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One of the '6 Best Podcasts for Business Travelers' per USA Today -- engaging, enlightening and informative interviews with women innovators and leaders across sectors. Topics" Driving innovation, leadership, communications and career management. Features mostly women experts.

Electric Ladies Podcast - Women Leaders Discuss Careers, Trends, Technologies and Innovation in Energy, Climate, and Corporat joan@greenconnectionsradio.com (joan@greenconnectionsradio.com)

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    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

One of the '6 Best Podcasts for Business Travelers' per USA Today -- engaging, enlightening and informative interviews with women innovators and leaders across sectors. Topics" Driving innovation, leadership, communications and career management. Features mostly women experts.

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

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

    “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, including planning summer vacations, think about the environmental impact of where you’ll stay. Most hotels these days have sustainable practices and goals, but how do these massive properties really control their carbon footprint and water use, for example, and their waste?
     
    Listen to Denise Naguib, VP of Global Sustainability at Marriott in this wide-ranging conversation with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson at a live net zero event in Washington, DC. (Electric Ladies was formerly known as Green Connections Radio.)
    You’ll hear:
    How Marriott sets and achieves their sustainability goals How the executives incentivize their teams to follow through on the company’s sustainability goals. How Marriott is supporting Ukrainian refugees who escaped the war by going to Europe. Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    “You can make a difference in any role that you are in. I think that is a really important thing to say. It is not about being part of the sustainability or social impact team that only then you can make a difference. Every single role in a company has the opportunity to make meaningful change, whether you are in finance or legal or operations or whatever it is, public relations. I think identifying how you can make that based on the skills that you bring forward, based on the opportunities that you can get involved in things I think is really invaluable.” Denise Naguib 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):
    Janet Gail Besser, Smart Electric Power Alliance, on their 5-point plan to get to net zero in any industry Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte Sustainability Practice lead, on the transformation and ESG Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy  Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Roberta Rincon, Society of Women Engineers, Director of Research, on the status and careers of women in various types of engineering roles.  
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    • 40 min
    Net Zero Tracking Software – Suzanne DiBianca, Salesforce EVP Corporate Relations, Chief Impact Officer

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

    "(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 (SEC) has announced their proposed climate risk disclosure rules.  There are lots of software systems being adapted to do this tracking, including Salesforce, which is known for their sales-focused software.  But what should we look for in a good software to track this stuff, some of which is intangible?
    Listen to Suzanne DiBianca of Salesforce explain it in this fascinating interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. (Electric Ladies was formerly known as Green Connections Radio.)
    You’ll hear:
    What net zero really means, no matter what industry you’re in. What to look for in good emissions-climate-ESG tracking software. How Salesforce developed theirs to help them track their own carbon footprint. Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    “More venture money has gone into climate tech than ever in history in the U.S. in particular, but all over the world. And there's great companies that are doing direct air capture, that are doing clean energy, that are doing renewables, that are….(doing) such amazing innovation….You can work for an amazing company like that as a marketing professional, as an HR professional, as a sales professional…(in all kinds of roles)… So, either, stay put where you are and look are places to make impact based on your skill set and what the company's committed to, or, there's all kinds of incredible entrepreneurs out there doing amazing things in the world. Find a passion area, whether it's workforce development or education or climate (or whatever) and go do it.“ Suzanne DiBianca 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):
    Janet Gail Besser, Smart Electric Power Alliance, on their 5-point plan to get to net zero in any industry Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte Sustainability Practice lead, on the transformation and ESG Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy  Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Roberta Rincon, Society of Women Engineers, Director of Research, on the status and careers of women in various types of engineering roles. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 20 min
    Electric Vehicle Basics - Mia Bevacqua, CarParts.com Chief Technical Writer & Mechanic

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

    “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 going to get charged through the grid, either a plug-book charger or your home charger.” Mia Bevacqua on Electric Ladies Podcast Electric vehicle sales are doubling year after year these days, and nearly every automaker has a range of electric vehicles either on the road or in production to hit the road over the next few years.  Six automakers have announced they are phasing out the internal combustion engine vehicles that run on gas.  Though EVs are still only 9% of all U.S. car sales, anyone who owns or drives a vehicle is all going to be in market for an EV or driving one at some point soon. So, what do we need to know? Listen to Mia Bevacqua Chief Technical Writer at CarParts.com – and a former lifelong auto-mechanic – explain it to host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies podcast.  
    You’ll hear:
    What the differences are between the types of EVs and hybrids. The differences in charging systems How batteries differ for different EVs What to know about used electric vehicles, before you buy one. Plus, insightful career advice …. “One thing I've learned is don't let your gender define your role in whatever industry you're in. I mean, I've tried thinking myself as an auto professional, not a female auto professional, and that seems to have gotten me pretty far. And I guess another thing would be, never stop learning. So always look for those online classes, reading, taking seminars, because, no matter what you're in, it's always going to be changing and you need to …stay relevant.”
    Mia Bevacqua on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires, Sustainability head Neha Palmer, CEO/Cofounder of TeraWatt Infrastructure Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison, eMobility Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Margaret Lewis, New Flyer electric buses Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 31 min
    A 5 Pt Framework To Net Zero - Janet Gail Besser, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

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

    "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 “net zero” goals, saying they will get to net zero by 2030 or 2035, for example, but what does that really mean and how will they do it? If you work in an organization that made this commitment, you also need to figure out how you’ll guide your organization that way.
     
