Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

WRISE WEEK 2021: Cleantech San Diego and WRISE San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Virtual Panel

Thursday, July 22nd 11:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Register here

Jointly hosted virtual panel event to provide a high level, informational overview of electric vehicle readiness in California.

  • With the electrification push, what will it take?
  • How will we handle the impact on the grid?
  • What is the investment perspective?

California WRISES

This event will bring together representatives from each region (Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego) with varied perspectives to set out broader transportation planning concepts, regional views on EV development and infrastructure, and highlight inclusivity of underserved communities as a component in program rollout.

Our goal is to put forth a diverse panel of female professionals from several perspectives: regulatory, utility, regional planning, policy and industry.

Past Events

Confidence & Leadership Coaching for Professional Women on the Rise

WRISE SD’s Kick-Off Event for 2021
Drive a Successful Career as a Woman in Renewable Energy – Understand your Worth and They Will Too!

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Register here
Participants: $35
Members of WRISE: FREE | Sign up for WRISE membership here.

Dr. ALessandra Wall, Speaker, Psychologist, Coach

As we close 2020, WRISE San Diego is filled with gratitude for the partnership we have enjoyed with our members and sponsors. We asked for your input, we received it! We crafted our programs to your interests, you attended! We called for sponsors, you raised your hands!

To show our profound appreciation and gratitude for each and every one of you, we would like to offer our San Diego members an event to breathe life and purpose into 2021!

This phenomenal event features an executive coach like none other, Dr. Alessandra Wall, champion and creator of Exceptional Solutions for Women & Businesses!

Get ready to develop clear and compelling arguments for your seat at the table. Imagine stepping into any situation and feeling 100% confident in your ability to articulate your value and the impact you can make for your team, your company, a client or a prospective employer.

Let’s all kick down the door to 2021 and take charge!

What You will Learn!

  • The importance of great value articulation
  • Roadblocks and challenges to speak up
  • How to articulate your value

Sponsored by:

  • Stoell Rives LLP

Meet the Panelists!

Elizabeth KaigaElizabeth Kaiga, Key Account Director for Renewable Energy at DNV GL

Elizabeth Kaiga is an energy industry business leader who has, for nearly two decades, developed and implemented innovative growth and client development strategies for national and global professional service firms.

Elizabeth is currently Key Account Director for Renewable Energy at DNV GL, where she manages customer relationships and quality assurance activities. Her work focuses on providing strategies and solutions to support the global transition to safer, cleaner, reliable, and sustainable energy.

Prior to joining DNV GL, Elizabeth led business development efforts for the Renewable Energy Practice at CohnReznick LLP. Elizabeth held similar positions within the Energy & Utilities Practice at Marsh & McLennan, Arthur Andersen LLP, and ICF Consulting.

Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy (WRISE), a national nonprofit that promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce in the renewable energy sector. She has also served on the Advisory Councils of Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), Renewable Energy Alliance Houston (REAL) and the Education Committee for the Solar Power International Conference. Elizabeth is a strong supporter of diversity, equity & inclusion, and has received recognition in that capacity from the Houston Business Journal and the YMCA of Greater New York.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts Degree in Global Marketing from Emerson College.

Evelyn CarpenterEvelyn Carpenter, Co-Founder of Solas Energy Consulting

Evelyn Carpenter is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting, a renewable energy and climate change consulting firm with offices in Fort Collins, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta. The company grew from a single contract and the two founders in 2009 to over 40 employees and experience on over 65 GW of projects in North America and Europe. The vast majority of projects for which Solas has provided services are utility scale wind, solar and energy storage. Solas focuses on acquisition due diligence, development services, climate change and sustainability advisory, and owner’s construction management services.

Ms. Carpenter, a licensed civil engineer in California, started her career as a civil/structural engineer with Fluor Corporation and moved into renewable energy development in 2001. Prior to founding Solas, oversaw projects for SeaWest Wind Power, AES Wind Generation, and then First Wind Energy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA.

