2017 Conference Speakers

Keynotes

Dana Callender 


Dana Callender is the chief operating officer at DivInc. She is a focused and results-driven leader with expertise in media relations, community engagement and improving diversity in the Austin startup scene. In addition to her role at DivInc, Dana is the co-founder and director of public relations at Stellar Impeller, a public relations, design and events agency that services hospitality and nonprofit industries. Her PR efforts have landed clients in Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Texas Monthly, Thrillist, Cosmopolitan, LA Times and more.
As a startup entrepreneur, Dana has been able to bring ideas to fruition, develop solid media relationships, and has a particular passion for customer service and building strong communities. Her organizational skills and willingness to get things done ensures that no detail is left untouched. 
Dana's continuous pursuit to be challenged and make a significant contribution to society, have led her to pursue a life of volunteerism. She volunteers with Leadership Austin, Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. 
Dana has a Master's degree in Public Relations from Ball State University. 

Erika Guerra


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Erika is responsible for leading the development and implementation of an effective environmental performance program for LehighHanson Inc. in their cement organization. In her role, Ms. Guerra provides technical expertise and leadership to achieve environmental, corporate social responsibility and business goals. Her role includes interaction with employees, regulators, legislators, community members and NGOs.
Ms. Guerra has worked for twenty years in the cement industry serving in various roles in the sustainability and alternative fuels spaces. Prior to her current role, she worked for LafargeHolcim US., as Director, Environmental Affairs. Before that, she held the position of Director, US Government Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility for Holcim US where she was responsible for leading and coordinating the company’s public policy advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels. Ms. Guerra also developed and executed the corporate sustainable development strategy through consultation with key internal and external stakeholders.  This included the facilitation of various programs geared toward employee education and community outreach.
Some of her previous roles include Regional Manager and Business Development in the Americas for Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials (AFR). Prior to joining Holcim, she worked for the Mobil Oil Corporation in the lubricants and fuels divisions.
Ms. Guerra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. She attended executive education on business management and leadership at the IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jennifer Walsh


Jenniner Walsh is the Head of Communications at the Covestro Industrial Park in Baytown, Texas where she is a member of the Site’s Leadership Team. Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in areas as reputational and crisis management, leadership engagement, community relations, government relations, social responsibility, event planning, project management and strategic planning.
In her current role, Jennifer oversees external and internal communications for the site of nearly 2,000 people as well as community outreach, volunteerism and media relations. Most recently, Jennifer coordinated the company’s rebranding campaign in the greater Houston area as it transitioned from Bayer MaterialScience to Covestro coordinating an award-winning multi-tiered approach that spanned both internal and external engagement. 
Jennifer joined Bayer MaterialScience in 2015 before its launch as an economically independent company called Covestro. With nearly 20 years of experience in her field, Jennifer has worked in the oil and gas industry for half of her career coordinating internal and external communications at Hess Corporation for its onshore assets globally and at Total managing communications for its operations nationally. At both companies, she was the coordinator of high-level global strategic events with guests including governors, U.S. elected officials and company executives. Before entering into public relations at the Texas Department of Transportation, Jennifer worked as an editor at The Tico Times in Costa Rica, and a journalist at The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Express-News and The Beaumont Enterprise. 
Jennifer is driven by her commitment to the community. She is a board member of the Gulf Coast Monarch Project, former vice-president of the Press Club of Southeast and frequent guest speaker at high schools and universities with a special focus mentoring young women. At the Texas Department of Transportation, she led the Don’t Mess with Texas anti-litter program for an 8-county area and a major recycling initiative for the city recognized by the Governor’s office. She is also a member of a number of community, industry and business organizations. 
A native of Texas, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Texas State University where she served as the graduation commencement speaker.

 

Session Speakers

Mike Alcazaren, Program Manager, Autodesk

Mug Shot.jpgMike is a graduate of University at Buffalo (ME, AE ’12).  As a Program Manager on Autodesk's Education team, Mike works with post-secondary institutions to integrate Autodesk's design tools into classrooms and on design teams. In addition, Mike interned for Autodesk, developing product design content for the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop.  As an engineering professional, Mike previously worked as a mechanical design engineer at Raytheon working to modernize radar systems.

Katharine BeisnerSoftware Proudct Manager, Solar Power Expert

Katharine Beisner is a software product manager with an expertise in solar related digital solutions. At SunPower, Katharine managed applications allowing residential and commercial customers to monitor the energy produced by their solar systems and quantifying the resulting utility bill savings. Katharine also evaluated and delivered 3rd party applications to support solar design, customer savings estimations, solar proposal development, and project management of solar system permitting, construction, and interconnection.

