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Thursday, March 1

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8:00 – 9:00 Networking, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitors | Atrium

8:55 – 9:00 Master of Ceremonies | Grumman Auditorium

Reginald Holley, Principal and Founder, The Longmire Group

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome Remarks | Grumman Auditorium

Robert A. Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:10 – 9:15 Welcome  | Grumman Auditorium

Denis Leclerc President and CEO, Écotech Québec

9:15 – 9:20 Introduction | Grumman Auditorium

Stephen M. Ross, Representative and Deputy Majority Leader, North Carolina General Assembly

9:20 – 10:00 Keynote Speaker | Grumman Auditorium

Carl Schramm, Economist, West Run Holdings

10:00 – 10:05 Introduction | Grumman Auditorium

Tracy Triggs-Matthews, Associate Director, UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise

10:05 – 10:35 Keynote Address | Grumman Auditorium

Emily KirschCo-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse 

10:35 – 10:45 Break | Atrium

10:45 – 12:00  Panel Sessions


How the Early Stage Companies Accelerate Energy Innovation

Moderator: Bob Irvin, Executive Director CLT Joules

Rob Creighton, CEO and Founder, Windlift

Ryan Kennedy, CEO, Atom Power, Inc

Margaret Martin, CEO and Founder, CN2

Paulo Pierera, Global Vice President, SparkCognition

CLEAN ENERGY | Grumman Auditorium

How Storage Will Change the Future of Energy

Moderator: Brian O’Hara, SVP Strategy and Government Affairs, Strata Solar

Brad Ives, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ben Lowe, Senior Consultant, Enovation

Danny Lu, VP of Sales and Marketing, Powin Energy

Stew Miller, President, Yes Solar Solutions


Making More With Less: Integrated Technologies for Better Farm Production

Moderator: Susanne Kjemtrup, Independent Consultant, Phyta Biotech Consulting, LLC

Todd DeZwaan, VP of Business Development for North America, LemnaTec

Jee Jung, New Investments Analysis and Advancement Lead, Monsanto

Leah Martin, Director of Product Strategy, CiBO Technologies

Arlan Peters, Head of Sustainability, Novozymes North America


New Paradigms in Intelligent Transportation

Moderator: Adam Bergman, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo CleanTech Banking 

Jeff Barghout, Principal Advisor, CEO, Robocist, Inc

Kevin Lacy, State Traffic Engineer / Director of Mobility and Safety, NCDOT

Philip Pugliese, Principal and CEO, Prova Group LLC

Whitney Beers Schmidt, EV Charging Sales Director, Chargepoint


Blockchain in the Energy Sector: Hype Versus Reality?

Moderator: Al Segars, PNC Distinguished Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship;  Faculty Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Chris ClementPartner, IronOak Energy Capital

Joe Forbes, CEO, Causam eXchange

Jim Verdonik, Securities Attorney and Advisor, Ward and Smith Law Firm

12:00 -1:15 Lunch

PANEL AND LUNCHEON  | Trillium Dining Room

Triangle Women in STEM

Moderator: Patricia Parker, Department Chair, Associate Professor,
Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Emily KirschCo-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse

Karen LeVert, CEO, Ag TechInventures

Teena PiccioneSenior Vice President, Enterprise Technology, Fidelity Investments

Hemali RathnayakeAssociate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies,

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

12:00 -1:15 Lunch


Greening State Government 

Moderator: Jeffrey Hughes, Director, UNC School of Government Environmental Finance Center

Alessandra Smolek Braswell, Stormwater Staff Professional WithersRavenel

Robbie Ferris, Owner/CEO/President, SfL+a Architects

Jennifer MundtPolicy and Innovation Advisor, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

12:00 -1:15 Lunch

PANEL AND LUNCHEON | Windflower Room

Emerging Partnerships: Student Initiatives and Industry 

Moderator: Carol Hee, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Keegan Dean, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gabrielle Dunn, Student, Appalachian State University

Paul Matney, Student, Appalachian State University

Bryon Spells, Student, North Carolina State University

Steven Tulevech, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Wallner, Student, North Carolina State University

1:30 – 2:45 Panel Sessions

ENTREPRENEURSHIP | Grumman Auditorium

Increasing Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women 

Moderator: Ginger RothrockSenior Director, Commercialization and Intrepreneurship, RTI International   

Amanda BybeeCEO, Amicus O&M Cooperative

Ginger Dossier, Founder and CEO, bioMason

Maria Kingery, Co-Founder, Southern Energy Management

Emily KirschCo-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse


National Trends in Solar Energy | Redbud Room

Moderator: Paul Quinlan, Clean Tech Manager, ScottMadden, Inc.