Cathy SymeCathy Syme, Director, Asset Advisory North America at UL

Cathy Syme has 25 years international frontline involvement of 11+ GW of wind and solar projects extending through all stages of operating life. Previously employed by small to medium sized Owner-Operators, Cathy has 15 years hands-on experience forming and leading commercial asset management teams setting up processes, reporting and compliance from scratch. During 6 years as a senior manager in DNV GL (formerly Garrad Hassan), Cathy performed both advisory and independent engineering work, including technical due diligence for project closings, term conversions and re-financings along with annual budget reviews and operating cost benchmarking analysis.


Regulatory Rulings Panel Discussion

Please join WRISE San Diego in conjunction with Cleantech San Diego and Stoel Rives for a lunchtime panel discussing the impact of recent regulatory rulings on commercial activity in the renewables space. This discussion will have a particular focus on storage development in California.

Date: October 8th
Time: 12-1 p.m. PST
To RSVP, Click here.

Featured Speakers:

Jacqueline DeRosa
Vice President, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Ameresco

Cody Hooven
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Diego
Interim Executive Officer, San Diego Community Power

Morten Lund
Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Tanya Khiatani (Moderator)
Managing Director, Wise Earth
Programs Director, WRISE San Diego

Sponsored by:

  • WRISE San Diego
  • Stoell Rives LLP
  • cleantech SAN DIEGO

WRISE “Champion Your Direction” 2020 Summer Series

Our 3-part Summer Series empowering you to reach your fullest potential continues!

Part I
Looking for a moment of pause?

For those of you looking for a moment of pause to stimulate your creative juices, WRISE San Diego, in conjunction with the San Diego Museum of Art, has organized a virtual performance piece by renowned artist, Judit Hersko, who spent six weeks in Antarctica studying climate change with the National Science Foundation. Her art focuses on the intersection of climate change and women’s empowerment. For our moment of pause, Judit will present a short performance piece followed by a Q&A about her work and career.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Part II
Looking for Inspiration?
If inspiration is what you are looking for at this time, we’ve put together a fantastic career panel filled with accomplished women in our industry from each decade. As part of the WRISE Week events, you will hear from women across the spectrum about their trajectories, their struggles, their goals, and how they are embracing changes in their lives and workplaces during these momentous times. We hope you will find inspiration in their stories in addition to expanding your network!

Moderator: Meredith Fuselier, Director of Americas for Phillip Riley
Panelist: Rachel Tutak, Associate General Counsel at Nautilus Solar Energy
Panelist: Jennifer Purczynski, Senior Director of Project Transactions for TerraPro Solutions
Panelist: Kimberlee Centerra, CEO and Founder of TerraPro Solutions

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Part III
Looking for a game plan for moving forward?
Transformational life coach Romita Bulchandani, who has over 15 years of leadership experience in Fortune 200 companies, will lead us in a vision board workshop! We will hear from Romita on how to think about and plan for each of the major compartments of life when designing the life we desire.

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020

Market Watch 2020 with Ashley Russo

Ashley RussoDate: August 25, 2020
Time: 12pm – 1pm OR 4pm – 5pm PT
Cost: Free
RSVP: “Register Now” button below. Zoom Meeting links for the 12p and 4p sessions will be provided the day before to all who plan to attend either session.

Please join WRISE San Diego in welcoming Ashley Russo from Northwestern Mutual back to WRISE for an interactive discussion on how to create peace of mind and opportunities with your investment portfolio during these volatile times.

Virtual session to anyone who wants to join for “Current State of the Market” download. We will cut through all of the noise we are hearing on the 24-hour news cycle, get clear on what’s happening, what we can expect, and what to plan for during the downturn and recovery.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How to position your portfolio for the second half of 2020
  • What should I do with my money right now?
  • How to set your portfolio up for success and reduce financial stress
  • Understanding how decisions made today effect your future
  • When will this volatility end and how to plan ahead

Please note:

  • Be video ready! Seeing everyone’s faces in this interactive sessions will make us feel more connected in the same virtual room
  • Ashley is licensed financial representative in the US so the info shared will be US-centric
  • Unfortunately due to Northwestern Mutual’s legal constraints, we cannot record this session
  • Zoom link will be provided the day before to those who RSVP in the “Register Now” link below

Register now


WRISE “Champion Your Direction” 2020 Summer Series | July 23, 2020

Date: July 23, 2020
Time: 6pm – 7pm PT – Sign-up at the “Register Now” link below. A Zoom Meeting link will be provided to those who RSVP prior to the event.

