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Hosted by the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI), emPOWER20 is a virtual experience designed to foster a new kind of energy leadership. 

Featuring over 40 unique sessions, 100+ expert speakers, and 45+ hours of content and networking, emPOWER20 will offer resources and community for every participant who is passionate about clean energy technology and dedicated to a more just energy future. If you are a clean energy veteran looking to deepen your knowledge, or a new entrant looking to build a career, we welcome you to the conversation. Join experts and hundreds of emerging energy leaders as we refuse to tolerate “normal” and start building an equitable, decarbonized, and resilient energy ecosystem for the future.

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Live by DJ Ome
Start your morning off right with vibes by DJ Ome
Ome DJ
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Welcome to emPOWER20 presented by NEXTracker
Dan  Shugar Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Opening Session - Normal is Not Enough: An Equitable and Decarbonized World
Rose  McKinney-James Nakhia Morrissette, Esq Christina Bowman
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Let’s Talk Equity: Frameworks and Opportunities
Aaron  Jamal Amee Raval Rachel  Kriegsman Jacqui  Patterson
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Climate Justice is Racial Justice: The Need for Structural Change
Shalanda Baker Jared DeWese Nick Thorpe
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SolUnesco presents: "Driving Equitable Energy Access"
Wahleah Johns Sanjna Malpani Sara Chandler Andrew Held (He/Him)
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Case Studies: Energy Access and Justice
Agustin Cornejo Carlos Garcia Malini Kannan
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Energy Capital of the World: Houston's Energy 2.0 Transition
Bakeyah  Nelson Lauren Gore Rachel  Kriegsman Juliana Garaizar Jose  Beceiro Kay McCall
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Introduction to Adaptive Leadership
Becca Ward Eric Martin
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Product Management 101
Cole Ashman Alexis Plair (she/her) Laura Wang
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Clean Energy Trivia (via Zoom)
Carolyn Collins Linda Sobczynski Jatin Khanna
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Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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The Carbon Challenge
Paula Gant Varun  Sivaram Ph.D. Morgan  D. Bazilian, Ph.D Clea Kolster
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Troutman Pepper presents: CELI Power Hour: Enabling Technologies
Troy Hodges Mark Hughes Lee  Beck Cristina Garcia Apoorv Bhargava
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CELI Power Hour: Policy
Shayla Ragimov Taylor Krause Spencer Nelson Hannah Kornfeld Becca Ward Abigail Regitsky
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EnBW North America presents: CELI Power Hour: Clean Energy Technology
Tim Latimer Rukmani  Vijayaraghavan, PhD Ivana Jemelkova Farah Benahmed Damian Bednarz
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Madison Energy Investments presents: CELI Power Hour: Financing Mechanisms 101
Emma Bell Edwin Luevanos Madison Freeman Gerard  Neely
· Networking
Networking Break
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Food for Thought: Agriculture and Food Production Role in Climate Change
Molly Graham Joe Bozeman, Ph.D Maggie Monast
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NuScale presents: Electrify Everything: Transportation
Patricio Portillo Anjali Bains (she/her) Praveen Kathpal Kelly Fleming
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REBA presents: Decarbonizing Your Organization
Emma  Gillespie Cox Miranda Ballentine Greg Miller
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Electrify Everything: Built Environment
Donnel  Baird Panama Bartholomy Nate Kinsey Dr. Margaret  Cherne-Hendrick Carmelita Miller
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RE Tech Advisors presents: Accounting For Climate Risk: Financial Markets in a Warming World
Shayla Ragimov Robert Litterman
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sPOWER presents: Community-Driven Energy Policy
Leah  Stokes Pari Kasotia Cecilio Aponte
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CohnReznick Capital presents: Driving Scalable Investment in Clean Energy
Richard Kauffman Joe Indvik Cassandra John Bryan Garcia Melanie Nakagawa
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E2 presents: A Green Recovery: Federal Stimulus for Climate and Environmental Justice
Demond Drummer Congresswoman Nanette  Diaz Barragán Bob Keefe Becca Ward
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Electrify Everything? Hard to Decarbonize Sectors
Jennifer States Dr. Jasenka Rakas Diane Hughes Wesley Lien
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Climate Communication
Abel  Gustafson, Ph.D
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Driving DEI in Your Workplace
Peyman Allavirdizadeh Mike Kohn
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Regional Networking Sessions: Washington D.C., Chicago, New York
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Regional Networking Sessions: San Francisco Bay Area, and Western U.S -- Texas and the South East Region
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Yoga for Clean Energy
Rozina Kanchwala
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Welcome and emPOWER20 Awards
Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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Urbint presents: Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Lessons in Local Leadership
Maribeth DeLorenzo Mark Chambers Lara Cottingham Julia  Pyper
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CELI Information Session: Ask a CELIon
Troy Hodges Becca Ward
· Networking
Networking Break
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DNV-GL presents: Career Pathways (Data in Clean Energy)
Troy Hodges Daniel Jarvis
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WGL presents: Career Pathways (Corporate Sustainability)
Samir Das Kacey Katzenmeyer Cecilio Aponte
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Career Pathways (Oil and Gas Transition)
Evangelos Karambelas Martin Hussey Jenya Kirshtein
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Career Pathways (International)
Julia De la Cruz John Rennie Michael Hochberg Matt Zedler Ivana Jemelkova
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Arevon presents: Career Pathways (Finance)
Claire Austin Jon Faltis Austin deButts Guy Van Syckle Wesley Lien Clea Kolster
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Career Pathways (Technology)
Kerri Devine Amar Shah Cindy Zhu Beth Hieronymus Liam Weaver
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Career Pathways (Policy + Advocacy)
Jake Higdon (he/him) CeCe Coffey (she, her) Marianne Lalonde Kiera Zitelman Rukmani  Vijayaraghavan, PhD Hannah Kornfeld Abigail Regitsky Nick Thorpe
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Where Do We Go From Here: Your Call to Action
Becca Ward Julia Hamm Devin Hampton
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Closing of emPOWER20
Clean Energy Leadership Institute


