produced food? And without green spaces - how do we learn to play and enjoy the outdoors again the way it was intended? Without access to clean, renewable energy - how do we have a just system that works for all residents? These are just some of the questions she seeks to answer in the work she does every day.

Suparna Kadam

Cheryl Lim

Erin Lynch

Kathryn Mayer

Rose McKinney-James

Demetria Miles-McDonald

Susan Nickey

Prior to Threshold, Ms. Nickey was the chief financial officer of ACCIONA Energy North America from 2007-2010 and was a managing director of investment banking in the project finance group of Mesirow Financial before that. She currently serves as interim treasurer on the transition board of the American Clean Power Association and is a member of the board of directors for the American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE). Additionally, Ms. Nickey is a member of the President's Council at Ceres, a non-profit sustainability advocacy organization. Ms. Nickey is a frequent speaker at renewable energy events, particularly on topics related to capital markets and financing trends for clean energy, including wind, solar, and storage. She was recognized as the Woman of the Year at the 2020 Cleanie Awards and has been named to the North American Power List of the 100 most influential individuals in the wind industry for three consecutive years. Ms. Nickey holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University.

Meghan Nutting

In these positions, Meghan has worked on, advocated for, and impacted a significant number of energy and environment-related issues and policies. She has been named one of the #Solar100 thought leaders in the U.S. and one of the Denver Business Journal's top women in energy for 2018. She was also a candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives in 2017-18. Meghan received her BA in Biology from Cornell University and her MPA from Princeton University.

Sarah Pendergast

Milka Rodriguez

Melanie Santiago-Mosier

Melanie is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland and has worked to advance clean energy policy for over a decade, leading regulatory and legislative affairs at a number of organizations. In 2015, she was named one of Maryland's Leading Women by The Daily Record. In 2018, she won the prestigious C3E Award for Clean Energy Advocacy. In 2019, she won a WRISE Honor for her work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in clean energy. In 2020, she was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. Among other publications, she is a co-author of the Low-Income Solar Policy Guide, www.lowincomesolar.org, a comprehensive tool for policymakers, community leaders and others who are working to make solar accessible and equitable.

Alissa Jean Schafer

Nicole Sitaraman

She began working on energy justice issues after serving as a civil rights and whistleblower rights attorney at one of the nation's leading civil rights litigation firms. Nicole has been featured in such publications as Forbes, CleanTechnica, PV Magazine, Solar Power World and the AFRO. Nicole serves on the Board of Directors of Solar United Neighbors, the Steering Committee of Interfaith Power & Light, DMV and the Advisory Committee of Black Owners of Solar Services. Nicole earned her B.A. at Yale University and J.D. at Boston University School of Law.

Tatiana Stein

Kerene Tayloe

She is a sought after expert on environmental justice and has been quoted in a number of publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. In addition to her environmental work, Kerene has worked in many political arenas but is most proud of helping to elect New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first African American to represent the city of Yonkers in the State Senate and the first woman in New York State history to lead a conference in Albany, NY. She is a member of many organizations and associations, including the world's largest and most influential sorority founded for Black women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Marie Thompson

Jessica Thrasher

Anne Weisberg

Anne, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, has practiced law and written extensively on the topic of women and the workforce, including co-authoring the best-selling Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today's Nontraditional Workforce. She is an adjunct professor of management at the NYU-Stern School of Business, where she teaches a course on inclusive leadership. She and her husband reside in New York and have five children between them.

Donele Wilkins

Beverly Wright

Dr. Wright received the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York, Buffalo, the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award in 2006, the 2008 EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition 2008 Community Award, the Ford Motor Company's Freedom's Sisters Award in July of 2009, the prestigious 2009 Heinz Award as well as the 2010 Beta Kappa Chi Humanitarian Assistance Award bestowed by the National Institute of Science and the Conrad Arensberg Award given by the Society for the Anthropology of Work in 2010. Additionally, she was also recognized by the Grios as one of its 100 History Makers in the Making in 2010. She has also received the Urban Affairs Association's SAGE Activist Scholar Award in May of 2011. She is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles. She co-authored Race, Place & the Environment After Hurricane Katrina from Westview Press, and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How The Government Response Endangers African-American Communities from New York University. She received a BA from Grambling College and an MA and Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Coaches

