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Honorable LaDoris Harris • Keynote Speaker
The Honorable LaDoris (Dot) Harris is Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Jabo Industries, a successful minority-woman owned engineering management consulting firm concentrated primarily in the energy, information technology, logistics, and healthcare industries. Honorable Harris has over 30 years of leadership and executive management experience in both the private and public sectors. From April 2012 to January 2017, Honorable Harris served as the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2012, Honorable Harris served in an Assistant Secretary level position at the Department of Energy. She led the agency’s offices of Minority Economic Impact (Minority Business & Economic Development and Minority Education & Community Development), Diversity & Inclusion, and Civil Rights & Equal Employment Opportunity. Additionally, Honorable Harris spearheaded the DOE’s Minorities in Energy Initiative; served as the DOE lead of White House initiatives in support of My Brother’s Keeper and the Council on Women and Girls; oversaw the corporate funding strategy for minority institutions; developed and implemented minority business contracting opportunities; and advocated and protected the civil rights of employees and recipients of multi-billion dollar funding vehicles. Honorable Harris ushered an era of change during her nearly five years in office where she participated in over 500 events and reached over 150 million people through publications and community outreach on diversity, economic development, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education/workforce.
Honorable Harris was the highest ranked and longest serving person of color at the Department of Energy during the historic Obama Administration.
Honorable Harris’ leadership of over 25 years in corporate America ranged from engineer to corporate officer. She served as an executive at General Electric Company (GE) and held a number of leadership positions in GE's Energy and Industrial Systems businesses. Before joining GE, Honorable Harris was the first African American female officer at ABB, Inc., the world’s largest electrical engineering firm where she served as Vice President of Operations & Production at ABB, Inc. She spent 12 years as a Field Services Engineer and Services Manager with Westinghouse Electric Company, where she was named the youngest manager in the history of the Nuclear Services Division of Westinghouse.
Honorable Harris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. in Technology Management from Southern Polytechnic State University. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Chicago State University and Clark Atlanta University.
Tammie Barney • Breakout Session on The Value of Taking Risks
Tammie Barney believes in a strong work ethic, servant leadership and collaboration in performance. She strives to live a purpose-filled life and serving TeenWorks as their leader does just that. Tammie brings more than 20 years of corporate and Not-for-Profit experience to TeenWorks. She has served on the board of directors for The Indianapolis Urban League, The International Center of Indianapolis, Indiana InterNet, Tangram, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, South Central Ohio Minority Business Council, and is an Indianapolis delegate for CEO’s for Cities. Tammie holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati.
Renuka Chatterjee • Executive Panel Participant
Renuka Chatterjee is responsible for MISO’s System Operations, overseeing day-to-day transmission reliability and generation dispatch processes that ensure efficient and reliable grid operations. She previously held other leadership and management positions at MISO. Renuka has over 15 years of experience in multiple fronts of the energy business, as well as information technology. Most recently, as Executive Director, Resource Adequacy, she led the development of solutions to address MISO’s critical resource adequacy issues to ensure that energy is available when needed in the future. Renuka earned a Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Vipul Devluk • Technology Panel Participant on Emerging Technologies Update
Vipul Devluk leads the major capital equipment procurement team at EDP Renewables, for both wind and solar. In his role he bridges the interface between the commercial, technical and legal aspects of technology selection. This involves technology comparison and fit for a development project and supplier selection process from budgetary phase through to contract execution. He has contracted more than $2B of wind turbines and solar panels.
Kari Evans Bennett • Executive Panel Participant
Kari Bennett is Executive Director of External Affairs at MISO. Prior to joining MISO, Kari was a Commissioner at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, and served as President of the Organization of MISO States (OMS) during 2013. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Bennett served as Policy Director for Environment and Natural Resources for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. She has also served as General Counsel of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and practiced law at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, focusing on environmental law and government services. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in environmental science, and received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Cindy Garrett • Technology Panel Participant on Preparing for the Future
Cindy Garrett is a director in West Monroe Partners’ Customer Experience practice, with over 25 years of experience in customer experience. Cindy oversees delivery of innovative strategies that apply leading technologies to drive performance and advantage. She is skilled at driving change, developing competitive differentiation, and implementing cost-effective solutions while enhancing customer experience. Cindy has held executive positions in administration, operations, and customer experience. Her professional achievements include leading large business and IT transformation efforts, optimizing customer experience, and developing and executing call center strategy. Cindy was also named one of Consulting Magazine’s “Women Leaders in Consulting” in 2016.
