EDGE Seminar

The EDGE Seminar on Energy & Environment gives Duke MBAs a unique opportunity to learn about today’s most important energy and environment industry issues directly from senior business executives. In this for-credit curricular offering, Fuqua students have a chance to engage in candid conversations in a small-group setting with influential leaders who have deep industry experience and knowledge. Seminars cover topics ranging from global energy market economics and finance to value chain sustainability, carbon markets, and energy technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

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Upcoming Semester

Fall 2019 (Energy Focus)

Sept. 11
Andrew Slaughter, Executive Director, Center for Energy Solutions, Deloitte

Sept. 18
Eric Rohlfing, Former Senior Technical Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Dept. of Energy

Sept. 25
Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition

Oct. 2
Scarlett Harrod, Director, Customer Engagement for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, ABB

Oct. 30
Camilo Serna, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy

Nov. 13
Mark Laabs, Managing Director, Modern Energy

Dec. 4
Synthesis class & discussion

Recent Past Semesters

Spring 2019 (Business+Environment Focus)

Jan. 30
Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Retired USMC Colonel, Co-Founder, Long Haul Capital Group, LLC and Author, The New Grand Strategy

Feb. 6
Paul Straub, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Wireframe Ventures

Feb. 20
Sarah Nash, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase

Mar. 20
Lisa Manley, Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars, Inc.

Apr. 3
Alison Taylor, Managing Director, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

Apr. 10
Alex Dehgan, CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

Apr. 24
Synthesis class & discussion

Fall 2018 (Energy Focus)

Sept. 12
Garry Golden, Senior Futurist, futurethink

Sept. 26
Burhan Koç
Director, Sustainability & Renewable Energy Solutions, ENGIE

Oct. 3
Katherine Canoy, Deal Maker, Renewable Energy, Walmart

Oct. 10
Elizabeth Schwarze, Vice President, Global Exploration, Chevron

Oct. 31
Hannah Polikov, Director, Public Utility Commission Program, Advanced Energy Economy

Nov. 14
Chris Doerfler, Founder, 3DFS

Spring 2018

Jan. 31
Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Vivint Solar

Feb. 14
Brian Thompson, Cleantech Entrepreneur & Investor

Feb. 21
Gloria Qiao, Zoox

Mar. 21
Amy Winsor, Principal, Energy & Resources, Deloitte

Apr. 4
Norman Bay, Past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Apr. 11
Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes

Fall 2017

Sept. 13
“Financing A Grand Strategy of Sustainability 2017-2021”
Patrick Doherty, President, Long Haul Capital Group and Co-Author, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century

Sept. 27
“Understanding Commodity Markets”
Rob Latoff, Partner and North American Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice lead, McKinsey & Co. (retired)

Oct. 11
Gareth Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Statoil Energy Ventures, Statoil

Nov. 1
“How GM is ‘charging’ toward the future”
Doug Parks, Vice President, Autonomous Technology and Vehicle Execution, General Motors (GM)

Nov. 15
“Driving Sustainable Growth”
Dawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainable Development, DuPont

Nov. 29
“Project Gigaton:  Driving Scale to Meet the Climate Challenge”
Katherine Neebe, Director of Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Walmart

Spring 2017

Feb. 1
Transitioning to a more sustainable electricity grid: flashpoints and trends in a new political environment”
Chris Vlahoplus, Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader, ScottMadden

Feb. 15
Pollinator Sustainability Strategy – lessons in how a real global issue catalyzed business decision making”
Paula Alexander, Director, Sustainable Business, Burt’s Bees

Mar. 22
“Development and Financing of Renewable Energy Projects – An ‘In-the-Trenches’ Perspective”
Rory Huntly, Vice President, Jacobs Capital; Bill Stark, Founder and CEO, Stark Energy LLC; and Chris Wedding, Founder and Managing Partner, IronOak Energy

Mar. 29
“Building Energy & Infrastructure Businesses across the Americas”
Brendan Duval, Managing Partner, Glenfarne Group

Apr. 5
Pricing carbon: The Path to Sustainability”
Bill Eacho, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Co-Founder, Partnership for Responsible Growth

Apr. 12
“Energy Everywhere: Rethinking Energy Delivery Infrastructure Down to the Last Centimeter”
Kevin Clark, President and Founder, Content Evolution LLC

Fall 2016

Sept. 7
“The Acceleration of the Transformation of the Electric Power Industry”
Jim Rogers, Retired Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy and Author, Lighting the World: Transforming our energy future by bringing electricity to everyone

Sept. 14
Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation: New Financing Mechanisms for Catalyzing Private Sector Investment”
Sanjiv Malhotra Ph.D, Director, U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Investment Center

Sept. 21
Cuba’s energy crisis and achieving a low energy intensity society”
Carlos Fernández-Aballí Altamirano, PhD, Chief Strategy Consultant, Cuba Strategies Inc.

Sept. 28
“The Future of Corporate Reporting: Sustainability and Transparency”
Kristen Sullivan, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, Deloitte Global

Nov. 9
The Greenest Square Foot is the One You Never Have to Build
Alan McGinty, Senior Director, Global Workplace Innovation Group, Cisco

Nov. 16
American Refining Group: A Sustainable Strategy Case Study”
Tim Brown, CEO, American Refining Group

Spring 2016

Jan. 27
“Flipping the switch: Engaging customers and building a new energy delivery model”
Terry Sobolewski, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, National Grid, and Matthew Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Feb. 3
“Investing on the basis of measured environmental productivity”
Tim Dunn, Founder, Managing Member, and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha Investments

Feb. 10
“Entrepreneurship and crisis management in the oil and gas industry”
Pedro Santos, Founder & CEO, Hicor Technologies

Mar. 23
“The business case for corporate social responsibility at Bank of America”
Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Bank of America

Mar. 30
“The ExxonMobil outlook for energy to 2040 – China’s significant influence”
Robbie Luxbacher, Retired Vice President, Wholesale & Specialties – Global Business Unit, ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, ExxonMobil

Apr. 6
“A rational view of renewables pricing in the U.S.”
Peter Toomey, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Duke Energy

Fall 2015

Sept. 23
“Above ground: Social, environmental, and political barriers to profitability in the oil and gas industry”
Nils Magnussen, Director, Business Development, Chevron

Sept. 30
“Utility-scale wind & solar power, and storage in the U.S.: Current reality and future possibilities”
Rebecca Kujawa, Vice President, Business Management, NextEra Energy Resources

Oct. 7
“Problematic dimensions of U.S.-Mexico energy relationships”
George Baker, Publisher, Mexico Energy Intelligence and Director, Energia.com
Patrick Duddy, Director, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Duke University

Nov. 4
“Practical sustainability”
Mitch Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, FedEx

Nov. 18
“Yieldcos, total return vehicles and GPs: Infrastructure investment in the age of low rates”
Brian Bolster, Global Head of Power and Infrastructure Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

Dec. 2
“Behavioral demand response (BDR) approach and challenges”
Pete Curtice, Vice President, Strategic Sales, Opower