All times are in Eastern Daylight Time.

Day 1 – Monday, August 2

A green economic recovery

TimeSession
12:00 – 1:00 PM OFFICIAL OPENING AND WELCOMING REMARKS

Margaret Jackson, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Navy Veteran
Dan Misch, Founder & Co-Director, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Member, Truman National Security Project Defense Council; Navy Veteran
Zachary Strauss, Assistant Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
1:00 – 1:30 PMNOW HIRING! INFO SESSION WITH UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR DEVELOPER SILICON RANCH CORPORATION (NASHVILLE, TN)
1:30 – 2:00 PMINFO SESSION WITH INVENERGY, A LEADING GLOBAL DEVELOPER AND OPERATOR OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
2:00 – 3:00 PMPOST-PANDEMIC ENERGY EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY

William Attig, Executive Director, AFL-CIO Union Veteran’s Council; Army Veteran
Grant Johnston, Vice President of Business Development, Airstreams Renewables
Catherine McLean, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Dylan Green
James Rodriguez, Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Services; Marine Corps Veteran
MODERATED BY: COL Greg Douquet, USMC (Ret.); Co-Director, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Marine Corps Veteran
3:00 – 3:30 PMNOW HIRING! INFO SESSION AND INTRODUCTION WITH EMERSON, A GLOBAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY DRIVING INNOVATION THAT MAKES THE WORLD SAFER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE SUSTAINABLE
3:00 – 3:30 PMBRING YOUR ENERGY TO ALLIANT ENERGY, A MIDWEST ENERGY COMPANY! MEET OUR RECRUITERS AND VETERAN RESOURCE GROUP
3:30 – 4:00 PMVOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY JOBS: INFO SESSION WITH AIRSTREAMS RENEWABLES
4:00 – 4:30 PMCONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSWOMAN MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS (R-IA, 2)

The Hon. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, US Representative for Iowa’s 2nd District (R-IA, 2), US House of Representatives; Army Veteran
MODERATED BY: Julia Pyper, Vice President of Communications and Policy, Goodleap; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
7:00 – 9:00 PMPANEL AND NETWORKING SESSION: VETERAN CAREERS IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ECONOMY
In partnership with DLA Piper

Jesse Medlong, Associate, Litigation and Regulatory, DLA Piper; Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Member; Truman National Security Project Defense Council; Navy Veteran
Elizabeth Perez, President & Founder, GC Green; Navy Veteran
Tim Rebhorn, Manager, EnCap Energy Transition Fund; Navy Veteran
Donna Sanders, Chief Executive Officer, Virimodo; Marine Corps Veteran

Day 2 – Tuesday, August 3

The pathway to net zero

TimeSession
12:00 – 1:00 PMACHIEVING CARBON-FREE ELECTRICITY

KEYNOTE REMARKS BY: Miranda Ballentine, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance; Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy
Anne George, Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Communications, ISO New England
Mark Goodwin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Apex Clean Energy; Navy Veteran
Tim Hade, Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Scale Microgrid Solutions; Air Force Veteran
Bob Yeager, President of Power and Water Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
MODERATED BY: Emily Burlinghaus, Assistant Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
1:00 – 1:30 PMNOW HIRING! INFO SESSION & INTRODUCTION WITH EMERSON, A GLOBAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY DRIVING INNOVATION THAT MAKES THE WORLD SAFER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE SUSTAINABLE
1:00 – 1:30 PMNOW HIRING! NETWORKING & INTRODUCTION WITH APEX CLEAN ENERGY, A UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, WIND, AND STORAGE COMPANY
2:00 – 3:00 PMNEW-ENERGY MOBILITY

Tom Jensen, Senior Vice President, Transportation Policy, UPS
Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director, Transportation, Renewables, and Storage, Consumers Energy; Army Veteran
Lauren Riley, Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, United Airlines
MODERATED BY: Reed Blakemore, Deputy Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
3:15 – 3:45 PMCONVERSATION WITH SENATOR MIKE BRAUN (R-IN)

The Hon. Mike Braun, US Senator for Indiana (R-IN), US Senate; Co-Chair, US Senate Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
MODERATED BY: Julia Pyper, Vice President of Communications and Policy, Goodleap; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
4:00 – 5:15 PMTHE ROLE OF NUCLEAR IN NET ZERO

KEYNOTE REMARKS: Joyce Connery, Chair, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Dale Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer, NuScale; Navy Veteran
Caroline Cochran, Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Oklo
Chris Fendley, Director of Commercial Development, Terrapower; Navy Veteran
Jeff Harper, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, X-Energy
Marilyn Kray, Vice President of Nuclear Strategy and Development, Exelon
Bentina Chisolm Terry, Senior Vice President, Region External Affairs and Community Engagement, Georgia Power, Southern Company
MODERATED BY: Jennifer Gordon, Managing Editor and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
6:00 – 7:00 PMADVANCED ENERGY POLICY PRESENTATIONS

Jonathan Gillis, Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Research Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory; Marine Corps Veteran
Jesse Medlong, Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Associate, Litigation and Regulatory, DLA Piper; Navy Veteran
Taylor Searcy, Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Engineering Manager, DNV GL; Navy Veteran
CAPT Robin Tyner, USN (Ret.), Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Senior Oceanographer and Principal Analyst, Sonalysts; Navy Veteran
MODERATED BY: Dan Misch, Co-Director and Founder, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Navy Veteran

Day 3 – Wednesday, August 4

Leading in clean energy technology and innovation

TimeSession
12:00 – 1:30 PMMILITARY MICROGRIDS: VETERAN WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES
In partnership with GC Green

