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Agenda | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Innovation in the Energy Workforce

DRAFT AGENDA - Subject to change
Diversity & Inclusion + Wood Energy + Safe & Productive Reutilization of Former Coal Mine Lands

1:00 PM ET: Introduction & Logistical Info | Leah Loch, Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE (OH)


1:05 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Diversity & Inclusion in the Energy Industry | moderated by Jeff Smith, Director of Innovation & Equity, NACCE (NC) 

  • Panelists include:
    • Daniel W. Lutat, Director, Government Affairs/Special Projects, Iowa Lakes Community College (IA)
    • Dr. Tonjua Williams, President, St. Petersburg College (FL)
    • Carrie Tsosie-Jim, Senior Research and Equity Analyst, San Juan College (NM)
    • Vincent Quarles, Deputy Director, Minority Programs, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy (DC)

2:05 PM ET: Break


2:15 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Wood Energy moderated by State Representative Spencer Igo (R-MN-05B), Minnesota House of Representatives (MN)

  • Panelists include:
    • Dr. Bart Johnson, Provost, Itasca Community College (MN)
    • Rick Horton, Director of Forest Policy, Minnesota Forest Industries (MN)


3:15 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Reuse of Carbon Resources from Leftover Coal Mining Assets moderated by Dr. Kristen Westover, President Mountain Empire Community College (VA)

  • Panelists include:
    • Victoria Ratliff, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Workforce Solutions, Mountain Empire Community College (VA)
    • Thomas Clements, Dean, Health Science & Industrial Technology, Mountain Empire Community College (VA)
    • Dr. Michael E. Karmis, Director, Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA)

4:15 PM ET: Panel Discussion - Productive Reutilization of Reclaimed Mine Lands

  • Panelists include:
    • William Clear, Director of Finance and Project Administration, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (VA) 
    • Victoria Ratliff, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Workforce Solutions, Mountain Empire Community College (VA)

4:45 PM ET: Wrap Up & Closing | Leah Loch, Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE (OH)