360 episodes

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

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

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.

    Circular Economy Business Models in Iceland - Birta Kristin Helgadottir

    Circular Economy Business Models in Iceland - Birta Kristin Helgadottir

    “I think now, business models will have to somehow rely more on collaboration rather than competition, So, I think, and maybe, naively hope, (this) will be the future of business models…We've harnessed geothermal power for ages, and then we decided we needed to… harness the effluent stream, the excess material that comes from, for example, the geothermal resource. And from that we are developing aquaculture, agriculture, the future of food, cosmetics and, spa life. So, enhancing the quality of life tremendously.” Birta Kristin Helgadottir on Electric Ladies Podcast
    On Joan's recent whirlwind tour of some of Iceland’s unique technologies and business models that help its economy run on 85% renewable energy, one of the things that fascinated her was their unique collaborative business parks that share resources in clever ways, creating miniature circular economies on each property. This seems like another way Iceland could be a pilot project for the rest of us on how to run a country on 100% renewable energy.
    What are these unique business parks? Listen to Electric Ladies Podcast host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversation with Birta Kristin Helgadottir, the Director of Green By Iceland, their public-private partnership driving their initiative to be a 100% renewable economy, conducted live in Reykjavik.
    You'll hear:
    How these business parks in Iceland share products and byproducts among the tenants, creating a circular economy in each park. Examples of two of these unique parks and how they choose which businesses can be housed there. Lessons we can all learn from these creative business models. Why women play an important role in driving the innovations in Iceland's renewable energy economy. Plus, great career advice.... "Always follow your gut. You want to advance that's one thing. You want to make money, that can be a totally different thing… So you have passion… go with a gut feeling and go with your instincts, because sometimes you just go with what you think society would think is right….(And,) the traditional path towards a great career and a perfect life that there is an ideology about that, but you need to shape your own ideology. " Birta Kristin Helgadottir on Electric Ladies Podcast
    You'll also like:
    Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director-General, Iceland’s National Energy Authority, on how the country has become 85% renewable 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 Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) and Ambassador to the Climate Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
    Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
    Follow us on Twitter @joanmichelson

    • 47 min
    Is Iceland A Pilot For 100% Renewable Energy? - Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director-General of Iceland's National Energy Authority

    Is Iceland A Pilot For 100% Renewable Energy? - Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director-General of Iceland's National Energy Authority

    Iceland runs on 85% renewable energy. How did they get there? “My favorite part of Iceland's renewable energy story is that it started small. It started with innovation, entrepreneurship. In terms of how has this developed, originally organically and then supported by the government and by policies and funding, which is essential for any development.” Halla Hrund Logadottir on Electric Ladies Podcast
    I was privileged to tour some of the unique technologies and business models that fuel Iceland's remarkable 85% renewable energy economy recently. It seems that Iceland could be a pilot project for the rest of us on how to do it. How did they do it?
    Listen to this fascinating interview with Halla Hrund Logadottir, the Director-General of Iceland’s National Energy Authority (INEA) with host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies Podcast conducted in Reykjavik to hear strategies we can all implement today.
    You'll hear:
    How Iceland leverages its topology and natural resources to run the country on renewable energy - and how they plan to get to 100% renewable energy soon. The unique database of best practices, solutions and partnerships Iceland developed and continues to build upon. Lessons we can all learn from their evolution for our own countries. Why women play an important role in driving the innovations in Iceland's renewable energy economy. Plus, great career advice.... "Don't let fear get in your way. And if you don't feel like you have the courage, borrow it from a friend or from an expert, go out there and, borrow it. So you can actually make sure that fear is not standing between you and the opportunity that the world has for you to make a difference." Halla Hrund Logadottir on Electric Ladies Podcast

    You'll also like:
    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 Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) and Ambassador to the Climate Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy  Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
    Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
    Follow us on Twitter @joanmichelson

    • 37 min
    A Climate Cabaret? - Sandra Bargman & Chantal Bilodeau, Artists & Climate Initiative

