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Wednesday, October 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Industry

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This panel will dive into the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) challenges in the renewable energy field. We will explore real-world industry practices, including the virtual conference platform technology used at OSEC. Digitalization of business and linkage to the rollout of clean technology provides an opportunity to design innovations to be more inclusive and avoid the "source code error" of embedding inequities into advanced energy technology and communications.

While jobs in the renewable energy fields continue to grow at a rapid pace according to the IREA, women and people of color still can't seem to break through the "PV" ceiling. Finally, alliances are starting to form to try to address a cultural shift in the RE field, and many organizations are launching their own internal DEI teams and even fully employed positions.

This team of panelists will talk about their own personal and professional challenges and also share the innovative successes of moving in this direction with intention and thoughtfulness. We hope to have an open discussion from multiple perspectives and engage the audience around this sensitive and yet vitally important topic.

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Chaun MacQueen

Senior Director, CE Bright Futures, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
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Dana Clare Redden

Founder/CEO, Solar Concierge
Celebrating a decade in the solar industry, Dana Clare Redden is a passionate solar professional dedicated to the development of distributed generation solar globally.   Growing up in a small rust-belt town in western Pennsylvania, the environmental impacts of fossil fuels shaped... Read More →
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Laura Zapata

Co-Founder, Clearloop
Laura Zapata is a co-founder of Clearloop Corporation, a Nashville-based startup that helps companies offset their carbon footprint and expand access to clean energy in the United States. Laura made a career in crisis communications and reputation management—mostly as a happy accident—having... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Sunbow Auditorium