Leadership Forum

The WRISE Leadership Forum is an experience like no other.

Registration for the 2017 Leadership Forum will open early August 2017

WRISE Leadership Forum
November 6-7, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Albuquerque, NM
Co-located with the AWEA Fall Symposium

The WRISE Leadership Forum is an experience like no other, combining professional development with tools to advance renewable energy. Join professionals from across the country as we discuss current renewable energy trends and policy issues; all while gaining valuable tools to enhance your career and build your companies and organizations.
The Leadership Forum is also a great way to network with leaders from various sectors in renewable energy, like transmission, utilities, and development; all of which will be represented at this event.

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2017 Leadership Forum Planning Committee:

  • Priyanka Duvvuru, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (Co-Chair)
    Leanne Russell-Fate, EDF Renewable Energy (Advisor Chair)
    Liz Salerno, Siemens Gamesa (Co-Chair, WRISE Board)
    Bessma Aljarbou, Qnovo
    April Christensen, Invenergy
    Carine Dumit, Tesla
    Kory Fenton, Leeward
    Mary Kate Francis, Altenex
    Shannon Geiger, GE Renewable Energy
    Jennifer Goodwillie, EDP Renewables
    Tricia Hale, NextEra Energy
    Becca Jaffe, Tesla
    Elizabeth Lachowitzer, Ulteig
    Ryshelle McCadney, Pattern
    Margaret Montanez, Vestas
    Tricia Mosier, BGE
    Kacie Peters, Alta Energy
    Cari VanAmburg, EDP Renewables

Registration for the 2017 Leadership Forum will open early August 2017

WRISE Leadership Forum 2017 (Exact times subject to change)
Expanding Your Toolkit. Powering Our Future.

MONDAY, November 6, 2017

1:00 – 4:00pm
Opening Session: Welcome and Structured Networking
4:00 – 6:00pm
Optional Networking/Social Activity
6:00 – 8:30pm
Evening Welcome Reception

TUESDAY, November 7, 2017

7:30 AM – Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)
8:00 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – Structured Networking Session
9:15 AM – General Session: Industry Trends Panel
10:30 AM – General Session: Keynote
11:45 AM – Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – Principles in Practice Sessions 1 and 2
3:30 PM – General Session: Wise Women Panel and Q&A
4:30PM – Closing Session and Individual Reflections

2017 WRISE Leadership Forum Keynote

Rose McKinney-James
McKinney-James & Associates
Managing Principal

Rose McKinney-James is the former CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, (CSTRR) and a former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, she also served as Nevada’s first Director of the Department of Business and Industry. She is currently the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of public affairs, energy policy, and economic and sustainable development. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Rose currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy policy.

McKinney-James serves on the Board of the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Energy Foundation. She is the Board Chair for the American Association for Blacks in Energy (AABE). In 2013 Rose was selected to serve as an Inaugural Ambassador for the C3E initiative supporting increased participation by women in the clean energy sector. Rose is the immediate past Chair of The Clean Energy Project and Chair of Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. McKinney-James is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and received her BA from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan where she was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award  in 2013. Ms. McKinney-James is married and the mother of two sons.

Full List of 2017 WRISE Leadership Forum Speakers TBA

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