December Change Agents in Residence

As 2012 draws to a close, Bainbridge Graduate Institute is finding a way to squeeze in yet one more opportunity to connect to the business community through its Change Agents in Residence (CAIR) program. As part of the integrated MBA curriculum, CAIR gives current students and the BGI community the opportunity to talk to industry leaders. These pioneers advance sustainable business practices, research social and ecological sustainability, and lead organizations for social and economic advocacy.

Connect with CAIRs

Current Metro and Hybid MBA Students, along with Alumni, are invited to join the CAIRs Fireside Chat at 8:00 PM on Thursday night, December 13, in the Great Hall at Islandwood. Watch the schedule for other lectures and private events throughout the MBA Intensive weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to see all these amazing change agents in person!

The public can participate by following along on Twitter. We will live tweet the Fireside Chat as well as other events throughout the MBA Intensive weekend, December 13 – 16. Follow @BGIedu to join the Change Agent conversation on Energy and Sustainability.

December CAIRs

This month our CAIRs will be focused on the important issues of Energy and Sustainability. BGI is thrilled to host the following Change Agents:

Amory Lovins,  Co-Founder and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Amory, Co-Founder and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for 35 years. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design. He is currently promoting his new book Reinventing Fire, which shows how to run a 2.6x-bigger US economy in 2050 with no oil, no coal, no nuclear energy, one-third less natural gas, and a $5-trillion lower net-present-value cost than business-as-usual (excluding all externalities) – the transition requiring no new inventions and no Act of Congress, but led by business for profit. To get this result, he talks about integrating all four energy-using sectors—transport, buildings, industry, and electricity—and four kinds of innovation: not just the usual two (technology and public policy) but also two that are normally neglected: design and business strategy.

>> Find Amory on Twitter.

Donna Morton, Co-Founder and CEO, First Power

Donna started First Power to put green energy technology – and the related jobs and economic benefits – into the hands of communities.  Donna has been awarded an Ashoka fellowship and the Women and Spirit of the Crane award for business leadership through her work with the Centre for Integral Economics where she worked to get stakeholders to use the power of economic instruments and incentives to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable society. The goal is to inspire regions to use taxes to improve communities, and to create far-reaching long-term effects that can be replicated in other parts around the world.   She has a more than 20 year track record developing projects, communications and consulting with numerous First Nations and First Nation organizations, large and small businesses, governments and NGO’s.

>> Find Donna on Twitter.

Richard Kidd, US Army Senior Energy Executive

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy & Environment, Richard is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army’s Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Kidd coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies. Mr. Kidd graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and served as an Infantry Officer until 1991. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University, he joined the United Nations in 1993 and served in a variety of international assignments, principally in war affected regions of the world. He joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Political Military-Affairs in 2001 where he served as Special Assistant, Office Director and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary. In July of 2008 he joined the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where he was responsible for leading the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In this position he helped to craft Federal level energy policy and assisted all Federal agencies in meeting statutory energy and sustainability requirements in order to promote energy security and environmental stewardship.

[UPDATE 12/6/12: We will also have the honor of hosting Dr. Lowell Wood this month.]

Dr. Lowell Wood, Scientist and Technologist

Dr. Lowell Wood is an internationally recognized scientist and technologist who has made prominent contributions to many of the technical aspects of national defense as well as to controlled thermonuclear fusion, laser science and applications, very high-performance computing and digital computer-based physical modeling.Wood has received a number of honors and awards, including: the U.S. Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award, the Abrahamson Technical Leadership Award of the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, the Defenders of Freedom Award of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and the R&D 100 Award. In addition, Wood has consulted for a number of high-technology companies and venture-capital operations and is the author, co-author or editor of more than 200 unclassified technical papers and books and more than 300 classified publications. He is named as an inventor on more than 100 patents and patents-pending, a number of which are held under U.S. Patent and Trademark Office secrecy orders.

We look forward to hearing your questions and conversations with these amazing Change Agents.

Your two cents

You are not logged in. Log in or