Keynote, Featured Speakers and Introductions

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Robert A. Blouin
Robert A. Blouin
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kirk Bradley
Kirk Bradley
Chairman, President and CEO
Lee-Moore Capital
Jeremy Grantham
Jeremy Grantham
Chief Investment Strategist and Member of the Board
GMO Trust
Olga Hawn
Olga Hawn
Faculty Director
Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Reginald Holley
Reginald Holley
Principal and Founder
The Longmire Group
Emily Kirsch
Emily Kirsch
Co-Founder and CEO
Powerhouse
Mark Laabs
Mark Laabs
Managing Director
Modern Energy
Denis Leclerc
Denis Leclerc
President and CEO
Écotech Québe
Adam Monroe
Adam Monroe
President
Novozymes Americas
Carl Schramm
Carl Schramm
Economist
West Run Holdings
Thom Tillis
Thom Tillis
U.S. Senator for North Carolina
Markus Wilhelm
Markus Wilhelm
Co-Founder & CEO
Strata Solar

Triangle Women in STEM Luncheon Panel

Emily Kirsch
Emily Kirsch
Co-Founder and CEO
Powerhouse
Karen LeVert
Karen LeVert
CEO
Ag TechInventures
Patricia Parker
Patricia Parker
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teena Piccione
Teena Piccione
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technology
Fidelity Investments
Hemali Rathnayake
Hemali Rathnayake
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 Panelists

