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Young and Leading in Cleantech

Please join us for an exciting discussion with five remarkable young women who are making significant impact in changing the cleantech landscape - whether launching, hosting, or funding cleantech start-ups. Come hear about how they got their start, some of the biggest challenges they've faced in entering/succeeding in this space, and anything else you want to know - there will be plenty of time for networking and Q&A!

Our speakers include:

  • Priyanka Bakaya, CEO at PK Clean
  • Rachel Barge, Partner and head of communications at Greenstart
  • Emily Kirsch,  Co-Founder and Director of the Solar for Universal Need Cube (SfunCube)
  • Virginia Klausmeier, CEO and co-founder of Sylvatex
  • Heidi Lubin, CEO HEVT


6:00-6:30pm Networking and wine

6:30-8:00pm Roundtable discussion moderated by WCS Founder Lisa Ann Pinkerton + Q&A

8:00-8:30pm Wrap-up and networking


This event is $15 online/$20 at the door.

About our speakers:

Priyanka Bakaya

CEO at PK Clean

Priyanka Bakaya is a cleantech entrepreneur with experience launching innovative products, building teams and growing companies across three continents. She is currently CEO at PK Clean, which is developing a breakthrough technology for converting landfill-bound plastics into high value fuels at a fraction of the cost of existing systems. After several years testing multiple pilots, the company has completed construction of its first commercial-scale unit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bakaya is a graduate of Stanford and MIT who has previously been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and named to the Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy. Barge

Partner and head of communications at Greenstart


Rachel is a nationally recognized sustainability advocate and entrepreneur, recently being named a “30 under 30″ by Forbes. As a partner and head of communications at Greenstart, Rachel is charged with telling the stories of the entrepreneurs who are transforming the multi-trillion dollar energy market with disruptive cleanweb technologies. Rachel launched her first startup at the age of 22, a national consultancy that helped universities deploy over $16M towards energy efficiency, clean energy and green revolving loan funds. She served as Director of The Business Council on Climate Change, and Executive Director of CleantechU, a philanthropic initiative supporting cleantech entrepreneurs at universities. Rachel is winner of the prestigious David Brower Youth award, Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Wild Gift Fellowship. She holds a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies and Forestry from UC Berkeley. Kirsch

Co-Founder and Director of the Solar for Universal Need Cube (SfunCube)

Emily Kirsch is the Co-Founder and Director of the Solar for Universal Need Cube (SfunCube). Through the acceleration of solar start-ups, the SfunCube is making Oakland, California the nation’s epicenter for solar entrepreneurship. Prior to starting the SfunCube, Emily was Lead Organizer at the Ella Baker Center. In her six years with the Center, Emily launched and led the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, Oakland Solar Mosaic, and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. Emily co-authored the reports ‘Making Green Work’ and ‘Creating Climate Action in Your Community.’ Emily is a New Leaders Council Alumni, serves on the Advisory Board of The Academy at Capacity Global in London, and serves as Board Chair of the Workforce Collaborative in Oakland.


Virginia Klausmeier 
CEO and co-founder of Sylvatex


Virginia is the CEO and co-founder of Sylvatex. She earned her B.S. with a focus in Chemistry and Economics, along with a M.S. from the University of Oregon. Prior to this venture she managed new development for Stryker, a fortune 500 medical device company. Since 2010 Virginia has dedicated her career to clean/ sustainable energy and entrepreneurship. She is a Greenstart and Astia alumni and is also a member of Silicon Valley Leadership. Virginia has won numerous awards representing Sylvatex at industry conferences and venture funding competitions, including Silicon Valley LAUNCH, Cleantech Open and was recently recognized as a top 200 Global Going Green Company. On her time off from pursuing her passions (clean energy, biomedical advancements, women in science) she loves to travel, explore the outdoors and pretend she still a gymnast.


Heidi Lubin


Heidi Lubin has broad experience in both early stage ventures and with mature automotive and energy organizations, internationally and in the United States. Ms. Lubin is CEO of HEVT, the National Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Cleantech Open. HEVT is building a new class of high-performance, highly efficient, reliable and affordable electric motors for both stationary and mobility markets – that do not use critical rare earth materials. Prior to joining HEVT, Ms. Lubin served as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP restructuring in excess of $10 billion in debt obligations for multinational public and private companies in varied industries, focusing especially on the automotive, oil and gas, and media sectors. Previously, Ms. Lubin worked on growth equity investment strategies at Thoma Cressey Bravo and Pacific Rim Partners. Earlier in her career, she assisted Fortune 100 companies to create and implement growth-oriented, educational marketing strategies. She has also worked for a number of policy organizations on a range of issues including nuclear security, urban redevelopment, and public health. Ms. Lubin has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a certificate in multidisciplinary design from Archeworks.

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  • Lavinia F.

    So great, I wished it were longer!

    June 18, 2013

  • Heidi

    I really wish I could make this. What an inspiring line-up. I will look out for more events like this one!

    June 17, 2013

  • Lavinia F.

    Just what I need when I need!

    June 17, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Clean energy policy professional interested in policy analysis and program management

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a great event. Just wanted to let you know my paypal account is under my husband's email address: [masked].

    June 3, 2013

  • Teresa T.

    Great lineup!

    June 3, 2013

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