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Date and Time: Thursday, April 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Edelman’s Seattle Office, 1601 Fifth Avenue, 24th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101
Event Style: Ignite Presentations followed by Q&A

Event Summary

Lesbians Who Tech, OUT for Sustainability and our event partner Edelman have teamed up to provide an evening of Ignite presentations and discussion surrounding the intersection of technology and sustainability and environmental stewardship from LGBTQ women and allies.

Food and drinks (soda and alcohol) provided generously by Edelman.

Please be sure to RSVP — space is limited!

We’ve got a great mix of speakers from various companies (large and small) and nonprofits — I hope you’ll join us!

Evening Agenda

5:30pm-6:15pm: Doors open/networking
6:15pm-6:30pm: Presentations start, intro to LWT and evening agenda
6:30pm-7:45pm: Ignite presentations begin – each speaker gets max of 7 minutes to speak
7:45pm-8:30pm: Q&A with speakers and end of night networking

Ignite Presentation Speakers

Christina Page, Amazon, Director of Energy and Environment
Christina is the director for energy and environment at Amazon. Prior, she spent nearly nine years as Yahoo!’s senior director of energy and sustainability strategy where she was responsible for the company’s corporate sustainability strategy. In her role at Yahoo!, Christina raised the company’s Green Business ranking in Newsweek magazine from #69 in 2009 to #9 in 2010 and won and managed a $9.9 million award from the Department of Energy for green data center design. Before Yahoo!, she served as consultant for the energy and resources team at Rocky Mountain Institute, was an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and was the desk editor for Living on Earth at National Public Radio.

Jen Olson, A&R Solar, Marketing Director
Jen Olson heads up the marketing department at A&R Solar, Washington’s leading solar installation company. She spent 10 years at Microsoft and also worked as a newspaper reporter in the Midwest and Washington State, covering everything from runaway emus to crime to natural disasters. Jen was a co-founder and chair of the Out and Equal Seattle chapter and served on the boards of Microsoft GLEAM, GSBA, and Equal Rights Washington. She is a retired beer league hockey player, long-suffering fan of the Minnesota Vikings, and writer.

Josh Chaitin, Edelman, Senior Vice President, Business + Social Purpose
Josh is a leader in progressive communications, helping a diverse range of brands and organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500s, convey their commitments to creating positive social and environmental change. With over 20 years of experience, Josh understands the unique needs of clients and specializes in helping organizations create and promote purpose-driven initiatives addressing critical social and environmental issues, from REI’s landmark #OptOutside campaign, to Subaru of America’s work to support numerous causes and nonprofit organizations across the country, to Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate work to transform Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood into one of the most environmentally sustainable urban communities in the

Andreea Niculescu, REI Brand Lab, Creative Strategist
Andreea (or “Brandreea”, as she’s been nicknamed by her REI colleagues) thought she hit the career lottery when asked to join the small but mighty team tasked with Starbucks’ global brand refresh in 2011. Bitten by the brand strategy bug, she was then fortunate enough to join REI at the very moment when the OMG-we’re-closing-on-Black-Friday seed was planted, and was part of the stellar gang—along with Edelman—who brought the OptOutside effort to light in Nov ’15. She loves nothing more than powerful conversations about what a brand (or a person, actually) stands for, what its stories, values and beliefs are, and how those are demonstrated through every single decision and action taken or not taken. When not working, she has a giant love affair with all things Seattle and is either found perched on a bar seat at too many restaurants to list or on mellow hikes in and nearby our glorious city.

Shehreen Johnson, SJ Consulting, Owner and Board Member for OUT for Sustainability
Shehreen is owner of SJ Consulting and sits on the board of directors for OUT for Sustainability. Shehreen obtained her BS in Engineering with a focus on Industrial & Systems Design and later, an MBA in Sustainable Business Management where she did graduate work at Avery Dennison, FleishmanHillard and Impact Carbon. A sustainability minded optimist. Big picture, systems thinker. Fact oriented. Lover of using data visualizations to develop insights. Enthusiastic lifelong learner and problem solver. Captivated by innovations that disrupt for social benefit, biomimicry and introverts. Shehreen is a strong believer in the power of business to create positive impact.

Loren Drummond, Washington Trails Association, Digital Content Manager
Loren is the Digital Content Manager for Washington Trails Association, a nonprofit community that protects trails, promotes stewardship and celebrates the joy of hiking. In that role, she supports and connects an incredible and diverse community of volunteers, educators, hikers and would-be hikers with Washington’s wild places. She believes in the power of good storytelling and smart digital strategy to move mountains, and in the power of mountains to move people. She has a fondness for desert camping, alpine basins, and marmots.

Mary Hsue, The Mountaineers, Director of Development and Communications
Mary oversees The Mountaineers development efforts. In her role, Mary is responsible for defining and articulating The Mountaineers story to donors and to audiences at large. Through events and communications, Mary develops messages that inspire people to support the organization’s efforts to explore the outdoors and to conserve our natural land. Prior to The Mountaineers, Mary was responsible for donor relations and Major Gifts Officer at the Fred Hutch.

Your Lesbians Who Tech Host

Leone Kraus, City Director, Seattle Chapter, Lesbians Who Tech & Corporate & Foundation Relations at The Mountaineers
Leone is serving her second year as City Director for the Seattle chapter of Lesbians Who Tech. Professionally, Leone leads corporate and foundation relations for The Mountaineers. Prior to The Mountaineers, Leone led business development efforts for Methodologie, a CSR and sustainability communications firm, and for the progressive communications agency, Blue State Digital. Before that, Leone served in various marketing and account planning positions on the digital teams for The Washington Post, Slate and Newsweek in New York City. Leone is thrilled to bring her vision of a Lesbians Who Tech Sustainability and Technology event to life!!!!

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