Lara Hamsher | Communications Manager, AES
I have lead teams for several years, and have experience interviewing candidates. I also have provided professional mentorship to several emerging professionals as part of my graduate program's alum network (Northwestern's Master of Science in Communication), and have participated as a panelist during the program's orientation for the past two years. I also lead Women of AES Clean Energy, an employee resource group focused on advancing and empowering women at AES and within the renewable energy industry. Lastly, I have learned a lot through working with my own career coach over the past few years - and enjoy sharing what I have learned with emerging professionals, and supporting the advancement of women in the renewable energy industry.
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Kristen Ray | Project Director, 8minute Solar Energy
I have been in project management for over a decade, with a focus on utility-scale solar projects. I have worked on both the development, EPC, and utility sides of the business. We can discuss how to get the role you want planning out your career and honing your skills.
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Melissa Elkinton | Senior Director - Engineering, Avangrid Renewables
Melissa has been leading teams (and hiring!) in renewables since 2009. She currently leads energy resources & meteorology and development & construction engineering at Avangrid Renewables. Prior to joining Avangrid, Melissa led solar and wind energy assessments at DNV. She has an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boise State University, respectively.
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Keavy Ladner | Solar Operations Manager with Southern Power Company
18 years of experience in the power generation sector with the last 11 in a leadership role and last 5 in renewables and wholesale markets. My preferred area of service/expertise in this capacity is career coaching and/or mock interviews.
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Becky Morrison | Executive Coach, Grantley Coaching
Becky's mission is to spread joy. She believes most people can live happier, easier lives if they get clear on what matters most to them and then develop a plan to do more of that and less of the rest. If she can help enable people to find clarity and happiness then everyone wins. People and processes are at the heart of the work that she has done for the last 20+ years in corporations, law firms - as both a lawyer and administrator - and small businesses. Now she's using that experience coupled with her own journey to help people supercharge their success and happiness by: finding clarity; taking the next steps in their career; overcoming overwhelm; going from idea to action; and, stepping into their authentic leadership presence.
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Shawn Comboy | Founder, Shawn Comboy Executive Coaching & Consulting
With over 30 years experience in Fortune 100 companies in both the United States and Europe, Shawn is an expert at developing the next generation of transformative leaders. As a certified Executive Coach, her clients are representative of the most elite industries - encompassing private sector, public sector, and non-profit and including technology, retail, logistics, government, education, and entrepreneur. As a leader and Executive Coach, Shawn's strength lies in her ability to isolate what lies at the heart of the matter and provide a framework & perspective for her clients to achieve success. In the corporate world, her focus was on building / driving high performing sales organizations and leading through dramatic organizational change. Her experience ranged from radical downsizing/restructure to massive salesforce expansion. In Europe she worked with Central, Eastern & Northern EU countries to optimize sales performance - where she learned to appreciate/navigate the challenges & opportunities of cultural diversity and history.
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Marianne Collins | Executive Coach & Consultant
20+ years as a C-level operating executive, Private Equity experience and currently run an executive coaching practice - working with executives and managers throughout a variety of industries.
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Alice Mar Rocher | Founder, Mea Crescendo
Alice believes that all of us have the desire to make our best contribution to our organizations and that we have all of the resources available to achieve incredible results. With an advanced degree in adult education and Human Resource leadership development, Alice was on senior leadership teams contributing to peak performance for over twenty years. She works with organizations and professionals who want to reach their highest performance through competency development, empowered mindsets, and highly resourceful and confident states. As a Master Practitioner, she facilitates customized development programs and conducts transformational breakthrough coaching using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP.) As an ICF certified coach, Alice leverages assessments and skills training with the psychology and habits linked to strong leadership and peak performance. You can win a free six-week virtual Syntax Smart Leadership Influence and Communication class and coaching circle with Alice by messaging her indicating your interest.
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Stefania Rigo | CEO Stefania Rigo Coaching
1 on 1 Leadership Coaching. I am passionate in supporting women in addressing the limiting self-beliefs that keep them stuck and overwhelmed. I support my clients in setting goal and have a process that gives them clarity on what they really want and what strategic actions they need to take to make them a reality.
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Stefanie Auld | Sr. Director of People, 8minute Solar Energy
I will be offering career coaching, resume/LinkedIn review, and interview feedback. I have spent the last 15 years in People and Recruiting in renewable energy and technology.
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Lisa Carpenter | President, Emerald Quest Coaching