Nazarena Garron Ciberay • Breakout Session on Being Agile in the Workplace
Nazarena Garron Ciberay has more than eight years of experience leading change initiatives through Agile adoption and team coaching. Along with diverse consulting experience, Nazarena has held leadership roles with Denver Public Schools, widely recognized today as one of the best urban school systems in the country, Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community, and most currently, serves as Agile Coach to MISO. Nazarena recognizes the uncertainty and resistance of early adoption, encourages and empowers individuals through the difficulty of change, and challenges teams to ceaseless improvement.
Rubi Ho • Executive Panel Moderator
Rubi Ho is a well-regarded strategic and organizational leadership consultant, celebrated author, and founder and architect of the Strategic, Agile, Organizational Health and Leadership (SAOL™) methodology and certification program. With an extensive background in organizational management, curriculum design, strategic leadership and executive coaching; Rubi’s direct and candid approach to consulting and issue resolution has earned him the trusted respect of CEO’s and their staff. A published author, Rubi has shared these leadership concepts while chronicling his own life story as a survivor escaping Saigon, one day before its fall.
Stacey Holton • Breakout Session on How the Industry is Planning for the Retiring Workforce
As the creative services manager for Indiana Electric Cooperatives, Stacey oversees creative output – from concept to production – for IEC and its member cooperatives. In addition to providing creative consultation and design services, she creates and delivers training on design software and graphic design best practices and is actively involved in amplifying employee engagement and interactions in the workplace. With a diverse design background, Stacey’s experience includes eight years of design consulting. Before beginning her freelance career, she worked as a marketing coordinator at BNResearch & Branding in Portland, Oregon. Stacey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis on public relations from the University of Indianapolis.
LaTonya King • Executive Panel Participant
LaTonya King is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. LaTonya is responsible for the governance and oversight of strategies and initiatives to drive the integration of diversity and inclusion into the business. She has 28 years of progressive human resources experience. She is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, board member for A Child’s Place, and former chair of the United Way of Central Carolinas African Americans. LaTonya graduated from Pinellas Technical Education Center in 1987 with a Legal Assistant Degree, and she completed coursework at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida toward her BA in Business Administration.
Julie Kratz • Breakout Session on Asking for What You Want
Julie Kratz is founder of Pivot Point. Pivot Point’s purpose is to develop leaders and coach high potential women in career transition to build winning career game plans. Business leaders that invest in their leadership teams and high potential women often see better business results with higher productivity, quality, and lower turnover. As a new mother at her mid-career, Julie started her own business and wrote Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan. After 12 years of success in corporate America, Julie saw a need to develop leaders and proactively coach career development.
Eric Larson • Technology Panel Participant on Emerging Technologies Update
Eric H. Larson is a career energy industry leader with 30 years of experience growing and improving customer focused businesses. Currently, Eric leads Marketing and Sales for the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS, the world’s largest solar PV cell manufacturer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of GasTOPS Ltd who provide O&M condition monitoring technology for aviation, wind and gas turbines. Earlier, at a private US solar power development firm, he led customer engagement and guided expansion from California into eight other state markets. Eric received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and is a Chemical Engineer.
Charlene Lee • Technology Panel Participant on Preparing for the Future
Charlene Lee is an Energy Storage Performance Analyst at AES Energy Storage, where she is responsible for data analytics and performance metrics for the company’s global fleet of energy storage assets. Her previous experience in the energy industry includes implementing strategies to improve power plant outage scheduling Pacific Gas & Electric Company, market analytics at Primus Power, an energy storage technology company, and managing auctions for utilities to procure electric supply at NERA Economic Consulting. Charlene received her B.A. in Economics from Columbia University, with a minor in Environmental Science.
Colleen Lueken • Technology Panel Participant on Emerging Technologies Update
Colleen Lueken is the Director of Market Analytics at AES Energy Storage. She leads the quantitative modeling and analysis of energy markets in the US and internationally supporting commercial development of grid-scale and distributed energy storage. She holds a joint PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal, where she researched methods of integrating renewable energy into the electricity grid. She holds a Master's in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.
