Women in Green Power Breakfast

WHEN:Thursday, October 23, 2014
TIME:7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
WHERE:Great Hall
COST: $75 online, $85 onsite until Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00 pm

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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
 Rhiannon Jacobsen
  Ashley Katz  Christina Kuo

Denise Grabowski

 Elizabeth Heider

Jacquelynn Henke 


Rhiannon Jacobsen





Jennivine  Kwan
 Heather Langford
 Ariane Laxo  Vivian Loftness  Cecilia Shutters  Lynn Simon 

 Heather Langford


 Cecilia Shutters Lynn
Jodi Smits Anderson  Virginia Sodre  Pauline Souza  Margo Street  Lois Vitt Sale  Gail Vittori 
Jodi Smits Anderson Virginia
 Lois Vitt
Sally   Wilson           
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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?


Robin Carey

Robin Fray Carey founded Social Media Today LLC, a media company which brings together many of the world’s best thinkers about business and policy topics, in 2007.  Prior to that, she ran her own media consulting company for 16 years, and worked with Time Inc, Newsweek, BusinessWeek and Ziff-Davis. She leads a team that curates web-based content about social media and other topics, speaks frequently about social media and business, and is an advisor to Social Week and to the Society for New Communications Research. Social Media Today’s sites and events have been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including a Shorty Award for Best Green Site and a Society for New Communications Research Corporate Communications.  She is the past co-chair of the Women's Refugee Commission, on whose board she served from 2005 to 2014, and was a member of the Overseers of the International Rescue Committee.

Gina Duncan

Gina F. Duncan is a passionate advocate for children and for her country. Born in Petit-Goave, Haiti, Gina currently serves as the executive director of Fondation Enfant Jesus, a Haitian nongovernmental organization with over 20 years of experience caring for Haiti’s most vulnerable children. Her visionary leadership has led to the creation of a thriving community center, medical clinic, school, and orphanage as well as innovative programs that support women, education, health, and community development in rural areas of Haiti. She has earned multiple degrees aboard in nursing, counseling, and public health administration. The proud mother of three, Gina has dedicated her life to humanitarian efforts, offering hope to scores of abandoned and orphaned children and empowering local communities to build brighter and more sustainable futures.

Priyanka Kochhar

Priyanka Kochhar works for TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) where she serves as a Fellow and the Senior Programme Manager at GRIHA Council. An architect by qualification, her experience encompasses research, capacity building and outreach related to design of resource efficient buildings.
Having contributed to the development of GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), now the national rating system for green buildings in India, she has been leading efforts for mainstreaming green buildings in India. Priyanka works closely with the private sector and Indian government, contributing to various aspects of decision making at Central, State and Municipal levels for large scale adoption and implementation of resource efficiency in the built environment.

Priyanka has served on the Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth for Building and Urban Planning formed by the Planning Commission, Government of India; has been member of the UNEP Sustainable Building Climate Initiative (UNEP SBCI) Advocacy Committee and also served on the Board of UNEP SBCI.

Martha Jane Murray

Martha Jane Murray, is the program manager for the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative (CCI.) Martha Jane was the first LEED AP in Arkansas and the founding chair of the USGBC-Arkansas Chapter. She was one of five core committee members who organized the national USGBC GreenBuild 2005 response for the Katrina sustainable rebuilding effort. She spent two years working on sustainable rebuilding strategies for New Orleans, coordinating the NOLA 100 low income homeowner rapid rebuild program for CCI and facilitating LEED green building strategies for the entire New Orleans Recovery public school district.  

Since 2008 she has developed and implemented the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) program as the first employer-assisted energy benefit program in the United States. Martha Jane originally created this program to benefit the employees of their family business, a shoe manufacturing company in rural Arkansas. Since then this program has provided four industries with $1.3 million in revolving loan funds for energy retrofits with projected savings of over $400,000 in annual energy savings, it has audited over  2000 employee homes and retrofitted over 750. Despite its relative youth, the program has been tested across employers of varying sizes, industries and geographies.

Shannon Stage (Introduction)

Shannon Stage, LEED Green Associate, joined the USGBC Louisiana team as Executive Director in 2011. A former school teacher, museum educator, and community volunteer, she has over 30 years of education and nonprofit experience.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Florida, Washington, and Louisiana. She was the first education curator of the Louisiana Old State Capital Museum, Founder of the Woman’s Club Foundation, and continues to support her community through nonprofit organizational training and motivational speaking. She brings her strong leadership skills, with a desire to make communities healthier, greener places to raise children to her position with USGBC Louisiana.

Shannon owns a small business, Sas-y Designs, LLC, creating etiquette teaching tools for parents. She holds a BA in Sociology from Wake Forest University and studied Marketing Communications at Florida State University.

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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