Interviews

  • What do you Drive? Interview with Anna Schneider

    Anna Schneider

    Anna Schneider

    Despite efforts to ween Americans off of SUV’s, the number of electric vehicle users remains low as America’s love affair with cars continues. Transportation is one of the top energy users on the planet and car manufacturers respond to what we buy – not what we say we are going to buy. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and Anna Schneider, Vice President of Industry-Government Relations at Volkswagen shares with Joan the efforts VW is making to accomplish this. What is the current regulatory environment for car makers? How have these regulations affected the growth of the electric car market? What is the impact of low gases prices amongst car buyers? Manufacturers? Listen to this intriguing interview with an expert who has spent her entire career in the auto industry.

  • ‘Shark Tank’ winner, Andrea Sreshta

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    Andrea Sreshta (left) and Anna Stork on ‘Shark Tank’

    Listen to this exciting interview with recent ‘Shark Tank’ winner, Andrea Sreshta. She and her business partner were awarded $200K from Mark Cuban (and his support) for their product, LuminAID, a solar powered inflatable light. In response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, LuminAID was born out of the need the two saw for one of life’s basic necessities – light. Hear more about the beginnings of LuminAID and where the inventors got their initial funding. What other disaster areas have been helped by the light-weight, compact and waterproof lantern? What have the two young entrepreneurs learned from their journey and from their most recent success on the popular TV show, ‘Shark Tank’? Joan Michelson has a conversation with Andrea from the ARPA-E 2015 Innovation Summit.

    LuminAid solar inflatable light

    LuminAid solar inflatable light

     

  • Your Guide to Socially Responsible Investing

    Barbara Krumsiek

    Barbara Krumsiek

    Planning your finances for 2015? Listen to my interview with the immediate past CEO of Calvert investments, Barbara Krumsiek. In the 17 years at Calvert she has elevated Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) into the mainstream and proved it to be financially viable. Also called Sustainable Responsible Investing, what is the definition and what are the keys to successful SR investing? Not sure where to put your money? There is no one better to guide you in your financial planning than this accomplished, award-winning master investor.

  • The Passion Test – Interview with Alaina Love

    Alaina Love

    Alaina Love

    How do you find the job that makes you feel your best?  This can sometimes feel like an unattainable goal but with some advice from Aliana Love you’ll find the inspiration to find it and tips on getting you there.  Aliana Love is president of Purpose Linked Consulting and author of “The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results”.  Her consulting helps educate participants on strategies to leverage their passions to achieve results.

    As businesses evolve in a rapidly changing society and economy many people are finding themselves in voluntary and involuntary places of transition.  As frightening as this place can be it is also an opportunity, as Aliana Love explains, “a great time to get to know you”.  More companies are hiring based on the alignment of the values and passions of the company with that of the employee.  Knowing your own will lead you to that industry, company or position where you can thrive.  What are your passion characteristics?

    What skills are the most valuable in today’s economy?   How can you sell yourself when you’re in transition? Alaina shares with Joan the answers and some alarming data on the number of engaged vs. disengaged employees in the US and the cost of the disengaged to the economy (hint: it’s in the billions).

  • From Awareness to Action – Interview with Nathalie Udo

    Nathalie Udo

    Nathalie Udo

    “From awareness, we get more actions”.  Nathalie Udo shares with us findings from her book, “Organizational Survival” and the evidence to show we are at a tipping point of companies integrating sustainability.  Although 80% of companies today are aware of the need for sustainability, only 15% are taking action.  Find out which industries are taking action, who lags far behind and why.  How do we get companies to make the decision to commit to sustainability?  She shares what this takes and until then we may remain at the tipping point.

  • A Zero Carbon Footprint Home: Interview with Sheri Koones

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    “Prefabulous” series author, Sheri Koones

    How do you get a zero footprint home? What is the biggest barrier to this? Homes and buildings use 40 percent of energy in the US – an astonishing number but author Sheri Koones shows us another way. Her series of books, “Prefabulous” take you into the unlimited possibilities offered by prefabrication to build incredibly energy-efficient, green homes that are as beautiful as they are green.  Find out what is different in her latest book, “Prefabulous World” and what builders in Europe are doing that we are not doing here in the US and what would really drive a behavior change. Her books are helping to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes and the planet in their beautiful design (gorgeous photos with lots of detail) and information. This is just part of the reason Robert Redford got involved. She shares that experience and more in this interview.

  • Julie Lenzer Kirk

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    “It’s easier to change the world if you have money.” Julie Lenzer Kirk, head of the Economic Development Administration Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) and an award winning entrepreneur and author shares with Joan juicy insider tips based on fulfilling the entrepreneur’s ‘hierarchy of needs.” Listen as she encourages entrepreneurs to think big, define your niche and where to go to get the money, services and support you need because “you being starving does not help anyone.”

  • Snehal Desai

    Snehal Desai

    Snehal Desai

     

    There is a global water shortage with 1.2 billion people living in water stress, including in California, so we must learn to do more with less. Dow Water is one of the companies working aggressively to provide clean drinking water, and clean-enough water for other household use before it’s too late. “Incoming water is getting worse or in some cases not at all available.” This is just one startling fact that Dow’s Global head of Water and Power, Snehal Desai tells Joan.  Listen below for more from their interview.

  • Jules Pieri

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    Jules Pieri

    We are so happy to have Jules Pieri of The Grommet back to share unique gifts just in time for the Holiday shopping season. The Grommet is an ecommerce site that sells “distinctive products made by real people with stories and values worth sharing.” Listen to Jules share some of her favorite picks from the Holiday catalog and the stories  from the makers behind them.  The Grommet Holiday Catalog has a full range for buffs of all kinds and everyone on your list – something for the cook, the kids, the host/hostess, the wall, the wine- lover and more.  Share your favorite gifts on our Facebook page or tweet them to @joanmichelson.

     

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    Uncle Goose ABC Blocks

  • From CTOSE: Dave Feldman

    Dave Feldman

    Dave Feldman

    The Cleantech Open is a mecca for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders in the sustainability space.  A representative of each, Dave Feldman works to accelerate and focus the sustainability movement by helping communities build a cleantech sector and a hub for sustainability issues.  He is the CEO and Co-founder of the Livability Project and and full-time Executive Director of Bethesda Green, Livability Project’s first east coast project – “a local model for sustainable living”. Hear about their unique business model and how this hub is innovating in the green sector, at the local level.