Women in Green Power Breakfast

WHEN:Thursday, October 23, 2014
TIME:7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
WHERE:Great Hall
COST: $75 online, $85 at the door

The Women in Green Power Breakfast is sponsored by:


Join our third annual Women in Green Power Breakfast. This year we are adding our voices to the global conversation surrounding women’s diverse pathways to economic empowerment.  With uniquely female determination and perspective we will explore the role of sustainability within the economy and work together to mold a future where sustainability is seen as a natural, inalienable right, and a pathway leading women out of poverty and bringing them into a world of economic equality and opportunity for all.

With introductions by Shannon Stage, this year’s panel showcases forward thinking women leaders across the world who are working tireless to shape their communities and elevate the human spirit. Panelists currently include Martha Jane Murray, Gina Duncan, Priyanka Kochhar and Robin Carey. Kimberly Lewis will moderate.

Attend the Women in Green Power Breakfast and celebrate these heroes who are making change happen now.

Our handpicked honorary chairs are leaders within the USGBC community. As honorary chairs they have the opportunity to host a table at the Women in Green Power breakfast. They will lead the tabletop discussion around the below prompt questions, pulling out learning outcomes and calling upon their own life experiences, to bring personal connection to the topic of women and economic empowerment.

Lisa Barnard  Jenny Carney   Hannah Debelius Jennifer Easton  Dyugu Erten
 Maria Fujihara 

Hannah Debelius


Jennifer Easton




Maria Fujihara  

Denise Grabowski  Elizabeth Heider  Jacquelynn Henke
 Ashley Katz  Christina Kuo  Jennivine  Kwan

Denise Grabowski

 Elizabeth Heider

Jacquelynn Henke 







 Heather Langford Ariane Laxo
 Vivian Loftness  Fleming Roberts  Cecilia Shutters  Lynn Simon 
Heather Langford  Ariane

 Fleming Roberts Cecilia Shutters Lynn
Jodi Smits Anderson  Virginia Sodre  Pauline Souza  Margo Street  Lois Vitt Sale  Gail Vittori 
Jodi Smits Anderson Virginia
 Lois Vitt
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During the breakfast there is an opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding womens' journey to economic empowerment. To maximize your experience at the breakfast, please review the questions below and bring your thoughts on the morning of Thursday, October 23. 

  1. What is the role of sustainability in economic empowerment of women around the world?
  2. How are we using sustainability to move economies, push large challenges, and create pathways to global scale? 
  3. How resilient are our systems if we aren’t pushing for opportunity for all? How can we work to achieve this?

With each purchase to the Women in Green Power Breakfast an eligible emerging professional receives a complimentary scholarship granting them full access to the breakfast. 

Recent graduates and/or current students with an interest in professional development through sustainability-oriented experiences are welcome to apply for this scholarship. Emerging Professionals considered are generally architects and engineers, however, lawyers, educators, healthcare professionals, sustainability consultants and others interested in the future of green building are also encouraged to apply. 

To apply please fill out the following form. Applications will be taken until Thursday October 2. Notifications of acceptance will go out on Tuesday, October 7.

If you have any questions please contact Amber Kirtley.


Martha Jane Murray

Martha Jane Murray works for the William J. Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative where she serves as a policy associate to address global warming with large scale and replicable green building projects. An architect, Murray was the first LEED Accredited Professional in Arkansas and the founding chair of the USGBC-Arkansas Chapter, and is a passionate researcher and design practitioner of “green buildings.” She was one of five national core committee members who organized the national USGBC 2005 response for the Katrina sustainable rebuilding effort. She subsequently spent two years working on sustainable rebuilding strategies for New Orleans, particularly in the public school system.

Gina Duncan

Gina. F. Duncan was born in 1960 in Petit- Goave, Haiti. She is married and a mother of three and has three grandchildren. She has spent time in the United States and Canada, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as degrees in counseling and public health administration.

Since May 1989, she has been committed to helping the people of her country, working for several different humanitarian projects over the last 20 years. Her past experience includes serving as Director of Nursing at Hospital Espoir, as well as serving the Healing Hands of Haiti Foundation and presently Fondation Enfant Jesus.

Robin Carey

In 2007, Robin Carey founded Social Media Today, LLC, one of the first companies to manage online B2B communities that connect large organizations with people they want to influence. As traditional media went digital, and the internet went social, Robin was one of the first to realize that the emerging social media platforms offered huge promise to corporations seeking to interact directly with, and learn from, their customers, their employees, and experts from the Ivy Towers, the Street and the Hill.

Since 2005, Robin has been working pro-bono as Board Chair of Advocacy and Communications for the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization which has as its mission the promotion of the well-being of women and children, who comprise 80% of the world’s refugee population. Interviewing

Kimberly Lewis (Moderator)

Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Conferences & Events, U.S. Green Building Council 

As Senior Vice President, Kimberly works to integrate, diversify and globalize USGBC’s community of volunteers, chapters and emerging professionals from around the world. She is also the driving force behind USGBC’s events, including its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. 

Kimberly serves on the advisory boards of Starwood Hotels, Marriott International Hotels and convention and visitors bureaus in New Orleans. She is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where she serves on the CSR Task Force. 

Committed to healthy communities and equitable access to green building regardless of income level, Kimberly has been recognized with numerous awards. In April 2011, Kimberly received prestigious recognition as the White House Champion of Change for Clean Energy. 


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