Judy Dorsey, Brendle Group
Leadership Role: Committee Co-Chair
Judy Dorsey is the founding President of Brendle Group, a Colorado-based engineering firm with a focus on clean energy and sustainability solutions for local governments, educational institutions, the ski industry and leading-edge companies. In 2005, she helped to launch the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and served as the Executive Director until she stepped down in 2014. In this capacity, Judy has helped to form the vision and key implementation projects for FortZED as well as other cluster initiatives, including the International Cleantech Network (ICN) and the Colorado Clean Energy Supply Chain Initiative.
Annette Meredith, City of Fort Collins
Leadership Role: Committee Co-Chair
Annette works at the City of Fort Collins as an advisor through its City Energy Project grant. Formerly she worked in energy efficiency for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration as well as in Washington DC within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. As a Project Officer within the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program, Annette worked with cities and counties in many of the Rocky Mountain states on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Annette holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from University of Maryland and a B.A. from University of Michigan in addition to post-bachelors coursework from Colorado State University.
Why C3E: Worldwide you can take many things away from women and girls but you can never take away their education once they have it. And once they get a hold of education in the STEM fields, their potential contributions to advancing knowledge and technology are limitless. I am excited to help the C3E Initiative with its efforts to invite and retain K through Gray gals in the clean energy workforce.
Emily Wilson, Rocky Mountain Innosphere
Leadership Role: Secretary/Treasurer
Emily is the Communications Director for Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator supporting high-tech companies that have the potential to exponentially grow in the industries of health innovation, bioscience, energy, advanced materials, and software/hardware. At Innosphere, Emily is responsible for investor relations, entrepreneur education classes in Fort Collins and Denver, the monthly “Innovation After Hours” series, and serves as the project manager for the NoCoBio Cluster, which is Innosphere’s bioscience program. Along with managing Innosphere’s public relations, she also works with Client Companies on their overall marketing strategies. As a former employee of the City of Fort Collins Economic Health office, she is passionate about economic development, and is a current Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant. She is an alumni of Leadership Fort Collins and is currently taking the 2016 Leadership Northern Colorado class. She grew up on a ranch in Julesburg, Colorado and moved to Fort Collins to get her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies.
Jennifer Kaiser, Woodward
Jen Kaiser is Business Development Manager at Woodward, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jen came to Woodward to lead their utility-scale solar inverter business in North America and is now focusing on new business opportunities in the natural gas market, including micro and packaged LNG. Prior to joining Woodward, Jen was Director of Strategic Alliances at Ice Energy where she developed strategic alliances with key partners to improve profitability and scalability of large-scale utility contracts for energy storage. Jen has served on the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster Board since 2010.
Dawn Putney, Toolbox Creative
Dawn Putney is the founding president and lead strategist at Toolbox Creative, a brand design firm for innovative technology companies. Before moving to Colorado in 1994, Dawn worked with some of the largest ad agencies in Minneapolis. With 30+ years as a brand designer, Dawn thrives on helping technologists, innovators and engineers tell the story of how their big ideas can change the world. Dawn is also the co-founder of Art Lab Fort Collins, an experimental, non-profit creating community spaces for the arts. In addition to serving on the C3E steering committee, Dawn is proud to serve as a board member of Pretty Brainy, a non-profit that engages girls in STEAM learning, and the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.
Why C3E: I believe that elevating the conversation will change the face of women in technology and business leadership. C3E’s focus on social impact projects and empowering women in clean energy spoke to my heart, and my interest in building a future where women can more easily climb to the top of the business ladder. The future looks brighter and kinder when built by women.
Julie Zinn, Spirae
Maury Dobbie, Center for the New Energy Economy & Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
Since 2011, Maury Dobbie has been Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. In addition, Maury is the Executive Director for the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory which is a research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Maury began her entrepreneurial career at age 19. She has founded and operated six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Before joining CNEE, she was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Maury founded a video production company and expanded it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development department and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative for years. She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and reappointed in 2013 by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Honored for her leadership, Maury has received numerous business awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the Northern Colorado Business Report, “Woman Leader of Excellence” in Colorado, “Top 10 Women Making a Difference”, “Creative Vision for Women”, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) “Women in Business Champion of the Year” and the prestigious national award by Office Depot as “Businesswoman of the Year”. Maury earned a Business Administration degree and continues to finish her MBA at Colorado State University.
Why C3E: Paying it forward has always been a motto of mine and making sure women’s voices and influence are valued is important to the CoC3E organization. It’s important that those of us who have been the only woman in the room for all of our career to devote time to helping others navigate their career journey. Being a part of CoC3E is one way I can give back.