Aspen Ideas: Climate to Highlight Private Sector Role in Advancing Solutions with Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, & Technologists Attending

February 16, 2023

The climate-solutions focused event in Miami Beach will feature entrepreneurs pitching ideas to the public, business and finance-focused discussions, and announcements from the main stage.

Contact: Jon Purves
The Aspen Institute

Veronica Coley
City of Miami Beach 

Miami Beach, FL, February 16, 2023 – Leading voices from the business, finance, and technology sectors will participate in Aspen Ideas: Climate, taking place in Miami Beach from March 6-9. Entrepreneurs will pitch to a public audience at the Climate Solutions Showcase, while programming on the main stage will explore issues ranging from approaches to financing climate action around the world, to the transition to decarbonized energy systems, the innovators designing a climate-resilient future, and sustainable transport. 

Aspen Ideas: Climate will feature announcements from private sector leaders from its stage, including an important update from the tech exposition on March 7 at 11:00 am ET regarding the 2023 Verizon Climate Resilience Prize, which recognizes and propels climate resilience solutions. There will also be on-stage announcements from Morgan Stanley and Apparel Impact Institute, as well as announcements on shipping and forest fire management.

Leaders from the private sector participating in Aspen Ideas: Climate include:

  • Trenton Allen, Founder, CEO, and Managing Director, Sustainable Capital Advisors
  • Hina Baloch, ​Executive Director of Global Head Climate Change Communications and Strategy, General Motors​
  • Caroline Cochran, Co-Founder and COO, Oklo
  • Elizabeth Dennis, Managing Director and Head of Private Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Joseph Dominguez, President & CEO, Constellation Energy
  • Pamela Fletcher, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Delta Air Lines
  • Chris James, Founder and Executive Chairman, Engine No.1
  • Rose Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon
  • Kara Mangone, Global Head of Climate Strategy, Goldman Sachs
  • Shona Quinn, Senior Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher
  • Kate Shearer, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Operational Excellence, Sodexo
  • Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Motors
  • Julia Silberman, Director of Corporate Engagement, CDP
  • Matthew Slovik, Managing Director and Head of Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
  • Tom Steyer, Co-Chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions
  • Ramya Swaminathan, CEO, Malta
  • Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Derek Warnick, Co-Founder and CFO, Electric Hydrogen Co.
  • Cherie Wilson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Sustainability, Delta Air Lines

The full speaker list is available here, with policymakers, scientists, artists, activists, and journalists attending in addition to private sector leaders, including science educator Bill Nye and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. More speakers and programming details, including the full agenda, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Among the discussions planned with business, finance, and technology leaders:

  • The Co-Chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, Tom Steyer, speaks to CNBC’s Matt Rossoff on investing in the climate transition.
  • Does ESG investing help people and the planet? Hear from Ken Pucker, Senior lecturer at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and advisory director at Berkshire Partners, Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF, in conversation with the Aspen Institute’s Judy Samuelson.
  • Sourcing critical minerals, the building blocks of clean energy infrastructure, ethically – hear from Hogan Lovells Partner and Environmental Lawyer Hilary Tompkins, Regeneration CEO Stephen D’Esposito, VP and director of the Center for Critical Minerals Strategy at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Abigail Wulf, and Heidi Heitkamp, Director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Former US Senator (D-ND).
  • What are the economic realities of shifting from fossil fuels? CNBC’s Diane Olick leads a conversation with Engine No.1 founder Chris James and Goldman Sachs’ Global Head of Climate Strategy Kara Mangone.
  • SOURCE CEO Cody Friesan discusses how his company is extracting water from air using solar power, allowing communities to adapt to a changing climate.
  • The latest from climate tech innovators: Cipher’s Amy Harder interviews Malta CEO Ramya Swaminathan,  Co-Founder and CFO of Electric Hydrogen Co. Derek Warnick, and Oklo CO-Founder and COO Caroline Cochran.
  • Meet the global entrepreneurs advancing accessible climate solutions, with CosmosGreen Co-Founder and President Sathya Raghu Mokkapati, Easy Solar Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer Nthabiseng Mosia,  Koolboks CEO and Co-Founder Ayoola Dominic, and AACE Food Processing & Distribution co-founder Ndidi Nwuneli.
  • The CSO of Delta, Pamela Fletcher,  and the Executive VP and CCO of Gevo, Tim Cesarek, discuss the future of travel and efforts underway to increase access to sustainable aviation fuel.

At the climate solutions showcase, which is open to the general public, early-stage climate entrepreneurs will share their climate solutions with a live audience. Solutions to be presented range from a revolutionary new energy efficient “personal” laundry machine to a beach-saving seaweed collection device, to a new game app that allows players to have fun in the service of reforestation. The showcase will take place in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Now in its second year, Aspen Ideas: Climate brings hundreds of leaders and climate innovators together with the public to focus on climate solutions. Through high-profile discussions with leaders on the main stage, private roundtables, excursions, musical performances, and a climate tech exposition, experts and leaders of all backgrounds will tackle the climate crisis through a solutions-oriented lens. 250 people ages 18-30 will also travel to Miami to participate in the Future Leaders Climate Summit, taking place ahead of Aspen Ideas: Climate from March 3- 6, 2023. Tickets to attend are on sale now, while members of the media are invited to apply for press credentials.

Aspen Ideas: Climate is supported by title sponsors John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, RelatedPhilanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Deloitte, Delta, General Motors, Glottman, GMCVB, Kleyner/Ullis, Lennar, LSN, MFG, Morgan Stanley, Valor, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and Witkoff.

For media: Journalists interested in attending Aspen Ideas: Climate as covering reporters are invited to apply for press credentials here.


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