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.