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Lorri Sulpizio, PhD
CEO and Founder
Lotus Leadership Institute

 
Lorri Sulpizio has dedicated her career to advancing the science and art of leadership development through research, education, training and consulting. Lorri is a founder and the principle consultant for Lotus Leadership Institute- a leadership development company that helps both individuals and organizations to increase their leadership effectiveness and become more productive. She is the Director for the Women’s Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego. She is a published author having written several articles and book chapters, and is an international presenter on leadership. Lorri's expertise include girls and women's leadership, as well as group and team dynamics. Her research focus is on women's leadership, specifically on voice, power, and authority. Her current research projects are on the topics of the lived experience of motherhood, as well as women, voice and leadership.

Lorri was an executive board member for 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. She is an adjunct professor, teaching business and leadership courses at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.

Lorri's accomplishments include designing and implementing an empowerment program for female addicts and victims of domestic violence and she is the co-founder for WeLead, a program dedicated to girls and young women's leadership. Lorri has her PhD in leadership from the University of San Diego, her MA in Sports Psychology from SDSU, and her BA in English from Cal Poly SLO.

 

 

Anne McEntee
Vice President, Renewable Energy
GE Power & Water


Anne M. McEntee is vice president of GE’s renewable energy business, a leading global provider of wind and solar energy products and services. She assumed this position in April 2013 and is based in Schenectady, New York. GE is one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. With manufacturing and assembly facilities in Germany, India, China, Canada and the United States, the company’s current renewable product portfolio includes onshore and offshore wind turbines and utility scale solar systems for on and off grid applications. GE has an installed base of more than 23,000 wind turbines that exceeds 38 GW globally. Anne is a 16-year GE veteran who has worked and advanced through a series of increasingly responsible assignments in quality, manufacturing/operations and sourcing within GE’s energy divisions.

Prior to her current role, Anne was Vice President of Flow & Process Technologies, a division of GE Oil & Gas. In this role, Anne led the integration of Dresser, Inc. and the growth of the flow and process technologies division, which serves customers in the power generation, oil & gas and industrial segments. Previous to this role, Anne was general manager of Power Services, where she led the division’s global growth and expansion into India, Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. She has also held the role of general manager for GE’s Quality organization where she was responsible for managing and deploying the energy division’s quality strategy.

Anne was promoted to a Vice President and company officer of GE in March 2011.

Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, a master’s degree in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, each from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

 

 

Krista Kisch
Vice President of Development
Apex Clean Energy


Krista Kisch joined Apex Clean Energy in August 2013 as Vice President, Project Development. She is headquartered in San Diego, CA where she is responsible for Apex’s western US wind project portfolio. Ms. Kisch is the lead on the Searchlight Wind Project, 200.1 MW in Nevada. Prior to joining Apex, Ms. Kisch has held a number of development leadership roles in wind energy, solar photovoltaics and solar thermal power tower technology with firms such as OCI Solar Power, BrightSource Energy, First WindEnergy, Shell WindEnergy and Enron Wind. Ms. Kisch holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

 

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

Shalini Ramanathan is VP Origination for RES Americas, a leading developer and constructor of wind and solar projects. Ms. Ramanathan has closed multiple deals with nearly $2B in total transaction value. She worked on the RES Americas team that negotiated a wind power purchase agreement with Microsoft, the first-ever direct green power purchase for that company. She has transacted with numerous utilities, including Xcel Energy, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Arkansas Electric Coop, and has worked on merchant/hedge wind projects. In 2010, she was ERCOT regulatory chair of the trade association The Wind Coalition. In that role, she contributed to securing approval for the $7B CREZ transmission line build-out in Texas, which is bringing hundreds of MW of clean power online.

Prior to joining RES Americas, Ms. Ramanathan was based in Nairobi, Kenya and worked on renewable energy projects across East Africa for the British company CAMCO. She also worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), where she focused on renewable energy deployment and policy in Southern Africa, India, and the Philippines.

