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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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    • 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.

    Disrupting Ford By Starting From Scratch - Suzy Deering, Ford, Chief Marketing Officer

    Disrupting Ford By Starting From Scratch - Suzy Deering, Ford, Chief Marketing Officer

    “I started this meeting every Friday that was called Marketing Modernization, but, really, it was kind of almost like an open mic type of meeting, because I had teams come in and they could make a choice as to what topics (we would talk about). I'd say, ‘What is it you feel that we're not doing that we should be doing? Or what's holding you back from making some of the changes we need to make?’ It's my favorite meeting of the week….It's not just my team, it's multiple different people across the organization.” 
    Suzy Deering on Electric Ladies Podcast
     
    Ford, GM and other major automakers committed to going all-electric by around 2035 – but how? How do you do it – without losing your core customers? How do you know the right approach? To answer these questions Ford brought in a woman with no experience in the auto industry. Literally.
    Listen to Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer at Ford Motor company in this extraordinary interview with host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies Podcast as she takes us into the room as she disrupts how Ford thinks about marketing vehicles. It might change how you do your job too.
    You’ll hear:
    How coming from totally different industries helped Suzy disrupt Ford to reach different customers What Ford has in common with Verizon and tech other companies might surprise you Why “what are we missing” and “what are we spending too much time on” can transform the conversation, the processes and the outcomes. How to drive change in a big organization – even as an outsider coming in. Plus, insightful career advice …. “Number one, go learn something from scratch and get really, really get dirty. Like get in there and understand from a scrappy standpoint. You're going to fail and you're going to learn things and then some things are going to work, some things aren't….if you're not uncomfortable, then you're not growing. And if you're not growing, you're not learning. If you're not learning, you're not per, you're not progressing….and Don't chase the title.”
    Suzy Deering on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors – on pivoting that 100+ year old company from gas-powered cars to electric cars Neha Palmer, Founder/CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure on charging for EV trucks Maureen Kline, Head of Sustainability, Pirelli Tires, on smart and sustainable tires Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 52 min
    ESG Software Tips - Bridget Hughes, Donnelley Financial Solutions

    ESG Software Tips - Bridget Hughes, Donnelley Financial Solutions

    “What's interesting about the ESG data, when you start to collect just the greenhouse gas, it's all surveys, it's all subjective information that you're collecting on a monthly basis. So, I think… the more questions you ask and the more data you're asking for and get to retrieve, and then collect, I think, starts to mold… your decision making ability."
    Bridget Hughes on Electric Ladies Podcast
     If you think you aren’t affected by the massive economic shift towards ESG – environment, social and governance – then think again.  Whether you’re a small business doing business with large companies, or want to, OR a large company subject to SEC regulations, OR a leader in either of those, or an investor, you’ll need to have your ESG tracking and reporting systems in place. How?
    Listen to Bridget Hughes of Donnelley Financial Solutions in this fascinating interview with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson.
    You’ll hear:
    How what industry you’re in matters. Their five points strategy for starting on the ESG journey How to make sense of the different ESG-related standards Plus, insightful career advice. And much more!
    “I think you want to go into something where, um, you you'll always be able to serve a purpose… I think women really need to be aware that things are going to happen in life and you should be prepared to be able to support yourself….But also do what you enjoy to do. Don't stay in a job because you think you have to stay in a job, but just make sure that you are leaving yourself options and doing what you like to do but still making a difference.“ Bridget Hughes 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):
    Joan Michelson on Eisner Amper’s “Fast Forward” podcast about “Why ESG Matters. 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 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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    • 35 min
    Food Design, Nutrition & Climate - Dr. Lara Ramdin, Dole Sunshine Foods