First event of a 3-part Summer Series empowering you to reach your fullest potential!

Looking for a moment of pause?
For those of you looking for a moment of pause to stimulate your creative juices, WRISE San Diego, in conjunction with the San Diego Museum of Art, has organized a virtual performance piece by renowned artist, Judit Hersko, who spent six weeks in Antarctica studying climate change with the National Science Foundation. Her art focuses on the intersection of climate change and women’s empowerment. For our moment of pause, Judit will present a short performance piece followed by a Q&A about her work and career.


WRISE SD Chapter Book Club | August 12, 2020

Maria Konnikova-The Biggest BluffDate: August 12, 2020
Time: 6pm – 7pm PT
Cost: Free

Please join WRISE San Diego for our second book club discussion of 2020! 

We’re continuing our journey of exploring the experiences of powerful women in male-dominated industries by reading Maria Konnikova’s The Biggest Bluff. This book follows the author in her quest from novice to expert in the world of professional poker. If you are interested in exploring the topics of luck vs. skill and the basics of rational decision-making, this book is for you. This is a great opportunity to connect with the local WRISE community through thought provoking conversation around careers and personal and professional development.

You can purchase the book here.
Audiobook length: ~11 hrs


WRISE National Webinar | April 23, 2020

Date: April 23rd
Time: 2pm – 3pm ET

Dealing with Burnout and Mental Health in the Workplace
Speaker: Kamaj Bailey, Senior Organization Development Consultant, Con Edison

If you feel like sometimes life is moving at hyper-speed and you aren’t always able to keep up – you are not alone. Now more than ever, we each need to unlock our capacity to remain resilient and flourish in the face of uncertainty and great challenge. Join us for an interactive discussion on understanding the impact of climate change on mental health, recognizing the signs of burnout, and cultivating resilience. In these uncertain times, learn ways to build your personal resiliency by fostering a positive attitude, practicing healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful.


WRISE Book Club | April 22, 2020

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 5:30pm PT
RSVP: Click here to respond via Eventbrite. A Zoom link will be sent the day-of to those who RSVP through Eventbrite.

Brene BrownJoin us for a virtual discussion on the work of Brené Brown! 

The value of coming together to bond and connect is becoming more apparent by the day. WRISE San Diego believes it is important to continue offering opportunities for our members to connect during this time of physical social distancing. This will be our second virtual gathering of the year. Our first 2020 Book Club event “Own It: The Power of Women at Work” was a success, and in this event we will dive deeper into leading teams and building networks in uncertain times by discussing Brené Brown’s research.

This is a great opportunity to interact with the WRISE community through thought provoking conversation around personal and professional development.

You can purchase Brené’s latest book “Dare to Lead” free on Audio Book here, watch her Ted Talks “The Power of Vulnerability” and “Listening to Shame” and watch her interview on 60 Minutes, as well as her podcast “Unlocking Us”.


WRISE Book Club | March 30, 2020

Our first book this year is “Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck. This is a great opportunity to connect with the local WRISE community through thought provoking conversation around careers and personal and professional development.

You can purchase the book on Amazon here.

Event Details: WRISE SD Chapter book club
Date: March 30, 2020
Time: 5:30pm: refreshments and introductions
6:00pm: book club discussion
Cost: Free

Moniker Commons in Liberty Station
2869 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
United States

Please keep an eye out on our WRISE SD Facebook Club for book club discussions leading up to the March 30 meeting. We’re looking for venues to host future book club events. If you have any suggestions, please let us know! Please contact tkhiatani@gmail.com with any dietary restrictions and/or suggestions for future event spaces.