Brittany Bennett, Executive Director, ESW

Brittany serves as the Executive Director, bringing four years of ESW volunteer service to the position. During the day, Brittany works for Felsburg Holt and Ullevig as a Transportation Engineer, helping to make the roads of Colorado a safer, more sustainable space. As Executive Director, Brittany leads the volunteers of ESW Headquarters and oversees the operations of the ESW student and professional chapters. She brings a passion for social justice and engineering education into her work. When not working, Brittany has been known to drink entire pots of coffee at a time.

Alex Bevan, Materials Scientist, Urban Mining Company

Dr. Bevan is a materials scientist with 15 years of research experience in sectors such as processing of NdFeB Magnets for recycling, hydrogen fuel cells, and magnetostrictive materials. Dr Bevan has designed, tested and built a number of complex devices, including a hydrogen reactor for processing NdFeB magnets, a hydrogen powered narrow boat and a solid state hydrogen compressor with no moving parts. He has also been extensively involved in Project Management for AWE plc. Currently, he is part of the core team at Urban Mining Company to build a 1000-ton NdFeB magnet manufacturing plant.

Christian Blackwell, Managing Partner, Opus Faveo


As Managing Partner of Opus Faveo Innovation Development, Christian T. Blackwell concentrates on the challenges of building companies and improving innovation policies for universities and governments. Christian is a creative leader with extensive experience in large multinationals and entrepreneurial ventures. He has conducted business in over 40 countries, and he speaks 4 languages.
 
Prior to joining Opus Faveo, he was a senior international executive with GTE/Verizon, an investment banker with Deutsche Bank, and a founder, investor, CEO and CFO of several start-ups. Christian’s industry experience includes energy, telecommunications, technology, financial services, natural resources, education and infrastructure. Christian has led transactions of well over US$ 1 billion in size. His transactional experience as a sponsor, banker and investor includes M&A, privatizations, project financings, public/private partnerships and both public and private debt and equity financings. Most of these transactions have been cross-border, involving both emerging and developed countries.
 
Christian has a BA in political science and international affairs from Rice University and an MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was accepted to Rice at age 15, and he earned both degrees by age 21. In addition to innovation and start-ups, he is interested in international political economy and the performing arts. Christian enjoys lecturing at the undergraduate and graduate level.  He serves on the boards of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Dallas Goethe Center, and he is a member of the American Council on Germany (New York), the Atlantik-Brücke (Berlin), the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth, the Tower Center for Political Studies, and the SMU Cox School Associate Board.

Charlotte Caples, Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant, Charlotte Caples Consulting LLC.

Charlotte S. Caples, MCP, PhDc. is a leadership and organizational development consultant with expertise in racial equity at Charlotte Caples Consulting, LLC. Charlotte helps leaders and organizations move towards becoming antiracist. She aids organizations in attracting diverse employees and clients, retaining top talent, and developing a culture that embraces employees’ values while achieving optimal performance by bringing humanity to the forefront. Charlotte is dedicated to eliminating institutional racism and seeks opportunities to pursue her passion. Reared in Vicksburg, MS at the feet of community activists who nurtured her sense of determination and connection to the Black community, Charlotte believes her life’s purpose is to build shoulders for others to stand and open doors of opportunity to others. An experienced and energetic trainer, Charlotte lives in Austin, Texas and works to unite the Black community towards healing by organizing against racism. She works with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Austin Black Caucus, Undoing Racism Austin, and Mt. Sinai Social Justice Ministry to organize community and shares her expertise with nonprofit, government, education, corporate, healthcare, and faith-based systems. She was recently requested to participate on the City of Austin Equity Action Team as well as the City of Austin Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities.

Derek ChungProject Engineer, Green Charge Networks

Derek Chung graduated from UCSD in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Engineering.  He is an ESW Alumnus, co-founded the UCSD Chapter, and functioned as its first president.  He moved from there to helping the ESW Leadership Team on a off for a couple years.  Derek Chung has worked in Environmental Engineering consulting, cofounded a start up called Canary Drones, and is now working as a Project Engineer for Green Charge Networks.  He has helped install and maintain over 12MWhs of energy storage systems in the past year. 

Mike Dieterich, Environmental Scientist, RISE Industries

mikedietrich1.pngMike Dieterich is a LEED Accredited Professional, environmental scientist, bestselling author, and award-winning producer.  Over the past decade, he has written policies and programs that support sustainable development.  His efforts have culminated in the success of passing sustainability efforts in Washington DC. Dieterich has been called upon as an expert for the US Congress, United Nations Climate Action Forum and has led conversations at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon Universities.  His efforts have been featured in The New York Times and various national broadcast outlets.  Most recently, his Tedx talk, “A Zero Energy Water Waste Future” focused on the future of energy, water and waste in our built environment.

