C3E 2012: Taking Risks and Driving Ideas

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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 Martha Broad of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Council moderate a panel discussing the energy market from a business model perspective. Christine Ho, Co-founder and Head of Technology at Imprint Energy; Rachel Barge, Partner at Greenstart; Wendy Arienzo, CEO and Director of ArrayPower; and Sara Groen, Co-founder and Director of SURGE Accelerator serve as panelists.

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

About the Speakers


Martha Broad
Director of Knowledge Development
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Ms. Martha Broad is Director of Knowledge Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) where she oversees the organization’s information strategy.  MassCEC is the first state agency created to focus primarily on clean energy economic development. At MassCEC, Ms. Broad monitors trends in the industry, performs analyses, and disseminates information, including managing the research and publication of MassCEC’s major reports and the development of information tools. 

Since 2004, Ms. Broad has managed a number of award-winning MassCEC programs related to green electricity, affordable housing and wind development.  Her past work includes the start up and management of two successful green companies: a unique for-profit green auto insurance agency owned by the Conservation Law Foundation and the Rainforest Crunch Company, a gourmet candy company that sourced sustainably harvested Amazon rainforest ingredients and donated profits to rainforest preservation.  She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and has an MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Christine Ho
Co-Founder and Head of Technoloy
Imprint Energy

Dr. Christine Ho is a co-founder and Head of Technology of Imprint Energy, a UC Berkeley spin-off commercializing a revolutionary printed battery technology of which Dr. Ho is the principal inventor. Imprint Energy, based in Alameda, CA, is developing technology to enable long lasting, low cost, rechargeable batteries composed of earth-abundant materials for today's and tomorrow's electronic devices.

Dr. Ho has her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Rachel Barge

Ms. Rachel Barge is a Partner at Greenstart, a venture firm and design studio for digital cleantech companies.  Greenstart runs a “design accelerator” program where startups receive $115,000 and expert mentorship in business model, UX, brand and capital design.  As 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 software. Before coming to Greenstart, she founded Campus InPower, a national consultancy that implemented large-scale financial mechanisms for campus sustainability. During the first year of the initiative, Ms. Barge raised $16 million and trained over 2,000 students from over 250 universities. She then became Director of the Business Council on Climate Change and later Executive Director of CleantechU. As an undergraduate student, she helped establish a $2 million Green Fund that tripled the amount of capital available for campus sustainability at UC Berkeley.

Ms. Barge is winner of the David Brower Youth Award, the nation's top prize for young environmental leaders, as well as the Morris K. Udall Fellowship, a federal award recognizing top environmental leaders on college campuses. She holds a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies and Forestry from UC Berkeley.

Wendy Arienzo
CEO and Director
ArrayPower, Inc.

Ms. Wendy Arienzo has extensive experience in the technology development sector, bringing 30 years of technical and management experience in the semiconductor industry to her current position as Chief Executive Officer and Director of ArrayPower, Inc. She previously worked at some of the leading companies in the technology industry, including IBM, Phillips and NXP Semiconductors. Ms. Arienzo began her career in the solar technology development field developing polycrystalline silicon cells in Florence, Italy.

Ms. Arienzo has received numerous accolades for her accomplishments and is a sought-after public speaker in the technology sector. She has been recognized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Center for Economic Growth, a non-profit based in New York state promoting economic growth throughout the state’s capital region. Ms. Arienzo holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. She received her combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in materials science engineering from Brown University.

Sarah Groen
Co-Founder, Director
SURGE Accelerator

Ms. Sarah Groen is the Co-founder and Director of SURGE Accelerator.  A first for the energy industry, SURGE is a mentor-driven, seed accelerator designed to identify, prepare, and support innovators as they take their ideas to market.  Over 100 mentors from the energy industry work with start-ups to "solve the worlds energy problems using software."

SURGE approaches energy as a holistic vertical-- clean energy companies benefit greatly from SURGE’s deep understanding of the market economics, regulatory constraints, and customer challenges that exist in the energy world.  All SURGE companies benefit from overlapping mentors, customers, regulators, and a common framework for addressing energy challenges.

Ms. Groen manages relationships with hundreds of energy investors around the country, coordinates the investment process and program, and acts as a mentor to SURGE founders.

Prior to SURGE, Ms. Groen was a private equity investor, an oil & gas financial analyst, and a strategy consultant.  She also has an MBA from Stanford University where she focused on entrepreneurship.  Ms. Groen has been a guest at several speaking events on energy software, is an organizer of the Texas Cleanweb Hackathon, and acts as a mentor at Startup Weekend Houston.