    A Climate Cabaret? - Sandra Bargman & Chantal Bilodeau, Artists & Climate Initiative

    “For anything to happen on a grand scale, we need to have culture supported… Artists are good at planting these seeds, putting the stories out there and for anybody. The key is repetition. So, if you encounter a certain story, certain type of story in the music you listen to, in the articles that you read, in the billboard that you see or the murals that you see...at some point, it creates a frame that you can start to live in and the changes become something that is natural.” Chantal Bilodeai on Electric Ladies Podcast
    Stories. Music. Art. They move us in some magical way that nothing else taps. Why? Why do they matter to climate and energy? Because they can touch us in a way nothing else can, inspire us and motivate us, and we need every tool in the toolbox to address climate change. How?
    Listen to Sandra Bargman and Chantal Bilodeau, who created, produced and performed the “Earth Intention: A Climate Cabaret” recently to inspire people through music and the arts to take the necessary action to save the planet, in this inspiring conversation with Electric Ladies podcast host Joan Michelson.  
    You’ll hear:
    Why culture is vital to massive social, political and economic change. How music and the arts move people through “hope.” How to communicate climate messages in stories without being preachy or awkward About using the arts to reach people who may not naturally “get” the climate message, or who may be overwhelmed. Plus, insightful career advice …. “It's never too late to pivot. I think people who are mid-career, women particularly, we always feel like, ‘oh, my time was then,’ (but) it is never too late to pivot…And the other thing that reflects my career is, don't feel as though you have to pick one lane. You can pick more than one lane and both of those lanes or more can be successful.” Sandra Bargman on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to (some may have been recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio):
    Deborah Rutter, President, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – on managing creative people. Ann Friedman, Creator and CEO, Planet Word Museum – on her new museum about the magic of language Tracy Edwards, Executive Producer of the documentary “Maiden” about her experience developing and Captaining the first all-female crew to run the Whitbread Round the World Yachting Race. Dayna Reggero, Executive Producer of The Climate Listening Project, short films about community climate activists around the U.S. Kerry Bannigan, CEO of Fashion Impact Fund and Conscious Fashion Campaign – including reaching women in rural areas across the fashion industry supply chain Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) – on the need for a new economic model that puts people and planet ahead of profit. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
    Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
    Follow us on Twitter @joanmichelson

    • 40 min
    Why ESG Matters - Joan Michelson on Eisner Amper's "Fast Forward" Podcast

    Why ESG Matters - Joan Michelson on Eisner Amper's "Fast Forward" Podcast

    “We've really had a fundamental shift in the economy where employees are demanding that companies align with their values and they're demanding that they take care of their environmental footprint and that they report on it with great accountability and transparency. And so, if you are a company, you can't get away with not walking the talk, and on top of that, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other bodies are synthesizing all of the different sustainability standards out there now.” Joan Michelson, host of Electric Ladies Podcast, on Eisner Amper’s “Fast Forward” podcast

