2013 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium

The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted the second annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 19th-20th, 2013. The Symposium brought together a diverse range of representatives – from start-ups to industry, government to academia – all focused on enabling and supporting the careers of women in clean energy. In addition to being a forum for networking, the symposium provided a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. For each general area of discussion, a mid-career woman was awarded for her work in that area, and one woman was honored for her lifetime achievements in clean energy.

Quotes from Attendees

  • “The reason my organization sponsors C3E is that it strikes the perfect balance between dedicated networking that’s so necessary for women in this field and insightful analysis of the energy challenge from every angle. It’s truly a once-a-year refresher of all things energy that’s not to be missed.”
  • “It was awe-inspiring to hear about the remarkable feats the young women who received the C3E awards are accomplishing. It gives me great hope in our clean energy future knowing that these outstanding women – and so many others I met at C3E – will be leading the way.”
  • “It was so interesting to hear the different perspectives – from industry, government and academia – during the energy technology and innovation panel. Just the right mix of expertise.”
  • “Was one of the best events in terms of networking that I’ve ever attended. Nice job.”
  • “I thought this was a fantastic event. I learned a lot and made great connections.”
  • “This event has provided energy, inspiration and amazing connections for two years running.”
  • “Outstanding event. I go to numerous talks/conferences every year, and C3E is my favorite!”

News/Media

Cleantech’s Top Women Recognized at MIT and U.S. DOE Symposium - via CleanTechIQ
October 4, 2013

Stories from the 2013 C3E Symposium at MIT - via MIT Energy Initiative
October 1, 2013
Over the course of two sunny days in Boston — at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab — thought leaders from across the energy sector convened for the 2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

SLIDESHOW: Highlights from the 2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium - via U.S. Department of Energy
September 26, 2013

Event Highlights Need for Women in Clean Energy - via MIT Energy Initiative
September 25, 2013
DOE-MIT partnership aims to advance women in leadership, raise visibility

DOE-MIT partnership awards women for energy leadership - via MIT Energy Initiative
September 20, 2013
Seven Clean Energy and Empowerment award winners announced today

 

Day 1: Thursday, September 19

Welcome


Amy Glasmeier

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Introduction
MC: Amy Glasmeier, MIT, @amyglasmeier


Watch video: Clean Energy Challenges of the Future and the Role of Women Güler Sabancı, Sabanci Holding

Issues Framing
Clean Energy Challenges of the Future and the Role of Women
Güler Sabancı, Sabanci Holding

Women in Clean Energy


Watch video: Creating a Sustainable Culture of Innovation, Sharon Vosmek, Astia

Keynote
Creating a Sustainable Culture of Innovation
Sharon Vosmek, Astia, @Vosmek@astiaglobal

Networking


In response to feedback from last years’ symposium, we added more time for networking to the agenda. Through a variety of opportunities for a range of personality types, this afternoon is a dynamic opportunity to get to know fellow symposium guests and break the ice before the networking dinners. Participants chose from from the following breakout session:

  • Speed Networking
  • Lightning Presentations
  • Unstructured Networking
  • Simulation Activity

 

Day 2: Friday, September 20

Welcome


Amy Glasmeier

Introduction
MC: Amy Glasmeier, MIT, @amyglasmeier

Energy Technology and Innovation


Watch video: Energy Technology and Innovation panel at C3E 2013

Panel
What are the most effective ways of moving game changing energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace?
Moderator: Robert Armstrong, MITEI, @mitenergy

Panelists:
Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, C3E Ambassador, @georgiatech
Cheryl Martin, ARPA-E, @ARPAE
Renata Mele, Enel Foundation, @relenamele
Alla Weinstein, Principle Power, Inc., C3E Ambassador, @principlepower


Watch video: Energy Technology and Innovation Award presented to Milo Werner

Award Presentation
Presented to Milo Werner
New Product Introduction
Tesla Motors

Presented by Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors, C3E Ambassador, @NancyPfundDBL

Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models


Watch video: Panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

Panel
What are the clean incentive programs that work best, and what is their impact on clean energy diffusion in the marketplace?

