Dr. Katharine Wilkinson will focus on how women and efforts to reach gender parity are a critical lever to reduce the negative impact of climate change. As highlighted in Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reduce Global Warming, Dr. Wilkinson will zero in on how educating women and advocating for family planning are the 6th and 7th top solutions, respectively, to reverse climate change.
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown, where she is advancing the organization’s message, reach, and influence around the world. She was lead writer for the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming—the #1 environmental book of 2017.
Katharine’s interdisciplinary background cuts across research, strategy, advocacy, and thought leadership. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse. She has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.
As an international public speaker, Katharine’s perspective has been featured by Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, and The Weather Channel. Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.
For more details, listen to Dr. Wilkinson’s interview with Dr. Marshall Shepherd on Weather Geeks here.Featured Video: Solving Climate Change- The Opportunity for Business
Nathalie Molina Niño will help participants re-imagine gender parity as a core lens through which individuals can manage their investments. Far ahead of the “add women and stir” model, she will probe the correlation between gender and investments and how they can be unified.
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments and the writer of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Tarcher Perigee, a Penguin Random House imprint). She is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, Nathalie is a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart.
Prior to launching BRAVA, Nathalie led the launch of SELF MADE, the company, mobile app, learning platform and NY Times Best Selling book by Telemundo’s former Entertainment president, Nely Galan. In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. And in 2012, while at Columbia University, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20.
Prior to Athena, Molina Niño was involved in launching and growing a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries. At Lionbridge she helped lead the growth of its largest business from approx $5M in 2003 to nearly $100M in 2009, including the inception of the strategic relationship with Microsoft Bing.
Molina Niño has advised industry leaders in both the for- and non-profit sector ranging from multinationals (Disney, Microsoft, MTV, The Discovery Channel, Mattel), early stage startups (Cranium, Onvia) and non-profits (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council, Seattle International Film Festival, Athena). She writes and is quoted widely in the media, from best-selling books like Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek to diverse media outlets ranging from Bitch Magazine to Forbes, Time Inc and CNN Money.
As New York City & State’s Corporate Social Responsibility Honoree, Nathalie has been recognized for her exceptional leadership in educating women founders. Keith Ferrazzi called her a “super-connector” in his updated best-selling classic, Never Eat Alone. Nathalie is the “fuel core of a network that makes it easy for her to tap the resources to get stuff done, and done quickly.”
For more details, check out Nathalie’s featured article with the Washington Post on Investing in Women.Featured Video: Bankrolling Business Benefitting Women
Laura LaRosa will moderate a conversation that interweaves Dr. Wilkinson and Nathalie Molina Niño’s perspectives, building a framework enabling investors to empower and educate women.
Laura LaRosa is Glenmede’s Executive Director. As an executive member of the Company’s Management Committee, she is responsible for setting the strategy and practices that guide the Company’s business development professionals. Ms. LaRosa and her team spearhead initiatives to broaden relationships with individuals, families, endowments and foundations.
Ms. LaRosa joined Glenmede in 1994 and has over 30 years of experience in fixed income trading, sales and client development, and she is a member of Glenmede’s Investment Policy Committee. Prior to her current role, Ms. LaRosa served as Director of Portfolio Management, overseeing a team of investment professionals responsible for managing $17 billion of assets for clients, and was previously Director of Fixed Income, managing over $7 billion in assets.
A frequent speaker on portfolio management, fixed income, impact and gender-lens investing and investment strategy, Ms. LaRosa was recognized as one of 2017’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector.
Active in her community, Ms. LaRosa is a member of the Board of the Committee of Seventy, the Barnes Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Board, Friends of Rittenhouse Square, the Williamson College of the Trades, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children as well as the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts. She is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women.
Ms. LaRosa received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.Featured Article: Gender Lens Investing Builds Traction