 

John Erford, Control Systems Engineer, Fluor

John Erford is a control systems engineer for Fluor, a global engineering, procurement, and construction company. John has three years’ experience with Fluor supporting Sakhalin, Russia and Gulf Coast oil and gas projects, as well as developing new technical concepts, papers and presentations for Fluor’s Offshore Solutions group. In addition to project work, John has led programs at Fluor for employee communication and leadership development, professional development, and women and minority development.

Before working with Fluor, John gained experience in the upstream, downstream, and software development industries. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is now pursuing an M.S. in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University focusing on alternative and renewable energy.

 

Juan-Pablo Gevaudan, Assistant Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder

Juan Pablo Gevaudan is an assistant researcher in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an active member of the Colorado Diversity Initiative, where he works to increase diversity within the STEM field. Juan Pablo Gevaudan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and minor in Architecture. During his undergraduate degree, he researched both Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and durability of cement-based materials with natural supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). 
In the Sustainable Infrastructure Materials (SIM) Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Juan Pablo Gevaudan leads research efforts in novel cementitious binders. He manages research done by two lab members on the applicability of Alkali-Activated Cements (AACs) and low-resource wastes for different concrete applications. Through his work, he aims to accomplish the vision of "bringing harmony between the natural and built environment."

Darla Hollander, CEO, Founder, Hardware Engineer, Everywhere Energy Inc. 

Darla Hollander is CEO and hardware engineer at her startup, Everywhere Energy Inc. She founded the company on the idea that energy you exert yourself can be used to power your devices. Everywhere Energy roughly developed a shoe insert that charges an external battery from walking, and the company sees this as the first step to designing products that gather energy from many other aspects of life. For the past 8 years, Darla has gained a plethora of experience in the field of power, working with many sections of the power grid. Her background includes wind and natural gas-sourced power generation, electrical substations, power distribution, and power electronics. After graduating from The University of Texas in 2015, Darla shifted her interest and began her current job at Cisco designing Catalyst 2K and 3K network switches. She still works on Everywhere Energy power-generating products in her lab at home (and tap dances semi-professionally).

Berlyn Hubler, Tribal Program Coordinator, GRID Alternatives

bhubler_esw_0.jpgBerlyn works as the Tribal Program Coordinator for the solar non profit GRID Alternatives.  She is a recent graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology where she earned an M.S. in Sustainable Systems. Working with Native Americans around the United States, she is excited about the multifaceted impacts related to environmental and social justice, community sustainability, and energy independence that tribal projects provide. Prior to GRID, Berlyn conducted research on clean energy material systems and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Engineering certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. Berlyn also serves as the Branding Coordinator for ESW-HQ.

Brian Korgel, UT Professor, Engineering Chair

Brian A. Korgel is the Edward S. Hyman Chair in Engineering and T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  He directs the Industry/University Research Center (I/UCRC) for Next Generation Photovoltaics, the Emerging Technologies area of the UT|Portugal program and serves as Associate Editor of the journal Chemistry of Materials.  He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCLA in 1997 and was a post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland, in the Department of Chemistry.  He works at the intersection of nano & mesoscopic materials chemistry and complex fluids, tackling problems in lithium ion batteries, photovoltaic devices and medicine.  He has given more than 260 invited talks and has published more than 240 papers.  He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, the Université Josef Fourier in France and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.  He has co-founded two companies, Innovalight and Piñon Technologies, and received various honors including the 2012 Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and election to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

Lesley Lucas, Sustainable Program Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Lesley Lucas is a Sustainability Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise focused on driving social and environmental responsibility as corporate strategy. Prior to coming to HPE, Lesley received her Professional Master’s of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the dual-international program hosted by St. Edward’s University and l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  Lesley has conducted ecological research in Europe and the Americas, managed a wine bar, taught ESL in France, worked for many environmental non-profits, and served in the husbandry department at the New Orleans Aquarium.  In her free time, Lesley enjoys corresponding with her elected officials to support social and environmental justice.

Sharmistha Maity, Engineering Student, UT Austin

Sharmistha Maity is a senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Software Engineering. As an undergraduate, she was able to explore different areas of computational research, including biomedical informatics for computer-aided diagnosis systems and algorithm development for smart grid technologies.

Sharmistha has been an active member of Engineers for a Sustainable World since 2013. Through the years, she has seen the value of educating others on sustainable topics, and how it can drive them to take action. As her passion for software development grows, she hopes to become involved in creating educational software that uses cognitive science to effectively reach a wider audience and increase their motivation to learn.

Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Director, LAGI and Robert Ferry, Founding Director, LAGI

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Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is Co-founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Through LAGI Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change.

Robert Ferry is the Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact Design. He has two decades of professional experience designing and managing high profile capital projects in the US and the UAE. He consults on design strategy for net-zero and net-positive buildings and has contributed to many sustainable development projects around the world, including Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. His concept designs pushing the envelope of building-integrated renewable energy technology have been published in Superlative Emirates, Popular Science Magazine, and other publications.

Nicholas Phillips, Engineering Student, Northwestern University

nick.jpgNicholas Daniel Phillips is currently a Masters student in Engineering Design Innovation at Northwestern University. He is striving to become a problem solver able to tackle any problem and form evidenced based solutions that put users first. He was formerly studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin which is where he first learned about ESW.

He has been involved with ESW-UT since his first semester at UT as a freshman  back in 2011. He served as the VP of Projects and President during his time there. Currently, he is a Chapter Relations Coordinator for the Wild West Region. He believes sustainability and design should go hand in hand and strives to create solutions that give more than they take away.  

 

Karl Popham, Leader of Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy 

Karl is Austin Energy’s first and current leader of its Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicles team and is a US Department of Energy Principal Investigator on 3 separate initiatives that involve renewables, energy storage, and mobility. He is an active speaker, research contributor, and serves on several boards to include SXSW Eco, Energy Thought Summit, Austin Forum on Technology & Society, and Electric Power Research Institute. Previously, Popham was the interim Chief Information Officer and Division Manager at Austin Energy (the nation’s 9th largest public power utility), Director with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Outsourcing Executive with HP, and a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He graduated from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Phoebe Romero, Energy Efficiency Consultant, CLEAResult

phoebe.PNGPhoebe Romero is an energy efficiency consultant at CLEAResult, where she implements a utility incentive program for public and private institutions across south Texas. She is a former Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow, which provided the opportunity for her to meet brilliant, like-minded professionals in the field of sustainability and fueled her hope for a promising future. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Brown University and a Professional Science Master's in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from St. Edward's University and Université Catholique de l'Ouest.

 

Mark Sanders, Assistant Director, Austin Technology Incubator 

Dr. Sanders recently joined the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) as the Assistant Director for both the Clean Energy and Water Incubators. In this role, he mentors and advises portfolio companies, facilitates academic entrepreneurship programs, organizes the regional coalition of clean energy incubators, and works globally to cultivate relationships and foster a network of clean energy and water technology advocates.  Dr. Sanders has worked for several clean energy nonprofit organizations over the past seven years.  Prior to joining ATI, Mark was the executive director at the Rosenfeld Society for Sustainable Energy, South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), and the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance (TREIA).  He came to the nonprofit sector from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he worked to commercialize new innovations developed at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.  Before his time with Berkeley Laboratory, Mark was the founder of a company that employed novel environmental technologies and methods; the company was subsequently acquired by a national firm.  He earned a PhD in Building Energy and Environment from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in innovation and entrepreneurship from Babson College.

Sarah Seraj, PhD Student, UT Austin

Sarah Seraj is a PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the characterization and source apportionment of air pollutants in Delhi, India, which frequently experiences some of the worst air quality episodes in the world. Previously, for her Master’s, she has worked on the synthesis of nanoparticle catalysts for the treatment of nitrate in drinking water. 

She has been involved with ESW-UT since 2011, and has also volunteered with the ESW Leadership team from 2014-16. Sarah’s interest in sustainability came from growing up in Bangladesh. Bangladesh, despite being small, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and hence subject to many infrastructural challenges. Having witnessed these developmental challenges and observed the pressing need to address them, Sarah’s goal is to help build sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries.

