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Protecting Our Planet: Investing in Green Energy with John Doerr & Kelly Speakes-Backman

John Doerr and Kelly Speakes-Backman join Washington Post Live on Monday, Dec. 13 (Video: The Washington Post)

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Join Washington Post Live on Monday, Dec. 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a series of conversations about investing in green energy. Venture capitalist and author John Doerr and other industry experts discuss how green energy investments impact manufacturing, business development and international trade.

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“One of the most exciting things about bipartisan infrastructure law and what the President has proposed in his Build Back Better act is actually those longer-term technologies that we can begin to deploy… With the historic level of investment that the federal government… has begun through the bipartisan infrastructure law, there are longer-term technologies that we can help to offset these costs and eventually get them to market ready costs that folks can implement immediately.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We recognize that the most impactful results start with those [historically underserved] communities and that’s the entirety of the community, not just those who are most outspoken and already engaged with Department of Energy and the state energy offices to make sure that we can build this equitable clean energy future.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The public sector is vital among the various actors that must come together in what I consider to be the largest mobilization that we’ve ever witnessed on the planet, transformation of society greater than what the Allied forces took on when they defeated the Nazi Axis in World War II.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The first thing I do is form a judgment on their leadership because no matter how excellent the plans are, plans will encounter reality… Once you’re satisfied that you have a team that wants to excel in solving these problems, then you turn to the marketplace. Will their innovation, will their contribution to the brutally competitive marketplace allow them to lower the cost of a clean solution? If you have the leadership right and you have the market right, then you’re off to the races.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

John Doerr

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John Doerr is an engineer, venture capitalist, the chairman of Kleiner Perkins, and the author of the new book Speed and Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now as well as the number one New York Times best-seller Measure What Matters. For over 40 years, John has served entrepreneurs with ingenuity and optimism, helping them build bold teams and disruptive companies. He was an original investor and board member at Google and Amazon, helping to create more than a million jobs. A pioneer of Silicon Valley’s cleantech movement, Doerr has invested in zero emissions technologies since 2006. Outside Kleiner Perkins, Doerr works with social entrepreneurs who are tackling systemic issues across climate, public health, and education.

Kelly Speakes-Backman

Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization’s $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation.

Speakes-Backman most recently served as the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade organization for the energy storage industry. She has spent more than 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors. In 2019, Speakes-Backman was honored by The Cleanie Awards as Woman of the Year.

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Driving America’s Clean Energy Transition

Description: In a segment sponsored by SK, Erin McGrain, Senior Vice President for SK, and former Congressman Joe Crowley discuss how businesses and government can work together to help transition America to clean energy solutions. Both highlight that strong public-private partnerships are needed to drive investments, innovations and workforce development, which will keep the U.S. on the leading edge of clean technologies like electric vehicles and hydrogen energy.

Joe Crowley

Congressman Joseph (Joe) Crowley, senior policy advisor, provides strategic advice and consulting to clients on a wide range of public policy matters, including tax and financial services and healthcare. As former Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, the fourth-highest ranking position among House Democrats, Congressman Crowley brings strong negotiation skills and a deep understanding of complex congressional politics to his practice.

Erin L. McGrain

Ms. Erin L. McGrain, Senior Vice President, leads the Washington, DC office for SK, a Fortune Global 500 company, based in South Korea. In her role, Ms. McGrain represents the interests of SK’s operating companies across major industries, including energy, information technology, and telecommunications, in the United States.

Prior to joining SK, Ms. McGrain was a partner in the international public policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs, where she provided counsel to foreign companies and foreign sovereigns on a wide range of matters before the U.S. government.

Ms. McGrain serves on the board of the Atlantic Council and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Meridian International Center for Diplomatic Engagement.

Ms. McGrain holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University.

Moderated by Ruth Umoh

Ruth Umoh is the Editor-in-Chief of The Filament, the definitive news source for DEI leaders in tech. A veteran business journalist, she previously served as Forbes’ Diversity and Inclusion Editor and was a CNBC reporter covering leadership strategy, corporate management, and personal finance prior. She’s a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a master’s degree from Columbia University.