    • 24 min
    What's Phianthro-Activism? - Justin Winters, One Earth

    What's Phianthro-Activism? - Justin Winters, One Earth

    “We're in this moment right now where we have a very short window to drive the type of transformative change that's necessary to solve a climate crisis. And we believe at One Earth that philanthropy can play a really, really critical role in actually making this transformation possible….But less than 2% of all philanthropic capital goes to climate and environment issues, and just a fraction of that actually reaches efforts on the ground efforts” Justin Winter on Electric Ladies Podcast When we think of philanthropy, we think of rich people using their foundations as they see fit, usually in a boring way, though they do make a big difference.  But we don’t know what their money does really.  Enter One Earth, a new kind of philanthropic organization, run by women who believe that the people on the ground know best what will help their communities and save the planet. Listen to Justin Winters, Executive Director and Cofounder of One Earth – and former head of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – explain how they are pooling the resources of both some of the world's richest people and normal people like you and me to help the most diligent, creative people doing the real work every day to avert climate catastrophes in their areas in this fascinating conversation with Electric Ladies podcast host Joan Michelson.   You’ll hear:
    What Philanthro-activism is and why they coined the term. How they developed this creative business model – and what Winter learned at DiCaprio’s Foundation. Stories of people on the ground who One Earth is supporting and why Which areas of the economy One Earth focuses on and why (such as food security) Plus, insightful career advice …. “I would put purpose at the center, and service because we're in a moment where it really is being ambitious. Doesn't have to be tied to resources, right? Being ambitious can be about the type of change that you want to drive in the world..” Justin Winters on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Zainab Salbi, Cofounder of Daughters for Earth, one of the partners in One Earth – and Founder of Women to Women International and its former CEO Rosemary Atieno, Women Climate Centers International – on how they are helping women in rural Kenya grow their economies and address climate change at the same time. Natalie Jaresko, former finance minister of Ukraine – on the hidden power of ESG Kerry Bannigan, CEO of Fashion Impact Fund and Conscious Fashion Campaign – including reaching women in rural areas across the fashion industry supply chain Sandrine Dixson, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) – on the need for a new economic model that puts people and planet ahead of profit. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
    Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
    Follow us on Twitter @joanmichelson

    • 44 min
    Can Corporates Innovate? & EVs – Sue Ozdemir, Exro Technologies

    Can Corporates Innovate? & EVs – Sue Ozdemir, Exro Technologies

    “Part of our culture, a core value, we call it disciplined innovation. So, innovation that leads to execution is our goal. It's a lot of fun to be able to spitball together different ideas…But then to kind of boil that down and say ‘what makes a great business model? What also helps real people in the real world like us? What would we want to do? How would we want to drive it? What would we want to see for our families?” Sue Ozdemir on Electric Ladies Podcast Besides being cool and fun to drive, electric vehicles are examples of how to innovate.  Six big automakers are transitioning their entire product line to EVs over the next few years, but our guest today, a former GE executive, says that big corporates can’t innovate. Why? What’s a better way?
    Listen to Sue Ozdemir of Exro Technologies – which makes key EV engine parts – explain why corporates struggle to innovate and how they do it so well, in this fascinating conversation with Electric Ladies podcast host Joan Michelson.  
    You’ll hear:
    How Exro’s technologies make EVs run—and better. Why she says corporates can’t innovate What “disciplined innovation” is and whether it stifles potentially magical ideas. How to recruit for innovation, as well as for technical skills. How to get hired in a new or young industry – at any age and stage. Plus, insightful career advice …. “Generally speaking, all females, you just have to be a little bit ahead of your game all the time. You have to know a little bit more, you have to be a little bit more prepared. You have to kind of let things slide a little bit more often…And, don't apologize for the room that we own. We worked hard to be here and we own the space…We deserve to be here. And don't apologize for that.” Sue Ozdemir on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Mia Bevacqua, CarParts.com – on how electric vehicles work Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires, Sustainability head – on sustainable, smart tires Neha Palmer, CEO/Cofounder of TeraWatt Infrastructure – on building charging for EV trucks, fleets Katie Sloan, Southern California Edison, eMobility – on how to increase EV adoption at scale Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles – on how fuel cell vehicles work Margaret Lewis, New Flyer electric buses Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
    Thanks for subscribing on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio and leaving us a review!
    Follow us on Twitter @joanmichelson

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

oliviabaker13 ,

Inspiring and engaging!

Electric Ladies has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas shared. I truly learn something every time I listen!

The Variety Artist ,

Passionate and making a difference!

Just listened to the Lee-Anne Walters podcast. Very inspiring. Love the host. To the point. No frills. Love it!!! Better than the news. Really gets to the bottom of the crisis.

K. Chayne ,

Subscribed!

I love how everything's broken down and easily understood. Super informative - the host is great at weaving things together and adding context to what guests are talking about. Thank you!

Top Podcasts In Business

Foreign Policy
Her First $100K
iHeartPodcasts
Ramsey Network
Jocko DEFCOR Network
Andy Frisella #100to0

You Might Also Like