2018 Speakers

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Kimberly Adams

Cox Automotive, Inc.
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Kimberly Adams serves as Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Cox Automotive, Inc. In this role she provides strategic direction and thought leadership, and champions the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practices into all aspects of the business.

Kim began her career with Cox in 2014 at Cox Communications where she developed and led national strategy to stand up a new process improvement organization and enable enterprise-wide lean six sigma capabilities. Prior to her tenure at Cox, she spent nearly a decade with The Coca-Cola Company holding positions in Global Operational Excellence, Global Human Resources, and North America Marketing.

Kim received her B.B.A. in Finance, graduating cum laude and with honors, from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business.

Cyrus Bhedwar

SEEA
Policy Plenary Session

Cyrus Bhedwar serves as SEEA’s Policy Director, and spent the early part of his career working in energy efficiency and sustainability at the local, state and regional levels.

He currently spends his time thinking hard about how we create the understanding, connections and infrastructure needed to advance energy efficiency in an eleven state region where grits and/or sweet tea are in plentiful supply. Cyrus works with utilities, policy makers and the energy efficiency industry because they keep returning his calls. He’s trained in the Collaborative Operating System so will make sure others play nicely with you. At 5’6” and 120 lbs. Cyrus is compact enough to take anywhere, leaving you no excuse to be without a small, Indian man who grew up in Delaware and still sounds funny saying “y’all.”

Anne Blair

SEEA
Electrifying Southern Cities: The Push to Transform Transportation

Anne Blair is SEEA’s first-ever director of Energy Efficient Transportation, and has held this position since 2018. In this role, she is responsible for working with SEEA’s utility, public service commission, business and legislative partners to develop policies and programs that can help to integrate and deploy modern, efficient transportation systems throughout the Southeast.

Prior to her current role, Anne served as the clean fuels director and Georgia state affairs liaison for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She has also worked for The Coca-Cola Company, The Fund for Public Interest Research, Americorps and River Network. She currently serves on multiple boards including the EV Club of the South, Mothers and Others for Clean Air and EarthShare of Georgia.

Anne holds a B.A. in biology and economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School.

Rosa Cassidy

Lockheed Martin
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Rosa Cassidy, C.E.M., serves as Senior Manager of Operations and Planning for Lockheed Martin’s Energy Solutions Group. She is responsible for a portfolio of utility programs across the U.S., managing research, strategy, planning and business development, and identifying where Lockheed Martin’s strengths meet market needs. She also integrates engineering best practices across all of Lockheed Martin’s energy programs, which span energy efficiency, demand response, cyber security, operations technology and IT.

She currently serves as board member of SEEA and is co-chair for Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS Hispanic Employee Resource Group. She participates in Lockheed Martin’s efforts to support outreach programs for students K-12 designed to promote curiosity in young minds for the engineering field. She has translated numerous technical documents from English to Spanish, and has participated in live radio interviews to make energy efficiency more accessible to the Hispanic community.

Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra 

Duke University
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Dr. Sudipta Dasmohapatra is the Director of the Masters’ Program in Statistical Science and professor of statistics and marketing at Duke University. She also serves as Vice President of Analytics at Vertaeon, Inc., a start-up firm based in Atlanta that works in the energy and supply chain analytics space.

Additionally, Sudipta works as the Associate Director of Diversity at the Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), a national NSF funded institute promoting math, statistics and affiliated subject areas. In this role, she is working towards development of strategic initiatives for under-represented groups to participate in educational programs, workshops and special events in STEM fields.

Andrew Davis

Lennar Corporation
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Andrew Davis is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Lennar Corporation, the nation’s largest home builder and is based in Miami, FL. He is responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization.

Throughout his career, Andrew has held several key positions of increasing responsibility at Yum Brands, Best Buy, The Home Depot and most recently, The Coca-Cola Company where he served as their Global Chief Diversity Officer. He serves as a board director for Adventist Health in Roseville, CA, as well as the board chair of their Human Performance Committee. He is also a regular guest lecturer for prominent business schools in the Atlanta area.

He received his B.S. in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and his M.B.A. from Emory University Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sloane Evans

Georgia Power
The Value of Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workplace

Sloane Evans is vice president of human resources for Georgia Power Company and serves as a member of the Georgia Power Management Council. In 2001, she joined Southern Company, working her way up through positions that support strategic initiatives including leadership enhancement, employee development, workplace ethics and diversity and inclusion, among other issues.

Sloane also serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Luisa M. Freeman

DNV GL
GIS Training Workshop: Pictures (Maps) are Worth A Thousand Words!

Luisa M. Freeman is a Senior Principal Consultant in DNV GL Energy’s Sustainable Energy Services division. Previously, she worked at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Eversource, and Northeast Utilities. She has more than 30 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and distributed generation program planning and evaluation for government and private industry clients in the United States and internationally.

She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative and Assoc. of Energy Services Professional SE Chapter. She most recently completed the third edition of American Public Power Association’s Market Research and Evaluation for Energy Services Professionals (Nov. 2016), a guidebook she originally co-authored 1998. She holds an M.S. in Economic Geography from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Julie Holmes

Florida Power & Light
The New Utility Business Model

Julie Holmes is Vice President, Revenue and Rate Strategy for Florida Power & Light Company where she is responsible for evaluating emerging trends, technologies and policies that impact revenue and developing new strategies to ensure FPL can continue to grow and efficiently serve our customers in what is a very dynamic environment.

Prior to her current role, Julie served in NextEra Energy’s in-house legal department from 2004 through 2011, where she was a managing attorney with overall responsibility for all labor and employee legal matters. Before joining NextEra Energy, she practiced law in both California and Florida as a litigator and served as a legal advisor to various California law enforcement agencies, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Oakland Police Review Board.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Indiana University and a juris doctor degree from California Western School of Law.

