Women in Green Energy & Automotive Forum

[This event is also posted on the following pages: WINS - Energy, Automotive, and Network San Francisco]

Come join us at the amazing space 'Jabil Blue Sky Center' in San Jose for an afternoon forum focusing on Women in Green Energy and Automotive spaces.

We will be having 2 keynotes, 2 panels, tours of Jabil and a networking reception, starting at 1pm.

This will be a great opportunity for Women in Energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro etc) Women in Automotive to come together and discuss latest in technologies, innovation, opportunities for careers and investments.

Men are always welcome and encouraged to attend all WITI events.

Featured Speaker(s)

Joanne Moretti GM Radius Innovation & Development;SVP & CMO Jabil

Joanne has over 30 years experience, including 7+ years in IT within the finance, and manufacturing sectors; 21 years in sales; and 2 years in WW product marketing and analyst relations; and most recently 2 years in Learning & Development. She has won two Women of Influence Awards and has published numerous articles. Joanne's specialties include building global and enabling account teams, growing revenues, and maintaining client loyalty, carrying quotas between 2.0M and .500B.

As HP Sales University's first dean, Joanne's mission is to deliver a complete, world-class learning experience that develops the skills, knowledge and behavior needed to set sales professionals on the path to personal and professional success. She focuses on supporting four empowering factors: industry knowledge, business acumen, enterprise business solutions, and sales methodologies.

A business thought leader, social networking enthusiast, and prolific author who speaks frequently at industry events, Joanne is a board member for Alteryx, a software company located in the Bay Area. In addition to all that, Joanne is the proud mom to two children and yet remains active in numerous IT and women's leadership organizations.


Susan Brennan, Chief Operations Officer, Bloom Energy

Susan Seilheimer Brennan has 25 years of experience in global manufacturing and operations for the automotive and energy industries, with strategic leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies Nissan Motor and Ford Motor. She is one of the few women who have held an executive position at a leading Japanese corporation. Her unique experience includes spearheading several large-scale initiatives within complex, global organizations aimed at addressing financial challenges. Brennan drove the companies’ transformations with systemic process and corporate culture change, including managing international teams through difficult business transitions that led to improved operational and labor efficiency.
Brennan is an experienced independent non-executive Director to the Board of Senior plc, an international, market-leading, engineering solutions provider with 33 operations in 14 countries headquartered in the U.K.
As Chief Operations Officer for Bloom Energy, Brennan is the chief executive responsible for all new product launch strategy and sales execution, operations, capacity management, global supply chain, purchasing, labor management, EHS strategy and compliance and government affairs. This includes providing leadership in revenue, sales and bid delivery and contract negotiations, with shared accountability with the Chief Technology Officer.


Lisa J. Bahash, SVP, Automotive and Transportation, Jabil Engineered Solutions Group

Lisa Bahash is an experienced and successful C-Suite executive. In 2016, Ms. Bahash joined Jabil Circuit, Inc. the world’s leading electronics manufacturing services company. She serves as the Senior Vice President, Automotive and Transportation business for Electronics Manufacturing Services Division. Ms. Bahash was hired into Jabil’s leadership team to transform its Automotive business from a service-based model to a product-creation model. She is responsible for driving 3X top line growth and margin expansion in the fast-growing automotive electronics, efficiency and connected vehicle market.

During her 28-year career in the automotive OEM and Tier 1 supplier sector, she has built an impressive set of technical, operational and business leadership experiences that position her to lead Jabil’s automotive growth platform. She has a proven track record of improving profitability, leading business realignment efforts, integrating business operations and revenue growth in new markets. She has excellent global customer and strategic business acumen from her experience in automotive and other related spaces.

In November 2015, Ms. Bahash was recognized as one of Automotive News Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, an honor only bestowed every 5 years.

