Endurance. Encourage. Empower. 

Monday, March 30th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
This event will now be held remotely through Zoom web conferencing

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT COVID-19: In response to COVID-19, we are working with our speakers to revise this panel for an online setting. We debated postponing this event (again) because we believe that the face-to-face networking that happens at Women in Green is such a critical part of the panel. On the other hand, quarantine and social distancing has left many of us feeling isolated–the staff at Built Environment Plus and the panelists believe that now, more than ever, we are in need of stories of courage. 

The panel is still scheduled to happen on March 30th, but will be completely remote and will occur from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. To make up for the lack of in-person networking, we will host a social event later in the year that will be complimentary to all Women in Green: Culture of Courage registrants.

In summary, all Women in Green: Culture of Courage tickets include registration to a live webinar occurring on March 30th, and an evening networking event occurring at a later date. We will continue to keep attendees in the loop about the state of this event. We thank you for your cooperation and patience. 

Women are driving the sustainability of the built environment. We are tasked with the most important mission of all: healing the earth.

This event is for professionals to network and connect with leaders in the field, promote women’s leadership across the environmental and built environment industry, and to channel our efforts to build a better world where all people have equal access to and are involved in leadership and decision-making.

At Women in Green 2019 we will share examples of when we’ve been courageous and hear from a panel of women as they discuss their own journeys and the need to be fearless.

Enjoy breakfast as we center ourselves and envision how together we can heal the planet.

Meet Our Speakers

Carol Gladstone

Carol Gladstone

Commissioner, DCAMM

Carol Gladstone was appointed by Governor Baker to serve as Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and started in that role on Feb. 26, 2015.  She comes to this position with more than 35 years of experience in both public and private real estate and project management.

Prior to her appointment, Carol was a Principal in project management and real estate at Stantec Consulting, an international architecture and engineering firm, following the acquisition of her firm GLC Development Resources. GLC was co-founded in 2000, and provided real estate development and advisory services to private, public and non-profit clients.

Gladstone’s public sector experience includes three years as the Assistant Receiver for Community and Economic Development for the city of Chelsea during the state receivership. She also spent time in state government as the director of Real Estate for DCPO (the previous name for DCAMM).

Carol began her career as a project manager at the Beacon Companies, where she was responsible for the award winning Rowes Wharf mixed-use waterfront project and the Hotel Meridien (now Langham Hotel).

Gladstone previously served as vice chairwoman of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and as a Trustee of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  She is currently board president of the Brookline Arts Center.

Laura Keenan

Laura Keenan

Corporate Sustainability Officer / Vice President, Communications and Change Management, Fidelity

As an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the corporate, institutional and public sectors, Laura has leveraged her strategic problem-solving skills throughout her career to strengthen the communities that she has had the pleasure of working with. Whether as a public sector architect, manager of a corporate art group, or as a sustainability officer responsible for Fidelity’s environmental footprint, she has worked to establish and implement a long term strategy that best supports each entity’s future needs.

Kimberly Lewis

Kimberly Lewis

Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, USGBC

Kimberly Lewis is Senior Vice President for market transformation and development in North America at the U.S. Green Building Council. Kimberly is laser focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, and advancing transparency and excellence within the green building market. She directs all of USGBC’s market development through local communities, members, volunteers and emerging professionals, delivering on the USGBC mission to improve the quality of life for all through more sustainable cities and communities worldwide.

She was the founder of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and launched the USGBC Women in Green leadership platform events. She serves as the governance chair on the board of directors for Groundswell and was the former chair of the board of trustees for the Green Building Foundation. She has also served on advisory boards in the hospitality industry, city-level convention and visitors bureaus.

Committed to healthy communities and equitable access to green buildings regardless of income level, Kimberly has been recognized with numerous awards. In April 2011, Kimberly received prestigious recognition as the White House Champion of Change for Clean Energy.

Later that year, she was named the inaugural president of the Green Meetings Industry Council’s Greater Washington Area Chapter.

Before joining USGBC in 2003, Kimberly worked as senior meeting & events manager of incentive and recognition at WorldCom Inc. She is a graduate of Hood College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science.

Penni McLean-Connor

Penni McLean-Connor

Chief Customer Officer and Senior VP of Customer Group, Eversource Energy and ACEEE Chair

Penni McLean-Conner is the chief customer officer and senior vice president of Customer Group for Eversource Energy. She is responsible for providing Eversource Energy’s 3.5 million electric and gas customers with high-quality customer service and delivering a cost-effective portfolio of electric and gas energy efficiency programs. Ms. McLean-Conner has over 25 years of experience in the utility business and has authored two books, Customer Service: Utility Style, and Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices, which was published in early 2009.

Ms. McLean-Conner holds a BS in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer. She is active in the industry and her community, serving on several boards beside ACEEE’s including the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) and the Consortium of Energy Efficiency (CEE).

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