OPENING REMARKS BY: COL Greg Douquet, USMC (Ret.); Co-Director, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Marine Corps Veteran
Jerry Davis, Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Navy Veteran
Nate Johnson, Director, Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Perez, President & Founder, GC Green; Member; Truman National Security Project Defense Council; Navy Veteran
Mick Wasco, Utilities & Energy Management, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
MODERATED BY: Jonathan Gillis, Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Research Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory, Marine Corps Veteran
1:30 – 2:00 PM NOW HIRING! INFO SESSION AND INTRODUCTION WITH TERRAPOWER, A LEADING ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTOR COMPANY
2:00 – 3:00 PMENERGY INNOVATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

KEYNOTE REMARKS BY: Amanda Simpson, Vice President, Research and Technology, Airbus Americas; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy
ML Mackey, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Beacon Interactive Systems; Chair, National Small Business Association
COL Alphonso Trimble, USMC (Ret.); Director of Business Development, Intelligence, and Security, BAE Systems; Advisory Council, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Marine Corps Veteran
Troy Warshel, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, United States Air Force; Marine Corps Veteran
Michael Wu, Principal, Converge Strategies; Army Reservist
MODERATED BY: Jennifer Rocha, Executive Director-Innovation Programs, TechConnect
3:00 – 3:30 PM NOW HIRING! INFO SESSION AND INTRODUCTION WITH SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC
3:00 – 3:30 PM NOW HIRING! INFO SESSION AND INTRODUCTION WITH ENI, A GLOBAL ENERGY MAJOR
3:30 – 4:00 PMVETERANS ADVANCED ENERGY FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
4:00 – 5:00 PMTHE GEOPOLITICS OF THE ENERGY TRANSITION

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy & Director of the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines; Advisory Council, Veterans Advanced Energy Project
Landon Derentz, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East, US Department of Energy; Air Force Veteran
Sherri Goodman, Board Director, Atlantic Council; Former Undersecretary for Environmental Security, Department of Defense; Advisory Council, Veterans Advanced Energy Project
Julia Nesheiwat, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former Homeland Security Adviser to the President; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources; Army Veteran
John Smirnow, General Counsel and Vice President of Market Strategy, Solar Energy Industry Association
MODERATED BY: Margaret Jackson, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Navy Veteran
6:00 – 7:15 PMNATION IN TRANSITION FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
In partnership with the American Resilience Project

Edward Dee, Executive Director, Navajo Government Development Office; Army Veteran
ATC(AW) Ian Masayesva (Ret), USN, Solar Technician, Native Renewables; Navy Veteran
Suzanne Singer, Executive Director, Native Renewables
Roger Sorkin, Executive Director, American Resilience Project; Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
Terzah Tippin Poe, Principal, ICS | TRIO Global Solutions; Lecturer & Mentor, Harvard Arctic Initiative; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
MODERATED BY: Zachary Strauss, Assistant Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

Day 4 – Thursday, August 5

Career transition to the advanced energy industry

TimeSession
12:00 – 1:00 PMBREAKING INTO CLEAN ENERGY: WHAT MAKES FOR SUCCESSFUL EXTERNAL HIRES

Mary Coyne, Junior Officer Leadership Program, General Electric; Navy Veteran
Matt Kellam, Military & Recruitment Program Coordinator – Talent Acquisition, Dominion Energy; Marine Corps Veteran
Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director, Transportation, Renewables, and Storage, Consumers Energy; Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow (Cohort 1), Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Army Veteran
Sean Powers, Senior Project Manager, Battery Storage, Fluence; Navy Veteran
Mollie Sanders, Recruiting Manager, Invenergy
Shalin Shah, Renewables & Energy Solutions Recruiter, Shell
MODERATED BY: Michael Petersen, Commercial Manager, Renewable Natural Gas, Shell; Veterans Advanced Energy Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Navy Veteran
1:00 – 1:30 PMLAUNCH YOUR CAREER WITH AIRBUS, PIONEERING SAFE, SUSTAINABLE AEROSPACE SOLUTIONS
1:30 – 2:00 PM LEARN ABOUT ISO NEW ENGLAND AND HOW YOUR SKILLS CAN BE USED TO RUN NEW ENGLAND’S ENERGY GRID
2:00 – 3:30 PMCAREER CONNECT PANEL AND NETWORKING DISCUSSION
In partnership with Solar Ready Vets

Alyson De Soto, Senior Associate, Asset Management, Invenergy; Navy Veteran
Megan Howes, Program Manager, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Chris Lettman, Business Development Director, Nautilus Solar; Marine Corps Veteran
Josh Kenyon, Development Manager, Core Development Group; Air Force Veteran
William Nesbitt, Renewable Energy Operations Manager, Core Development Group; Navy Veteran
Jim Purekal, Manager, Market Development and Policy, SunPower; Marine Corps Veteran
Will Thompson, Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Co-Founder, Nexamp; Army Veteran
3:30 – 4:00 PM EDTCLIMATE SECURITY AND THE ENERGY TRANISTION: A VIEW FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Richard G. Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment & Energy Resilience, Department of Defense

MODERATED BY: Margaret Jackson, Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy Week, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
4:00 – 4:15 PMCALL TO ACTION AND CLOSING REMARKS

Randolph Bell, Director, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
COL Greg Douquet, USMC (Ret.), Co-Director, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Marine Corps Veteran
VADM Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment; Advisory Council, Veterans Advanced Energy Project; Navy Veteran

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