Lisa Carpenter is a trained coach, facilitator and trainer who brings a unique blend of intelligence, intuition, straight-talk, and compassion to her high-performing clients. Using proven coaching, communication and empowerment tools finely tuned over the course of a decade of coaching, Lisa supports executives and mid-career professionals in establishing clarity around what they want to create and identifying specific actions that will produce the desired results. She places an emphasis on awareness, action and the underlying motivation to create results with her clients.
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Jasmine Victoria | Founder & Executive Leadership Coach, The Cathexis Project
With over a decade of experience in both corporate finance and nonprofit strategy & change management, Jasmine Victoria brings a unique entrepreneurial lens to all coaching engagements. The last 5 years in particular have been spent doing deep de-biasing work for Silicon Valley tech companies, family offices, venture capitalist firms and corporate philanthropists as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategist and Executive Leadership Coach. Additionally she has served as a mentor for the Founders Institute - an international incubator, entrepreneur training and startup launch program for aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs.
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Susana Rinderle, MA, ACC | Principal, Owner & Founder; Words, Wisdom & Wellness
Susana Rinderle, MA, ACC is a writer, wisdom coach, wellness warrior and workplace wizard. She has spent nearly 30 years garnering meaningful results for her employers and clients across the U.S. and abroad in multiple sectors including nonprofit, corporate, healthcare, education and government. She is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) twice credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit. Susana's first career was in diversity & inclusion and intercultural communication. She held a university position in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was the co-founder and first Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for University of New Mexico Hospitals. For twenty years, she was the President of Susana Rinderle Consulting, LLC, and is a former Principal Consultant for Korn Ferry in the leadership development practice. Susana is a former TEDx speaker, and her articles have appeared in Workforce Magazine, The Huffington Post, TLNT.com, Diversity Executive, American Diversity Report and Training Magazine, as well as academic journals.
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Robert Craig | Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
At Korn Ferry, I provide talent advisory services to C-Suite and senior executive teams at a range of companies. I leverage my past experiences as a Chief Financial Officer and my industry expertise to assist my clients in talent assessment, development and recruiting, as well as identifying optimal leadership strategies.
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Catherine McLean | Dylan Green
Catherine developed a passion for clean energy and technology in 2011. She worked at the United Nations developing relationships with governments on public-private partnerships and subsequently took a job as a Consultant at Acre Resources, a global recruitment firm focused on energy and sustainability. Catherine founded recruitment business McLean Ross in 2011, with a core focus on placing sales and marketing professionals within the energy and utility industry. In 2017, McLean Ross merged with global engineering recruitment business JDR Energy, creating JD Ross Energy. With a growing need for diversity in clean energy, Catherine launched Dylan Green in 2019, placing diverse commercial professionals within the clean energy market.
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Sandra Ries | Success Coach, Success Logic
My coaching focuses on co-creating an environment that supports your dreams as well as a lifestyle that brings you back to your values. I work with leaders and change agents to increase your focus and effectiveness so you can have a greater impact in your life and your community. I chose the tagline "bringing leaders to life, bringing life to leaders" to emphasize that everyone can exercise leadership qualities and to help prevent leaders from burning out. Learn more at SuccessLogicOnline.com
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Jesse Colman | Leadership Coach, Impact Coaching
As an ontological coach, I work with people to distinguish who they are being (rather than what they are doing). Our being is a critical factor which has us excelling, succeeding, meeting expectations, floundering, or getting stuck. In coaching sessions, we will explore blind spots and triggers as they occur in the workplace, in the career search, and in our relationship to our lives. With new awareness of our being, we shift focus to developing key actions that will cause the desired change.
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Andrew Bartlow | Managing Partner, Series B Consulting
Certified by the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. Active mentor & advisor to multiple executives. 25+ years of HR experience, currently serving as an operating partner at a mid-sized PE firm and leading an executive education program for HR leaders at high growth organizations.
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Mindy Prefling | Senior Manager Client Services, Spencer Ogden
I have 12 years of recruitment experience with the last 4.5 years specializing in renewable energy recruitment. I partner with clients in solar, wind and battery energy storage on talent solutions for roles across the project lifecycle. I can be a great resource for career coaching, resume review and networking, et al. I have a handful of strong client relationships in the industry and I have been active in WRISE for the last three years which has helped me to expand my network in a really meaningful way. I am always looking to connect, network and partner with people in the renewable energy industry and I have really appreciated the relationships I've forged through WRISE!
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Melanie C. Kelly | VP Marketing, Pivot Energy
