WoWE Leadership Forum: Expanding Your Toolkit. Powering our Future.







Lorri Sulpizio, PhD
CEO and Founder
Lotus Leadership Institute

Lorri Sulpizio has dedicated her career to advancing the science and art of leadership development through research, education, training and consulting. Lorri is a founder and the principle consultant for Lotus Leadership Institute- a leadership development company that helps both individuals and organizations to increase their leadership effectiveness and become more productive. She is the Director for the Women’s Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego. She is a published author having written several articles and book chapters, and is an international presenter on leadership. Lorri's expertise include girls and women's leadership, as well as group and team dynamics. Her research focus is on women's leadership, specifically on voice, power, and authority. Her current research projects are on the topics of the lived experience of motherhood, as well as women, voice and leadership.

Lorri was an executive board member for New Children’s Museum of San Diego, the California Community College Women’s Basketball Association and the Fitness Advisory Council for San Diego Mesa College. She served as head women’s basketball coach at San Diego Mesa College from 2001-2007 and coached at Cuyamaca College from 2008-2010. She is an adjunct professor, teaching business and leadership courses at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.

Lorri's accomplishments include designing and implementing an empowerment program for female addicts and victims of domestic violence and she is the co-founder for WeLead, a program dedicated to girls and young women's leadership. Lorri has her PhD in leadership from the University of San Diego, her MA in Sports Psychology from SDSU, and her BA in English from Cal Poly SLO.



Stephanie Kushner
Executive Vice President and CFO
Broadwind Energy

Stephanie brings more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience to Broadwind. That experience includes her track record of C-level global business leadership encompassing corporate finance, controllership and treasury across domestic and international divisions, subsidiaries and corporate headquarters. Prior to joining Broadwind in August 2009, Stephanie was the chief financial officer for publicly traded global manufacturer Federal Signal Corp. for six years. Before that, she held several global finance leadership positions with FMC Corporation, and she began her career with Amoco Corp. Stephanie holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Douglass College at Rutgers University



Shalini Ramanathan
Vice President of Origination
RES Americas

Shalini Ramanathan is VP Origination for RES Americas, a leading developer and constructor of wind and solar projects. Ms. Ramanathan has closed multiple deals with nearly $2B in total transaction value. She worked on the RES Americas team that negotiated a wind power purchase agreement with Microsoft, the first-ever direct green power purchase for that company. She has transacted with numerous utilities, including Xcel Energy, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, and Arkansas Electric Coop, and has worked on merchant/hedge wind projects. In 2010, she was ERCOT regulatory chair of the trade association The Wind Coalition. In that role, she contributed to securing approval for the $7B CREZ transmission line build-out in Texas, which is bringing hundreds of MW of clean power online.

Prior to joining RES Americas, Ms. Ramanathan was based in Nairobi, Kenya and worked on renewable energy projects across East Africa for the British company CAMCO. She also worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), where she focused on renewable energy deployment and policy in Southern Africa, India, and the Philippines.

She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from UT Austin. She lives in Austin, TX and is a Next Generation Fellow at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. She serves on the Board of Trustees of The Contemporary, an Austin arts institution.



Cathy Syme
Assistant Vice President Commercial Management
Eurus Energy

Cathy Syme has over 17 years of experience in international wind farm asset management and IE due diligence with frontline involvement of 11 + GW of wind farm projects in the US and Europe.  She has leveraged her extensive commercial knowledge and ability to bridge the gap between commercial, legal and operational issues building effective relationships with clients, colleagues and government agencies.  Cathy is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and has a degree in Music and has been an AWEA and CanWEA podium presenter and training course director and was recognized in 2010 as the San Diego WoWE Chapter Woman of the Year.


Randy Hoyle
Senior Vice President and Head of Wind and Solar Development
Terra-Gen Power

Mr. Hoyle directs the national wind and solar development initiatives for Terra-Gen Power. Over the past six years, he has overseen $3.3 billion of investment in 11 wind projects. Prior to joining Terra-Gen, Mr. Hoyle was Managing Director at Edison Mission Energy, the unregulated affiliate of Edison International, responsible for business development activities related to a national wind energy platform. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Hoyle was employed by NextEra Energy Resources, the unregulated affiliate of NextEra Energy, Inc. (formerly FPL Group). He last served as Director, Development accountable for originating and developing an industry-leading wind franchise in the southern Mid-Continent region. Previous to that assignment at NextEra, he provided leadership in natural gas development, mergers and acquisitions, and financial analysis roles. During his career, he has significant transactional experience leading and participating in $6 billion of closed renewable and natural gas power deals.

Mr. Hoyle earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami (FL) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Iowa State University.


Lorelai Oviatt, AICP
Kern County Planning and Community Development Department


Lauren Glickman
Founder and Principal,
WindyGlick Communications
(WoWE Consultant)

Lauren Glickman has nearly a decade of clean energy and climate change advocacy and campaign experience, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies.

She started WindyGlick Communications to work with non-profits and small businesses to develop social media strategies and drive online engagement. As of the Fall 2013 Semester,  Lauren is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, teaching undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses and seminars on social media theory and practice.

Previously, she worked at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where she was responsible for the re-design, re-launch and management of AWEA’s social media program and online advocacy portal. Traffic to increased 40,000 percent in the first six months after re-launch, and Lauren's work earned AWEA a spot in the top 10 social media savvy trade associations.

She also developed and implemented best practices for social and online engagement of AWEA industry members and advocates, taking engagement rates from below average to 4 times above industry standards. This growth in online engagement ran in-parallel to a successful list growth campaign that increased online subscribers ten-fold.

Prior to AWEA, Lauren worked on clean energy issues and environmental campaigns across the United States. In 2011 she wrote and achieved passage of the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund Act of 2011 that promoted solar energy projects for homeowners and utilities in the state.



Laura Jean Curley
Vice President, National Energy and Commercial Services
Ticor Title Company