Jenya Kirshtein

Product manager at Enel X e-Mobility

Martin Hussey

Senior Analyst on the Business Development team at Lightsource bp

Evangelos Karambelas

Sr. Analyst for Middle River Power LLC, a private-equity sponsored investment platform

Kacey Katzenmeyer

Senior Manager at Green Strategies, Inc.

Samir Das

Director of Marketing and Analytics for WGL Energy

Daniel Jarvis

Vice President of Technology within the DNV GL’s Energy North America Program Implementation

Liam Weaver

Lead Solutions Engineer for California and the Western US markets at Enel X

Beth Hieronymus

Smart Grid Consultant at Accenture

Cindy Zhu

Project Development at Prescriptive Data

Amar Shah

Manager on RMI’s Building Electrification team

Kerri Devine

Acting co-VP of Engineering at Arcadia

Matt Zedler

Heads product management & application engineering for Lockheed Martin Energy’s GridStar® Flow energy storage system

Michael Hochberg

Project Developer at Hecate Energy

John Rennie

Energy Specialist Consultant at the World Bank

Julia De la Cruz

Senior Consultant at Deloitte with 10+ years of experience in international relations and energy project management.

Kiera Zitelman

Senior Manager at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Marianne Lalonde

Former ACS/AAAS Congressional Fellow in U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office (D-OH) covering energy and the environment

CeCe Coffey (she, her)

Energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Jake Higdon (he/him)

Senior Analyst, U.S. Climate Policy at Environmental Defense Fund

Guy Van Syckle

Senior Manager on the Investment Team at Hannon Armstrong

Austin deButts

Director of Origination at Sun Tribe Development

Jon Faltis

Chief Financial Officer at Arevon with 15+ years of experience leading finance, accounting, and commercial operations

Claire Austin

Senior Associate in the Asset Management group at EDP Renewables North America

Demond Drummer

Co-founder and Executive Director, New Consensus

Maribeth DeLorenzo

Deputy Director, Urban Sustainability Administration, DC Department of Energy & Environment

Shayla Ragimov

Senior Research Associate, Climate Leadership Council

Taylor Krause

National Outreach and Partnership Coordinator at the Citizens' Climate Lobby

Ome DJ


Carolyn Collins

Senior Program Manager, Stem Inc.

Jennifer States

Director for Blue Economy, DNV GL – Energy and Maritime North America

Molly Graham

Senior Program Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and 2020 CELI Chicago Fellow

Donnel Baird

Founder and CEO, BlocPower

Shayla Ragimov

Senior Research Associate, Climate Leadership Council

Joe Bozeman, Ph.D

Research Associate, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy

Amee Raval

Senior Policy Researcher, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Cole Ashman

Hardware Product Manager at Span.IO

Mark Chambers

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of New York

Jon Faltis

Chief Financial Officer, Arevon

Emma Bell

Associate, Renewable Energy Investments at J.P. Morgan

Paula Gant

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Innovation - Gas Technology Institute

Emma Gillespie Cox

North American Sustainability, McDonald's

Aaron Jamal


Bakeyah Nelson


Dan Shugar


Eric Martin

Managing Partner, Adaptive Change Advisors

Kay McCall

Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance - Houston

Lauren Gore

Lead Principal, LDR Advisory Partners

Kelly Fleming

Research and Policy Analyst, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Madison Freeman

Research and Strategy Analyst, Energy Impact Partners

Abel Gustafson, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Malini Kannan

Senior Engineer, Clean Coalition

Clea Kolster

Director of Science, Lower Carbon Capital

Laura Wang

Product Manager, Kevala, Inc.

