Conference Speakers

Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

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Eileen Claussen is the President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Strategies for the Global Environment. Ms. Claussen is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Claussen served for three years as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Environmental Affairs at the National Security Council. She has also served as Chairman of the United Nations Multilateral Montreal Protocol Fund.

Ms. Claussen was Director of Atmospheric Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she was responsible for activities related to the depletion of the ozone layer; Title IV of the Clean Air Act; and the EPA’s energy efficiency programs, including the Green Lights program and the Energy Star program.

Ms. Claussen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Singapore Energy Advisory Committee, the Ecomagination Advisory Board, the Natural Gas Council, the Harvard Environmental Economics Program Advisory Panel, and the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission’s Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the Department of State’s Career Achievement Award and the Distinguished Executive Award for Sustained Extraordinary Accomplishment. She also served as the Timothy Atkeson Scholar in Residence at Yale University.

Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner, City of Chicago, Department of Environment

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Suzanne Malec-McKenna serves as Commissioner of the Department of Environment for the City of Chicago. She was nominated by Mayor Daley for the position in August 2007, and has more than 20 years experience in environmental issues, including sustainable development and ecological preservation and restoration.

Commissioner Malec-McKenna has served for nearly 16 years in the Department of Environment, most recently as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources and Water Quality. 

Commissioner Malec-McKenna has led key efforts for the Department, including Greencorps Chicago, the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the Calumet Initiative, the Chicago Conservation Corps and the implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan.  She has a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; a M.S. in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University and is currently seeking her Ph.D. from Northwestern in Communication Studies.

Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

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Patricia Pineda is Group Vice President at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) with primary responsibility for national philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation. Ms. Pineda joined TMA in September 2004 as Group Vice President of Corporate Communications and General Counsel.

Prior to joining TMA, Ms. Pineda spent twenty years at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), the corporate joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors Corporation where she served as Vice President, Human Resources, Government and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Pineda received a bachelor of arts degree from Mills College in 1974 and a juris doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977.

John W. Rowe, Chairman and CEO, Exelon

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John W. Rowe is the chairman and chief executive officer of Exelon Corporation, a utility holding company headquartered in Chicago.  Exelon has the largest market capitalization in the electric utility industry.  Its retail affiliates serve 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and its generation affiliate operates the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the nation.

Mr. Rowe is the senior chief executive in the utility industry, having served in such positions since 1984.  Mr. Rowe has led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison.  Mr. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale.  Mr. Rowe serves on the board and executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute and is the past chairman of NEI and the Edison Electric Institute.  He is also co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy, an industry and environmental organization dealing with climate change.  He is a member of the boards of directors of Sunoco and the Northern Trust Company.  In both 2008 and 2009, Institutional Investor named Mr. Rowe the best electric utilities CEO in America. 

Mr. Rowe is committed to a wide variety of civic and charitable activities, with a focus on education, science, history and diversity.  He serves as chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and President of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.  He is the former chairman of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum.  He is a member of the boards of the Field Museum, the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.  Along with his wife, Jeanne, and son, William, he established the Rowe Family Charitable Trust.  The Rowes and the Family Trust have founded the Rowe Professorship of Architecture and the Rowe Family Endowed Chair in Sustainable Energy at IIT, the Rowe Professorship of Byzantine History and the Rowe Family Professorship in Greek History at the University of Wisconsin, and the Curator of Evolutionary Biology at the Field Museum.  The Trust also co-founded the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.  The Rowes serve as patrons of the Pope John Paul II parochial school on Chicago’s southwest side and the Rowe Elementary School.

Mr. Rowe has been widely recognized for his civic and professional leadership.  Recent awards include the Edison Electric Institute Distinguished Leadership Award (2009), election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2009), the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Leadership Award (2009), the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel H. Burnham Award for Business and Civic Leadership (2008), induction into the Junior Achievement’s Chicago Business Hall of Fame (2008), Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Humanitarian award (2008), Civic Federation of Chicago’s Lyman Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Leadership (2008), the National Latino Education Institute Corporate Leadership Award (2008), University of Arizona’s Executive of the Year Award (2007), the Union League of Philadelphia’s Founder’s Award for Business Leadership (2005), the American Jewish Committee’s Civic Leadership Award (2004), El Valor’s Corporate Visionary Award (2003), the City Club of Chicago’s Citizen of the Year Award (2002), and the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Award (2000).

Mr. Rowe holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.  He has also received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  Mr. Rowe holds honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Bryant College and Thomas College.

Former Senator John Warner

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John Warner rejoined Hogan & Hartson after his decision not to seek a sixth term as U.S. Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his 30 years in the Senate, he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including three periods as Chairman, and was viewed as one of the most influential senators on military and foreign policy issues. At varying times, The Senator also served on the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions Committee; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Select Committee on Intelligence (where he served as Vice Chairman for several years); Commerce Committee; Environment and Public Works Committee; and Rules Committee (where he served as Chair for several years). Most recently, he was the lead co-sponsor with Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) on climate change legislation.

