Podcast

What was it like to work on two of the largest U.S. onshore wind projects & trends in M&A | Ike Emehelu of Akin Gump

The Green Light Congratulations, Ike Emehelu, on your new role as Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP! Although Ike knew he wanted to be a lawyer from his earliest days in Nigeria, he never imagined he would get to work on two of the three largest onshore wind projects in the U.S.…
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What does it take to lead sustainability initiatives for a Fortune 500 company? | Dawn James of Microsoft

The Green Light What does it take to lead sustainability initiatives for a Fortune 500 company like Microsoft? In this Green Light episode, Catherine speaks with Dawn James about this as well as her career journey from creating predictive models for water management to energy and sustainability strategy at Microsoft. They also speak about Microsoft’s…
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What was it like to launch a cleantech startup during the COVID-19 pandemic? | Katherine Ryzhaya of Marvel Power Group

The Green Light In this Green Light episode, Catherine speaks with Katherine Ryzhaya, CEO and Founder of Marvel Power Group, a consulting firm with a fresh, markets-based approach to value creation for their energy, water, manufacturing and transportation clients. We discuss what it was like to launch a cleantech startup during the COVID-19 pandemic. And…
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Salary Negotiation Tips & Taking Risks to Make Big Career Moves | Julia Hamm of SEPA

The Green Light In today’s podcast, Catherine speaks with a woman who is leading and solving environmental injustices at the age of 27. That person is Julia Hamm, the President & CEO of Smart Electric Power Alliance, a non-profit organization helping electric utilities implement and deploy clean energy and distributed resources on a global scale.…
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Revolutionizing Community Solar in Pursuit of Environmental Justice | Kristal Hansley of WeSolar

The Green Light Did you know community solar capacity in the U.S. has doubled year over year in the past decade? Today, Catherine speaks with an incredible clean energy leader who is responsible for such growth and the expansion of community solar on the East Coast. Kristal Hansley, a Howard University Alumna, is the first…
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Angel Investing & Underrepresented Founders | Andrea Luecke of CTLR

The Green Light In this Green Light episode, Catherine is joined by Andrea Luecke, Executive Director of Cleantech Leaders Roundtable (CTLR) and former President and Executive Director at the Solar Foundation (now IREC). While at the Solar Foundation for ten years, Andrea grew it from zero staff & budget to a $6M organization at its…
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Female Entrepreneurship & Walmart Going Solar | Tom Weirich & Candice Michalowicz, EDP Renewables

The Green Light In this Green Light episode, Catherine is joined by Candice Michalowicz, COO of EDPR Distributed Generation, & Tom Weirich, Senior Marketing Manager at EDP Renewables North America. She speaks with these two brains behind the world’s 4th largest renewable energy producer about how EDPR’s Distributed Generation business unit – which now clocks…
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Why are conservatives increasingly supporting clean energy? | Heather Reams of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions

The Green Light In this Green Light episode, Catherine is joined by Heather Reams, President of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES). CRES is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that engages Republican policymakers & the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic & environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. Heather speaks…
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Why aren’t there more women CEOs? | Luann Abrams of CEOX

The Green Light Why aren’t there more women CEOs & why don’t more women view themselves as “CEO-ready”? In this Green Light episode, Catherine is joined by Luann Abrams, CEO of CEOX, who is tackling these challenges every day. Almost 3 years ago, Luann founded CEOX, to focus exclusively on connecting highly qualified female CEO-ready…
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Pay Parity & Hiring & Retaining Top Diverse Talent | Sejal Patel Daswani of Sunrun

The Green Light Sunrun, the leading home solar panel and battery storage company in the U.S., successfully launched its internal upskilling program, PowerU, as well as recently became the first national solar company to achieve 100% pay parity. Catherine recently spoke with Sejal Patel Daswani, former CHRO & current Advisor to the Chief People Officer…
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