Director of Business Strategy
Talk Topic: Inclusivity in Cleantech
Lenka Kollar is the Director of Business Strategy at NuScale Power where she is working to bring NuScale’s small modular reactor to market through business plan development and clean energy outreach. She has been invited to speak on energy innovation and the potential of small modular reactors to provide electricity and clean water in a variety of different forums, such as the CleanTech Forum in San Francisco and COP22 in Morocco. Previously, Ms. Kollar was an Associate Communication Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency where she handled external and internal communication for the Department of Nuclear Energy. Prior to that, she consulted with public and private sector organizations on nuclear energy policy, public communications, and marketing strategy, along with writing an informational blog called Nuclear Undone. Ms. Kollar also served as a technical associate in non-proliferation policy at the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and at Argonne National Laboratory.
Dow Water and Process Solutions
Strategic Marketing Director
Talk Topic: Water in the Circular Economy
With a passion for technology, marketing savvy and genuine concern for our natural resources, Kimberly champions the advancement and adoption of water technology at Dow Water & Process Solutions. As the strategic marketing director, Kimberly is responsible for bringing new growth opportunities to the business, working with the leadership team to develop and drive business strategy, and lead end-user marketing and sustainability initiatives.
The Beauty Activist
Talk Topic: Sustainable Beauty: The Future of Self-Care
Passionately committed to helping women live boldly and beautifully, Kenetia speaks with women and women’s organizations all over the country encouraging them to appreciate themselves and embrace their beauty fearlessly – a message she also makes widely available via her book “Fearless Beauty 360°: A Complete Guide to Self Acceptance and Empowerment.” As an author, speaker and coach/consultant, she
captivates the world with her bold, fresh, and empowering message that redefines a woman’s approach to beauty. Kenetia’s work as a highly sought-after Red Carpet Makeup Artist has given her the honor of working intimately with beautiful women at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Teen Vogue Fashion LIVE to name a few.
Marcela Cabrera Luna
Talk Topic: Cleantech, Policy & Partnership Management Consultant
Marcela’s leadership has involved roles with engagement operations and partnerships, PM, policy, corporate social responsibility and marketing. She has worked with startups, NGO’s and Fortune 500 technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Marcela’s achievements include developing policy on pressing climate change concerns caused by traditional extractive practices and the consumption of natural resources focusing in oil, and published work on policies and international laws that must take place to improve the issue and build a more sustainable future with cleantech and renewable energy.
Scientific Product Manager
Talk Topic: Big Agriculture: A Sustainability Conundrum
Noelle leads scientific product development at Mavrx, a San Francisco-based agricultural technology company dedicated to improving the long-term productivity of farmlands via emotely sensed data and machine learning. As an environmental scientist, she drives her team and customers to re-think how data can be used to make better decisions around how food is grown.
Joan Sullivan Photography
Renewable Energy Photographer
Talk Topic: Me and My Drone, 100 Meters Above the Waves
Since 2009, photographer Joan Sullivan has focused her cameras (and more recently her drones) exclusively on renewable energy. She has found her niche on the construction sites of some of North America’s largest wind and solar installations, where she draws inspiration from the men and women who are literally building our clean energy future. Self-employed, Joan is currently working on a long-term project to document the transition of former oil and gas industry workers to newly created jobs in the renewable energy sector. She writes about renewable energy artworks on the Artists & Climate Change blog, and has recently become a board member of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). In 2015, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) produced a documentary film about Joan’s commitment to creating positive images that help us visualize what a sustainable post-carbon world will look like. In a previous life, Joan spent nearly two decades in Africa designing community-based HIV prevention programs for a variety of international organizations. Joan holds an M.Sc. in Population Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Talk Topic: Social & Environmental Responsibility in Fashion
As a researcher, Nidia is interested in resolving some of the pollution issues within the textile and color industries by considering upstream and downstream solutions. She has an interdisciplinary background in textile chemistry, design, nanotechnology, and treatment of waste. She is currently a Research Associate at Cornell University where she is exploring the use of living technologies and vertical farming for textile waste remediation downstream. In an effort to bring safer chemicals upstream in apparel, she actively contributes to green chemistry programming of Los Angeles Sanitation and the American Chemical Society. Her family has worked in the garment production segment of the fashion industry for decades in El Salvador and the United States, which motivates her to seek sustainable innovation initiatives.
Sr. Director, Product Management for Energy Management
Talk Topic: The Only Women in the Room: Being Heard in Technical Settings
Ilén Zazueta-Hall leads Enphase Energy’s residential product management team, and is responsible for Enphase’s energy technology systems and solutions for the residential segment. Previously, Ilén served as Enphase’s principal software manager of Enlighten, where she led the cross-functional team of software engineers, product managers and technical writers. With 15 years of combined e-learning software, SaaS and website development expertise, Ilén has enhanced the overall Enlighten platform and its mobile installer tools that measure the output and efficiency of solar energy systems. Ilén holds a BA in Humanities from New College of the University of South Florida.