C3E 2012: Mobilizing Change in the Private Sector

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The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.

Here you can see Kim Saylors-Laster of Wal-Mart International moderate a panel discussing changing existing systems based on new ideas. Jennifer Rumsey, Executive Director, Heavy-Duty Engineering at Cummins; Johanna Wellington, Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy at GE Global Research; and Terry Wood, Technology Vice President, Planning and Communications at BP Group Technology serve as panelists.

For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.

About the Speakers


Kim Saylors-Laster
Vice President of Energy
Wal-Mart International 

Ms. Kim Saylors-Laster is the Vice President of Energy for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Ms. Saylors-Laster and her team are responsible for the natural gas procurement within the United States, the electricity procurement in the US and the UK, as well as providing guidance to energy markets within Wal-Mart’s International trade areas. Ms. Saylors-Laster is an executive champion of a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives within the Wal-Mart Sustainability Networks. Since joining Wal-Mart in 1994, Ms. Saylors-Laster held leadership roles on the Real Estate and Global Compliance teams before joining the Energy team in 2006.

In addition to her Wal-Mart service, Ms. Saylors-Laster is on the Board of Advisors for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, the Texas Energy Management and Innovation Advisory Board at the McCombs School of Business, and is a Board Member for Empower-A-Child, International, a US non-profit organization serving orphaned children in Uganda and Kenya. Ms. Saylors-Laster is an Arkansas licensed attorney, an Arkansas Licensed Associate Counselor, and a volunteer counselor at the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers, Arkansas.


Jennifer Rumsey
Executive Director, Heavy Duty Engineering

Ms. Jennifer Rumsey is currently the Executive Director of Heavy Duty Engineering at Cummins. In this role she is responsible for the new product development and product support for Cummins 10-15 liter engines. Her early career focused on control systems and system engineering; initially at a fuel processing and fuel cell start-up company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2000 she moved to Cummins to work on alternate fuels and the early aftertreatment technology development.  She led the off-highway Tier 4 Interim Advanced Engineering program then moved to product development as the Technical Leader for the Tier 4 Interim QSB6.7 program.  From 2009-2010 she led the Quality group for Cummins Turbo Technology.

Ms. Rumsey was awarded the Outstanding Young Engineer award by the Society of Automotive Engineers Off-Highway Sector, received the Cummins Chairman’s Quality Award, and has been recognized as one of Purdue Universities 40 under 40 alumni.  She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Pi Tau Sigma, an engineering honor society. She holds a BSME from Purdue University and a MSME from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Johanna Wellington
Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy
GE Global Research

Ms. Johanna Wellington is the Advanced Technology Leader for Sustainable Energy at GE Global Research. She leads a broad portfolio of advanced technology research focused on sustainable energy and water solutions. Specific research focus areas include renewables, carbon management, energy efficiency, smart grid enhancements, and low cost water solutions. Previously, Ms. Wellington worked with GE Power Systems as a Combustion Design Engineer where she gained a strong technical foundation, earned her blackbelt certification and held roles of increasing responsibility. She then joined the Power Generation Technology Laboratory, first as Technical Leader then as Lab Manager. She joined the Quality Organization as a Master Blackbelt before accepting the role of General Manager, Accessory Systems Engineering. She then served as the General Manager for the Generator & Electrical Systems Engineering Department.

Ms. Wellington earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a Masters in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Terry B. Wood
Technology Vice President Strategy, Planning and Communications
BP Group Technology

Ms. Terry Wood is the Technology Vice President for Strategy, Planning and Communications for BP Group Technology.  She has a wide range of experience in Upstream, Refining and Marketing, and Petrochemicals.  In her current role, she is responsible for the development of Group Technology strategy, forward planning for the Technology function, building technical capability and sharing best practices.

Prior to this role, she led technology development and delivery in the areas of Solar, Wind, Gas Power and championed project, engineering and HSSE as the TVP for Alternative Energy. Previously, Ms. Wood was the Director of Engineering Excellence for Upstream. She also held roles as Head of Engineering for BP Petrochemicals and Business Technology Manager for Olefins Europe, managing R&D, project and technical services activities.

Ms. Wood holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and has over 30 years of experience with BP.