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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.

Electric Ladies Podcast Joan Michelson

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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.

    Understanding Community Transportation Needs – Julie A.White, NCDOT

    Understanding Community Transportation Needs – Julie A.White, NCDOT

    “So we went out to the communities and we met with them and said,’ what do you want in your downtown? There's this rail line that goes through the middle of your downtown. What's your vision for that?’ And they all said, we think rail is a really big part of our future right now….We'd love to use that to spur economic development in our downtown. We think it creates foot traffic and then creates economic opportunity….How can you help us as small towns? How do we make the most of that?” Julie White on Electric Ladies Podcast
    Public transportation today looks very different than ever before. It’s because communities are different, “commuting” is different, and what makes up “public transportation” is different. Covid is only part of it. Systems have changed, priorities have changed and funding options have changed, especially with the new federal legislation too. How so?
    Listen to this fascinating interview on Electric Ladies Podcast with Julie White, Deputy Secretary of Transportation in North Carolina, a state that take “multi-modal” to a whole new level.
    You’ll hear:
    How communities look at how they get from point A to point B in this brave new world of mobility. How NC DOT got to know what their communities need – in a state with a wide range of types of communities – and what we can learn from them. What kind of impact the new federal legislation and funding is having and will have as it rolls out across the country. What “institutionalizing change” means and how NDCOT is doing it. Plus, insightful career advice from Julie’s many years in state government and transportation, such as….: “First, have a proactive plan.  So, if you don't know where you want to go, you cannot get there, right? So, map out what is it you want to do with your career and map out a proactive plan to get there. And then, the second step is, be willing to throw the plan away…. But the point of the plan was, I'm not willing to let life happen to me. I'm going to make life happen. We have the life we largely have, the life we build.”
    Julie White on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also like: (some might be recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio)
    Tiya Gordon, Cofounder and COO, itsElectric urban EV charging systems Linda Zhang, Chief Engineer, Ford F160 Lightning EV Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of Ford – on bringing change to a legacy industry as an outsider. Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Assn. – on financial benefits for buying EVs in the new legislation, and EVs coming to market soon Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer of General Motors Neha Palmer, Founder/CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure on charging for EV trucks Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 55 min
    Solutions To Our Waste Problem - Melissa Modica, Waste Harmonica

    Solutions To Our Waste Problem - Melissa Modica, Waste Harmonica

    Solutions To Our Waste Problem - Melissa Modica, Waste Harmonica
    “We're all doing our part, but the big manufacturers producing the products, we need to go back there. We need to say, how can we do this better?... Clients don't realize that waste and recycling all contribute to that whole initiative with ESG...” Melissa Modica on Electric Ladies Podcast
    A fundamental part of any environmental or ESG (environment-social-governance) initiative has to include managing the waste that our businesses and our lifestyles generate. All that stuff you have delivered? Packaging waste. The truth about the waste management system in the U.S. is pathetic, but there are talented people working on it day and night.
    Listen to Melissa Modica of Waste Harmonica share some of the creative solutions their clients are using in this enlightening discussion with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. Melissa is Director of Business Development at Wast Harmonica, and brings many years and credentials to the waste management challenge. 
    You’ll hear about:
    How the current recycling system is ineffective and inefficient What manufacturers, cities, municipalities and MURFs – the facilities that manage our waste – need to do better and faster How the Infrastructure Bill & Inflation Reduction Act are helping How ESG standards and reporting systems are accelerating waste management improvements Plus, insightful career advice, such as… “Always speak up, you know, put yourself out there. If it's a no, keep going….If you're having a bad day today, let it go. Tomorrow's a new day. Don't bring it into your next workday. You have to just stay focused.” Melissa Modica on Electric Ladies Podcast
    Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
    You’ll also like (some may have been recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio):
    Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership – reinventing local recycling one city and town at a time. Emily Tilpado, U.S. Plastics Pact – finding ways to get plastic out of our economy, waters and landfills Haley Lowry, Dow – reinventing food packaging to reduce waste, toxicity and landfills. Kerry Bannigan, Conscious Fashion Campaign – working to reduce the huge waste and environmental impact of the fashion industry, and what you can do. Erika Wollam-Nichols, The Bluebird Café – on what their historic, iconic, small venue is doing to reduce their waste. If they can do it, so can the rest of us. Michele Wucker, author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 34 min
    EV Charging On City Streets – Tiya Gordon, COO, itselectric