Libby Archell, Communications Director, Alcoa Foundation, Alcoa

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Libby Archell is head of communications and employee engagement at Alcoa Foundation. In this role she leads the effective leverage of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation philanthropic activities and oversees the company’s global volunteer program, which engages over 20,000 employees across 23 countries.

Committed to remaining at the forefront of best practice in the constantly evolving fields of employee engagement and environmental sustainability, Alcoa launched the Make an Impact personal carbon footprint reduction program for employees and neighbors in 2006, becoming widely recognized as a pioneer of ‘green’ employee engagement.  An advisor from its inception, Ms. Archell has led the transfer of Make an Impact across Alcoa’s global business, with the program now being implemented at peer companies including Entergy Corporation and Bank of America.

Ms. Archell joined Alcoa in 2005 and prior to taking up her current role led the company’s philanthropic and employee volunteer programs in Australia.

Maura Beard, Director, Strategic Communications, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Buildings, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Maura Beard is the Director of Strategic Communications for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Buildings. She has over 15 years of experience in public affairs and strategic communications, public policy, and public administration. Specific areas of expertise include message development and dissemination, marketing and outreach, and program design and implementation.

Ms. Beard is responsible for managing America’s most well-known energy efficiency brand in the commercial and industrial marketplace – EPA’s ENERGY STAR. Under her direction, EPA – through the ENERGY STAR program - has significantly expanded its reach to consumer, business, and environmental-minded audiences with actionable information on saving energy and fighting global warming.

Ms. Beard has appeared on network and affiliate television and radio programs and has been interviewed by many major print and online media outlets, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Reuters, Bloomberg, Newsweek, and others. Ms. Beard holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A from Villanova University.

Betsy Blaisdell, Senior Manager, Environmental Stewardship, Timberland

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Betsy Blaisdell is the Senior Manager of Environmental Stewardship for The Timberland Company, headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire. 

In this capacity, Ms. Blaisdell is responsible for implementing programs and policies designed to reduce Timberland's environmental footprint.  Specifically, she leads the execution of projects that reduce energy, chemical, and resource use at Timberland owned and operated facilities worldwide and supports internal teams in adopting more sustainable business practices. 

Aside from her focus on Timberland’s environmental stewardship, Ms. Blaisdell is also involved in several cross-brand initiatives aimed at improving the environmental performance of suppliers, including the Outdoor Industry Association Eco-Working Group and the Leather Working Group.

Prior to joining Timberland, Ms. Blaisdell served as the Industrial Energy Manager under NH governors Benson and Shaheen. She also co-developed the nation's first mixed plastics recycling/manufacturing facility under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Blaisdell's other work experience includes international environmental policy development with the U.S. Department of State and environmental education with the National Park Service.

A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Ms. Blaisdell earned her BS in Environmental Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and her MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Kevin Butt, General Manager/Chief Environmental/Safety Officer, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America

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Mr. Kevin Butt is the General Manager/Chief Environmental Officer of Environmental/Safety Engineering.  He is responsible for the development of Environmental/Safety Programs and Regulatory/Legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations.

Prior to Environmental/Safety Engineering Mr. Butt was the Assistant General Manager of Body Production Engineering for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TMMNA).  Mr. Butt started working for Toyota in 1992.  Prior to his career with Toyota, Mr. Butt worked for AK Steel Company where he was Manager of Environmental Affairs.

Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy

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Kateri Callahan brings more than 20 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-government organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.  Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Ms. Callahan leads a staff of more than fifty; oversees a budget of approximately $10 million annually; and works with the Alliance Board of Directors, which includes Members of Congress, state and local officials and top corporate and NGO executives, to establish and oversee the core objectives and strategic plans for the organization.

Ms. Callahan serves as the principal spokesperson for the Alliance, appearing regularly before the Congress and the media, and addressing conferences and gatherings around the world.  She is a trusted source for credible information on energy efficiency and its role in addressing the environmental, economic and national security issues associated with the use of energy.

Ms. Callahan serves as the Co-Chair of The Keystone Center Energy Board and on the Boards of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the Building Performance Institute, and The Keystone Center.  She also serves on an advisory council to the periodical Better Homes and Gardens and to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Energy Institute.  In June 2009, Ms. Callahan was among the 23 inaugural inductees to the new Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame established by Johnson Controls Inc. and the United States Energy Association.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Callahan served for 11 years as the president/executive director of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes battery, hybrid, and fuel cell transportation technologies.  She also has served previously as a director of government relations for a nonprofit organization, as a non-lawyer professional at a Washington, D.C-based law firm, and as a legislative assistant to a U.S. senator.

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