Brian Bednar, President and Founder, Birdseye Renewable Energy

Steve Levitas, SVP Regulatory Affairs and Strategy, Cypress Creek Renewables

Ivan UrlaubExecutive Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association


The Role of Indoor Food Production

Moderator: Adam Bergman: Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo CleanTech Banking

Doug CalawayCEO and FounderYLG Partners, Inc.

Josh Dunaway, Senior Analyst Corporate Development, AeroFarms

Ricardo Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Horticultural Sciences, North Carolina State University

Jan Westra, Strategic Business Developer, Priva


Electric Vehicle Policies

Moderator: Ward LenzDirector of Development, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Emily Barrett, Sustainability Manager, Town of Cary

Paul Newton, Senator, North Carolina Senate

Lisa PogerProject Manager, Advanced Energy

David SchatzDirector, Public Policy, ChargePoint


How the Cloud Can Accelerate Sustainability Innovation


Tracy Baldwin, Global Lead, AWS Sustainability Business Development, Amazon Web Services

Hardik Bhatt, Leader, Smart Cities and Mobility Verticals, Amazon Web Services

2:45 – 3:00 Break | Atrium

3:00 – 4:15 Panel Sessions


Creating Successful Clean Tech Incubators and Accelerators | Redbud Room

Moderator: Bob Irvin, Executive Director, CLT Joules

Emily Kirsch, Co-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse

Mark Sanders, Director of Transportation and Water Tech Incubators, ATI Clean Energy Incubator, University of Texas at Austin

Bill Malcolm, Southeast Region Director, Cleantech Open

Mark Vasu, Executive Vice President, Greentown Labs

CLEAN ENERGY | Dogwood Room

RE 100: Large Companies Leading the Way on the Energy Transition

Discussion Participants

Amy DavidsenExecutive Director, The Climate Group,North America

Lisa ShpritzSenior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Bank of America


Entrepreneurship on the Farm

Moderator: Mark LittleExecutive Director, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Annie Baggett, Agritourism Marketing Specialist, N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Tom Butler, Owner / Manager, Butler Farms

Matt MarshManaging Partner Sales, American Heartland Farms

Jack Pleasant, Owner, Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm

SMART + HEALTHY CITIES |  Bellflower Room

Electrification of the Economy

Moderator: Mark Laabs, Managing Director, Modern Energy

Ben ProchazkaVice President, Electrification Coalition

Ria KontouPostdoctoral Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sarav ArunachalamResearch Professor, UNC Institute for the Environment


Financing Energy Storage  | Sunflower Room

Moderator: Chris Wedding, Founder and Managing Partner, IronOak Energy Capital

Diane Cherry, Strategic Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Ron DiFeliceCo-Founder and Managing Partner, Energy Intelligence Partners (EIP)

Ray HohensteinMarket Applications Director, Fluence- A Siemens and AES Company

4:15 – 4:25 Transition

4:25 – 4:30 Introduction | Grumman Auditorium

Tom Darden, Cherokee

4:30 – 5:15 Keynote Address | Grumman Auditorium

 Jeremy GranthamChief Investment Strategist and Member of the Board, GMO Trust

5:30 – 6:15 Professional Social | Atrium

5:30 – 6:15 Student Address | Redbud Room

Future Jobs in Energy

Moderator: Gary Alan Miller, Director University Career Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dawn Braswell, Training Manager, Siemens Energy, Inc.

David Christian, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Dominion Energy

Alyssa FarrellGlobal Product Marketing Manager, SAS

Matthew Ruscio, MBA Intern, Distributed Energy Technologies – Duke Energy

Stan SherrillVice President of Employee and Labor Relations, Duke Energy 

5:30 – 6:15 Student Address | Dogwood Room

Sustainable Communities and Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from Europe and the Silicon Valley

Moderator: James Leloudis, Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean / Director, Honors Carolina / James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Matthew Bravante, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Kenan-Flagler Business School

Erin Danford, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Conrad Ma, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tiana Petree, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anna Spove, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Kenan-Flagler Business School

Marques Wilson, Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism 

6:15 – 8:15 Summit Networking Dinner | Trillium  Dining Room & Atrium

Friday, March 2


8:00 – 8:55 Networking, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitors | Atrium