I am a Marketing executive who specializes in brand building, culture alignment, and B2B and B2C acquisition. In other words, I create human-centered brands with which clients and employees want to identify, and marketing strategies that drive product adoption. I am passionate about fighting climate change by educating clients about energy and empowering them to make well-informed decisions for themselves and their communities. Over the past year, I have successfully integrated marketing into my company's overall strategy, which resulted in a 180% increase in installed solar capacity. In my earlier career, I was a community solar pioneer, helping set the standard for industry-wide subscription language and leading campaigns that resulted in over 8,000 residential community solar subscribers, equaling over 80 MW of ground-mounted photovoltaic projects. In addition to marketing, I love helping people achieve their professional development goals. I take an individualized approach to professional development, focusing on unique strengths to create a sustainable and enjoyable personal growth plan. If you need help working through a specific problem area or are seeking general advice, schedule some time with me!
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Corinna Frye | Vice President, LVI Associates
Having worked as a specialist recruiter in the Renewable Industry since 2013. Experience recruiting for a wide range of clients - Banks, Infrastructure Funds, Utilities, IPP's, Developers, "Turn-Key" solution providers, Engineering & other Consultancies, EPC's, Construction and O&M Contractors. As well as for different skills sets along the project life cycle - Project Finance and M&A, Project Development, Business Development or Origination, Engineering, Construction & Project Execution, Asset Management or O&M.
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Jackie Schneider | Executive Coach, Systemic Team Coach & Leadership Development
Jackie is an executive coach, international business executive, and change agent. She helps CEOs and senior executives in the for-profit and non-profit sectors to become more effective leaders and to achieve business results. Her focus as a coach is on managing transitions (e.g. new leadership, reorganizations, changes in strategic direction, evolving market conditions) and on value creation for high performing teams and transforming teams' stakeholder relationships. Jackie honed her coaching skills at leading national and international training programs (UC BerkeleyExecutive Coaching Institute, Marshall Goldsmith's Stakeholder Centered Coaching and the Global Team Coaching Institute). She is credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ACC) and as an EMCC Global Team Coach. Her work relies on a variety of modalities including one-on-one sessions, team based workshops and organizational assessments such as 360 degree reviews and stakeholder interviews. As a seasoned financial and operational executive, Jackie has a track record of leadership in a diversity of organizations, from Fortune 50 technology firms to venture backed start-ups. She has held CFO positions in technology and consumer focused MedTech firms where she led both the finance and the administrative functions. In this role she managed relationships with board members and investors and was on point for significant rounds of investment. Jackie has also served as a consulting CFO to organizations seeking to grow their cash positions. Earlier in her career, Jackie was Director of Strategy & Planning at Hewlett-Packard Company. There she developed the operating plans, budgets and performance measurements for a $600M software organization and directly managed 100 employees in the US, Germany, Israel and China. Jackie received her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and worked as a CPA for a NY public accounting firm. She also taught finance as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University.
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Jennifer Fleischer | Upper School Director, Polytechnic School
I am a Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute trained coach. My focus is with executive leadership coaching with mid and senior level leaders across multiple industries.
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Richard Neslund | Executive Coach and Senior Organizational Consultant
Thirty years of organizational consulting and executive coaching. Most of my consulting work has been in organizational effectiveness and problem resolutions ... with corresponding executive coaching as appropriate for the situations.
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Carol Giles Neslund | Principal, Business Leadership Institute
Carol Giles Neslund is the Co-founder of the Business Leadership Institute. Drawing on her executive leadership background in both Fortune 500 and small business environments, Carol's now helps leaders and organizations create business models that serve all stakeholders - the customer, the company, the stockholders and the employee. Her focus is developing leaders capable of identifying and balancing the needs of each stakeholder group to insure overall success. Neslund has more than 30 years' experience developing and leading successful sales and marketing teams in both the high tech and renewable energy industries, most recently leading the Cyber Security Solutions Practice at Westcon and serving as Vice President & General Manager of the Americas at Enphase Energy. Neslund has also held executive roles at Avaya, Seagate, and McDATA. Neslund holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Human Communications, both from the University of Denver.
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Catherine Jewell | Career Passion Coach
Catherine Jewell is known as the Career Passion® Coach and is a certified Professional Career Manager (PCM). She helps mid-career professionals increase their salaries 20-50% while finding jobs they love. She works with clients on Target Job Identification, Resume Makeovers, LinkedIn Profiles, Interview Prep and Salary Negotiation. She is the author of three books on career changing, including New Resume New Career, the only resume book featuring 50 real career change stories. Catherine is currently working on a job seeking book called "Career Passion Blueprint."
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