Stephen Arbogast
Stephen Arbogast
Director
UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center
Sarav Arunachalam
Sarav Arunachalam
Research Professor
UNC Institute for the Environment
Annie Baggett
Annie Baggett
Agritourism Marketing Specialist
N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Tracy Baldwin
Tracy Baldwin
Global Lead, AWS Sustainability Business Development
Amazon Web Services
Jeffrey Barghout
Jeffrey Barghout
Principal Advisor, CEO
Robocist, Inc
Emily Barrett
Emily Barrett
Sustainability Manager
Town of Cary
Brian Bednar
Brian Bednar
President and Founder
Birdseye Renewable Energy
Doug Beebe
Doug Beebe
Vice President-Energy Finance
Key Equipment Finance
Adam Bergman
Adam Bergman
Senior Vice President, Clean Tech Banking & Head of AgTech Practice
Wells Fargo
Hardik Bhat
Hardik Bhat
Leader, Smart Cities and Mobility Verticals
Amazon Web Services
Alessandra Smolek Braswell
Alessandra Smolek Braswell
Stormwater Staff Professional
WithersRavenel
Dawn Braswell
Dawn Braswell
Training Manager
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Matthew Bravante
Matthew Bravante
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Geoffrey Brown
Geoffrey Brown
President and CEO
Powin Energy
Frank Brown
Frank Brown
Vice President - General Manager
R.A. Jeffreys
Tom Butler
Tom Butler
Owner / Manager
Butler Farms
Amanda Bybee
Amanda Bybee
CEO
Amicus O&M Cooperative
Doug Calaway
Doug Calaway
CEO and Founder
YLG Partners, Inc.
Lee Calhoun
Lee Calhoun
Apple Grower / Author
Diane Cherry
Diane Cherry
Strategic Director NC Sustainable Energy Association
NC Sustainable Energy Association
David Christian
David Christian
Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Dominion Energy
Chris Clement
Chris Clement
Partner
IronOak Energy Capital
Rob Creighton
Rob Creighton
CEO and Founder
Windlift
Erin Danford
Erin Danford
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tom Darden
Tom Darden
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Cherokee
Amy Davidsen
Amy Davidsen
Executive Director
The Climate Group, North America
Keegan Dean
Keegan Dean
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Todd DeZwaan
Todd DeZwaan
VP of Business Development for North America
LemnaTec
Ron DiFelice
Ron DiFelice
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Energy Intelligence Partners (EIP)
Ginger Dosier
Ginger Dosier
Founder and CEO
bioMason
Josh Dunaway
Josh Dunaway
Senior Analyst Corporate Development
AeroFarms
Gabrielle Dunn
Gabrielle Dunn
Student
Appalachian State University
Charlie Egan
Charlie Egan
Financial Management Program-Commercial Strike Zone Analyst
GE Power Services
Tamsin Ettefagh
Tamsin Ettefagh
Vice President
Envision Plastics
Alyssa Farrell
Alyssa Farrell
Global Product Marketing Manager
SAS
Ted Fasca
Ted Fasca
Strategic Advisor - Generation Planning
Dominion Energy
Robbie Ferris
Robbie Ferris
Owner/CEO/President
SfL+a Architects
Joe Forbes
Joe Forbes
CEO
Causam eXchange
Christopher Galik
Christopher Galik
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Public Administration
North Carolina State University
Caroline Golin
Caroline Golin
Regulatory Director
Vote Solar
Ravila Gupta
Ravila Gupta
President and CEO
CED (Council for Entrepreneurial Development)
John Hackney
John Hackney
Director
Wells Fargo Securities (Energy & Power Investment Banking)
Daniel Hedgecock
Daniel Hedgecock
President and Founder
Vantage South Atlantic
Carol Hee
Carol Hee
Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Ricardo Hernandez
Ricardo Hernandez
Assistant Professor of Horticultural Sciences
North Carolina State University
Ray Hohenstein
Ray Hohenstein
Market Applications Director
Fluence - A Siemens and AES Company
Jeffrey Hughes
Jeffrey Hughes
Director
UNC School of Government Environmental Finance Center
Diane Huis
Diane Huis
VP, Resource Planning and Portfolio Management
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Bob Irvin
Bob Irvin
Executive Director
CLT Joules
Brad Ives
Brad Ives
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises
Chief Sustainability Officer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings
Renewable Strategy & Policy Director
Duke Energy Carolinas
Heather Jennings
Heather Jennings
Manager-Customer Account Management
Dominion Energy
Danielle Joseph
Danielle Joseph
Investment Officer
Closed Loop Partners
Jee Jung
Jee Jung
New Investments Analysis and Advancement Lead
Monsanto
Ryan Kennedy
Ryan Kennedy
CEO
Atom Power, Inc
James Kerr
James Kerr
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Southern Company
Maria Kingery
Maria Kingery
Co-Founder
Southern Energy Management
Dave Kirkpatrick
Dave Kirkpatrick
Managing Director
SJF Ventures
Susanne Kjemtrup
Susanne Kjemtrup
Independent Consultant
Phyta Biotech Consulting, LLC
Joshua Kmiec
Joshua Kmiec
Manager
ScottMadden, Inc.
Ria Kontou
Ria Kontou
Postdoctoral Researcher
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Matt Kopac
Matt Kopac
Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager
Burt's Bees
Mark Laabs
Mark Laabs
Managing Director
Modern Energy
Kevin Lacy
Kevin Lacy
State Traffic Engineer / Director of Mobility and Safety
NCDOT
James Leloudis
James Leloudis
Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean / Director
Honors Carolina / James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
Ward Lenz
Ward Lenz
Managing Director
NC Sustainable Energy Association
Karen LeVert
Karen LeVert
CEO
Ag TechInventures
Steve Levitas
Steve Levitas
SVP Regulatory Affairs and Strategy
Cypress Creek Renewables
Mark Little
Mark Little
Executive Director
UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