    Listen to Janet Gail Besser of Smart Electric Power Alliance explain “net zero” and their framework any organization can use to get there in this fascinating interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson. (Electric Ladies was formerly known as Green Connections Radio.)
    You’ll hear:
    What net zero really means, for companies, utilities, buildings and more. A 5 point framework that organizations can use to get to net zero, regardless of where their power comes from or how they use it. How to hold companies and organizations accountable for their net zero commitments. How utilities and the grid can transition to net zero, using innovation. Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    “There are a lot of new opportunities. And so one piece of advice I give is to be open to anything. If you have been at a utility for 15 years, look around at some of …the new technology providers, look at some of the startups, look at some of the opportunities in clean energy finance, if that matches your skillset. Look beyond where you are now at what's happening and be open to new opportunities. My other big ad advice is network, join the organizations that are supporting women and energy in the environment.“ Janet Gail Besser 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):
    Meredyth Crichton, Clemson University Energy Innovation Unit, on the grid, wind and solar power. Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy  Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Kathryn Pavlovsky, Deloitte Energy, Resources & Industrials, on the energy transformation and ESG Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte Sustainability & Supply Chain practice, on companies “doing” ESG, and the supply chain. Roberta Rincon, Society of Women Engineers, Director of Research, on the status and careers of women in various types of engineering roles. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 47 min
    Scaling Women Climate Entrepreneurs - Zainab Salbi, Daughters For Earth

    Scaling Women Climate Entrepreneurs - Zainab Salbi, Daughters For Earth

    “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 not being invited to the negotiating tables. As a matter of fact, not much is talked about women's pivotal role… and we are here to change it.” Zainab Salbi on Electric Ladies Podcast Women are both the most at risk from climate change disasters and pivotal to the solutions, because they are front and center in their communities, and the primary caregivers of families. Women are starting and running small nonprofits to help address these issue, some of whom have been guests on Electric Ladies Podcast. Now, four powerful women have come together to pool their resources, networks and know-how to mobilize $100 million to support women social entrepreneurs addressing climate change. It’s called Daughters For Earth. Listen to Zainab Salbi, a cofounder of Daughters for Earth explain their work to Electric Ladies Podcast host Joan Michelson in this inspiring interview.  Zainab is the Founder and former CEO of the powerful nonprofit Women to Women International that raised about $150 million to help women in conflict zones.
    You’ll hear about:
    Why they are committed to helping women climate entrepreneurs across industries, not just nonprofits. The three areas they are focusing on for their grants – these are not loans, but grants. How they are helping the women of Ukraine, leveraging Zainab’s powerful network that supports women in conflict zones. How you can help support these women entrepreneurs through Daughters For Earth Plus, insightful career advice …. “My biggest advice is prioritize. I really, really prioritize your wellbeing as interconnected to whatever you're working on. If you want people to be happy, you've got to be happy. If you are working on people to be healthy, you've got to be healthy. If you want people to be prosperous and well financially, you've got to be prosperous and well financially. it cannot be discrepancy between what you desire and what you're treating yourself….and be proactive about addressing that because that makes all the difference in your life and for your career, but in your life.”
    Zainab Salbi on the Electric Ladies podcast
    Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Rosemary Atieno, Women Climate Centers International, on how she is transforming rural communities by helping women solve daily challenges in climate-friendly ways Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Sunshine Company Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) and Ambassador to the Climate Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership, helping local communities ramp up recycling 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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    • 58 min
    Sustainable Fashion 2.0 - Kerry Bannigan, Conscious Fashion Campaign

    Sustainable Fashion 2.0 - Kerry Bannigan, Conscious Fashion Campaign

    “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 place. And instead, take their orders and their finances to factories that are doing it right…The environment that people are working in, for example, and then how their pay is and their education and how they're looked after.” Kerry Bannigan on Electric Ladies Podcast
    To start Earth Month off right, we’re starting with an expert in one of the things we all use and need: clothes. Kerry Bannigan, CEO and Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign and Fashion Impact Fund, has a long history in fashion, including working with independent designers and she’s laser focused on sustainable fashion now, and on cleaning up the energy- and water-guzzling and waste-generating practices of the industry.  
     
    Listen to Kerry explain how the fashion industry is evolving (or not) to meet this moment when sustainability and social responsibility are taking a spot on the runway, in this powerful interview on Electric Ladies Podcast with host Joan Michelson.
    You'll hear:
    How the fashion industry really works and prioritizes. Why fashion consumers are demanding more sustainable fashion and corporate responsibility – on the part of all players in the fashion world. What the fashion industry needs to do now to evolve to meet the moment and ESG reporting requirements. How really bad “fast fashion” really is for the environment and the workers, and what you can do with your clothing dollars. Plus, great career advice.... “First of all, it's, and it's just a question I spot with myself often is 'am I happy?' What would make me happy? Drown out the noise. And it doesn't matter how crazy it sounds. It's just do it…. I think it's about researching what's out there, finding out, if you can sit in on events… There is so much out there and there is so much to learn and you shouldn't have to do it by leaving one thing which is seen as your secure paycheck...You shouldn't have to jump that to something else, to be able to try it. We need to be more open...and sharing what we're doing and bring people on the journey with us.”  Kerry Bannigan 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):
    Jennifer “JJ” Lee, United We Mask, making face masks from recycled fabric for all populations Laura Jones, Frontlash Magazine, Celebrity stylist publishes a magazine on sustainable fashion Jessica Schreiber, Fabscrap, turning fashion scraps into usable product Amina Razvi, of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (now the CEO) Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders), on the new ESG economy. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 37 min

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