    EV Charging On City Streets – Tiya Gordon, COO, itselectric

    “There's a huge barrier for ev adoption in this country…it’s lack of public charging infrastructure… So, my co-founder and I said, there's got to be a solution…And it came to us that…why can't we just make the (apartment) buildings the source of the energy instead of having to put in all this new infrastructure on the street?....And then to incentivize that building that we're pulling that power from, we're revenue sharing back to them. So they're creating a public amenity, they're earning money every month, drivers are able to charge and park, and cities are able to meet their decarb goals.” Tiya Gordon on Electric Ladies Podcast
    One of the biggest hurdles to electric vehicle adoption is access to charging. With millions of people living in cities, what if they could charge similar to how they pay for parking?  Well, Its Electric has found a way to do just that and they are bringing it out one city block at a time. How?
    Listen to this fascinating interview on Electric Ladies Podcast with Tiya Gordon, COO and Cofounder of itselectric and host Joan Michelson. Its Electric is a novel EV charging infrastructure that leverages the power that’s already available to the residences on a given block to provide EV charging. Tiya is a designer, who went from designing museum exhibits to designing this novel charging system – and share that story too.
    You’ll hear:
    How Its Electric works – enabling EV charging and helping the residences and the grid at the same time. How it’s a democratic (small “d”) solution that works on a first-come, first-served basis. How it would serve a huge potential EV market that today has no where to charge. Which legislation would support this concept and which would make it harder to provide EV charging. Plus, insightful career advice from Tiya’s evolution from museum designer to EV charging entrepreneur:
    “I would encourage people that, especially if they have that experience, if they can make that terrifying leap from a larger, more established career path to something in climate tech, something in the world that is new and fresh and innovative, but needs that steady hand of an experienced career, that's where their value can be tremendous, because then they're bringing in that expertise, they're bringing in that calm, that ease, but then they're helping a company that's doing something that's truly innovative, achieve what they're out to do.” Tiya Gordon on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to: (some might be recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio)
    Linda Zhang, Chief Engineer, Ford F160 Lightning EV Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of Ford – on bringing change to a legacy industry as an outsider. Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Assn. – on financial benefits for buying EVs in the new legislation, and EVs coming to market soon Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer of General Motors Neha Palmer, Founder/CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure on charging for EV trucks Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 48 min
    ESG On Corporate Boards - Helle Jorgenson, CEO of Competent Boards

    ESG On Corporate Boards - Helle Jorgenson, CEO of Competent Boards

    “How do we deal with dilemmas? How do we think unthinkable? You know, the climate, ESG, human rights issues, diversity, equity, inclusion, supply chain issues, cyber security, integrity of data, incentive plans, all of those, the future of good corporate governance, transparency, anti-corruption. All of those different issues that have been there for a long, long time, but been kind of like voluntary more and less, and suddenly they are really coming at the top of the agenda for the board of directors.” Helle Jorgenson on Electric Ladies Podcast
    When there’s a scandal or a huge failure at a big company or a famous one – like the collapse of FTX Crypto Exchange – you hear questions like, “where was the board of directors?”  So, what is the role of the Board and how are environment, social and governance issues, including climate, diversity and covid, changing who is on them and why?  
    Listen to Helle Jorgenson, CEO and Founder of Competent Boards training programs for board members, and people who want to sit on boards, in this episode of Electric Ladies podcast in this valuable conversation with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. They specialize in training on ESG issues, and, full disclosure, Joan is also now on their ESG faculty.
    You’ll hear:
    What boards of directors actually do – and don’t do How covid, climate and the resurgence of social justice movements are transforming boards, from who sits on them to what they do. How, when and why boards focus on ESG issues. How much they serve customers vs. serving investors. How to prepare to be a successful board member. Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    “If you look five years out, 10 years out, what is it that you want to look back at and say, Yes, I was part of this, or, or I did this…There's a ton of roles and…if you look at these 17 biggest pain points in the world (the 17 sustainable development goals)…and saying, Okay, where is it that I can make a difference? …I want to educate myself in this, so I can go out and help organizations, perhaps even the organization that you are working in right now.”
    Helle Jorgenson on Electric Ladies podcast
    Read Joan’s Forbes articles here.
    You’ll also want to listen to (some of these are under the name Green Connections Radio):
    Kristina Wyatt, SVP of Persefoni and former leader of the SEC task force developing the climate risk disclosure rules that will be finalized shortly. Karen Alonardo, formerly of NAVEX and Founder of CSRWare, on ESG reporting systems Bridget Hughes, Donnelly Financial Solutions, on ESG software and what to look for. Natalie Jaresko, former Finance Minister of Ukraine, on the hidden power of ESG Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 47 min
    The Nuts & Bolts of ESG Software – Karen Alonardo, VP of ESG at NAVEX