She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from UT Austin. She lives in Austin, TX and is a Next Generation Fellow at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary, an Austin arts institution.

 


 

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.


 

Ian Baring-Gould
Wind & Water Technology Deployment Manager
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


E. Ian Baring-Gould graduated with a MSME from the University of Massachusetts in 1995 and started working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the United States. Ian’s work has focused in three primary areas; applications engineering for Renewable Energy (RE) technologies, assistance in RE deployment, and educational outreach for RE technologies, primarily wind. Ian’s deployment work has taken him to over 50 countries, from the South Pole to the middle of the Amazon rain forest. Ian is currently the Wind Technology Deployment Manager at NREL and the National Technical Director of Market Acceleration and Deployment activities, focusing on assisting organizations deploy wind technologies and addressing obstacles to the implementation of wind energy through programs like the WINDExchange Project, the Collegiate Wind Competition, and Integrated Deployment programs. Ian has revived numerous awards for his work, including the 2013 Women of Wind Energy Champion Award, and is the editor at large for Wind Engineering. Ian has authored or co-authored over 80 publications on wind energy and wind diesel power systems.



 

Anne E. Mudge
Partner
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP


Anne E. Mudge is one of California's leading siting and permitting lawyers for land use development and utility-scale energy projects. She was recognized as one of Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2012, and has twice been named among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California.

Companies and individuals turn to Annie to navigate federal, state, and local requirements necessary to build wind, solar, geothermal, and gas-fired energy plants, new communities, high rises, industrial parks, manufacturing facilities, landfills, shopping centers, and institutional facilities.

Annie has been involved in the development of thousands of megawatts of renewable energy in California, guiding numerous major energy plants through CEQA/NEPA compliance and helping to secure the local, state, and federal permits necessary to construct and operate the projects. This state-wide practice includes projects on both private and public land in numerous counties. She also supported the commercial financing of many of these projects through the issuance of permitting opinions.

In 2012, Annie acted as permitting counsel for several multimillion-dollar wind projects, a role that meant getting permit approvals from a range of state, federal and local agencies; all on tight deadlines before federal tax credits for the projects expired. She also guided developers of a number of other renewable energy projects across California to gain approval including the nation's largest wind farm, the 1,020-megawatt Alta Wind Center in the Tehachapi Mountains, the $300 million Shiloh IV Wind Energy Project in Solano County and an 88-megawatt solar energy facility near Sacramento.

 



 

Nancy Rader
Executive Director
CalWEA


Nancy Rader has worked in the wind energy industry for over 20 years. From 1994 to 1998, Rader served as policy advisor to and West Coast Representative of the American Wind Energy Association. Nancy Rader has served as the Executive Director of the California Wind Energy Association since its inception in 2000. Rader developed the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) concept for the wind industry as “deregulation” discussions were taking place in the early 1990s, and for that was honored as AWEA's "Wind Industry Person of the Year" in 1996. Ms. Rader received a B.A. in Political Science/Public Service from the University of California at Davis. She received an M.A. degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

 


 

Randy Hoyle
Senior Vice President and Head of Wind and Solar Development
Terra-Gen Power


Mr. Hoyle directs the national wind and solar development initiatives for Terra-Gen Power. Over the past six years, he has overseen $3.3 billion of investment in 11 wind projects. Prior to joining Terra-Gen, Mr. Hoyle was Managing Director at Edison Mission Energy, the unregulated affiliate of Edison International, responsible for business development activities related to a national wind energy platform. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Hoyle was employed by NextEra Energy Resources, the unregulated affiliate of NextEra Energy, Inc. (formerly FPL Group). He last served as Director, Development accountable for originating and developing an industry-leading wind franchise in the southern Mid-Continent region. Previous to that assignment at NextEra, he provided leadership in natural gas development, mergers and acquisitions, and financial analysis roles. During his career, he has significant transactional experience leading and participating in $6 billion of closed renewable and natural gas power deals.