Peter King

Duke Energy
Electric Transportation: A Utility Industry Roundtable

Peter King is the Electric Transportation Project Manager for Duke Energy Florida. He leads initiatives in transportation electrification including strategy development, infrastructure, and customer outreach, and manages Duke Energy Florida Park & Plug, one of the largest utility owned electric vehicle infrastructure pilots in the U.S.

Peter joined Duke Energy in 2017 after 14 years with JEA in Jacksonville, where he held various positions including C&I Energy Efficiency Program Manager. In this role, he implemented the utility’s nationally recognized commercial and industrial energy efficiency rebate programs.

Most recently with JEA, Peter established the utility’s electrification programs for on-road electric vehicles and non-road electrification. He lead projects to deploy public electric vehicle charging infrastructure and developed innovative electric transportation outreach programs for utility customers.

Cassandra Kubes

ACEEE
The Role of Energy Efficiency in Addressing Public Health Challenges

As the Research Manager at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Cassandra Kubes conducts research, analysis and outreach on opportunities for energy efficiency to reduce air pollution and improve public health. She provides technical analysis and educates decision makers on strategies to advance energy efficiency policies and programs through federal, state and local governments. She joined ACEEE in 2015.

Cassandra holds a Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in people-environment geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association and serves on the Climate Change Policy Technical Committee.

Mark Lantrip

Southern Company
The New Utility Business Model

Mark Lantrip serves as president and CEO of Southern Company Services Inc., overseeing the company’s information technology, supply chain management and marketing, innovation and planning. He is also responsible for PowerSecure, Southern Company’s distributed infrastructure development company; Southern Linc Wireless, the company’s wireless telecommunications provider; and Southern Telecom, the company’s wholesale fiber optic network provider.

Mark holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children and four grandchildren.

Kate Lee

SEEA
Policy Plenary Session

Kate Lee serves as SEEA’s policy manager, and has held this position since 2017. In this role, she engages with utilities, policymakers and other stakeholders to promote smart energy efficiency policies throughout the Southeast. Prior to joining SEEA, Kate served for two years as clinical fellow with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School.

Kate holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Go Heels! To the delight of her colleagues, Kate spends her spare time as an avid home-brewer of fine energy-efficient beers.

Mandy Mahoney

SEEA
The Best of Both Worlds – Gas Plus Electric

Mandy Mahoney has served as president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance since March 2013, and was previously its vice president of policy and operations.

Prior to joining SEEA, Mandy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under Mayors Reed and Franklin. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Emory University.

Selected to Georgia Trend’s 2016 “40 under 40” list and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 “40 under 40” list, she is also a graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010; the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010; and the 2011 American Council on Germany’s Young Leaders Program. She serves on the boards of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and ACEEE.

Christina Robichaud

DNV GL
GIS Training Workshop: Pictures (Maps) are Worth A Thousand Words!

Christina Robichaud is a consultant for DNV GL in their energy practice. She has experience working with public utilities by managing their data for intake, storage, processing, and visualization using SAS, QGIS and ArcGIS, VBA, and Power BI (DAX). Her expertise is in spatial visualization and analysis, which is exemplified by her work linking energy efficiency tracking data, including program participants and estimated kWh and kW savings.

As a graduate researcher at the University of Maine, Christina worked with both raster and vector data in ArcGIS to generate spatial data used in econometric models run in STATA and created publication ready map visuals for academic publications and presentations. She took masters level courses in GIS database management and spatial analysis that utilized tools such ArcGIS and GEODA while coding with R and Python.

Christina graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 with a M.S. in Resource Economics & Policy and from St. Lawrence University in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics.

Raiford Smith

Entergy
The New Utility Business Model

As Vice President of Energy Technology and Analytics, Raiford Smith leads a diverse organization to grow and transform Entergy’s regulated businesses by implementing new business models to create and manage retail, energy-related products and services across Entergy’s service territories and all customer classes, including P&L responsibility, strategy development, and product management. He created the Enterprise Analytics group, which develops analytics roadmaps and use cases for all of Entergy’s business units and shared services functions, in order to generate financial, operational, and other benefits for the company and its customers. He also launched a new Distributed Energy Resource (DER) group to design, develop, and manage DER’s, including microgrids, battery storage and solar systems.

Raiford earned a Juris Doctorate from Charlotte School of Law, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from The University of Virginia.

Dr. Bruce Tonn

Three3
The Role of Energy Efficiency in Addressing Public Health Challenges

Dr. Bruce Tonn is internationally known for his research and writings in the fields of energy policy, environmental policy, future studies and decision making. He is President of Three3, Inc., a 501 C3 non-profit research organization located in Knoxville, TN. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and held the position of Senior Researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current research focuses on estimating the non-energy benefits of weatherizing low-income homes and affordable multifamily buildings, and developing approaches to addressing the unintended consequences of energy and environmental technologies and policy decisions.

Bruce received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Northwestern University. He is an Associate Editor for the journal Futures and is on the editorial board of Sustainability.

Paul A. Young

City of Memphis
The Role of Energy Efficiency in Addressing Public Health Challenges

Paul A. Young serves as the Director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD). With over 70 employees, he helps to direct the programs and services of the agency and serves as the point person for major development initiatives for the city. Paul is an accomplished professional with over 10 years of experience in urban planning, government affairs, and real estate finance. Previously, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs in the Mayor’s Office of Shelby County Government (TN) and also served as the Administrator for the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability.

Paul holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and a Masters of City and Regional Planning and Masters of Science in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.