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Engaging and enlightening interviews with women leaders on energy, climate, sustainability and corporate responsibility -- ESG, environment,social and governance issues. Business, policy and technology, money, the arts and careers. Topics include driving innovation, leadership, communications and career advice. Inspiration, trends and insights. Hosted and produced by Joan Michelson, acclaimed journalist, business leader, coach and speaker, based in Washington, DC.

Engaging and enlightening interviews with women leaders on energy, climate, sustainability and corporate responsibility -- ESG, environment,social and governance issues. Business, policy and technology, money, the arts and careers. Topics include driving innovation, leadership, communications and career advice. Inspiration, trends and insights. Hosted and produced by Joan Michelson, acclaimed journalist, business leader, coach and speaker, based in Washington, DC.

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Washington, DC

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Engaging and enlightening interviews with women leaders on energy, climate, sustainability and corporate responsibility -- ESG, environment,social and governance issues. Business, policy and technology, money, the arts and careers. Topics include driving innovation, leadership, communications and career advice. Inspiration, trends and insights. Hosted and produced by Joan Michelson, acclaimed journalist, business leader, coach and speaker, based in Washington, DC.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ukraine & The Hidden Power of ESG - Natalie Jaresko, fmr Finance Minister of Ukraine

5/17/2022
“The global business community must understand that nurturing, upholding and protecting freedom and democracy is part of their ESG responsibility. It's not only in their best interest, but also in, in those of their increasingly noisy and numerous stakeholders…Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, not all chief executives have had the courage to take actions which would be consistent with their ESG policies,” Natalie Jaresko in the Financial Times. As images of more and more...

Duration:01:07:33

Sustainability in Hotels – Denise Naguib, Marriott VP of Global Sustainability

5/10/2022
“I think one of the most important starting points, whether it be on social or environmental, is back to the measurement, setting a goal and making progress every single day towards that goal with actions….Even if that goal seems unattainable, challenging, unsure of what the steps are between X and Y. I think the fact that we put stakes in the ground and work towards them drives the behavior that we want to see.” Denise Naguib on Electric Ladies Podcast As more of us start to travel more,...

Duration:00:40:20

Net Zero Tracking Software – Suzanne DiBianca, Salesforce EVP Corporate Relations, Chief Impact Officer

5/3/2022
"(ESG tracking software) needs to be comprehensive. It needs to be accurate, you know, full proof. It needs to be integrated into other systems. It needs to be easy to use…. And I think, fifth, it's got to be providing you a road map for where to go" Suzanne DiBianca on Electric Ladies Podcast The need for solid systems to track “net zero” emissions and ESG initiatives – environment-social-governance – are more and more critical, especially now that the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Duration:00:15:45

Electric Vehicle Basics - Mia Bevacqua, CarParts.com Chief Technical Writer & Mechanic

4/26/2022
“A pure EV does not have an internal combustion engine on board, whereas a hybrid does. So, the two vehicles share most the same electric powertrain components. Both hybrids and EVs are going to have one or more electric motors, a high voltage battery, inverter, a converter, those kind of components. But with a hybrid, a non-plugin hybrid, the high voltage battery is recharged with the gas engine and also through regenerative braking. Whereas if you're just dealing with the pure EV, that is...

Duration:00:30:57

A 5 Pt Framework To Net Zero - Janet Gail Besser, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

4/19/2022
"Net zero means that you may have some emissions, but you're going to offset them in another way...When you talk about net zero buildings, meaning...that it's generating as much energy as it's using. But when you talk about a utility commitment to be net zero by 2030, 2035, 2040, they may mean net zero in....the energy they produce to sell to customers. They may mean net zero across the organization." Janet Gail Besser on Electric Ladies Podcast Companies and governments announce their...

Duration:00:47:11

Scaling Women Climate Entrepreneurs - Zainab Salbi, Daughters For Earth

4/12/2022
“I co-founded Daughters For Earth, a collaborative effort between philanthropists and climate activists and women's rights activists to get together…to mobilize women and to put more resources into the hands of women. 70% of who is going to be impacted by climate disasters, such as displacement and food security, are women. Women are actually pivotal in two major solutions for climate change, which is to protect and preserve 50% of earth and to shift to regenerative agriculture…(but They are...

Duration:00:57:59

Sustainable Fashion 2.0 - Kerry Bannigan, Conscious Fashion Campaign

4/5/2022
“The fashion industry is a supply chain….but the reality is it’s a human chain. Nothing is made that we wear that does not go through many human hands. And so really for me, the environmental aspects are extremely important. But.. it's really about brands being more open about their supply chain. And, specifically, when there is a red flag to be concerned about in someone that they've worked with, they need to let their peers in the space know, so that they are no longer ordering from that...

Duration:00:37:57

SEC's New Financial Climate Rules - Julie Gorte, Veteran ESG Investor, IMPAX Asset Management

3/29/2022
“The really important thing I think about this rule (from the SEC),” Dr Gorte explained, “is that if companies are going to be on the record as having a certain level of emissions, especially as climate change gets worse, there's going to be increasing scrutiny and pressure on them to reduce those emissions." Dr. Julie Gorte on Electric Ladies Podcast The Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC, recently announced long-awaited proposed rules for how publicly-traded companies will need to...

Duration:00:41:36

Black Women Suffragists - Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown U.

3/22/2022
In honor of the confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, this is a replay of Joan's interview with Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University on the role of Black Women Suffragists in women getting the right to vote. This episode was recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio, and before President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were elected. When the 19th Amendment ratified that women have the right to vote in this country, black...

