A Panel Discussion on the Future of Cleantech with Perspectives from Leading Female Industry Veterans

  • April 24, 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • SK Telecom Americas, 100 Mathilda Place, Suite 230, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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After several recent high profile struggles of major cleantech companies, what exactly does the future of the industry look like?  With the absence of major policy direction on carbon and a reduction in renewables support, will these sectors continue to survive and are there others sectors which will thrive on their own?   Come listen to three industry veterans share their perspectives from the venture, startup and corporate worlds on how recent events are affecting their businesses and strategies going forward.  In an intimate setting, the panelists will share their personal stories of how they navigated successfully in these very different environments.   

Agenda

6:00 to 6:30pm: Welcome Reception

6:30 to 7:45pm: Panel Discussion

7:45 to 8:00pm: Networking

Moderator: Rachel Sheinbein, Partner at CMEA Capital

Rachel Sheinbein is a Partner with the Energy and Materials team at CMEA Capital. She is a board member for Arcadia Biosciences, Contour Energy, Danotek Motion, Reel Solar (observer) and Solaria. Before CMEA, Rachel was a consultant for start-ups in the areas of bio-plastics, solar and water. For 9 years prior, Rachel worked at Intel, in wastewater systems, Environmental Health & Safety, and Supply Chain IT.   Ms. Sheinbein holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA and Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT.

Panel Executives:

Nancy Floyd, Founder at Nth Power

Nancy Floyd is Founder and Managing Director of Nth Power, the venture capital firm that helped pioneer investments in new energy technologies. Based in San Francisco, Nth Power has $420M under management and has invested in 57 companies- many of them market leaders in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, clean transportation and green buildings.  Nancy sits on the boards of the New Leaders Council, ACORE, Washington Gas Light Company and its parent company WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL). She has been an advisor to the National Renewable Energy Lab, was a board member of Sustainable Asset Management in Zurich, Switzerland, the Center for Resource Solutions, and the Portland Family of Funds, a community investment bank.

Andrea Nylund, CEO of Eco Hatchery 

Andrea Nylund is co-founder and CEO of Eco Hatchery, a sustainability software firm that developed the EPA award-winning Light Bulb Finder mobile app. She has over 15 years' experience in marketing and communications from the environmental and global energy sectors in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to Eco Hatchery, Andrea co-founded a software and consulting firm specializing in air quality reporting and compliance. She grew the company to over 130 clients and sold the company in 2006. Andrea has a B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA and a Master's degree in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.       

Laura Meadors, Director of Cleantech, SK Telecom Americas

Laura Meadors is the Director of Cleantech for SK Telecom Americas, part of Korea’s largest wireless operator SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM).  She is general manager of its GridMaven Network Manager business, focused on smart grid communications management software for utilities.  She was previously Vice Consul with UK Trade & Investment where she advised cleantech companies on their international growth strategies.  Laura also brings brokerage and structured transaction experience from Evolution Markets in REC, ERC and water markets. She holds degrees from Yale University and Wellesley College.

Registration is limited to 30: Registration for members is free, for non-members it is $35. Registration deadline is April 23. 

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