Global Director, Content Risk Management
Talk Topic: Mastering the Art and Science of Negotiation
As a 12+ year employee of Amazon, she was part of the recent growth. Ellenore is the Global Director for Kindle Content Risk Management and previously Amazon's first Global Director of Diversity Programs. She had business, product and legal roles in Seattle, Luxembourg, and Paris. Before Amazon, she worked at Baker & McKenzie, then managed complex litigation and then supported strategic sourcing for Sears.
Ellenore Angelidis is the founder and Board President of Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund which focuses on increasing opportunities (literacy, tech and art) for kids in Ethiopia. She was a multi-year judge of Inspiring50 which chooses the 50 most inspiring women in tech in Europe and is on the Advisory board of UCodeGirl, an NGO focused on increasing women in tech.
Ellenore has a partner of 20+ years and 3 children ranging from college to elementary school. Ellenore held board and fund-raising positions with NGOs WACAP and Ethiopia Reads. Ellenore is published writer; on blogs (Ethiopian Ties and Balancing Career Family), and on-line (Working Mother, LinkedIn, Adoptive Families, InCulture Parent, and Women’s Essense). She published her first children’s book, The Loud Prince, with colorful, diverse characters, through Kindle.
She built teams across disciplines including tech, companies and countries which give her a unique perspective.
Energy Impact Partners
Associate Vice President
Talk Topic: Different is Better than Better
Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners. EIP is a $650m growth equity fund investing in energy startups that is backed by 16 global utilities and energy companies. Prior to joining EIP, she worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Cassie holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018)
President and CEO
Talk Topic: Solar + Wind = Opportunity for Women
A trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Kimberlee Centera has over 20 years as a risk management expert for the development and financing of large-scale generator energy projects. Under her leadership, TerraPro Solutions (formerly Centera Land & Title Services) has generated over 5,500 MWs in renewables, with a total financed value of over $3.5 billion, making it the top risk management practice in the renewables market. Her expertise includes identifying, managing and mitigating risk. She consistently delivers outstanding results on complex high value projects. TerraPro Solutions provides high-level expertise in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects including wind, solar and energy storage. Comprehensive services range from site feasibility and land acquisition to due diligence for investment and financing, through construction, compliance and post-construction operations. Kimberlee has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and she is a California licensed Real Estate Broker.
Bahr Bee Ranch
Head Box Wrangler
Talk Topic: Why are Bees and EVs Alike?
Art, visual anthropology, photography and film led to teaching overseas where KO was able to witness the remarkable progress in students’ performance after only four months without breathing the exhaust of leaded gasoline. This strengthened her resolve to drive electrically, which led converting a car to electric power upon returning to the USA and its continuing iterations, and developing curricula for school students to create their own electric cars and to participation in the YOUNG MAKERS PROJECT of the MAKERS FAIRE. Since bees are like EV’s, a beekeeping hobby has led to applied mycology and a project being designed to fight bee pathogens. The fine arts have taken a backseat to the needs of the global common good which includes small water cycle and greywater systems, carbon soil sequestration, solar power, community gardens and Mycological remediation, and someday, performance EV competition.
Presidio Graduate School
Talk Topic: Creating Positive Impact With Our Financial Decisions
Melanie is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School, focusing her studies on renewable energy development and solving climate change through technology. Before her MBA studies, Melanie was a Global Business Product Manager at Google, spearheading product development and commercialization strategy for Emerging advertising formats. She has volunteered for WCS since 2016 and joined the WCS Board in 2017 as Career Development Co-Chair, helping launch and grow the Mentorship program. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego and she enjoys rowing crew in her spare time.
Equilibrium Water and Waste
Talk Topic: The Opportunity in Organic Waste
Mary joined the Equilibrium Water and Waste team in 2015 to lead due diligence and underwriting for the Wastewater Opportunity Fund (WOF). Mary brings over 10 years of experience in investment banking, financial advisory, public policy and consulting services to federal, state, and local governments. Mary’s expertise includes complex financing structures including multi-year, multi-billion dollar capital plans.
Mary spent 8 years as a public finance investment banker with Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation (“SNW”), a regional investment bank specializing in public finance; SNW was acquired by Piper Jaffray in 2013. During her tenure at SNW, Mary structured and executed over 100 bond transactions with a total par value exceeding $3 billion. These financings included general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, pension bonds, tax credit and federal stimulus program bonds, bank placements, and interim financing solutions for public facilities and infrastructure including municipal water and wastewater systems. Mary’s contributed on projects of regional importance including the Sellwood Bridge, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line, and Oregon Zoo.
While at SNW, Mary created a new set of consulting services assisting local governments with multi-year projections of tax revenues and pension contribution rates. She holds a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. Mary serves on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland, a non-profit and non-partisan civic affairs organization.
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Talk Topic: What Clean Energy Technologies Save the Most Green House Gas Emissions, and When?
Dr. Sudeshna Pabi is a Senior Scientist at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with focus on clean energy solutions for problems related to energy and environment. She has conceptualized and conducted research in the area of energy efficiency, water-energy, nexus and solar+storage space for which she has won several research grant awards, including California Energy Commission. Dr. Pabi also been instrumental in developing national models for GHG assessment and algorithms for data-analytics for related big data. Her current focus is to lead analytics with the aim of better understanding various decarbonization efforts and to recommend relevant innovative solutions. Dr. Pabi developed the first ever quantification of carbon budget for the Arctic Ocean using numerical model and remote sensing. She completed her undergraduate studies at IIT Kharagpur.
Helen Kang Shin
Talk Topic: Motherhood: The New Career X-Factor
Helen Kang Shin is General Counsel for Recurrent Energy, a leading solar developer and the U.S. project
development arm of Canadian Solar. Helen brings more than a decade of legal experience to Recurrent
Energy, where she directs the company’s legal strategy in corporate and compliance matters, and advises
the company concerning project development, finance, M&A and transactional matters.
Prior to joining Recurrent Energy in 2012, Helen was an attorney in the San Francisco office of Morrison
& Foerster LLP, where she counseled clients on the acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of all major
classes of real estate, including office, industrial, commercial and residential assets. Helen received a J.D.
from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Laurence Berkeley National Laboratory
Program Director, Department of Energy’s Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD)
Talk Topic: CleanTech's Angels
Reshma Singh serves as Program Director of the Department of Energy’s Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She brings over 10 years of experience advancing cleantech innovation, working with complex international ecosystems in United States, India, and Singapore. Reshma’s work lies at the intersection of design and technology of smart buildings and cities, with a focus on energy, data analytics and UX, and IoT sensors and controls. She previously co-founded GreenExcel, an online education platform. Reshma enjoys mentoring in STEM and is currently on the Advisory Council for the international TechWomen program. She is also author of Transforming State-of-the-Art into Best Practices: Guide for High-Performance, Energy –Efficient Buildings in India, and contributor to Mutations: Harvard Project on the City. She is a recipient of Harvard University’s Community Service Fellowship award and has taught graduate seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at University of California, Berkeley. Apart from her professional life, she teaches dance and recently co-produced an acclaimed children's musical. Reshma holds a master's degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University, a bachelor's degree in architecture from New Delhi, India, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.