Ms. Bahash holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


MaryAnn Wright, Group Vice President Technology and Industry Relations, Johnson Controls

MaryAnn Wright is a successful 28-year automotive industry executive. Her dynamic and engaging style have enabled her to build high-performing teams and deliver outstanding results throughout her career at Ford Motor Company, Collins & Aikman and Johnson Controls.

She currently serves as the Group Vice President Engineering and Product Development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. She leads the global engineering, product development and R&D activities from idea to commercialization, across the full continuum of energy storage solutions.

Wright is recognized as a pioneer in her field. She spent the first 18 years of her career at Ford Motor Company, where she had roles of increasing responsibility in Finance, Program Management, Engineering, Product Launch and Plant leadership. Wright was the Chief Engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first hybrid-electric SUV and the North American International Autoshow “2005 Truck of the Year”. Wright also led the launch of Ford’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet program. In her last role at Ford, she served as the Director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, responsible for all hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered activities.

Wright has been recognized for her many accomplishments. She was named to the Wall Street Journal’s “Top 50 Women to Watch”, the Biz Journals “Woman of Influence”, and Automotive News as "Leading 100 Women in the Automotive Industry" for multiple years running. Her efforts to implement a more diverse workforce and encourage women to become leaders in manufacturing industries received recognition from the Manufacturing Institute for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Award” in 2015,
Wright earned her BA in Economics and International Business at the University of Michigan, where she also received her Masters of Science in Engineering. She earned her MBA from Wayne State University.


Sarie Lovell - Vice President Commercial Asset Management - Longroad Energy
Ms. Lovell has seventeen years of experience in finance and analytical roles, including eight years in the renewable energy space, where she has held multiple leadership roles within the asset management discipline.
In late 2016, Lovell was chosen to lead the asset management function for the newly formed Longroad Energy, an innovative developer, owner, operator, and service provider for wind and solar assets.
Prior to Longroad, she served as Managing Director, Asset Management for SunEdison (SunE). In this role she oversaw over 2 GW of installed solar and wind facilities in the US and Canada, managing a team that included asset managers, as well as energy scheduling and revenue optimization, REC contracting, and purchasing for the operating turbine fleet.


Anna Paderna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Head of Human Resources �" Electronics Research Lab

An affiliate of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Anna Paderna has over 13 years of Human Resources experience, much of it in the Silicon Valley. Her HR roots started at Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison, once a top international law firm and a leader in IPOs. After the dot-com crash she grew her experience in leadership roles, establishing HR within startups and ramping up high-growth organizations. She has been on both side of mergers and acquisitions, and has assisted with the sale of an eLearning and compliance company that was eventually acquired by UL.

She currently leads Human Resources at the Electronics Research Lab, and R&D site where autonomous vehicles and other mobility related electronics are being developed. Here, she strives to strike a balance between the two very diverse cultures of high tech Silicon Valley and an automotive manufacturing giant.


Elizabeth I. Mayo, Ph.D. - Head of Department, Laboratory Services - DNV GL �" Energy Advisory

Dr. Mayo is a renewable energy consultant with more than 12 years of research and manufacturing experience. Throughout her career she has served in a broad array of roles in business development, product marketing, operations, and independent engineering as well being responsible for overall product and department financial performance. She currently manages all business operations for DNV GL’s Energy Advisory Laboratory Services for PV Module, Inverter and Battery reliability and performance testing. Prior to DNV GL, she was a product manager for a number of disruptive Solar and Semiconductor technologies at Applied Materials.


Reema Poddar, Executive VP�" Head of Business Operations, AdFender

Reema Poddar is a seasoned senior executive who heads the operations and business development for AdFender Inc, a security software startup that focuses on online privacy, eliminating malvertisements and helping users enjoy an annoyance free browsing experience. Until very recently she led GE Digitals’s Core software technology team that drives thought leadership and execution of the digitalization strategy. She was responsible for identifying and executing on growth levers that leveraged IT, Operations, Security and Go-to-market functions across GE’s Product and Application portfolio on PREDIX platform for Industrial Internet Initiatives.

