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







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.



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.


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.


Lorelei Oviatt, AICP
Kern County Planning and Community Development Department

Lorelei Oviatt, AICP, is Director for the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department in California and has worked in both the public and private sector of land development. Her years of professional planning experience in the public and private sectors focuses on project management of large scale, multi-agency planning and moving extremely complex projects through the system under accelerated timeframes. She has lead the county in permitting over 8774 MW of renewable energy in Kern County for wind, solar, and alternative fuels. She is currently leading the team on a 2.8 million acre project level EIR and Zoning amendment to streamline oil and gas permitting for Kern County and State Agencies. She is the past Director of the Southern Division for the Central Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, and a member of the American Society for Public Administration.. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield where she is Lecturer in Urban Planning.



Nancy Rader
Executive Director

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.



Carol Brooks
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 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
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 Company