The Hawthorn Club Global Summit 2017

Summit Overview:
We are delighted for the first Global Summit of the Hawthorn Club: The Transition of the Energy Sector – Women as Disruptive Change Makers.

Global Summit 2017

The focus of this year’s invitation only summit is ‘The Transition of the Energy Sector – Women as Disruptive Change Makers’ and will feature C-suite executives from all over the world. The full-day summit will explore the latest trends and issues impacting the global energy industry. We will hear from leading women from across the energy spectrum – oil and gas, power and renewable energy as well as financiers and investors, who will trace the contours of the energy transition and share insights into its impact and future direction.

The Summit will be held at the New York Athletic Club on April 26, 2017 in New York City.

Presenters and Moderators

Meade Harris, CEO of The Hawthorn Club

Meade Harris is CEO of the Hawthorn Club. The Hawthorn Club is the only professional international network for women in the energy industry. Its mission is twofold: to promote the appointment of women to senior corporate positions & boards; and to facilitate increased gender diversity within the energy sector.

She was most recently head of Member Engagement for the Global CCS Institute’s America’s team, responsible for business development in North & South America. Previously, she was Senior Advisor to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute’s European office in Paris, where she was responsible for building the organisation’s relationships with Governments and Corporations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to entering the energy sector, Meade was a BBC Producer, based in the Washington DC Bureau, has been a consultant at Control Risks, specialising in energy issues and was one of the founders of the Climate Change Forum in London. Meade completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, during which time she also studied at Sydney University, before reading for a Master’s degree in International Relations & Energy Security at King’s College London.

Tracy Hernandez, Founding CEO of Bizfed

Tracy Hernandez was instrumental in BizFed’s organizational founding, early-warning, advocacy and outreach efforts, as well as boosted civic engagement among the elusive business-owner market segment. Since its launch in January 2008, BizFed has nearly doubled its number of members and is extremely proud of its dynamic Board of Directors comprised of 180 Los Angeles County market-leading executives.

Today, BizFed, a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization, serves over 130 business organizations representing a diverse cross-section of well over 268,000 businesses across the county and works to advocate for positive public policy, legislation, and civic engagement across Los Angeles County’s diverse business community. Recently BizFed formed a foundation arm, BizFed Institute, and a political action committee, BizFed PAC, to extend research, education, and campaign work to complement BizFed’s core advocacy efforts.

Mrs. Hernandez also is the owner of the business advisory firm IMPOWER, Inc., which leads the strategy and execution of “communications transformations” for clients such as national trade associations, municipal agencies, and healthcare industries that seek cutting-edge media and public relations in which content is king. Services include powerful coalition and alliance building and critical convenings; relevant market, organization asset, and brand focus; comprehensive website development; and social media integration in which relevant timely content creation and delivery makes a difference.

Formerly, Mrs. Hernandez served as the first female publisher of the Los Angeles Daily News in the paper’s nearly 100-year history. As a 20-year veteran of the daily newspaper business, she has held chief executive positions in a variety of major markets across the country, including over a decade with the Journal Register Company (JRC) of Trenton, New Jersey, where she served as Publisher and CEO of four award-winning newspapers in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Ms. Rafter formerly owned and operated a group of newspapers and websites in Walla Walla, Washington.

Elisabeth Brinton, Executive General Manager, New Energy, AGL Energy

Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture. Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she led Corporate Strategy, launched PG&E’s ground breaking IoT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments. Elisabeth also led California’s exploration of new utility business models.

She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.

Amy Grace, Head of North American Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Amy Grace is head of North American research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. She leads a team responsible for producing and communicating analysis on the economics, policy, and strategic dynamics of the North American power sector. She previously was head of Wind Insight at BNEF, where she led research on the global wind sector. Amy has spoken at numerous international conferences and been quoted extensively in the media. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in energy and finance.

Michael Liebreich, Founder & Advisory Board Chairman, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Now called Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the business is headquartered in London, with over 200 staff working out of 13 offices globally; its clients include most of the major ministries, investors, energy and technology companies in transport and energy.

Lisa DeMarco, International Climate Lawyer

Lisa DeMarco is a lawyer with over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. She represents several governments and leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline, and energy storage matters before various regulatory tribunals, including the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board. She has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and lectures regularly. Ms. DeMarco also assists leading Canadian energy companies on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, cleantech development and finance, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure, clean energy finance, and sustainable business strategy. She is ranked by Chamber’s Global as one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers and regularly attends and advises on United Nations Climate negotiations. She is ranked and repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, Expert Guide, International Who’s Who and Chambers Canada as a leading energy (oil and gas) and environment lawyer.