    Food Design, Nutrition & Climate - Dr. Lara Ramdin, Dole Sunshine Foods

    ”Think about food design as a system. We are innovating at the product end, but we’re also trying to innovate ….to get food that would be otherwise be wasted back into the food supply chain…(including through) canned (and frozen) fruit and vegetables, which are really good accessible nutrition,” especially in the face of climate change. Dr. Lara Ramdin on Electric Ladies Podcast
    We spend Labor Day weekend focused in part on food, from BBQs to picnics, to meals with friends and family. But our food supply is threatened by climate change – as we’ve seen with tons of food destroyed by droughts and floods. Today, there are 2.37 billion people across the world who are food insecure, including millions in the U.S.  Believe it or not, packaged fruits and vegetables may be a way to address these challenges.
    How? Listen to Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer of Dole Sunshine Foods explain it and much more in this enlightening and inspiring interview with Electric Ladies podcast host Joan Michelson.
    You’ll hear:
    What a circular food supply looks like, from farm to table to plant to table. How surprisingly nutritious canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables are – especially for people living in “food deserts” where fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce. How packaged fruits and vegetables help combat climate change, and reduce food loss from it. How design thinking is reinventing their process of developing new and more nutritious fruit and vegetable products, and more sustainable packaging for them that also retains the food’s nutrition. Great career advice, especially for women in mid-career. “Look for things outside of your comfort zone…And, I think that, especially in mid-career and above, what becomes more important is…that whoever it is that you report to…understands what it is that you bring to the organization and what your strengths are and allows you to be authentic to yourself…and is also able to give you feedback and allow you to grow.” Dr. Lara Ramdin on Electric Ladies Podcast
    Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
    You’ll also want to listen to: (some of these were recorded under our previous name, Green Connections Radio)
    Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Gabrielle Rubenstein, Managing Partner and Founder, Manna Tree Partners, investors in food companies making our food supply more transparent and healthier. Rosemary Atieno, Women Climate Central International, on women addressing climate change through everyday activities like feeding their families Robin Currey, Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College. Jackie Roberts, AppHarvest, on their massive sustainable indoor farm Cindi Bigelow, CEO, Bigelow Tea, on converting a 75-year old tea company to combat climate change. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 46 min
    Sustainable Tires & the Inflation Reduction Act - Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires

    Sustainable Tires & the Inflation Reduction Act - Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires

    “We asked the Forest Stewardship Council to go on the ground and do the whole certification process, just like they do for paper…Then they're following that rubber throughout the chain of custody all the way through to the factory here in Georgia….We have just produced the first FSC certified tire.” Maureen Kline on Electric Ladies Podcast
    With President Biden’s recent signature on the Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. is making the largest investment in mitigating climate change in history, $369 billion.  Part of those funds go toward boosting the transition to electric vehicles, from charging to creating a sustainable supply chain – augmenting the Infrastructure Bill investments earlier this year.  One of those parts is tires.
    As the rubber literally hits the road with these huge government investments in transforming our auto sector, Listen to Maureen Kline, head of sustainability for Pirelli Tires, explain how Pirelli is making sustainable – and smart! – tires to host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies Podcast. It might change how you buy your next car.
    You’ll hear:
    How Pirelli is using outside sources like the Forest Stewardship Council to help them make sustainable tires in a credible and responsible way. What “smart tires” are, how they work, and how they keep passengers safer than “normal” tires do. How Maureen got Pirelli to include an option in the company’s 401K plan options to invest according to ESG criteria. Plus, insightful career advice …. “I think what's really important is to gain knowledge of sustainability and weave it into every career… Use all possible, learning opportunities, whether it's online courses, listening to your podcast, reading, and just get your overall sustainability education in order. And then you can really start diving into how to make what you do, more sustainability focused.”
    Maureen Kline on Electric Ladies podcast
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors – on pivoting that 100+ year old company from gas-powered cars to electric cars Neha Palmer, Founder/CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure on charging for EV trucks Sandrine Dixson, Co-President of the Club of Rome (country leaders, CEOs) on transitioning to a net zero economy 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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    • 39 min
    Pivoting the Economy to Net Zero - Sandrine Dixson, Club of Rome