Reema has a unique profile that spans Global Engineering, Product development and Professional Services expertise. In GE she has held several strategic roles leading varied business verticals like Industrial Automation, Manufacturing, Energy Management, Oil & Gas and Healthcare. For GE’s new start up software business - GE Digital ,San Ramon, California she laid the foundation, processes and practices for their flag ship product Asset Performance Management software portfolio, a SAAS offering that delivered a substantial year over year growth. Before GE she was the technology leader for Intellution Inc, Boston a start up business focused on industrial Automation Software that GE acquired in 2002.

She is very passionate about talent development and strongly believes in creating high performance organizations. She dedicates time for coaching and mentoring to create a driven and motivational team. She strongly believes that transparency, collaboration,team work and humility is key to high employee satisfaction and leads to high customer satisfaction. She has created and led several programs within and outside GE to support this cause through affinity groups and technology adoption. Reema has a Masters in computer Science and a Masters in Electronics.


Jennifer Brace, User Interface Research Supervisor, Ford Innovation Center, Ford Motor Company

Jennifer Brace has been working at Ford Motor Company for ten years, with the majority of her time in the Human Machine Interface (HMI) group as a user interface engineer. Since 2006, she has been on the HMI team defining, testing, and refining the user interface of the MyFord Touch system, allowing drivers to better interact with their infotainment systems. In order to do this, Ms. Brace defines the type of interface needed (touch screen, hard switches, voice rec, etc.), logic around performing a task (if a driver wants to save a radio preset, how do they do it?), layout of the controls (where do buttons belong?), and then works with graphic designers to create a visually interesting and user-friendly system.

This role has allowed Ms. Brace the opportunity to collaborate with well-respected companies in the industry - Microsoft, Ideo, Razorfish, Team Detroit, Teleca, Latcha, B-Square, to name a few. She has also had the pleasure of being a spokesperson for the product at many tech and auto shows, as well as appearing in two national commercials.


Dada Nabhaniilananda, Mindfulness and Creativity Consultant The Monk Dude

Dada Nabhaniilananda is a yoga monk, a keynote speaker, an author and a musician. He teaches a holistic lifestyle centered around meditation, yoga, and social service, believing that service to the community and engagement in progressive social and environmental action are an integral part of a full spiritual life. A journey of self-discovery took him away from his home in New Zealand at an early age, and ultimately to India. He has been guiding and teaching students all over the world for more than 30 years.

He has appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama and spoken for TEDx, Google, Facebook, Cisco, and Intel, about using meditation to develop such leadership qualities as creativity, compassion, and wisdom.

Schedule of Events

12:30pm - 1:00pm ~ Checkin / At door Registration
Networking / Light Snacks and beverages

1:00pm - 1:05pm ~ Welcome / Introductions

1:05pm - 2:05pm ~ Keynote:"From Spirulina to Electric Cars to Clean Energy - A journey in Leadership and Technology" - Susan Brennan , Chief Operations Officer, Bloom Energy (last 10 minutes Q&A)

2:05pm - 2:10pm ~ Break

2:10pm - 3:10pm ~ Panel: Careers and Opportunities in Green Energy/Automotive (Last 10 minutes Q/A)

3:10pm - 3:15pm ~ Break

3:15pm - 3:40pm ~ Activity: Mindfulness and Collaboration - Dada Nabhaniilananda - The Monk Dude

3:40pm - 3:45pm ~ Break

3:45pm - 4:45pm ~ Dialog with:
Joanne Moretti, GM Radius Innovation & Development;SVP & CMO Jabil,
Lisa J. Bahash, SVP, Automotive and Transportation, Jabil Engineered Solutions Group
MaryAnn Wright, Group Vice President Technology and Industry Relations, Johnson Controls (last 10 minutes Q&A)

4:45pm - 5:45pm ~ Jabil Tours (1/2 hour tours)

5:00pm - 6:45pm ~ Networking Reception

6:45pm - 7:00pm ~ Raffle and Wrap-up