Honoring Past Keynote Speakers and Trailblazer Award Winners

 Honoring Past Keynote Speakers and Trailblazer Award Winners

Throughout the years, we have had the honor of having such incredible and influential leaders in the climate space be a part of our Net Zero Conference. We would like to recognize and thank all of our previous keynote speakers and Trailblazer Award winners to celebrate their positive impact. Please see our full list of industry leaders below.

Past Net Zero Conference Keynote Speakers

2023

  • Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Alexandra Nagy, California Director, Sunstone Strategies
  • Diandra Marizet Esparza, Co-Founder & Executive Director, lntersectional Environmentalist
  • Kiana Kazemi, Co-Founder & Programming Director, lntersectional Environmentalist
  • Wawa Gatheru, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist

2022

  • Lakisha Ann Woods, CEO, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet
  • William Bridge, CEO, Global Green
  • Lindsay Baker, CEO, International Living Future Institute (ILFI) / Living Building Challenge

2021

  • Jedidiah Jenkins, New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Dr. Kimberly Miner, Earth & Climate Scientist, NASA
  • Marcius Extavour, Chief Scientist and EVP Climate & Energy, XPRIZE
  • Caroline Choi, SVP Corporate Affairs, Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • Ashley Orgain, Chief Impact Officer (CIO), Seventh Generation
  • Nicole Whiteman, CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

2020

  • Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, and two-time Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate
  • Jamie Margolin, Co-Founder, Zero Hour
  • Zanagee Artis,  Co-Founder, Zero Hour
  • George Bandy Jr, Head of Worldwide Circular Economy, Amazon
  • Jason Pugh, President, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) & Principal, Gensler

2019

  • Edward Mazria, Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030 / The 2030 Challenge
  • Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
  • Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

2018

  • Jason F. McLennan, Founder, Living Building Challenge
  • Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

2017

  • Dr. Chris Luebkeman, Director for Global Innovation, Arup
  • R. Rex Parris, Mayor, City of Lancaster California

2016

  • Seth Maxwell, Founder & CEO, Thirst Project
 
Past Net Zero Conference, Trailblazer Award Winners

2023

  • Sara Neff, Head of Sustainability, Lendlease Americas
  • Indigo Teiwes, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Helen of Troy (parent company of brands: OXO, Hydro Flask, Osprey)
  • Wawa Gatheru, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist 
  • Katerina Schneider, Founder & CEO of Ritual
  • Isaias Hernandez, @QueerBrownVegan
  • Armelle Coutant and Candice Delamarre, Co-Founders of Kit Switch
  • Jane Chen, Senior Product Manager for Avocado Green Brands
 

2022

  • Darcy Shiber-Knowles, Director of Sustainability & Innovation, Dr. Bronner’s
  • Andrew Bohenko, Sustainability Coordinator, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Lindsay Baker, CEO, International Living Future Institute (ILFI) / Living Building Challenge
  • Peter Dering, Founder & CEO, Peak Design & Climate Neutral
  • Jeff Cresswell & Michelle Kalberer, Co-Founders, Klean Kanteen
  • Sandeep Ahuja, CEO & Founder, cove.tool
  • Andrew Bohenko, Sustainability Coordinator at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Director of Corporate & Sports Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Kristy Drutman, Founder, Browngirl Green
  • USGBC-LA Net Zero Accelerator Winning Company: LeapFrog Design

2021

  • Xavier Roussel, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Dole Food Company
  • Ellen Jackowski, Chief Impact Officer (CIO) & Head of Sustainable Impact, HP 
  • Nicole Whiteman, CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • Maddy Rotman, Head of Sustainability, Imperfect Foods
  • Stanley L. Iezman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Realty Advisors
  • USGBC-LA Net Zero Accelerator Winning Company: Dynamhex

2020

  • Denis Hayes, Chairman & President, Bullitt Foundation, and Founder of Earth Day
  • Janine Benyus, Co-Founder, Biomimicry Institute
  • Rick Fedrizzi, Co-Founder & former CEO U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Chairman & CEO, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) / WELL Building Standard
  • Jason F. McLennan, Founder, Living Building Challenge
  • Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Skanska
  • Gabrielle Bullock, Director of Global Diversity & Principal, Perkins&Will
  • Wanda Dalla Costa, Founder, Indigenous Design Collaborative
  • Carlo Battisti, President, Living Future Europe
  • Thulani Vuyo Kuzwayo, Design Strategy Lead, PaperThinkLAB
  • Jasmine Lomax, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Kilroy Realty
  • USGBC-LA Net Zero Accelerator Winning Company: RIZOME

2019

  • Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Lauren Sparandara, Sustainability Partner, Google
  • Will Vicent, Deputy Director of Building Standards, California Energy Commission
  • Lauren Faber O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • James Connelly, Vice President, Strategic Growth for the International Living Future Institute
  • ILFI Net Zero Certification Award Winner: Chad Edwards on behalf of the City of Cincinnati District 3 Police Station
  • ILFI Net Zero Certification Award Winner: Chris Ladner on behalf of Entegrity Headquarters
  • USGBC-LA’s Net Zero Accelerator Showcase Winner: Yotta Energy