8:55 – 9:00 Welcome / Master of Ceremonies | Grumman Auditorium

Kirk Bradley, Chairman, President and CEO, Lee-Moore Capital

9:00 – 9:05 Introduction | Grumman Auditorium

Joel Olsen, CEO, O2 emc and President, O2 energies

9:05 – 9:45 Keynote Address | Grumman Auditorium

Thom Tillis, U.S. Senator for North Carolina

9:45 – 9:50 Introduction | Grumman Auditorium

Olga HawnAssistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

9:50 – 10:20 Keynote Address | Grumman Auditorium

Adam Monroe, President, Novozymes Americas

10:30 – 11:00 Mentor Meet-up, Refreshments + Exhibitors | Atrium

11:00 – 12:15  Panel Sessions


International Clean Tech Network 

Moderator: Susan Sanford, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Frederik Loeckx, Managing Director, Flux50

Thomas Ranken, President and CEO, Cleantech Alliance

Frederik Thure, Secretariat, International Cleantech Network

CLEAN ENERGY | Redbud Room

Renewable Energy Policy in NC: The Future Beyond HB 589 

Moderator: Heather Payne, Assistant Director / Adjunct Professor of Law, UNC School of Law: Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3)

Ken Jennings, Renewable Strategy & Policy Director, Duke Energy Carolinas

James KerrExecutive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Southern Company

Brian O’Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy & Government Affairs, Strata Solar

Ben Snowden, Clean Energy and Environmental Lawyer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

John Szoka, Conference Leader, N.C. House of Representatives


Precision Agriculture 

Moderator: Jeffrey G. White, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Andrew Burleson, Farmer

Daniel Hedgecock, President and Founder, Vantage South Atlantic

Brian Standen, Head of Scouting and Partnerships, Digitalization in R&D, BASF

Milton Vaughan, Agronomist and ESN marketing Manager,  Nutrien and Crop Production Services

Bobby Vick, Agriculture Solutions Leader, PrecisionHawk

SMART + HEALTHY CITIES | Windflower Room

The Microgrid: Securing Essential Infrastructure 

Moderator: Brad Ives, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brad Luyster, Director of Business Development, IPERC

Adam Nygaard, Business Development Manager, Duke Energy – Distributed Energy Technologies

Ewan Pritchard, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

Gary Rackliffe,VP Smart Grids, ABB

FUTURE OF ENERGY | Bellflower Room

Utility Planning in a Time of Dramatic Change 

Moderator:  Brian BednarPresident and Founder, Birdseye Renewable Energy

Ted FascaStrategic Advisor – Generation Planning, Dominion Energy

Christopher Galik,  Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Public Administration, NC State

Diane HuisVP, Resource Planning and Portfolio Management, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

Glen SniderDirector of Integrated Resource Planning and Analytics, Duke Energy

12:15 – 1:30 Networking Lunch and Exhibitors | Trillium Dining Room

1:45 – 3:00 Panel Sessions


The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in RTP: Strengths and Challenges

Moderator: Ravila GuptaPresident and CEO, Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Ginger RothrockSenior Director, Commercialization and Intrepreneurship, RTI International   

Doug SpeightExecutive Director, American Underground

Chris Wedding, Founder and Managing Partner, IronOak Energy Capital

CLEAN ENERGY | Windflower Room

Grid Modernization 

How grid investments and technology investments are bringing to bear a new customer engagement platform that will optimize the way energy is delivered and customers receive their information and approach energy consumption.

Moderator: Joshua KmiecManager, ScottMadden, Inc.

Caroline GolinRegulatory Director, Vote Solar

Heather Jennings, Manager-Customer Account Management, Dominion Energy

Gary Rackliffe, VP Smart Grids, ABB


The Value Chain for Hard Cider | Bellflower Room

Moderator: Mark Williams, Executive Director, Agribusiness Henderson County

Lee CalhounApple Grower / Author

Frank Brown, Vice President – General Manager,  R.A. Jeffreys

John Washburn, Chairman and Founder, Bold Rock Cider


Generating Profits and Jobs from Waste Streams 

Moderator: Cindy Shea, Director, Sustainability @ UNC

Tamsin Ettefagh, Vice President, Envision Plastics

Matt Kopac, Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager, Burt’s Bees

Danielle JosephInvestment Officer, Closed Loop Partners

Olivia Marx, Senior VP New Business Development, P&A Group, LLC

Blair Pollock, Solid Waste Planner, Orange County Solid Waste Management

FINANCE | Dogwood Room

Investing in the Future of Energy 

Moderator: Stephen ArbogastDirector, UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center

Doug Beebe, Vice President-Energy Finance, Key Equipment Finance

Charlie Egan, Financial Management Program, GE Power Services

John HackneyDirector, Wells Fargo Securities (Energy & Power Investment Banking)

Dave Kirkpatrick, Managing Director, SJF Ventures

3:00 – 4:00 Closing Reception | Atrium