Frederik Loeckx
Frederik Loeckx
Managing Director
Flux50
Ben Lowe
Ben Lowe
Senior Consultant
Enovation
Danny Lu
Danny Lu
VP of Sales and Marketing
Powin Energy
Brad Luyster
Brad Luyster
Director of Business Development
IPERC
Conrad Ma
Conrad Ma
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bill Malcolm
Bill Malcolm
Southeast Region Director
Cleantech Open
Matt Marsh
Matt Marsh
Managing Partner Sales
American Heartland Farms
Margaret Martin
Margaret Martin
CEO and Founder
CN2
Leah Martin
Leah Martin
Director of Product Strategy
CiBO Technologies
Olivia Marx
Olivia Marx
Senior VP New Business Development
P&A Group, LLC
Paul Matney
Paul Matney
Student
Appalachian State University
James McCall
James McCall
Global Product Supply Sustainability Leader
Procter & Gamble
Stew Miller
Stew Miller
Co-Founder and President
Yes Solar Solutions
Gary Alan Miller
Gary Alan Miller
Director of University Career Services
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jennifer Mundt
Jennifer Mundt
Policy and Innovation Advisor
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
Paul Newton
Paul Newton
Senator
North Carolina Senate
Adam Nygaard
Adam Nygaard
CHP, Microgrids, & Energy Storage Development
Duke Energy – Distributed Energy Technologies
Brian O’Hara
Brian O’Hara
Senior Vice President Strategy and Government Affairs
Strata Solar
Joel Olsen
Joel Olsen
CEO
O2 emc
Patricia Parker
Patricia Parker
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Heather Payne
Heather Payne
Assistant Director / Adjunct Professor of Law
UNC School of Law: Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3)
Paulo Pereira
Paulo Pereira
Global Vice President
SparkCognition
Arlan Peters
Arlan Peters
Head of Sustainability
Novozymes North America
Tiana Petree
Tiana Petree
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jack Pleasant
Jack Pleasant
Owner
Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm
Lisa Poger
Lisa Poger
Project Manager
Advanced Energy
Blair Pollock
Blair Pollock
Solid Waste Planner
Orange County Solid Waste Management
Ewan Pritchard
Ewan Pritchard
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
North Carolina State University
Ben Prochazka
Ben Prochazka
Vice President
Electrification Coalition
Philip Pugliese
Philip Pugliese
Principal & CEO
Prova Group LLC
Paul Quinlan
Paul Quinlan
Clean Tech Manager
ScottMadden Managment Consultants
Gary Rackliffe
Gary Rackliffe
VP Smart Grids
ABB
Thomas Ranken
Thomas Ranken
President and CEO
Cleantech Alliance
Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross
Representative - Deputy Majority Leader
North Carolina General Assembly
Ginger Rothrock
Ginger Rothrock
Senior Director, Commercialization and Intrepreneurship
RTI International
Matthew Ruscio
Matthew Ruscio
UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Student / Former Duke Energy Intern
Distributed Energy Technologies - Duke Energy
Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders
Director of Transportation and Water Tech Incubators
ATI Clean Energy Incubator, University of Texas at Austin
Susan Sanford
Susan Sanford
Executive Director
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
David Schatz
David Schatz
Director, Public Policy
ChargePoint
Whitney Beers Schmidt
Whitney Beers Schmidt
EV Charging Sales Director
Chargepoint
Albert Segars
Albert Segars
PNC Distinguished Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship; Faculty Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise
UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Cindy Shea
Cindy Shea
Director
Sustainability @ UNC
Stan Sherrill
Stan Sherrill
Vice President of Employee and Labor Relations
Duke Energy
Lisa Shpritz
Lisa Shpritz
Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive
Bank of America
Glen Snider
Glen Snider
Director of Integrated Resource Planning and Analytics
Duke Energy
Ben Snowden
Ben Snowden
Clean Energy and Environmental Lawyer
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Doug Speight
Doug Speight
Executive Director
American Underground
Bryon Spells
Bryon Spells
Student
North Carolina State University
Anna Spove
Anna Spove
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Kenan-Flagler Business School
Brian Standen
Brian Standen
Head of Scouting and Partnerships, Digitalization in R&D
BASF
John Szoka
John Szoka
Conference Leader
N.C. House of Representatives
Frederik Thure
Frederik Thure
Secretariat
International Cleantech Network (ICN)
Tracy Triggs-Matthews
Tracy Triggs-Matthews
Associate Director
UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Steven Tulevech
Steven Tulevech
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ivan Urlaub
Ivan Urlaub
Executive Director
NC Sustainable Energy Association
Mark Vasu
Mark Vasu
Executive Vice President
Greentown Labs
Milton Vaughan
Milton Vaughan
Agronomist and ESN Marketing Manager
Nutrien and Crop Production Services
James Verdonik
James Verdonik
Securities Attorney and Advisor
Ward and Smith Law Firm
Bobby Vick
Bobby Vick
Agriculture Solutions Leader
PrecisionHawk
Elizabeth Wallner
Elizabeth Wallner
Student
North Carolina State University
John Washburn
John Washburn
Chairman and Founder
Bold Rock Cider
Christopher Wedding
Christopher Wedding
Managing Partner
IronOak Energy Capital
Jan Westra
Jan Westra
Strategic Business Developer
Priva
Jeffrey G. White
Jeffrey G. White
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University
Mark Williams
Mark Williams
Executive Director
Agribusiness Henderson County
Marques Wilson
Marques Wilson
Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism

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