“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.”
― Dr. Vandana Shiva
In a world where women have been the voice of home, family and community for centuries, and have struggled to balance the evolution of career with the values of humanity, it comes as no surprise that there has been a rise in recent years of women leaders in sustainability. The fight for a healthy and environmentally sound future for our children and communities is part of women’s core nature as nurturers, community unifiers, and advocates for a better life. With the growing urgency of climate change and the immediate need for action, more and more we are seeing women inspired to do more than just speak out and advocate, but stepping into the trenches as hands-on industry leaders in a variety of environmental and industry related fields.
Recognizing the value and importance of women in these roles, Women in Green Forum (one of the largest conferences for women in environmental professions) once again brings together an international audience for this year’s annual conference. Just one week away — slated for August 26th at the TreePeople Conference Center in Los Angele — this important event is wrapped around a powerful theme: “Tomorrow by Design”. Produced by Three Squares Inc. and now in its sixth year, this premier conference brings together an international audience of women (and some men) from all aspects of the environmental industry to discuss the latest sustainability innovations, develop stronger cross-industry professional networks, and build upon each other’s successes to ignite environmental action.
“Tomorrow By Design” features a dynamic lineup of panels and keynote presentations and just announced yesterday, this year’s Care2 Impact Award, as well as a Women in green Trailblazer Award, will be given to Dr. Vandana Shiva in special recognition for her extraordinary work and her outstanding achievements as an environmental activist and advocate of organic farming, fair trade, women’s rights and conservation. As Founder of both the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun and Navdanya, Dr. Shiva is a globally recognized sustainable farming advocate who Time Magazine identified as an environmental ‘hero’ and Asia Week designated her as one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. In a direct quote from Women In green’s Founder, Jaime Nack, “As a leading voice in international conservation efforts, Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice of agriculture and food, and we’re honored to recognize her leadership at this year’s Women In Green Forum.”
As part of the exciting program, Women in green has arrange for the White House and the Government of Mexico to each feature a top woman leader driving their country’s sustainability and energy strategy in a bilateral discussion covering the role that women have played in shaping government sustainability plans (including the fact that the last two EPA Administrators for the U.S. have been women). Featured in this discussion will be Manisha D. Patel, Deputy General Counsel, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President of the United States and Jimena Fernandez, Innovation and Institutional Improvement Officer, SAE, SHCP, Government of Mexico.
There will be a cutting-edge session focused on the power of behavioral economics and using the “Power of Nudge” communication. Panelists Juliette Finzi Hart, Ph.D. (Founder & Principal Researcher, Thalassa Research & Consulting), Ashley Crowder (Founder of VNTANA) and Jaime Nack, (Founder of One Drop Interactive) will discuss this and a whole new class of virtual reality technology called “eco tech” that uses virtual reality, gamification, augmented reality and holograms to inspire behavior change around environmental issues and expand the reach of environmental initiatives.
It will be a full and impactful day of sessions, panels, workshops, discussions, networking and exchange featuring the thought-provoking voices of speakers such as; Jehmu Greene, President of WakaWaka North America (appointed to the United States National Commission for UNESCO in 2010); Lisha B. Smith, Deputy Executive Officer of Legislative & Public Affairs, South Coast Air Quality Management District; Dr. Juliette Finzi Hart, Founder & Principal Researcher at Thalassa Research & Consulting and Marine & Climate Science Specialist at USC; Barbara Bouza, Managing Director, Principal at Gensler; Jessalyn Ishigo, Environmental Product and Policy Analyst at American Honda Motor Company, Inc., Jen Boynton, Editor-in-Chief at TriplePundit.com; Natasha Nummedal, Director of Advocacy Campaigns at Care2.com; Lauren Meling, Senior Digital Manager at The Climate Reality Project; Jordan Howard, Social Good Strategist and other women leaders from notable companies and organizations.
For more information on the Women in Green Forum and to view a complete agenda, visit http://www.womeningreenforum.com