May 19, 2015: 4-5:30 p.m. panel discussion, 5:30-6 p.m. reception
Seawell Boardroom, Bass Library
We are delighted to invite Stanford women to attend a panel discussion sponsored by the Hawthorn Club and hosted by Stanford University on Opportunities and Challenges of the Emerging Clean Energy Industry.
Invited panelists include Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary of the Governor's Office; Dian Gruenich, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University; Heather Redman, Board Member of Summit Power; Beth Comstock of GE; and executives from AES and PG&E. Each panelist will give five to ten minutes of prepared remarks and then take questions.
This is a uniquely exciting time in the energy industry, as it is poised to face a multitude of opportunities and challenges in the coming decades, and women are particularly well suited to address these. The commercialization of low-carbon technologies, including clean energy, can further catalyse an important emerging market and support the transformation of the global energy sector. A successful transition will require close coordination between policy, technology and capital, at the core of which is partnership between the public and private sector.
This panel, moderated by Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors and Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, will ask leading women from each of the sectors to discuss the role that they see their organizations playing in this transition.
A joint initiave of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business, the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance was established in 2011 to develop and explore economically sensible policy and finance solutions to advance cleaner, more secure energy. The center is led by Dan Reicher, Former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and current faculty at both schools, and Deputy Director Alicia Seiger, a GSB alumna and early pioneer of the US carbon offset industry.
Since 2011, The Hawthorn Club has held 16 events in six countries with over 600 women attending. The Club has recently launched in California and has brances in Asia, the UK, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, and Belgium. The Hawthorn Club has two key objectives: to be the foremost networking Club for professional women in the international energy industry and to promote and support the professional development of women into senior corporate positions and boards.