The Shades of Green Forum
The Shades of Green Forum brings together a diverse group of representatives from the utility and energy sectors for a candid discussion about the state of diversity. This will be your opportunity to join conversations surrounding diversity issues of today and tomorrow with utilities, energy consultants, energy professionals of color, regulators and other stakeholders.
Forum attendees will have a choice of two exciting plenaries on the first day of the two-day conference. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in a unique poverty simulation and experience some of the challenges facing low income consumers and other vulnerable populations. Just as exciting will be the opportunity to attend our offsite Plenary at the nearby Fairmont Water Works Museum. Led by Fred Tutman, the only African American Waterkeeper in the country, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the role that equity plays in water decisions, while at the same time touring the Historic Fairmont Water Works Museum.
Following the two Plenary sessions, Forum attendees are encouraged to participate in thought-provoking discussion such as “how to get a commitment from the energy and utility sectors to come to the table around diversity”. The second day of the conference features workshops where conference attendees will have an opportunity to apply information and insights garnered from the program sessions to facilitate conversations and leave with meaningful take-aways.
Valarie J. Cofield, President & CEO, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
A facilitator of business opportunities and a champion for equitable diversity and inclusion, Valarie boasts over 25 years of advocating at the highest levels of government and industry, and assisting private companies in developing their supplier diversity business strategies, and public entities in implementing economic development initiatives. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), Valarie sparks and facilitates business partnerships between EMSDC’s corporate members and its certified Minority Business Enterprises. Boasting invaluable experience in contract negotiations, strategy development and opportunity identification, Cofield works to prepare MBEs to successfully engage with the supply chains of EMSDC’s corporate and institutional members. Cofield ensures that they are positioned to bring value and solutions to the procurement process, while actively and consistently making the case for supplier diversity across all industries.
Jami Haaning | Corporate Responsibility Manager, Lam Research
Jami Haaning has been working in the sustainability field for over 15 years, with a strong background in energy efficiency program management and corporate sustainability. As the Corporate Responsibility Manager at ENGIE Insight she is responsible for developing sustainability strategy, carbon tracking and management and employee and community engagement. She is passionate about making a positive impact and elevating the discussion of diversity and equity within the workplace and the broader sustainability movement.
Pam Neal | Senior Program Manager/Clean Energy Liasion, Prosper Portland
Pam currently serves as a liaison to clean technology firms to develop and implement strategies and innovative approaches to support business development activities. Pam has 20 years of economic development experience in the Portland metropolitan area and has been actively involved with the recruitment of new firms and implementing activities that allow Portland's regional manufacturing companies to diversify into clean technology supply chains.
Alex Novie | Senior Project Manager - Commercial, Energy Trust of Oregon
Alex is a bilingual project manager and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of energy and sustainability programs in local government, academic, business, and nonprofit settings. His applied research expertise includes investigating how conservation and sustainability policies impact immigrant and non-English speaking communities in the Southwest and Northwest US. Alex is currently a Senior Project Manager at Energy Trust of Oregon, where he manages new initiatives and develops market assessments for the commercial energy efficiency portfolio.
Angel Swanson | Account Manager, Existing Commercial Buildings, ICF
Angel Swanson is a Senior Associate at ICF and an energy efficiency consultant working in the industry since 2007. She currently works on Energy Trust of Oregon's Existing Buildings program on behalf of ICF with a focus on engaging diverse businesses, contractors and other key market actors. She holds an Intercultural Practitioner Certificate from Intercultural Communication Institute and is pursuing certification as a diversity professional through the Cornell University, ILR School.
Michelle Tashima | Corporate Marketing Manager, CLEAResult
With over 12 years of progressive experience in marketing and communications, Michelle’s background includes awareness and advocacy work for people with disabilities, communities experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, and energy efficiency at large. Michelle is currently the Corporate Marketing Manager for CLEAResult, responsible for strategizing, developing and implementing MarCom activities for the energy solutions consulting company.
Linda Woodley | Principal and Senior Director, Prisma Point
Linda Woodley is the Principal and Senior Director of Prisma Point, a Portland, Oregon based consultancy offering leading expertise in designing client-specific energy efficiency and demand response programs and initiatives that help facilitate more diversity within organizations. Linda has more than 15 years of experience in the utility industry with an emphasis on energy efficiency program development, program management, and market research. Linda is also an experienced diversity, inclusion and equity specialist with a wide breadth of knowledge concerning diversity program development and implementation. Her focus is diversity outreach, education and training in addition to oversight and compliance. She has worked with clients to develop diversity strategies in both the United States and British Columbia including Energy Trust of Oregon and CLEAResult.
Prisma Point is a management consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency, diversity management, and designing programs that reach underserved markets. Based in the Pacific Northwest with offices in Portland and Seattle, we work with energy companies, utilities and consulting groups to:
- Create impactful residential and commercial programs that reduce energy consumption
- Build diversity, equity and belonging strategies that foster stronger organizations
- Design targeted energy efficiency programs that reach diverse and lower-income communities
The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). There are 23 regional councils across the country with more than 1,750 corporate members. The EMSDC certifies and connects minority-owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American) throughout Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware with member corporations who are committed to supplier development and want to purchase their products, services and solutions.