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Joan Michelson

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

Joan Michelson | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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 09.23.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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.

Top Ten Takeaways on Innovation From TEDx Women

Joan Michelson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Women
Joan Michelson

This TED conference was an exhilarating exercise in thinking differently -- asking new questions, hearing answers to questions you didn't know you had, exploring new possibilities. That is what innovation is all about.

Highlights From the Front Lines of the New Ecosystem of Innovation

Joan Michelson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
Joan Michelson

I had the privilege of moderating a stellar on "The New Ecosystem of Innovation" at the recent Greenbiz VERGE conference in San Francisco. My panelis...

Reinventing the Model for Solving Global Ills - Six Lessons from the Clinton Global Initiative 2012

Joan Michelson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business
Joan Michelson

How do we make solid, faster progress in solving the world's most intractable problems?