WCC & HBSCC North Shore Breakfast - Energy & Sustainability: The next 12 years (Path to 2030)

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00am— 8:30am
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Max & Benny's
461 Waukegan Rd
Brookside Shopping Center
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States
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Holly (Troy) BenzInstitute for Sustainability & Energy (ISEN), Northwestern University

In October 2018 , the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report revealing that global temperatures are moving towards a catastrophic 3° C rise during this century. The study encourages rapid and unprecedented changes to reduce global temperature increase to at least 1.5° C. Please join Holly Benz to talk about some of the most important elements of the transformation that needs to take place and the trends that are underway including decentralization, decarbonization and digitization of energy as well as a focus on broader sustainability. Sustainability discussions now routinely include electric vehicles, sustainable food and agriculture, the circular economy, the energy water nexus and more. Prepare for a discussion on how the economics, regulation & policy and technology must all align to address the challenge that leaders from the UN and NASA to the Pope call the “issue of our generation”

Biography of Holly (Troy) Benz
Holly recently joined the Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) as an advisor focused on the start-up of a new one year Master’s program in Energy & Sustainability. In addition, she advises private equity operating companies on Energy & Sustainability issues. Holly moved to Northwestern from her leadership role at CLEAResult, where she served as SVP, Commercial & Industrial and SVP, Emerging Growth to help prepare the largest implementer of utility energy efficiency programs in North America for sale to TPG’s Growth & Rise funds. Prior to this, Holly worked at Schneider Electric in several roles ranging from P&L leadership of a high growth, US Consulting business that provided technical, financial and regulatory support to customers. Holly worked on development of new offers such as microgrid design while leading a team of approximately 225 consulting engineers working on safety, modular design and strategies to manage in the changing electrical infrastructure landscape. Previously, Ms. Benz served as the SVP of strategy, business development and marketing communications team for Schneider Electric North America.

Prior to joining Schneider, Holly worked at Centrica Plc where she served as VP, Business Development for Direct Energy Home & Business Services in North America, Head of Residential Markets for British Gas New Energy (BGNE) and Head of Strategy for British Gas in the UK. In the UK roles, Holly led efforts to bring low carbon products, services & educational programs to British Gas’ 12 million residential customers and ran strategy for the $16B UK residential energy and services business units.

Before working in the Energy sector, Holly was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in the UK and worked in Andersen Consulting’s Internet Center of Excellence in the US, Brazil and Argentina. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Holly obtained her MBA at The Wharton School and also earned an MA in International Studies at The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in economics.

DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Pre-Pay REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at noon.
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
COST: Please prepay
Pre-paid $20.00
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at the door: $30.00

We meet the second Thursday morning of every month. If you would like to present or have a suggestion for a presenter, please contact [email protected].


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Max & Benny's

461 Waukegan Rd, Brookside Shopping Center, Northbrook, IL 60062, United States,
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