Ms. DeMarco has advised multilateral development banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China, Russia, California, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development and drafting of energy and greenhouse gas emissions policy, regulation, and law throughout Canada, and in various countries around the world. She was appointed to the Premier of Ontario’s now completed Climate Change Advisory Panel and continues to serve as an appointed member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and Climate Action Group. Ms. DeMarco is a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee. She is currently on the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review. She is a graduate of the Western University (BSc. Hon. 1990), the University of Toronto (MSc. 1992), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (LLB 1995) and the Vermont Law School (MSEL, summa cum laude 1995). She is called to the bar in Ontario and England.

Trude Sundset, CEO, Gassnova

Trude Sundset is CEO of Gassnova. She has 30 years business experience, and with key areas within energy, environment and climate issues. Her several years of management experience includes both management on corporate level, line management for large groups, R&D management as well as business development and oil/gas field development. Sundset has experience from Boards of organisations including commercial businesses, experience from international collaboration and has built a broad network in various international organisations. Sundset holds a Master of Technology, Physical Chemistry, from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim.

Sydney Schneir, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office

Sydney Schneir is a Special Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO), where she is responsible for managing the office’s external affairs activities including communications, engagement, and development. Prior to joining LPO, she served as the lead speechwriter for Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and as an analyst in the Office of Strategic Programs.

Previously, she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sydney started her career in public service as a Legislative Aide to the Chairman of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change in the Massachusetts State House.

Ms. Schneir holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Delaware.

Sydney McNiff Johnson, Senior Advisor, Dentons

Sydney McNiff Johnson is a senior advisor in Dentons’ global Energy practice, where she brings years of experience advising clients on domestic and international energy, environmental and government solutions within the government relations and public affairs arenas. Sydney routinely engages her strategic insight on project management for alternative energy and traditional energy clients, as well as her formidable communications strategies to increase client visibility and direct public opinion within government and commercial sectors. She is a skilled negotiator and facilitator with thought leaders and energy policy professionals on a global scale, and advises clients on current energy policy issues and long-term business decisions. Sydney’s practice has a particular focus on energy, transport and infrastructure, government, nuclear, mining and renewable energy issues.

Sydney received a BA in Political Science and Economics from Colorado College, where she wrote her thesis, “A Cost Comparison of Nuclear versus Coal for Electrical Generation 1985–2000.” She has completed two executive education courses at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business: Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Executive (April 2003) and Negotiation and Influence Strategies (April 2004).

Megan Bloomgren, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior

Norah O’Donnell, CBS This Morning

Norah O’Donnell is a co-host of “CBS This Morning.” She also contributes to “60 Minutes” and fills in as anchor for the “CBS Evening News.” O’Donnell joined “CBS This Morning” in July 2012. Prior to that, she served as CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent.

Nancy Pfund, Founder & Partner, DBL Partners

Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, and Farmers Business Network, and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club.

Alix Steel, Bloomberg Daybreak Americas

Alix Steel is the co-anchor of “Bloomberg Daybreak Americas” on Bloomberg Television, weekdays from 7-10am ET. She covers global markets, economic news and commodities across Bloomberg’s multiple digital platforms. Steel has interviewed diverse figures as Congressman Ron Paul, a variety of CEOs from Lynn Good of Duke Energy to John Chambers of Cisco to Noel Biderman, AshleyMadison CEO, and former Duke Energy CEO, Jim Rogers, plus investors like Carson Block and Steve Forbes, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran and much more.