WRISE SD Chapter Annual Launch Lunch(eon) – 2020 Fast Forward | January 29, 2020

11:30 Networking and Registration
12:00-1:00 Luncheon Program
1:00-1:30 Wrap-up Mingle

Location: The Barrel Room, 16765 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 United States
Cost: $30 ($20 discounted price for members)
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Please join us for a look forward at WRISE SD 2020! Thanks to our members’ ideas, energy and feedback, as well as the support of our fantastic sponsors, we are able to up the ante and have a remarkable program planned for the year.

Start this year with a resolution just for YOU! Commit to expand your professional network and knowledge, bond with members of your industry and enjoy the benefits of membership in a dynamic group comprised of industry Mavericks paying it forward and those launching their careers seeking Mentorship! JOIN US!

WRISESD Fundraising | September 19, 2019, 4:30-7:00 pm
Location: La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

Join us on September 19 from 4:30-7:00 pm at the La Jolla Woman’s Club to celebrate and advance diversity in renewable energy. The fundraising event will feature local women-owned wineries with food pairings from San Diego’s 2016 Chef of the Year, Jeff Rossman of Terra Catering. Proceeds support the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the renewable energy industry. For further details about this event, contact Marianne San Millan at marianne.sanmillan@stoel.com.

Tickets: $35

WRISE Week Leadership Luncheon | June 4, 2019, 11:30 to 1:30 pm
Location: Karl Strauss – Sorrento Mesa, 9675 Scranton Road, San Diego, CA 92121
Cost: $20 up to 48 hours in advance; $25.00 at the door

Linda Shaffer-Vanaria the U.S. Navy’s Third Female Test Pilot will speak at the Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy (WRISE) June Luncheon

“Leadership Skills that Will Help You Soar!” will be the theme of the luncheon, to be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 11:30 to 1:30pm at Karl Strauss, Sorrento Mesa. The luncheon is open to WRISE members and to the general public.

Drawing upon her experience as the third female U.S. Navy test pilot and only the second woman operational squadron commander, Linda Shaffer-Vanaria will identify the behaviors and skills necessary to rise to leadership positions and describe how to cultivate them.

“WRISE San Diego is excited to present a powerful event designed with our membership in mind,” states WRISE Chapter Director Kimberlee Centera.“Linda Shaffer-Vanaria has a personal story of success against all odds, in her talk she will reveal the strategic tools that each of us can deploy in our careers.”

“Transferring the knowledge and insights I acquired as a test pilot and squadron commander to the civilian world has proven to be extremely gratifying,” states Linda Shaffer-Vanaria. “It is particularly rewarding to have the opportunity to help women learn how they can harness their internal resources to claim their power as leaders.”

WRISE Book Club | June 20, 2019

“Join us in reading and discussing Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. This is a great opportunity to connect with the local WRISE community through thought provoking conversation around careers, personal and professional development, and what you value in paving the way towards a better future!

Please check out our WRISE San Diego facebook page for online discussions leading up to the June 20 event.

You can purchase the book here.”

Women of Power  | Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Annual Fundraiser

Please join your favorite group for an evening of fun to honor and support Women in Renewables!

Last year this popular event helped us raise nearly $4,500 for our scholarship fund, enabling us to send women to a broad list of conferences consistent with WoWE’s rebranding as WRISE (Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy).

This year we have increased our membership across several industries and are excited for the opportunity to further support all areas of renewables and enable local women to attend conferences such as the WRISE Annual Leadership Forum, Solar Power International, Energy Storage North America, and WINDPOWER, as well as other local valued industry events.

Please tell your friends and colleagues, grab a guest (or several), and head to The Barrel Room in Carmel Valley on August 29th to enjoy appetizers, dinner, a silent auction, win door prizes and see some of your favorite people!  Our gift baskets are provided by our valued sponsors and will be categorized as PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE, so there will be something for everyone, making bidding both exciting and personal.

Date:          August 29, 2018
Time:          5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:    The Barrel Room Carmel Valley (NOT Rancho Bernardo!)
Cost:           $50 in advance; $60 at the door

Dinner and two drink tickets will be provided.

Earn Visibility for your Firm!

Please contact Keri Minnick at keri.minnick@edf-re.com if you are interested in donating a gift basket or becoming an event sponsor.

