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The Voices of Energy
23 minutes | May 27, 2021
Turn-Key Solutions for Energy Efficiency with CEO of Varea, Anna Dai
Anna Dai is the Founder and CEO of Varea Energy, a clean-tech start-up that uses data to optimize commercial and industrial facilities. Immediately after graduating, Anna travelled to Amsterdam to work at a media-tech company, where she realized her calling to start Varea Energy. Varea is a fellow inaugural member of the Greentown Labs Houston location, something Anna and Katie discuss along with the company's work in turn-key projects/software to pinpoint operational inefficiencies. This episode is part of our Female Execs of Climate Tech series.
28 minutes | May 20, 2021
The Pressing Reality of Power Access with CEO of COI Energy, SaLisa Berrien
SaLisa Berrien is the Founder and CEO of COI Energy Services, a company developing solutions for energy performance and grid optimization. SaLisa has made it her mission to make power access more accessible and equitable across all communities. Her and Katie talk candidly about the Texas grid black-out during February's winter storm and the impact of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey on energy access for lower income individuals. As severe weather from climate change grows more prevalent, why are grids consistently underprepared and how can we learn from our mistakes moving forward? This episode is part of our Female Execs of Climate Tech series.
18 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Burgeoning Blue Economy with CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, Julie Angus
Julie Angus is the Co-Founder and CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, a climate-tech start-up in marine robotics and data analytics. She is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and has received several awards in the clean-tech industry. She's an explorer, innovator, and ocean lover with goals to lower carbon emissions and protect marine life through ocean-roaming technology. This episode is part of our Female Execs of Climate Tech series.
20 minutes | May 6, 2021
Doing More with Less in Renewable Tech with Shelby Breger
Shelby Breger is the Head of Finance and Operations at the climate tech start-up, Via Separations. Before joining the energy sector, Shelby worked at the consulting company, McKinsey & Company, and for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She talks about her roundabout route to climate-tech and the work that Via Separations is doing in process efficiency for industrial sectors. This episode is part of our series, Female Execs of Climate Tech.
19 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
The Children's Book for Energy Literacy with Author, Erin Twamley
Erin Twamley, award-winning author, joins host, Katie Mehnert this episode to talk about her upcoming children's book, "Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy". This book is her second in the series "Everyday Superheroes" and aims to teach kids about the diverse women and career opportunities that exist in energy and foster energy literacy at a young age.
44 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
A New Arena for Climate-Tech with Greentown Labs CEO, Emily Reichert
Emily Reichert is the CEO at Greentown Labs, the largest climate tech incubator in North America. With the launch of their new Houston location coming up on Earth Day 2021, Katie and Emily sat down to talk about the company's mission, the entreprenuers it supports, and where decarbonization technology is headed in the near future.
25 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
An International Outlook on Energy with Maria Moræus Hanssen
Host, Katie Mehnert, is joined by Maria Moræus Hanssen, member of the Schulumberger Board. Maria is a veteran leader in the oil and gas industry, having held numerous C-Suite positions across companies. We got her opinions on what multi-cultural/-national differences exist around the energy transition, what policies may be introduced or will persist in our fight against climate change, and how international collaboration will play a role as we pioneer energy forward.
17 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
The Full-time Engineer and Student Mentor, Calicia Johnson
Calicia Johnson is a Strategy & Development Manager at Chevron and has been with the company for 8 years. Though last year, she decided to add on a new undertaking, Student Career Studio. Calicia shares her story with us and her passion for helping connect minority students to job opportunities.
15 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Our Greatest Asset: The Next Generation of Investors with Nicolette DiMaggio
Katie Mehnert is joined by Nicolette DiMaggio, an equity research associate for Willis Towers Watson and author of "Stock Explore" a book that teaches the 5 principles of financial literacy to kids. The gender gap in finance is high, and Nicolette shares about her mission to teach financial literacy across generations, genders, and ethnicities to encourage a more educated and empowered group of investors.
36 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
An Oil and Gas Gal turned Legislator, Senator Sharon Hewitt
Sharon Hewitt is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate for the 1st district. She has an extensive background in energy, having worked for Shell for over 20 years doing in offshore drilling and deepwater asset management. Katie Mehnert, the Founder and CEO of ALLY Energy, sat down with Senator Hewitt to discuss all things policy and what's ahead for the energy industry. She shares her opinions on Biden's recent executive orders, how emerging technology will play a role in the energy transition, and what future political pursuits may lie ahead in her career.
24 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Leading in the B-Suite with Rhonda Morris and Adam Bryant: Race in the Workplace
We are joined by Rhonda Morris, VP and Chief HR Officer at Chevron, and Adam Bryant, Managing Director at Merryck & Co., who are the co-authors of the LinkedIn newsletter, "Leading in the B-Suite". The two discuss their inspiration behind this newsletter and the themes it covers around being comfortable with conversations about race and how to increase the representation of black executives in the C-Suite.
9 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Supplier Diversity in Big Energy: Race in the Workplace
Many diverse businesses in energy are smaller and have limited capacity as suppliers. What are the headwinds that black small-business owners face in the energy industry? And how can bigger companies and suppliers create a pipeline for these businesses to grow and succeed?
12 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Confronting the Denial: Race in the Workplace
We take a closer look at all those buzzwords and phrases that exist in the dialogue around racism – white privilege, reverse racism, and “ALL lives matter”. Why is there still denial of racist practices? How can we challenge this denial and have conversations to move forward?
9 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Tone at the Top: Race in the Workplace
Change in our workplaces is most effective when it is spearheaded by the highest levels of our organizations. So how can executives use their power to accelerate diversity in their companies?
10 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Finding the Courage to Speak Up: Race in the Workplace
For both black and non-black individuals alike, speaking out against injustice can be very effective, but can also require deep courage, and a will to take risks. How can you grow the courage to speak up in your own organizations? We asked our guests to their advice on what speaking up looks like, and the tools needed to do it.
11 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Allyship in Action: Race in the Workplace
As executive boards are working to drive systemic change in their organizations, employees are searching for ways to drive change on an individual level. We set out to learn how individuals can become better allies for their black colleagues in the workplace, and what this term, allyship, really means at its core.
11 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Less Talk, More Walk: Race in the Workplace
Organizations are being challenged not only to speak up about racism, but to uproot the systems which perpetuate it. This means that it’s not enough to just have a D&I program or diversity leader in place. How can companies implement more effective D&I initiatives that tackle racial injustices and promote an inclusive workplace that is authentic and sustainable?
10 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
A Wake-Up Call for Energy: Race in the Workplace
Why does the energy industry have a history of tiptoeing around social issues? Where do racist inequities exist in energy? And How has the Black Lives Matter movement put pressure on the industry to change?
17 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Becoming A Champion for Women in Science with Lucinda Jackson
Lucinda Jackson, author, scientist, and business executive, joins us to talk about the challenges she faced as a female General Manager at Chevron in the male-dominated world of science. We discuss her expertise in health and safety technology and her mission to empower women in the workplace.
19 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Making the Leap, a Conversation with Ebony Wiley
We are joined by Ebony Wiley, host of the Pretty Little Leader podcast and Founder of Marteen Holland Group, to talk about her leap from corporate exec to entrepreneur. What factors led her to make the decision? And what challenges has she had to overcome along the way?
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