How to make a career in clean technologies | Lam Family College of Commerce

Are you considering a career to make the world greener and better, but you don’t know how to get there yet? Our four Women in Cleantech and Sustainability panelists will share how they established themselves professionally, discuss how to network to find and land their dream job, and answer your questions! This event is open to everyone.

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability was founded in 2011 to create a Bay Area community to give women a sisterhood to thrive in and shine a light on those working to build a future green economy. Today, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability has over 5,000 members from the international community, with local chapters in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Members are of all genders and range from students and entry-level professionals to founders, C-Suite executives and investors.

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability meet once or twice a month to network (these days on Zoom) to learn about the latest industry developments, as well as learn new business and personal skills from speakers and panelists. Topics covered include renewable energy (solar, wind biofuel, etc.), water, smart grid, biomass, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings and many other technologies aimed at making our world a cleaner, more sustainable place.

Join us for this event on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 870 6485 5934
Access code: 666170



Sapna Dixit (MBA, ’10)

Strategic Account Manager, Peninsula Clean Energy

Sapna Dixit (MBA, ’10) currently works at Peninsula Clean Energy as a Strategic Account Manager, where she develops partnerships with large commercial and industrial clients to support their clean energy and sustainability goals. She previously worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where she was part of the Sustainable Communities program, supporting local governments in climate action planning efforts. She was also instrumental in developing the utility’s economic development program, which focused on creating jobs in California across multiple industries, including renewable energy and sustainable technology. Sapna holds a BS in Computer Engineering from UCLA and her interest in clean energy inspired her to pursue her MBA at San Francisco State University, where she graduated in 2010 with a specialization in sustainable trade. She has a passion for innovative technological solutions for climate change. She is currently a board member and co-chair of the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Marketing Committee.


Sara Fuentes

Founder and President, Smart Waste

Sara Fuentes is the Founder and President of Smart Waste, a startup focused on waste technologies, waste management systems, and vendor management for Zero Waste programs. With over 10 years of experience in the waste and recycling industry, Sara is a leader in waste reduction. Its core values ​​of transparency, circularity and people impact communities to practice a zero waste lifestyle. A passionate advocate for women and a tenacious leader, Sara strives to change the cleantech landscape and find her own niche. Sara draws on her work experience as an educator and vice president of the organization Women in Cleantech and Sustainability, where she is a beloved mentor. Sara is always looking to connect with people and businesses that match her values ​​and goals.


Ellie Read

Certification Director, Climate Neutral

Ellie Read is Director of Certification at Climate Neutral, a nonprofit tech startup working to decarbonize the corporate sector by setting rigorous standards for climate action and helping brands measure, offset and reduce their carbon emissions. carbon. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Solutions from the Presidio Graduate School, where her studies focused on climate finance, corporate sustainability, and opportunities to use technology to accelerate the energy transition. Ellie’s background spans corporate sustainability and social impact programs and she brings a wealth of experience from her work as a product manager at a health tech startup in areas such as developing process, cross-functional collaboration and change management. She holds a BS in Human Biology from Brown University. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, skiing and paddleboarding.


Caroline Trowbridge

Project Finance Analyst, Leeward Renewable Energy

Caroline Trowbridge is a project finance analyst for Leeward Renewable Energy, where she focuses on large-scale solar, wind and storage development. Previously, Caroline worked in energy efficiency project finance and project management at Metrus Energy. Caroline sits on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability as Chair of the Global Events Committee. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Middlebury College.

The Lam Family College of Business welcomes people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact the Center for Ethical & Sustainable Business at [email protected] as soon as possible so that your request can be considered.

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