    Pivoting the Economy to Net Zero - Sandrine Dixson, Club of Rome

    “What I think is really interesting is how do we get PPPs out there, public private partnerships, where we bring in also the investment community from the beginning, so that we can truly shift the capital where it needs to go in order to reduce our impact.” Sandrine Dixson on Electric Ladies Podcast
    The new Inflation Reduction Act invests $369 billion in driving a climate resilient, clean energy economy, as well as reduces prescription drug costs, among other important initiatives. Will these investments, coupled with those in the Infrastructure Bill earlier this year, usher in a more planet and people-friendly economy? 
    Listen to Sandrine Dixson, Co-President of the prestigious Club of Rome - an organization of heads of state, top global CEOs, etc. – explain to Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson the new economic model she says we need to tackle climate change and birth the net-zero economy in this enlightening conversation. It was conducted last fall at COP26 in Glasgow. Sandrine had just hosted the session with President Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders at COP26 and previously had been Director of Prince Charles’ environmental nonprofit.
    You’ll hear:
    Why Sandrine thinks unusual partnerships are critical to get us to a net zero economy. The unique role women play at this moment. What the United Nations can and should do to seize this moment when truly all the world’s nations need to come together to save our shared planet. Plus, insightful career advice …. “Women need to have more confidence in what they can deliver and to take those risks and to go for those jobs, even though they may not have 100% of the criteria that's necessary because what happens most of the time, women over-deliver, and…work with women, work with men, continue to develop our own capacities.” Sandrine Dixson on the Electric Ladies podcast
    Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Anne Kelly, VP of Government Relations at nonprofit Ceres, which helps businesses and policy come together for the planet and people, on the new legislation. Gillian Tett, Financial Times, from COP26, about what the new financial alliance means for a net zero economy. Lisa Jacobson, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, on the impact of covid on energy and transitioning to a clean energy economy Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.” Halla Hrund Logadottir, head of Iceland’s National Energy Authority, on how Iceland developed an 85% renewable energy economy. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our podcasts, blog, events and special coaching offers..
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    • 24 min
    EV Trucks & The Inflation Reduction Act – Neha Palmer, TeraWatt Infrastructure

    EV Trucks & The Inflation Reduction Act – Neha Palmer, TeraWatt Infrastructure

    “I think what's really interesting and intriguing to me is the collaboration from the DOT and the DOE. there certainly is an overlap when you think about electrification, it's a transportation question, but it's also an energy question and both of those things have to be really coordinated to have success here…. They have to be developed in tandem and coordinated is something that really hasn't been, on their radar before.” Neha Palmer on Electric Ladies Podcast
    With the new Inflation Reduction Act signed into law – on top of the Infrastructure Bill a few months ago – the  government’s investments in electric vehicles and the charging to support them has been supercharged.  That includes those medium and heavy duty trucks that transport the goods we buy to stores near us, and the delivery trucks that bring our stuff to our doorsteps, and even buses.  These vehicles have unique needs because they run nearly or literally 24/7. How will this work?
    Listen to Neha Palmer, CEO and cofounder of TeraWatt Infrastructure explain it to host Joan Michelson on Electric Ladies podcast. This is a rebroadcast from last year, so we do not mention the IRA specifically.  
    You’ll hear:
    What kind of infrastructure we need to keep electric fleet vehicles moving stuff to us. How the DOE & DOT can and should coordinate every step of the way. Where the power comes from to power these trucks and the tricky process to get it to them wherever they are when they need it. How they feed energy back to the grid, as well as take power from it. Plus, insightful career advice …. “I think that people should feel comfortable being scared….You’ve got to leave before you're ready to leave. Embrace challenge and go before you’re a hundred percent feel confident about that next step. It will allow I think, an acceleration of your career, but also your ability to make impact.” Neha Palmer on Electric Ladies podcast
    Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
    You’ll also want to listen to:
    Anne Kelly, Ceres Government Relations VP, on the business community’s support for climate-related legislation Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors – on pivoting that 100+ year old company from gas-powered cars to electric cars Sandra Bargman & Chantal Bilodeau, of the Climate Cabaret, on using storytelling to inspire action on climate change Maureen Kline, Pirelli Tires, Sustainability head 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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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

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