    The Nuts & Bolts of ESG Software – Karen Alonardo, VP of ESG at NAVEX

    “Who's my customer, who's my partner?...Make sure you're aligning with their ESG programs…Think of ESG as part of your operational DNA. Right. Just keep it as part of how you run your business and just make it more of an integrated component versus kind of the separate thing.”
    Karen Alonardo on Electric Ladies Podcast
    If you’re confused about how to capture environment, social and governance (ESG) data, and weighing different software systems, you’re not alone. It’s a burgeoning industry as investors, companies and consumers – and regulators, including the SEC – demand more disclosure.
    For a good download on the nuts and bolts of ESG systems, listen to Karen Alonardo, VP of ESG at NAVEX at the time of this interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. Karen joined NAVEX when the company she founded and built, CSRware was acquired by NAVEX in 2020.
    You’ll hear:
    What ESG systems can – and can’t – measure and track. What accountants – or anyone verifying the ESG data – need to know to ensure the numbers are correct in the reports How to choose among the different ESG-related standards. Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    "(D)ifferent people are motivated by different things…. I had to take what I was good at, like what I already understood, and then I emerged it with something that I learned, something new…So maybe take a class or two in kind of the feel good areas that you like and see if something pops, you know, see if something aligns with your background, what you've done in the past, cuz you don't want to negate the fact that you've got 15 years’ experience….So leverage your background….and make sure you can financially support yourself.“
    Karen Alonardo on Electric Ladies podcast
    Read Joan’s Forbes articles here.
    You’ll also want to listen to (some of these are under the name Green Connections Radio):
    Bridget Hughes, Donnelly Financial Systems on maximizing ESG Software Suzanne DiBianca, Salesforce, Chief Impact Officer, on ESG Tracking Kristina Wyatt, Persefoni SVP, former lead on SEC’s climate risk disclosure rules development team Joan Michelson on Eisner Amper’s “Fast Forward” podcast about “Why ESG Matters. Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte Sustainability Practice lead, on the transformation and ESG Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 52 min
    Your Dinner From An Indoor Farm? - Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest

    Your Dinner From An Indoor Farm? - Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest

    Can Indoor Farming Save Our Food Supply From Climate Change?
    "A.I has enabled us to get very precise measures and give the plants precisely what the plans need...(So) The yields in our greenhouses are about 30x the traditional farm." and without any chemicals. Jackie Roberts on Electric Ladies Podcast (known as Green Connections Radio)
    What if we could grow our fruits and veggies without worrying about the weather? A new massive indoor farm called AppHarvest thinks they have found a way.
    Listen to Jackie Roberts, Chief Sustainability Officer of AppHarvest, describe how their massive 60-acre indoor farm is climate resilient and innovative - and produces yummy produce – in this engaging conversation with Electric Ladies Podcast host Joan Michelson. Jackie was also awarded the White House Presidential Environment and Conservation Challenge Award. (This was recorded under the show’s previous name, Green Connections Radio.)
     
    You'll learn:
    How A.I. and micro-sensors enable them to target nutrients and water to exactly what plants need and w Why their crops are non-GMO (genetically modified) – and when GMO is a good thing. How precision agriculture is a gift to sustainability. How their farm is climate resilient, even in hurricane and tornado prone Appalachia, and prepared for very high wind sheer. ..valuable career advice for women in any career and at any level from her varied career, including previously at the Environmental Defense Fund working with multinationals, and at influential private equity firm The Carlyle Group, and now at AppHarvest.  
    "I really appreciate that in each role, I’ve learned something new…(always) working with integrating sustainability into all functions and financial systems. "
    Jackie Roberts on Electric Ladies Podcast
     
    You'll also like: (some of these were recorded under our show’s previous name, Green Connections Radio)
    Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Sunshine Foods, on preserving nutrition in fruits and veggies to combat climate change. Erika Wollam Nichols, President & General Manager, The Bluebird Café, iconic Nashville music venue Cindi Bigelow, CEO, Bigelow Tea, on converting a 75-year old tea company to combat climate change. Gabrielle Rubenstein, Managing Partner and Founder, Manna Tree Partners, investors in food companies making our food supply more transparent and healthier. Robin Currey, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College. Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen on food security and reducing food waste. Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
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