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NEWIEE’s Women Shaping the Agenda

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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NEWIEE is pleased to announce its fourth annual panel discussion in the Women Shaping the Agenda series. This year's event will center on "New England’s Climate Readiness: Diverse Voices on Adaptation and Resilience."


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5:00 PM: Networking and Hors d’oeuvres

6:00 PM: Welcoming Remarks

Mary Ellen Paravalos,
President of NEWIEE

Julie Chen,
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at UMass Lowell

6:20 PM: Keynote Address

Katie Theoharides is the Assistant Secretary of Climate Change in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Katie works across state government and with Massachusetts cities and towns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts and opportunities from climate change, with a major focus on mainstreaming climate change into the daily work of state and local government. Previously, Katie worked as a environmental and climate change policy consultant to state agencies, academic institutions and non-profits, and served with the Trustees of Reservations directing a small land trust. She also spent several years with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC where she focused on federal, state, and local climate change policy. Katie holds a B.A. in ecology from Dartmouth College and a M.S. in environmental biology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.


Keynote Interviewer: Paris Alston is an associate producer for Radio Boston. A North Carolina native, she studied Broadcast Journalism and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paris has a knack for multimedia storytelling, especially around issues related to identity, community and culture, and has told stories around the hub and as far as Panama, Morocco, and elsewhere. Leading up to her landing at WBUR, Paris worked in both commercial and public media, at outlets such as WGBH, UNC-TV, and NBC10-Philadelphia.


7:00 PM: Panel Discussion

Our panel discussion will be Moderated by Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group at Eversource Energy AND 2016 NEWIEE Achievement Awardee! Penni is responsible for providing Eversource’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs.



Panelists Include:

Alison Brizius is the Director of Climate and Environmental Planning for the City of Boston.  Her portfolio includes management of the Environment Department's work on climate adaptation and resilience, greenhouse-gas reduction, air and noise pollution, wetlands protection, and solid waste. Prior to joining the Environment Department, Alison spent six years as the Executive Director of the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) at the University of Chicago, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary center focused on improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies and making robust decisions based on outcomes. Prior to RDCEP, she was the policy and special projects manager for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST). Alison received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago and her B.S. in Physics from Stanford University.


Katherine M. Kemen, MBA is the Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness at Partners HeathCare System based in Boston. With over a decade of experience in public health and healthcare emergency management, Katie has worked at multiple levels of government and within non-profit organizations focusing on multi-disciplinary, system-level emergency planning. She has responded to numerous disasters throughout her career including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. She has published and presented on several aspects of health system preparedness and response. Since 2015, Katie has served on the leadership team for the Partners HealthCare Strategic Resiliency Initiative working to improve resiliency to severe climatic and seismic events through facility and operations-based interventions. Katie earned a B.S. in Public Health from The George Washington University and a MBA from the Simmons College School of Management.


Elizabeth Turnbull Henry is President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries. Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College.


Ellen Miller is Vice President, Projects at AVANGRID Networks and is responsible for the execution of large-scale electric infrastructure projects. She has over 25 years of experience in the electric energy industry and has a proven track record for project execution. Most recently, from 2017 through 2018, her organization is delivering over $900M in electric infrastructure investment for AVANGRID. Her Projects group is ISO 9001 certified in Quality Management and utilizes Project Management Institute methodology to deliver on growth, reliability and customer projects. Ellen has held a variety of roles from Contracts Administrator to Director of Capital Delivery during her career. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Thomas College.


8:00 PM: Concluding Remarks and Post-Program Reception

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Lowell, MA 01852 United States
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