Moderator: Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors, C3E Ambassador, @NancyPfundDBL

Panelists:
Vanessa Green, FINSix, @vlgreen, @FINsix
Emily Kirsch, Sfun Cube, @emilykirsch, @sfuncube
Charlotte Kim, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, @wilsonsonsini


Watch video: Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models Award presented to Erica Mackie

Award Presentation
Presented to Erica Mackie
Co-founder and CEO
Grid Alternatives

Presented by Seth Weissman, SolarCity Corporation, C3E Ambassador, @solarcity

Corporate Implementation


Watch video: Panel discussion on Accelerating Advanced Energy Growth

Panel: Accelerating Advanced Energy Growth
How can Fortune 500 companies (or visionaries within them) help to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency or renewable energy technologies?

Moderator: Lisa Frantzis, Advanced Energy Economy and Navigant, @NavigantEnergy

Panelists:
Danielle Merfeld, GE Global Research, @daniellemerfeld, @GEResearchEEDP
Amy Chiang, Honeywell, @honeywell
Jennifer Layke, Johnson Controls


Watch video: Corporate Implementation Award presented to Kirstin Gunderson

Award Presentation
Presented to Kirstin Gunderson

Senior Manager, Renewable Energy
Walmart

Presented by Dymphna van der Lans, German Marshall Fund, C3E Ambassador, @DymphnavdLans, @gmfus

Lifetime Achievement Award


Watch video: Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Maxine Savitz

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
Presented to Maxine Savitz

Vice President, National Academy of Engineering

Presented by:
Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, C3E Ambassador, @georgiatech
Sue Tierney, Analysis Group, C3E Ambassador, @analysisgroup
Mary Anne Sullivan, Hogan Lovells US LLP, C3E Ambassador, @HoganLovells, @HL_GWES

Introduction of Awardee:
Katherine Van Sickle, Retired
Adam Savitz


Watch video: Remarks by Alice Madden, U.S. Department of Energy

Remarks
Alice Madden, U.S. Department of Energy, @energy

U.S. Energy Policy


Watch video: Climate Change and Energy Policy, Karen Wayland

Keynote on Climate Change and Energy Policy
Karen Wayland, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, @energy


Watch video: U.S. Energy Policy Award Winner, Rebecca Stanfield

Award Presentation
Presented to Rebecca Stanfield
Senior Energy Advocate
Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago
NRDC

Presented by Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy, C3E Ambassador, @KateriCallahan, @toSaveEnergy

Mentorship/Education


Watch video: Education and Mentorship Panel Discussion
Panel
What are professional associations doing to advance energy literacy and engage in their communities?

Moderator: Carter Wall, Broadway Renewable Strategies, C3E Ambassador, @carterwall

Panelists:
Kristen Graf, Women of Wind Energy, @kgraf13, @WoWEorg
Janet Rehberg, Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals
Kristen Nicole, Women in Solar, @kristenmnicole, @SolarWomen


Watch video: Education and Mentorship Award Winner Kristen Graf
Award Presentation
Presented to Kristen Graf

Executive Director
Women of Wind Energy

Presented by Alla Weinstein, Principle Power, Inc., C3E Ambassador, @principlepower

Advancements for the Developing World


Watch video: Advancements for the Developing World Remarks by Jyoti Arora
Remarks
Jyoti Arora, Ministry of Power, India

Watch video: Advancements for the Developing World Panel Discussion

Panel
How can innovative technology, business models and policy be combined to bring modern energy to the more than one billion people who live without electricity and clean cooking fuels?

Moderator: Christine Eibs Singer, CES Global, C3E Ambassador

Panelists:
Monali Ranade, World Bank Institute, @WorldBank, @WBPubs, @wbclimatechange, @environmatters
Ellen Morris, Embark Energy, @EmbarkEnergy
Katherine Lucey, Solar Sister, @Solar_Sister


Watch video: Advancements for the Developing World Award Winner, Katherine Lucey

Award Presentation
Presented to Katherine Lucey

Chief Executive Officer
Solar Sister

Presented by Kim Saylors Laster, Walmart Energy, C3E Ambassador, @KLast5, @Walmart

Closing


Watch video: Poster Session Award Winner, MIT Alum Carolyn Jenkins

Poster Session Award
Presented to Carolyn Jenkins

Presented by Bob Marlay, U.S. Department of Energy, C3E Ambassador, @energy


2013-video-closing-remarks

Closing Remarks
Caroline McGregor, U.S. Department of Energy, @caromac, @energy