Leslie Biddle, Partner, Serengeti Asset Management

Leslie D. Biddle is a partner at Serengeti Asset Management. Prior to joining Serengeti, Ms. Biddle spent nearly 10 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was most recently Global Head of Commodity Sales and the CFO of the firm’s investments in the metals and mining sector. Prior, she held positions as head of Power, Metals/Industrial, Latin American and Environmental Commodities. Ms. Biddle was responsible for many of the structured transactions in the private equity and power spaces including the monetization of the Allegheny DWR Contract, the structuring of Calpine Construction Finance Company hedge, the Texas Genco acquisition, Northern Tier Energy financing and the TXU leveraged buyout. Ms. Biddle was also a member of the firm’s Finance Committee, Business Practices Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Structured Investment Products Committee, and European Audit and Compliance Committee. She was named Managing Director in 2004 and Partner in 2006. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Biddle was a Vice President at the AES Corporation focusing on project finance and power plant development. She also served as a Vice President at the Overseas Investment Corporation, providing political risk insurance and financing to US companies expanding overseas. She holds an A.B. from Colby College where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Jenny L. Apker, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Babcock & Wilcox

Jenny L. Apker is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), which is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. She joined B&W in June 2010 as Vice President and Treasurer, and assumed added responsibility for the Investor Relations function in August 2012.

Prior to joining B&W, Apker served as Vice President and Treasurer of Dex One Corporation (formerly R.H. Donnelley Corporation), a marketing services company, from 2003 -2010. Before that, she was Assistant Treasurer at Allied Waste Industries, Inc., a waste services company, from 1998-2003. Her experience includes serving as Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank/First Interstate Bank of Arizona, and in a number of positions in Corporate Finance and Treasury at Greyhound Financial Corporation. Apker began her professional career in 1979 as a Financial Accountant at The Greyhound Corporation.

Apker holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, where she obtained degrees in managerial studies and political science.

Gro G. Haatvedt , SVP Exploration, AkerBP

Gro Gunleiksrud Haatvedt joined Aker BP in 2014. She came from the position of exploration manager for the Norwegian Continental Shelf with Statoil ASA, where she also served as country manager in Libya. She has held several positions with Norsk Hydro (head of geology, technology and competence). She has been responsible for business development in Iran, head of Oseberg, and Exploration Manager NCS. Ms. Haatvedt holds a master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from the University of Oslo.

Mallika Ishwaran, Senior Economist, Group Strategy Shell

Mallika Ishwaran is Senior Economist and a member of the Shell scenarios team, within Shell International’s global finance and strategy function. She has over 16 years of experience as a professions economist, in the public sector, the private sector, and academia. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, after receiving her B.A. from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Janine Ames, Leader Global Business & Professional Services Practice, Spencer Stuart

Janine Ames is based in Spencer Stuart’s Stamford Office and leads the global Business & Professional Services Practice. She is also a member of the firm’s CEO and Board practices. Her client work focuses primarily on senior-level executive searches in B2B services, especially B2B information and outsourcing, in addition to management consulting and human capital-related services. She also specializes in recruiting senior strategy executives across industries.

Janine brings more than 20 years of executive recruiting, management consulting and entrepreneurial experience to her role. Before joining Spencer Stuart, Janine led recruiting and professional development for the North American technology practice at McKinsey, where she had worked earlier in her career as an associate principal, serving clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Janine was also chief financial officer and senior vice president of strategy for LiveAdvice, an online “expert services” business. Previously, she was executive director of marketing and product development for Edison Enterprises, a startup company providing home warranty and energy services. She began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Carla Tully, President UK & Ireland, AES

Carla Tully is President of AES UK & Ireland and is responsible for the development and execution of the business strategy, leveraging off the existing 1,920 MW of generating capacity in Northern Ireland and bringing AES’ global expertise in new energy solutions, such as energy storage, to the UK & Ireland. She most recently served as Vice President of the Corporate Strategy and Investment Group at the AES Corporation, and before that as Chief of Staff to AES’ COO of Utilities, focusing on business-level strategy, growth, and risk management for a portfolio of businesses in Latin America, United States, Europe and Africa. Carla also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she focused on financing and promoting sustainable energy investment throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, SDG&E

Caroline Winn is COO of San Diego Gas and Electric. Since joining the company in 1986 as an associate engineer, she has held a number of leadership positions with SDG&E and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), including various positions within the electric transmission and distribution engineering and operations areas.

Prior to her current position, Winn was director of supply chain management for both SDG&E and SoCalGas. Previously, Winn was director of transmission and distribution asset management where she was responsible for distribution planning, electric reliability, compliance management and information technology management.

Winn has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Sacramento and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California. Winn serves on the Executive Committee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and serves on the Board of Directors of the Classroom of the Future Foundation. Winn also serves on the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Board of Advisors and on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association.

Virginia Kenney, Vice President Strategy & Marketing, Business Solutions, NRG

Gin Kirkland Kinney is Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at NRG, co-located in Princeton, NJ and Houston, TX. NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. The Business Solutions Strategy & Marketing team works to create sustainable value by focusing on customer needs, market trends and upfront planning for new markets and products. Under Gin’s leadership, the group shapes strategy for thought leadership, next-generation customer experiences, and actionable marketing plans to support and drive sales. She has been actively involved with NRG’s sponsorship of the Carbon XPRIZE which supports the accelerated development and use of carbon conversion technologies that help to address climate change. Gin is an advisor to the Fair Fashion Center, an organization dedicated to proving the business case for sustainability in the apparel and accessories industry. Gin’s energy-related experience also includes the development of utility scale and distributed solar, combined heat and power projects and supply-side management. She graduated from the University of Georgia.

Clare Duffy, Asset Investment Manager for ESB Networks

Clare Duffy is Asset Investment Manager for ESB Networks and is a chartered engineer with almost 20 years experience working in the power industry. ESB Networks are the licensed operators of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland and are responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers across the country.

Clare is responsible for planning asset investments to maintain safety and security of supply on the national electricity distribution network. This includes plans for the connection of medium/large customers to the distribution network and the connection of renewable generation to the distribution network. With the introduction of EU renewable energy targets for 2020, ESB Networks stepped up to the challenge of the unprecedented level of connection applications for renewable energy projects by setting up a dedicated team of specialists in its Renewable Planning team. ESB Networks process all renewable energy connection applications according to strict rules governed by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) from initial contact by the customer right through to energisation. Previous roles have included Operations Manager for ESB International, head of the Strategic Consultancy Group, project management roles with ESB International on power infrastructure developments in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East and a power system protection engineer with ALSTOM in the USA and UK.

In addition to her roles with ESB, Clare sits on the Advisory Group for Wave Energy Scotland; chairs Energy UK’s Strategic Policy Committee; and is a member of the GB Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. She has post-graduate qualifications in accounting, finance, marketing and management.

Kate Brandt, Lead for Sustainability, Google

Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. Previously Kate served as President Obama and the Nation’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services.

Prior to her appointment, Kate served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy where she played a key role in establishing the office and executing the President’s Climate Action Plan. Before that, she was a Director for Energy and Environment in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House, recruiting, interviewing, and managing the presidential appointment of Senate confirmed and senior candidates for energy and environment federal agencies.

Prior to her work in the Office of Presidential Personnel, Kate served as the Special Advisor for Energy to the Secretary of the Navy. She advised the Secretary on Navy energy policy and strategy and was the policy director for the report to the President entitled America’s Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Before her work at the U.S. Department of Defense, Kate was a Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change.

Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.

Susan Kennedy, CEO, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Susan Kennedy served for two decades at the highest levels of state and federal government, most recently as chief of staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis and communications director for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She served from 2003-2006 on California’s Public Utilities Commission, regulating the state’s investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications providers and private water companies.

Susan was at the center of many of California’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including the carbon reduction mandate and cap-and- trade program under AB 32, the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, auto emission standards and Renewable Portfolio Standard. She coordinated the State’s emergency demand response efforts during the energy crisis of 2000-2001 and as a member of the PUC she authored what was then the largest energy efficiency program in utility history. She holds a B.A. in Management from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Kristin Barbato, Managing Director of Enterprise Development, Edison Energy

Kristin joined Edison Energy as Managing Director of Enterprise Development in July 2016. In this role, she provides energy advisory strategies and solutions for large customers to manage their facilities’ various energy needs such as planning, efficiency, onsite resources, commodity supply, renewables, operations, analytics, and financing.

Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and built a new energy services business for NYPA’s public sector customers. Prior to NYPA, she was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City during the Bloomberg Administration. To implement PlaNYC, New York City’s long-term sustainability plan, her team managed the country’s largest municipal energy infrastructure and operations with an annual budget of $1.3B. Before this appointment, she was Director of Business Development for a global energy, water, and environmental services company, Veolia Environment. Ms. Barbato also worked for Con Edison and Florida Power & Light utilities in various departments including Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Engineering, and Information Technology.

Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA with focus in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia and New York University and serves on several Advisory Boards such as The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support families of children with cancer, the Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network. Prior to LADWP, Nancy Sutley served as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from January 2009 to February 2014. Under Sutley, the Council on Environmental Quality played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental accomplishments. Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change. Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, California under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.

Sutley received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. Sutley resides in Los Angeles, CA.