Moderator Kiana Michaan led a powerful discussion full of personal anecdotes, inspiring climate solutions, and advice for those already in the field as well as budding entrepreneurs looking to enter into climate tech. Panelists, Laura Fox of Streetlife Ventures; Melina Acevedo from Latinxs in Sustainability & D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments; itselectric founder Tiya Gordon; and Martine Lunis of Wildgrid each shared their stories and inspiration behind entering the clean energy workforce as well as the various challenges they’ve faced.
The conversation also addressed topics around raising and distributing capital and issues in creating access in each panelist’s respective field – spanning electric vehicles, transportation, workforce development, solar energy, and venture capital. The thoughtful comments from the audience resonated with our panelists who stayed after to continue the conversation and network over drinks and delicious bites from Peaches Prime.