Drew Shaver, Head of Human Resources, Covestro

Drew Shaver is the Head of Human Resources at the Covestro Industrial Park in Baytown, Texas where he is a member of the Site’s Leadership Team. In his current role, Drew leads the site’s human resources department to recruit, retain and mobilize nearly 2,000 workers onsite through effective engagement with employees as well as leadership.
Drew joined Covestro’s human resources team in 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA working on a number of high-level strategic improvement projects to help the department capitalize on momentum built during the company’s transition from Bayer MaterialScience to Covestro before transferring to his current role in Texas. Most recently, Drew led his department through a site-wide reorganization initiative and is an integral part of the change management team to transition the workforce and drive business impacts through turbulent periods of uncertainty and anxiety.
Prior to joining Covestro, Drew spent 13 years in the mining industry at Alpha Natural Resources starting out underground as a production plant foreman and maintenance clerk working his way up to Vice President of Incident Prevention, where his scope included 85 individual operations in deep mining, surfacing mining and 25 preparation plants with 10,000 employees. While there, he successfully improved safety standards through effective change management strategies, advanced behavior based safety foundations, risk management and root cause analysis.
With nearly 18 years of experience, Drew is a cultural change agent with advanced skills in training, executive coaching, process improvement and workforce engagement. He is also certified in Prosci Change Management, Six Sigma, DiSC Behavioral Profiling analysis and Root Cause Analysis.
Drew is an active member in his community having served as a volunteer firefighter, safety director at a 5,000 member church and is a frequent volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
A native of West Virginia, Drew holds two degrees from West Virginia University – a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass media communications and a Masters of Science in industrial engineering, safety management. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Business from Waynesburg University.

Nick Spiller, Startup Champion, Capital Factory

Nick Spiller is a Startup Champion at Capital Factory in Austin, TX. He serves as an advocate for a portfolio of 75 B2B startups in Capital Factory's Accelerator. As a student at UT Austin, Nick catalyzed in a new era of UT entrepreneurship by founding the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency (LEA). He's an active alumni advisor for LEA today as well as Alumni Fellow for the Genesis Program, a fund that backs student startups. 

Carol Thompson, Entrepreneur, Coach, Business Advisor, Carol Thompson Group

Carol Thompson is an entrepreneur, coach, business advisor, and strategist. For the past 25 years, Carol has been a visionary thought leader of Austin, Texas. Today, she works energetically to prepare Austin’s economy for its next 25 years and beyond

Her journey ranges from entrepreneur and technologist to community leader. As an entrepreneur, she served as CEO of a Computerland franchise in the early 90’s. She co-founded Hiretech in 1997, and established her namesake consulting practice, Thompson Group, in 1993. Since then, the Thompson Group has since served upwards of 100 clients ranging from local to Fortune 500 businesses.  Carol served a six-year term on the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board.  In the 1980s and 1990s, Carol’s leadership as volunteer and chair of the Greater Austin Chamber attracted thousands of new jobs to the capital city. 

In her civic life, Carol has served on more than 30 boards. Currently, Carol serves on The University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, UT Innovation Center Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of foodandcity.org. Carol is passionate about women’s leadership development and has been an invaluable mentor to hundred’s of young professionals.  In the early 90’s, she co-founded the Austin’s Young Women’s Alliance and continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the organization today.

Carol is an accomplished speaker and frequently keynotes events across the community, including the Impact Texas Conference, Engineering for a Sustainable World Conference, and South by Southwest Festival, just to name a few.

At 75 yrs young, Carol spends her time still thinking about how to change the world, living a healthy life to 100, surfacing and making new ideas reality, engaged with Food and City,  and learning from her grandchildren.

Matthew Vu, Engineering Student, UT Austin

Matthew Vu is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate, he is able to develop his project management skills, as well as understand the fundamentals behind the complex systems that run our everyday lives. Throughout his time as a Mechanical Engineer, he has led and completed many projects, both school and student-sponsored. As a citizen of Austin, he has found his passion for sustainability and nature and strives to work on projects that both better the environment and the community. 
 
Matthew first became an active member of ESW in early 2015, and has stayed due to the sense of family and purpose he found within the organization. Through the years, he has worked on many technical alternative energy projects sponsored through the organization to explore and expand his knowledge of sustainability. He hopes to share this experience with others through the leadership roles he has taken within the organization, and continue working with passion throughout his career. 

Liza Willmore, IT Strategic Innovations Manager, Railroad Commission of Texas

As part of the (ITS) Division leadership team, Ms. Willmore leads technology innovation projects across the organization and continually seeks ways of providing operational excellence and continuous improvements.  As the previous Executive Management Analyst and Hiring Manager of RRC, her first hand experience in operation improvement plans and organization development structures adds the unique perspective to identify and integrate the ideal technology solutions.

 
In her career, Ms. Willmore has led digital transformation initiatives such as the Texas Legislative Council's Digital Archiving Project, ACE (Application Conversion and Enhancement) Project, and Executive Women in Texas Government's interactive learning platform launch.
Ms. Willmore is the Chair of the State Agency Council Executive Board and has served on various boards across Texas in the roles of President, Public Relations Director, and Communications Director. In 2006, Ms. Willmore was awarded the Outstanding Woman in Texas Government award by the Governor's Commission for Women for her service in improving the lives of other women. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from UT Austin and a MS in Technology Commercialization from UT's McCombs School of Business.