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

Spring 2017

Feb. 1
Chris Vlahoplus, Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader, ScottMadden

Feb. 15
Paula Alexander, Director, Sustainable Business, Burt’s Bees

Mar. 22
Eunice Heath, Global Director, Sustainability, Dow Chemical

Mar. 29
Brendan Duval, Managing Partner, Glenfarne Group

Apr. 5
Bill Eacho, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Co-Founder, Partnership for Responsible Growth

Apr. 12
Kevin Clark, President and Founder, Content Evolution LLC


Past Semesters

Fall 2016

Sept. 7
Jim Rogers, Retired Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy and Author, Lighting the World: Transforming our energy future by bringing electricity to everyone

Sept. 14
Sanjiv Malhotra Ph.D, Director, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Investment Center

Sept. 21
Carlos Fernández-Aballí Altamirano, PhD, Chief Strategy Consultant, Cuba Strategies Inc.

Sept. 28
Kristen Sullivan, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader, Deloitte Global

Nov. 9
Alan McGinty, Senior Director, Global Workplace Innovation Group, Cisco

Nov. 16
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

Spring 2015

Feb. 4
“Free fall: Oil price volatility and its economic and geopolitical implications”
Geoff Styles, Energy industry expert and Managing Director, GSW Strategy Group

Mar. 18
“Strategies for gaining societal acceptance and support for new technologies”
Linda Fisher, Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont

Mar. 25
“Sourcing external energy innovation at GE”
Mark Wight, Managing Director, Energy Ventures, GE

Apr. 1
“Big bets and uncertainties in the 21st century energy industry”
Robert Gaudette, SVP Business Solutions, NRG Energy

Apr. 8
“Investing in nature”
Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Apr. 15
“Capital-intensive disruption”
Bill Brown, Founder, 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, and CEO, NET Power


Fall 2014

Sept. 17
“Sustainability risks and opportunities for the nation’s largest electric utility”
Shawn Heath, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy

Sept. 24
“Crossing the chasm in consumer cleantech: How to bring expensive new energy technologies mainstream”
Matt Eggers, Senior Cleantech Executive

Oct. 1
“Strategic planning in the power industry”
Brad Kitchens, CEO, ScottMadden

Oct. 8
“Accelerating clean energy development: Opportunities and challenges”
Shu Ching Quek, Founder & CEO, Novuswave, Inc.

Oct. 29
“Walmart’s 2020 energy strategy: How to build a competitive advantage and lead on renewable energy”
Manuel Gomez, Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart

Nov. 5
“Ultimate recovery: Creating value in the modern American oil and gas, exploration and production industry”
David Cecil, Managing Director, Financial Advisory, and Head of North American Exploration & Production, Lazard