Jennifer Magley • Breakout Session on Resilience
Jennifer Magley is the owner of “OPEN GYM INDY" Indiana's Fitness Concierge where you can go to unlimited fitness classes at over 40 different gyms. A University of Florida graduate, former professional athlete, Division I head coach, speaker, author, and activist she has received national media coverage by USA Today, ESPN, Heart & Soul Magazine, BRIO Magazine, Active Life Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Indianapolis Star, and IndyStyle TV among others. Currently she serves on the board of local non-profits COBURN Place and The Patachou Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Lauren Miller • Technology Panel Participant on Preparing for the Future
Lauren Miller has been with EDP Renewables (formerly Horizon Wind Energy) since 2008. She is currently responsible for delivering effective training content according to industry, regional and company requirements, as well as for planning, creating and executing training programs and techniques based on gap assessments, needs analysis and associated risk. Lauren holds a B.S. in Engineering, Math and Science Core Curriculum from the United States Naval Academy.
Lisa Mitchell • Breakout Session on Decoding Nonverbal Cues in the Workplace
Lisa Mitchell is a Communications Expert, Executive Coach, and Founder of Power Body Language. As a Certified Body Language Trainer and non-verbal skills coach, she specializes in programs that empower leaders to communicate with confidence, increase their influence, and negotiate with results. Lisa has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Indy Style, and WIBC as an expert commentator on the science of human lie detection and decoding non-verbal cues, including analysis of body language of political candidates and professional athletes. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Management, is a writer for several print and online magazines, and has a life-long love of learning.
Linda Richardson • Technology Panel Participant on Emerging Technologies Update
Linda Richardson has 18 years of experience as a sales and account management leader, responsible for delivering enterprise software platforms to the utility industry. She is leading business development in the Northeast region for Enbala Power Networks, a provider of a real-time software control and optimization platform for distributed energy resources. Her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the power business - generation, T&D and customer engagement - has proven an essential resource throughout her career. Linda holds a Master’s of Science Degree from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business.
Jennifer Rufatto • Breakout Session on How the Industry is Planning for the Retiring Workforce
Jennifer is the vice president of communications and human resources at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. She leads the association’s public relations and communications functions and the leadership development, training, youth programs, philanthropy and human resource functions. Jennifer is an accomplished learning and development professional, executive coach, human resource professional and strategic management consultant with experience in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Indiana Electric Cooperatives, she worked in consulting for 11 years as an organizational development consultant with FlashPoint HR in Indianapolis. She was also a management and marketing business consultant for Levin Group, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Butler University and a master of business administration in global management from the University of Phoenix. She holds an active Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is a Results Coaching System certified coach.
Rafael Sanchez • Executive Panel Participant
Rafael Sanchez currently serves as President and CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES). Rafael serves as Secretary for the Indy Chamber, Co-Chair for Plan 2020, Chair for Cancer Support Community, Executive Committee member for the United Way of Central Indiana and a board member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Methodist Health Foundation. Sanchez holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico and a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Kimberle Seale • Closing Remarks
Kimberle Seale has led and worked in various industries focused on building software products and strategy including U.S. Government, Healthcare, Talent Management and Accounts Receivables Management. Currently, Kimberle is an Executive Director of Information Technology at MISO where she focuses on strategic, organizational planning and integration. She plays an integral role in building and maturing MISO’s technology division, capabilities, and overall health of the organization. Kimberle is president of the Women’s Resource Group at MISO, governance committee chair for Child Advocates in Indianapolis, Vice President of Programs for the local chapter of the Society of Information Management, and an Advisory Board Member for the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology.
Jane Scott • Executive Panel Participant
Jane Scott has served on the Board of Directors of Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Cooperative for 12 years, and is currently Vice Chair of the Board. Jane has also served on various philanthropic boards and organizations. She is currently Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne and the finance chair for her local church. Professionally, Jane owns Interior ReDesign, focusing on home makeovers. She is a certified real estate stager, has held her real estate license in Ohio, buys and sells antiques, and was the administrator of downtown development and historic preservation in a community where her family lived for several years.