Mr. Hoyle earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami (FL) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Iowa State University.



 

Carol Brooks
Owner
Cornerstone Management Skills


Carol L. Brooks, internationally recognized speaker and award winning author and trainer, is the owner of Cornerstone Management Skills. With over 20-yrs experience in public utilities and local public agencies, her expertise includes easement and land acquisition, negotiation, easement valuation, permitting, real estate law, project management, and eminent domain support. She is a Master Facilitator for the International Right of Way Association and created two of their online video classroom courses. She is also recognized for her presentations at conferences and luncheon meetings to federal, state and local governments, public utilities and alternate energy professionals. She recently published, “An Anthology: The Conflict Management Link,” highlighting positive behavioral patterns that minimize the sting of conflict.

 



 

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 PowerofWind.com 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.



 



 

Gulsum Rustemoglu
Owner,
Global Environmental Permitting, Inc.

 
Gulsum Rustemoglu is the owner of Global Environmental Permitting, Inc. (GEPermit), an environmental consulting firm operating primarily in California and the Western United States. She has 14 years of project management, planning and permitting experience specializing in the development of Federal and State environmental compliance documents (NEPA and CEQA) for numerous projects including pipeline studies, renewable energy projects consisting of wind and solar projects, community redevelopment projects as well as transportation projects. She has a thorough understanding of regulatory permitting requirements of variety types of energy projects in the United States. She is a skilled communicator and is able to convey complex information to both specialized and non-expert audiences. Mrs. Rustemoglu received a Master of City Planning and Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. She is the past Professional Development Co-Chair of San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA); and an awarded Young Planner by the International Society of City and Regional Planners and the Dutch Ministry of Transportation (2004). She is passionate about Entrepreneurship and Mentorship, and a current aspiring speaker member of the National Speakers Association.



 



 

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


Since joining Ticor Title’s energy division, Laura Curley has participated in researching or insuring energy-related transactions in many US states, plus Canada and Mexico. The proposed technologies have included wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, gas storage, biomass and biofuel. In her role, Laura interacts with developers, lenders and their counsel translating client requirements into insurance solutions. Laura majored in Business Administration & Interdisciplinary Studies at Bentley College, She is fluent in Spanish and is a Certified ABA-approved Paralegal.

 



 

David Ward
Deputy Director of Strategic Communications
American Wind Energy Association

David is Deputy Director, Strategic Communications, for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), where he works to promote the many economic and environmental benefits of American wind power. He is a leader in strategic communications and media relations at AWEA and equips the Public Affairs team with a thoughtful approach to public relations.

Before joining AWEA, David had the privilege of working for several outstanding organizations. Early in his career David worked for three years as a Program Manager for the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). David left the LWV to obtain his Masters in Strategic Communications at Villanova University (ranked #1 in the North region for Master’s Universities by U.S. News & World Report.)

While completing his Masters, David interned for United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Senate Democrats War Room (DPCC) conducting research on strategic framing and message resonance. David also interned briefly for Pennsylvania Democrats before creating and managing an award winning program for Progress Now in Pennsylvania.

David is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is currently seeking a leadership role within the organization.



 

Lisa Carp
Vice President, Human Resources
EDF Renewable Energy


Lisa Carp serves as EDF Renewable Energy’s Vice President, Human Resources and has overall responsibility for EDF’s employment practices, recruiting activities, employee benefits, workers compensation, training, policies and procedures, and compensation. Ms. Carp has been in the wind-energy industry since 1998. Her prior experience includes Human Resources Management within the medical industry, medical device manufacturing industry, and the insurance and financial products industry. Ms. Carp is on the Board of Directors for the Independent Power Human Resources Association, and is a Board Member for Alternatives to Domestic Violence – Riverside County. Ms. Carp has a Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly – Pomona and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Additionally, she is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute.