2017 Conference Schedule

Securing a Sustainable Future:
Women as Leaders in a Changing Climate

Preliminary Agenda

8:15 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:50 am: Opening Plenary Session

9:50 – 10:35 am: Featured Keynote Speaker: Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

10:35 – 11:50 am: Panel: Facing the Elements: Confronting the Uneven Impacts of Climate Change

  • Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Moushumi Chaudhury, Ph.D., Associate II, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute
  • Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at NAACP
  • Kathryn Farley, Research Associate, Gender, Economic Empowerment, and Livelihoods, The International Center for Research on Women
  • Moderator: Deborah Rubin, Ph.D., Co-Director, Cultural Practice, LLC

As people who are disproportionally impacted by climate change, women have spearheaded
the development of innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly shifting world. Panelists
will discuss how to combat the gendered effects of environmental changes, incorporate new
technologies into solutions, and develop innovative methods of delivery. Topics will include:

  • Examining the specific impacts of climate change on women
  • Strengthening distribution channels and sharing knowledge of new climate solutions
  • The role of technology in mitigating the impacts of a changing climate

11:50 am – 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch & Spark: Women Entrepreneurs Expo

  • Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D., Founder, Oyeska Greens and Spring Break Kenya
  • Mansi Prakash, Founder, Brighter Today
  • Samantha Wang, Co-Founder and Director of Strategic Development, Bright Energy Africa

The Expo will provide a platform for women-led start-ups working in sustainable development to highlight their innovative ventures. Participating organizations work across borders to implement groundbreaking solutions intended to slow the encroaching effects of climate change, namely through fostering education and promoting clean energy. 

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Featured Keynote Speaker: Eleanor Blomstrom, Co-Director & Head of Office,
Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

1:45 – 3:00 pm: Panel: Mindsets

  • Melody McCoy, Vice President of Global Engagement and Communications, Jhpiego
  • Virginia Gorsevski (M.A. ’96), Ph.D., Program Officer, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility
  • Sasha Gottlieb (M.A.’99), Senior Program Specialist, International Programs Office,
    United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
  • Moderator: Virginia Volpe (M.A. ’96), Managing Director, SS&C Technologies

A panel of women from a variety of sectors will offer professional advice based on their own
experiences. Panelists will discuss subjects ranging from building effective networks to charting
a career path. Among the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Establishing sponsorships, mentorships, and partnerships
  • Developing and implementing a vision
  • Managing evolving personal and professional priorities

3:00 – 3:20 pm: Coffee Break 

3:20 – 4:35 pm: Panel: Risk, Reward, Resilience: Financing Gender-Inclusive Climate Solutions

  • Chizuru Aoki, Ph.D., Lead Environmental Specialist, Global Environment Facility
  • Lauren Burnhill, Managing Director, One Planet Ventures
  • Anne Kuriakose, Ph.D., Senior Social Development Specialist, Climate Investment Funds, The World Bank
  • Stacy Swann, Founding Partner and CEO, Climate Finance Advisors
  • Moderator: Irving Mintzer, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Strategist, Potomac Energy Fund and Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Research Scholar at Johns Hopkins-SAIS

Climate change solutions are becoming increasingly remarkable and effective, yet they are often
extremely expensive. Panelists will discuss how women are creating funding opportunities
to bridge this gap via entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment. Some of the topics that
panelists will explore include:

  • Contrasting the funding perspectives of government, private, and non-profit institutions
  • Maximizing women’s potential to address environmental and economic challenges
  • Correcting persistent funding gaps in climate initiatives in the Global South

4:35 – 5:00 pm: Closing Plenary Session

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Reception, Carnegie Institution for Science