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Robert Wallace to receive the LERCP Baby Boomer Clean Energy and Sustainability Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking forward to the "Four Generations: Leadership in Clean Energy and Sustainability (Leading Through Adversity)"  Event

The Bier Baron in Washington, D.C. 

 Friday, December 4th, 2015,

5:30 - 9 pm,

 

This will be Leaders in Energy's second year to conduct this very successful event featuring individuals from each of the four generations, e.g., World War II/Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial who exemplify leadership in the energy and sustainability arena.  The theme is ""Leading Through Adversity."  

 

Meet the keynote speaker and 4 clean energy and sustainability recipients of the Leaders in Energy 4 Generation Award below.  Explore how to utilize the talents of the multiple generations in the workforce and overcome challenges to develop energy and environmental innovation successes to positively impact our society and planet in regard to sustainability.  

Keynote Speaker Announced, Shira Harrington  

Shira Harrington, Founder and President, Purposeful Hire, is the keynote speaker for this event. She will explore the changing world of work and the impact multigenerations are having on the workforce. Shira will discuss:

  • Who are the four generations?

  • What makes each generation unique?

  • How can the four generations leverage what they have in common to come together to work more effectively as a team?

This is one keynote you don't want to miss.  

 

The awardees will then discuss their path to leadership and provide insights and advice for those seeking to make a positive impact.  

 

 

Meet Our 4 Generations Leaders

 

For the purposes of the 4 Generations event, we define generations as such: World War II/Traditional (1927-1945), Baby Boomer (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennial (1981-2000).

 

 

World War II/Traditional Generation Awardee: William (Bill) Holmberg, Chairman, Biomass Coordinating Council and Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).


Bill Holmberg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and holds advanced degrees in Personnel Administration, Soviet Affairs, and the Russian Language. He served for twenty-one years in the Marine Corps, nineteen of which were as an officer, and retired well decorated. Bill brings an additional thirteen years of experience in the federal government supporting sustainable agriculture and energy technologies, with a focus on biofuels. While at the EPA, FEO, FEA, and DOE, Bill helped to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries. He retired from the federal government at the Senior Executive Service level. 

 

Bill spent an additional twenty-one years in the private sector, managing small businesses and associations relating to biofuels, including the New Uses Council and the Biomass Coordinating Council. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC), which makes major contributions to the Senate and House Renewable and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE) Caucus. Bill is a member of the core group promoting the annual Energy Expos on the Hill in concert with the SEC and the Senate and House RE & EE Caucus. He has been key member of the organizing committee of the Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Balls since 1989.

 

 

Baby Boomer Generation Awardee: Robert L. Wallace, CEO/Founder, BITHENERGY, Inc


Robert L. Wallace is the CEO/Founder of energy company, BITHENERGY, Inc. located in Baltimore, Maryland as well as the founder of 2 other companies - BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC. BITHENERGY, (located in Baltimore, Maryland) has grown from five employees and $300,000 in annual revenue to about 30 workers and $7.28 million. That growth made BITHENERGY the No. 1 company on an annual list "The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City" of the fastest growing urban companies, published recently in Fortune magazine. At BITHENERGY, Wallace's team helps clients like Maryland's Department of General Services and SunTrust Bank see where they can save money on utility bills. The firm also built about 30 megawatts worth of solar farms, including one in west Howard County from which the Columbia Association buys power, and has another 100 megawatts in the pipeline. His firm specializes in building the solar farms on landfills and brownfield sites, which is more challenging because of restrictions against penetrating a protective barrier on top of the hazardous material.


Robert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He earned a Master in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Sojourner Douglas College. He is an affiliate Professor of Business at Loyola University.
 

 

 

Gen X Awardee: Sonia Punjabi, Principal Consultant, Sustainable Use Services with DNV GL


Sonia Punjabi is an industry expert in international environmental sustainability, green buildings, energy efficiency, zero energy, and high-performance buildings. At DNV GL, she is responsible for providing advanced technical leadership in the areas of high performance buildings, new construction energy efficiency programs, energy modeling, green building certification, and building technology assessment. In this role, she supports the development and delivery of new advisory services to help energy policy makers and energy consumers to achieve their sustainability objectives. Prior to joining DNV GL, Sonia was an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fellow with the U. S. Department of Energy and during her tenure she led the commercial new construction and major retrofits portfolio for the Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She headed the research and development of industry-accepted national definitions, guidelines, and metrics for commercial Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB/NZE/ZNE), campuses, portfolios, and communities.


Prior to joining DOE, Sonia served as the Director of LEED International Technical Development at USGBC. As the Director of LEED International Technical Development, Sonia led the international expansion of the LEED brand and spearheaded the technical development and early formation of USGBC's LEED green building rating systems and programs. Sonia has worked closely with Italy, India, and Canada to develop their green building initiatives and supported the LEED related work of CanadaGBC, GBC Italia and IndiaGBC. Prior to joining USGBC in March 2005, Sonia worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has also worked as an Architect in India.  Sonia received her Master of Science in Architecture degree with a Specialization in Energy Optimization and Health and Environmental Systems from Texas A&M University.

 

 

 

Millennial Generation Awardee: Timi Komonibo, Founder, Style Lottery


Timi Komonibo is the founder of a start-up called Style Lottery which connects fashion to sustainability and people to philanthropy. Komonibo considers herself a fashion philanthropist and a crusader for using fashion to explore the changing landscape of sustainability. She also gave a TedX talk at Syracuse University on her business.

Timi graduated from the Public Diplomacy program at Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a Master of Science in Public Relations and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a Master of Arts in International Relations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Bachelor of Arts in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas - Austin. Before attending graduate school, Timi taught reading, math enrichment, and technology in Houston with Teach for America. In her spare time, she writes about sustainability, fashion, and life on her blog, at http://naturalechronicles.com/

 

 

 

Event Venue

 

The event will be held at The Bier Baron, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with registration and networking beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin around 6:30 and continue to approximately 8 pm depending on discussion.  This will be followed by networking until 9:00 p.m.

 

Metro/Parking

 

The Bier Baron is located at 1523 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.  The closest Metro stop to The Bier Baron is Dupont Circle. Local parking garages are available in the neighborhood.

 

Early Bird Pricing

 

Early Bird Pricing for the event is $30 and ends on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Regular Pricing for the event is $35 and will begin after November 24, 2015.   Ticket includes networking reception with light appetizers.  Cash bar.

 

Event Sponsorships Available

 

As a part of the event, our 4 Generation Sponsorship program offers organizations an opportunity to raise your visibility, network with like-minded leaders, and establish new relationships. Make your selection from a variety of marketing options, ranging from listing your organization's name on the program, inclusion in our email, posting an article on our blog, having an exhibit table, to introducing the next generation speaker at the event. If you're interested in being a sponsor for the event, click here for more information.