WoWE Leadership Forum: Expanding Your Toolkit. Powering our Future.







Lorri Sulpizio, PhD
CEO and Founder
Lotus Leadership Institute

For more than 10 years, Lorri Sulpizio has dedicated her career to advancing the science and art of leadership development through research, education, training and consulting. Lorri has contributed her advanced leadership skills to benefit many organizations, including the New Children’s Museum of San Diego, the California Community College Women’s Basketball Association and the Fitness Advisory Council for San Diego Mesa College. She served as head women’s basketball coach at San Diego Mesa College from 2001-2007 and coached at Cuyamaca College from 2008-2010. Lorri has served as adjunct professor, teaching business and leadership development programs at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.



Stephanie Kushner
Executive Vice President and CFO
Broadwind Energy

Stephanie brings more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience to Broadwind. That experience includes her track record of C-level global business leadership encompassing corporate finance, controllership and treasury across domestic and international divisions, subsidiaries and corporate headquarters. Prior to joining Broadwind in August 2009, Stephanie was the chief financial officer for publicly traded global manufacturer Federal Signal Corp. for six years. Before that, she held several global finance leadership positions with FMC Corporation, and she began her career with Amoco Corp. Stephanie holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Douglass College at Rutgers University



Shalini Ramanathan
Vice President of Origination
RES Americas




Cathy Syme
Assistant Vice President Commercial Management
Eurus Energy

Cathy Syme has over 17 years of experience in international wind farm asset management and IE due diligence with frontline involvement of 11 + GW of wind farm projects in the US and Europe.  She has leveraged her extensive commercial knowledge and ability to bridge the gap between commercial, legal and operational issues building effective relationships with clients, colleagues and government agencies.  Cathy is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and has a degree in Music and has been an AWEA and CanWEA podium presenter and training course director and was recognized in 2010 as the San Diego WoWE Chapter Woman of the Year.


Lorelai Oviatt, AICP
Kern County Planning and Community Development Department


Lauren Glickman
Founder and Principal,
WindyGlick Communications
(WoWE Consultant)

Lauren Glickman has nearly a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies.

She started WindyGlick Communications to work with non-profits and small businesses to develop social media strategies and drive online engagement. As of the Fall 2013 Semester,  Lauren is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses and seminars on social media theory and practice.

Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal. Traffic to increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren's work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations.

She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.

Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities in the state.



Laura Jean Curley
Vice President, National Energy and Commercial Services
Ticor Title Company