Duration:00:32:47

Dealing with Trauma - Emily Harman, Retired Navy Officer Now a Coach

3/15/2022
"(G)ratitude raises our level of energy and there are things to be grateful for even when everything's falling apart around us...(and) when you focus on helping others too, it kind of gets your mind off of yourself...and better ideas come to you." Emily Harman on Electric Ladies Podcast With the war raging in Ukraine, many of us are very stressed, maybe feeling helpless to stop the suffering, angry, and sad. How can we cope when things feel overwhelming? Listen to Emily Harman, a retired...

Duration:00:32:33

Empowering Rural Women With Climate Solutions – Rosemary Atieno, Women Climate Centers International

3/8/2022
“The question is, why are we having less food?...Why are we having too much floods? Why is the drought becoming too much?... What is the solution?... From these questions, then we have a dialogue with them and we start opening up their minds that you have other solutions that you can use towards mitigating these effects… That allows you to think through the challenges you're facing, think through the possible solutions to solve your challenge.” Rosemary Atieno on Electric Ladies Podcast This...

Duration:01:01:32

Joan Michelson on State of Climate Efforts - On Matt Schlegel's Leadership Program

3/1/2022
“I'm very concerned about what's happening to the planet, but I also see the private sector really stepping up…the Biden administration is doing a great deal, especially having just come from COP26. And I interface with people every day who are in the business world doing this work and in big ways and small ways. And now that we have the convergence of the SEC developing reporting criteria to measure climate risk and provide standardized transparency, holding people accountable.” Joan...

Duration:00:17:20

The Grid, Wind Energy & Storage - Meredyth Crichton, Clemson College Energy Innovation Unit

2/22/2022
“Today there's about 87,000 wind turbines installed onshore and they are generating, 122,000 megawats of power. So, and as you said, that's about 10 to 12% of the total use in the U.S. …A 1.5 megawat turbine is one of the more common ones in the United States, and that will give you enough energy for about 350 homes in the United States. So then if you take that and scale it up to a 10 megawat, that's going to be about 3000..about 10 times as many homes.” Meredyth Crichton on Electric...

Duration:00:23:38

Green Consumers Products, Cosmetics - Boma Brown-West, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

2/15/2022
Green Consumer Products & Cosmetics - Boma Brown-West, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) “When we talk about products, there's waste in terms of products too. Like what happens when… we're done using it, when it fails, when it's broken. Certainly there are things that consumer can do in terms of being more mindful of the types of products that they're purchasing… But at the end of the day, I think the two main issues…sustainable packaging and …sustainable products……many of the decisions about...

Duration:00:29:38

Transforming Freight & Aviation - COP26 Panel with Ikea, Jet Blue, Amazon & more

2/1/2022
Transportation is one of the top carbon emitters and much of it is caused by shipping stuff to us and air travel. So, to reduce global warming, we need to transform these sectors. How? Listen to this fascinating panel from the UN COP26 conference in November with the heads of sustainability/ESG (environment, social, governance) from Ikea, Jet Blue, Amazon & others, moderated by the Aspen Institute. You'll hear: You'll also like: Neha Palmer Maureen Kline Katie Sloan Jackie Birdsall, ...

Duration:00:59:25

Electrifying Trucks – Neha Palmer, TeraWatt Infrastructure

1/25/2022
“I think what's really interesting and intriguing to me is the collaboration from the DOT and the DOE. there certainly is an overlap when you think about electrification, it's a transportation question, but it's also an energy question and both of those things have to be really coordinated to have success here…. They have to be developed in tandem and coordinated is something that really hasn't been, on their radar before.” Neha Palmer on Electric Ladies Podcast As the new infrastructure...

Duration:00:27:31

Getting More Women into Automotive Leadership – Lisa Brown, Ph.D., Volkswagen of America

1/18/2022
“To me it's an exciting industry, the auto industry, so I wondered ‘why aren’t more women, particularly young women interested in the automotive industry?’…So this is why I conducted a quantitative-qualitative correlational study looking at relationships between all these things the experts say you should do…. I wanted to know, ‘is that really true?’ … And if it IS accurate, then why don’t we have more women at least in middle management?” Lisa Brown on Electric Ladies Podcast Electric...

Duration:00:56:41

Challenges of Doing Sustainability – Kate Gaertner, Triple Win Advisory

1/11/2022
“I think the biggest issue is there are no quote unquote ‘incentives’ at the national level to require companies of any size, whether they're private or public to do this hard work, right. And corporate sustainability really is hard work, especially when you're talking about reducing carbon emissions within their supply chains……. (Europe has mandatory ESG reporting, but not the U.S.) So, it's only those companies that really believe in it, leaders who really care and understand that it can...

Duration:00:41:10

Climate & Economic Opportunity, COP26 - UNFCC Panel with Extraordinary Leaders

1/4/2022
As the new year begins, listen to this recording of one of the most remarkable panels at the recent United Nations climate conference known as COP26, with some of the world's top CEOs. The heads of Volvo, Rocky Mountain Institute, Club of Rome (group of heads of state, CEOs), and "the" top venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, along with the former CEO of the UN Sustainable Energy for All programme, share their thoughts on leveraging solving the climate crisis into an economic opportunity...

Duration:01:10:27

What Happened At COP26 - Joan Michelson on GreenTV with Betsy Rosenberg

12/28/2021
We need “a whole economy transition,” the announcement at COP26 of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero stated, where “every company, bank, insurer and investor will have to adjust their business models, develop credible plans for the transition and implement them.” Gillian Tett of the Financial Times said on my Electric Ladies podcast at COP26 that, “what they've done is say we've got 450 institutions from around the world that have 130 trillion (dollars) worth of assets. All of whom...

Duration:00:27:26