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Joan Michelson

Takeaways from Fortune Businesspersons of 2016

Joan Michelson | Posted 12.05.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

"Real business success is not only surplus that you've created for your own core constituency but the broader surplus. After all, what is capitalism? ...

It's Not What You Say: Lessons from the 2016 U.S. Election Outcome

Joan Michelson | Posted 11.14.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

(Photo credit: Pinterest) "(A)s is so often the case with outliers, buried in that setback was a golden opportunity...But first we have to be frank a...

Top Takeaways from SXSW Eco 2016

Joan Michelson | Posted 11.01.2016 | Green
Joan Michelson

(Photo: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. by Joan Michelson) Imagine you're an eight-year old kid and you get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the Presiden...

Lessons for Women's Careers from Hillary Clinton's Historic Career Achievement

Joan Michelson | Posted 08.08.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

Whether you like Hillary Clinton and will vote for her or not, her career has culminated in breaking the biggest glass ceiling yet for women: becoming the first official female nominee for President of the United States of a major political party.

Energy & the Environment Positions in the 2016 Election - Dispatch from the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Joan Michelson | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Joan Michelson

The Democratic and Republican platforms and their nominees' energy plans reflect complete opposite views. Here's a round-up of the differences, including excerpts from selected energy and environment events this week in Philadelphia where historic Philadelphia rolled out the red carpet and an analysis by top energy consultant, Peter Kelly- Detwiler* of Northbridge Energy.

Travel For Your Soul That Doesn't Hurt The Planet

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.20.2016 | Travel
Joan Michelson

Us travelers need to remember that there's no guarantee that these breathtaking, life-altering and enriching cultural and environmental spaces will be there for our grandchildren and generations to come.

Every Woman Deserves Applause Today - Regardless of Political Party or Beliefs

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Joan Michelson

(Photo credit: Whether you're a conservative Republican, a progressive Democrat, an Independent, or a political atheist, if you're a ...

Pushing the Limits on Earth Day

Joan Michelson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Joan Michelson

Here are a few examples from Earth Day Dallas of folks pushing the unconverted:

The "Gifts" of the Gulf Oil Spill? - Six Years Later

Joan Michelson | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

(Trailer to "Dispatches from the Gulf" documentary, livestream on April 20, 2016, Courtesy of Screenscope) "Clean energy defies fossil fuel price cra...

Circumventing Uncertainty - ARPA-E 2016 Energy Innovators

Joan Michelson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

(Photo credit: Vice President Al Gore at ARPA-E 2016 by Joan Michelson) Everybody knows how hard it is to make intelligent decisions based on fluct...

"The Force Awakens" in the C-Suite: As 2015 Becomes 2016, "Nice to Haves" Become "Must Haves"

Joan Michelson | Posted 12.22.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

As 2015 becomes 2016, it is striking how many issues that were once dismissed as "just a public relations issue" or "nice to haves," underfunded and r...

What We Can Learn from the Disembodied Voice

Joan Michelson | Posted 11.23.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

Employees generally disengage from their work because they don't feel they can be themselves there. For many, it's because they feel they need to hide something about themselves to keep their job and/or advance.

Leadership (and Life) Lessons from Pope Francis in the U.S. - Leading Change with Grace

Joan Michelson | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

One doesn't normally think of the Pope's role as one of change agent, but Pope Francis is no "ordinary" pope. He's rejecting the status quo and referencing change agents as role models.

Power Tips from the 50 Most Powerful Women of Crain's New York

Joan Michelson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

What is "power"? Alina Okun of Analytic Partners captured it perfectly when she said, "Power is the ability to impact outcomes," at the recent event at New York City's Cipriani celebrating women's rising power produced by Crain's New York business journal.

Having 'Influence:' Top 10 Takeaways From the National Speakers Assn. Conference

Joan Michelson | Posted 08.12.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

The 2015 annual conference of the 42-year-old National Speakers Association focused on "influence," made me reflect on the fact that we are "influencing" people in every conversation no matter how small, and how important influence is to achieving our goals.

Will It Matter? The Pope, the Environment and Six Tips

Joan Michelson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Joan Michelson

The Pope's call to action on climate change has generated much press coverage and applause from environmental supporters across the political and economic spectrums. I too am grateful that the leader of 1.2 billion faithful chose to make such a strong argument for action.

Managing Risk: Reducing Uncertainty in Energy Investments - Advice From Solar City

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Joan Michelson

Everybody wants to get in on the next Google or Facebook without losing their shorts on the duds. Even the big investors get it wrong sometimes.

Seeing Ourselves Through the Detroit Auto Show

Joan Michelson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Detroit
Joan Michelson

Our cars reflect us, our values and styles, our economic decision-making -- and our perception of our personal economy. So, what does the 2015 Detroit Auto Show reflect about how the consumer sees the economy and what they value?

Washington, DC 2030 -- Preserving History and Nature's Bounty

Joan Michelson | Posted 02.22.2015 | DC
Joan Michelson

Changing the infrastructure in a nation's capital, filled with historic landmarks and powerful, entrenched political interests, as well as heightened security issues, is tricky to start with.

The Next Generation of Clean Energy Solutions -- Six Takeaways From Two Approaches

Joan Michelson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Joan Michelson

It's clear we need a combination of science, data, ingenuity, risk, collaboration, passion and funding to put this clean energy revolution into overdrive to create jobs and turn "real" profits, including for the environment.

Solutions to the Global Water Crisis: 10 Takeaways From The World Water Forum

Joan Michelson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Joan Michelson

About 130 of the best and brightest minds across sectors came together at the 7th World Water Forum on May 15, 2014 on Washington, D.C. to share solutions and build partnerships,

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Model: "Will It Matter?"

Joan Michelson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Joan Michelson

Vice Admiral Michele Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, who was interviewed at ARPA-E by The Atlantic's Steve Clemons, gives us hope that diversity could be a secret weapon to shift calcified -- and white-male-dominated -- industries into innovation overdrive.

Ten Leadership Lessons from the William K. Reilly "School"

Joan Michelson | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Joan Michelson

Listening to Fisher and the other speakers at the Inaugural William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership Awards event at American University's Katzen Art Center recently, a Reilly leadership philosophy emerged.

Earth Day 2013: Innovations in Clean Tech Are Transforming How We Do Everything

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Joan Michelson

Computers transformed how we do everything, and today, innovations in clean tech are transforming everything again -- including reducing the copious amounts of energy those ubiquitous computers use.

Water Pressures Rise Just in Time for World Water Day; U.S. Gets a 'D'

Joan Michelson | Posted 05.20.2013 | DC
Joan Michelson

Will the major water main break in the D.C. area this week incentivize Congress to deal with our aging infrastructure? That's one heck of a way to commemorate World Water Day.