Molly Graham

Senior Program Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Maggie Monast

Director, Working Lands, Environmental Defense Fund

Wesley Lien

Finance Manager, Pattern Energy Group

Praveen Kathpal

VP of New Business, AES Next

Melanie Nakagawa

Director of Climate Strategy, Princeville Capital

Andrew Held (He/Him)

Energy Program Specialist -- BEPS, DOEE

Sara Chandler

Director of Innovation, Equity & Access - Elemental Excelerator

Greg Miller

Energy Systems PhD Student, UC Davis

Cecilio Aponte

Senior Analyst, Origination - sPower

Pari Kasotia

Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar

Nick Thorpe

Climate & Energy Program Associate, Earthjustice

Carlos Garcia

Energy Planner, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

Agustin Cornejo

Power Africa Transactions and Reforms Program (PATPR), Tetra Tech, Inc.

Abigail Regitsky

Professional Staff Member at House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Alexis Plair (she/her)

Energy Product Manager, Tesla

Anjali Bains (she/her)

Senior Policy Associate, Beneficial Electrification (Electric Transportation)

Apoorv Bhargava

CEO & Cofounder @ Weave Grid

Becca Ward

Senior Director at CELI

Bob Keefe

Executive Director at Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

Bryan Garcia

President and CEO, Connecticut Green Bank

Carmelita Miller

Legal Counsel at Greenlining Institute

Cassandra John

Managing Director, Sif Capital Advisors

Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán

U.S. Representative, California’s 44th Congressional District, United States Congress

Christina Bowman

Senior Manager, MD Center for Global Sustainability

Cristina Garcia

Assistant Director, Building Electrification Initiative

Damian Bednarz

External Affairs Director, EnBW North America

Devin Hampton

CEO, Utility API

Diane Hughes

VP of Marketing and Communications, NuScale Power

Edwin Luevanos

Co-Founder and CEO at Citizen Energy

Farah Benahmed

Policy Advisor, Climate and Energy at Third Way

Gerard Neely

Associate, Madison Energy Investments

Hannah Kornfeld

Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist at Ascent Environmental

Ivana Jemelkova

Managing Director, Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting

Jacqui Patterson

Director Environmental & Climate Justice Program, NAACP

Jared DeWese

Senior Communications Advisor, Climate and Energy at Third Way

Dr. Jasenka Rakas

Deputy Director of the UC Berkeley National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR)

Jatin Khanna

Business Development Manager at First Solar

Joe Indvik

Head of Clean Energy Finance, RE Tech Advisors

Jose Beceiro

Senior Director, Global Energy 2.0 at Greater Houston Partnership

Julia Hamm

CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Julia Pyper

Co-Host and Producer at Political Climate Podcast

Juliana Garaizar

Launch Director, Houston at Greentown Labs

Lara Cottingham

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Houston

Leah Stokes

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Lee Beck

CCUS Policy Innovation Director, Clean Air Task Force

Linda Sobczynski

Social Co-Chair, CELI

Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Executive Director, Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Dr. Margaret Cherne-Hendrick

Director, Beneficial Electrification at Fresh Energy

Mark Hughes

Battery Engineer, SILA Nanotechnologies

Mike Kohn

Chief People Officer, Marts & Lundy

Miranda Ballentine

President and CEO, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)

Morgan D. Bazilian, Ph.D

Director of the Payne Institute, and Professor of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines

Nakhia Morrissette, Esq

Central Region Director & Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Nate Kinsey

Senior Regulatory Analyst @ CPUC, CELI Sherpa, Building Decarbonization

Panama Bartholomy

Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Patricio Portillo

Transportation Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council

Peyman Allavirdizadeh

Director of Talent & Culture, Sparkfund

Rachel Kriegsman

Director of Strategic Partnerships, CELI

Robert Litterman

Chairman of the Risk Committee, Kepos Capital LP

Richard Kauffman

Chair Of The Board Of Directors at Generate Capital

Rose McKinney-James

Chairman of the Board, Energy Foundation

Rozina Kanchwala

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Manager at CELI

Rukmani Vijayaraghavan, PhD

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Department of Energy

Sanjna Malpani


Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University School of Law

Spencer Nelson

Professional Staff Member at U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Tim Latimer

Co-Founder at Fervo Energy

Troy Hodges

Data Scientist, FERC

Varun Sivaram Ph.D.

Former CTO, ReNew Power | Visiting Senior Fellow, Columbia University Center for Global Energy Poli

Wahleah Johns

Executive Director, Native Renewables

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