Read with WRISE!  | Tuesday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | WRISE Book Club

Thank you to all those who participated in our last book club meet. We are now ready to get started on our next book. And the vote went to The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené BrownPlease click here to find the book on Amazon. Happy reading and we look forward to meeting you in September to discuss this book!

Date:      September 20, 2018
Time:      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue:    11468 Heartwood Way, San Diego, CA  92131

Please RSVP at the link below, and reach out to Sandra Law at (858) 754-7708 if you have any questions.

WRISE SUE Talks Summer Social | July 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Happy Hour

WRISE San Diego would like to invite you to our next summer social event at URGE Gastropub for a relaxed evening to mingle with fellow WRISE members. At this event, we plan to view an episode of a TED or SUE Talks series that is relevant to our members and attendees. We are hoping this will launch us into an intellectual discussion on how ideas/views shared at this episode impact our personal and professional lives.

Date:        July 26, 2018
Time:         5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:   URGE Gastropub, 16761 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego

Light Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Beer and wine are available for purchase. We hope to see you all there!

Applying UAVs (Drones) to Renewable Energy Projects |  June 8, 2018, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  | Lunch & Learn

Join us for an exciting Lunch & Learn on a growing technology called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or more commonly known as “drones.” This event is hosted by NV5, who is a leader in the field of deploying UAVs for collecting survey data. UAVs are one of the newest and coolest technology to revolutionize the surveying, mapping and remote sensing industries.

Lunch will be served at 11:30am, followed by a presentation by a team of experts at NV5 (see profile below) and an exciting demo of the latest Drone technology! It is sure to be an interesting and informative event. Look forward to seeing you there!

Date:      June 5, 2018
Time:      11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue:    NV5, 15092 Avenue of Science, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92128


Career Development Roundtable |  May 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  |  Happy Hour Event

The WRISE San Diego Chapter is organizing a roundtable discussion of market leaders to bring a career enrichment experience to our local chapter. Here’s your chance — let’s provoke a conversation about where you are in your career, what are some of the things you could potentially develop in yourself to improve your career, and what others are seeing around them as the path to a better future.
We will break into small groups with experienced moderators to help guide the discussion and extract some paths to success that may work for you. Then we will gather back together and share what each group has highlighted, so we don’t miss out on our collective intelligence.
Whether you are new or experienced in your career, we would love to see you and experience the collective power women can bring to the energy marketplace.
We hope to see you there!
Date:      May 30, 2018
Time:      5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue:    Green Flash Brewing Co., 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA


Read with WRISE!  | Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | WRISE Book Club

Join us for our second book club of 2018! On top of our list this spring is The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. Please click here to find the book on Amazon. Read or listen to it and join us for an evening of conversation about this recently published and top book club read.

Date:       Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time:      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venue:    Green Flash Brewery

Distributed Electricity  | Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch & Learn

Join us for our first Lunch & Learn of the 2018-2019 Chapter year as we take a look at how Distributed Electricity (Storage and Generation) affects the world around us.

Learn about why consumers and utilities are interested in such infrastructure from our experienced, diverse and knowledgeable panel.

Date:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time:  12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

EDF Renewable Energy

15445 Innovation Drive, San Diego

Meetup with WRISE at Infocast Solar Finance & Investment Summit  | Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Hosted Happy Hour

Meetup with the San Diego Chapter of WRISE — Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy — at the 2018 Infocast Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit. All are welcome to attend, network and enjoy refreshments and appetizers co-hosted by WRISE SD and Stoel Rives LLP — regardless of whether you are participating in the Infocast event.

Date:          March 20, 2018
Time:          5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

OMNI LaCosta Resort & Spa
The Diversions Sports Lounge Patio
2100 Costa Del Mar
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Read with WRISE!  | WRISE Book Club

Join us for our first book club of 2018! First on tap is “How Remarkable Women Lead:  The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life” by Joanna Barsh. Please click here to find the book on Amazon.

Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by: AnneMarie Graves and Trisha Long. Please RSVP to Sandra Law at sandradlaw@icloud.com or call/text her at (858) 754-7708.

Moniker Commons (it’s a co-working space in Liberty Station)
2869 Historic Decatur
San Diego, CA 92106







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