Women in Green Energy & Automotive Forum

[This event is also posted on the following pages: WINS - Automotive, Network San Francisco and Network Silicon Valley]

Come join us at the amazing space 'Jabil Blue Sky Center' in San Jose for an afternoon forum focusing on Women in Green Energy and Automotive spaces.

We will be having 2 keynotes, 2 panels, tours of Jabil and a networking reception, starting at 1:00pm.

This will be a great opportunity for Women in Energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro etc) Women in Automotive to come together and discuss latest in technologies, innovation, opportunities for careers and investments.

Men are always welcome and encouraged to attend all WITI events.

Featured Speakers

Susan Brennan, Chief Operations Officer, Bloom Energy

Susan Seilheimer Brennan has 25 years of experience in global manufacturing and operations for the automotive and energy industries, with strategic leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies Nissan Motor and Ford Motor. She is one of the few women who have held an executive position at a leading Japanese corporation. Her unique experience includes spearheading several large-scale initiatives within complex, global organizations aimed at addressing financial challenges. Brennan drove the companies' transformations with systemic process and corporate culture change, including managing international teams through difficult business transitions that led to improved operational and labor efficiency.
Brennan is an experienced independent non-executive Director to the Board of Senior plc, an international, market-leading, engineering solutions provider with 33 operations in 14 countries headquartered in the U.K.
As Chief Operations Officer for Bloom Energy, Brennan is the chief executive responsible for all new product launch strategy and sales execution, operations, capacity management, global supply chain, purchasing, labor management, EHS strategy and compliance and government affairs. This includes providing leadership in revenue, sales and bid delivery and contract negotiations, with shared accountability with the Chief Technology Officer.


Lisa J. Bahash, SVP, Automotive and Transportation, Jabil Engineered Solutions Group

Lisa Bahash is an experienced and successful C-Suite executive. In 2016, Ms. Bahash joined Jabil Circuit, Inc. the world's leading electronics manufacturing services company. She serves as the Senior Vice President, Automotive and Transportation business for Electronics Manufacturing Services Division. Ms. Bahash was hired into Jabil's leadership team to transform its Automotive business from a service-based model to a product-creation model. She is responsible for driving 3X top line growth and margin expansion in the fast-growing automotive electronics, efficiency and connected vehicle market.

During her 28-year career in the automotive OEM and Tier 1 supplier sector, she has built an impressive set of technical, operational and business leadership experiences that position her to lead Jabil's automotive growth platform. She has a proven track record of improving profitability, leading business realignment efforts, integrating business operations and revenue growth in new markets. She has excellent global customer and strategic business acumen from her experience in automotive and other related spaces.

In November 2015, Ms. Bahash was recognized as one of Automotive News Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, an honor only bestowed every 5 years.

Ms. Bahash holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


MaryAnn Wright, Group Vice President Technology and Industry Relations, Johnson Controls

MaryAnn Wright is a successful 28-year automotive industry executive. Her dynamic and engaging style have enabled her to build high-performing teams and deliver outstanding results throughout her career at Ford Motor Company, Collins & Aikman and Johnson Controls.

She currently serves as the Group Vice President Engineering and Product Development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. She leads the global engineering, product development and R&D activities from idea to commercialization, across the full continuum of energy storage solutions.

Wright is recognized as a pioneer in her field. She spent the first 18 years of her career at Ford Motor Company, where she had roles of increasing responsibility in Finance, Program Management, Engineering, Product Launch and Plant leadership. Wright was the Chief Engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first hybrid-electric SUV and the North American International Autoshow "2005 Truck of the Year". Wright also led the launch of Ford's first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet program. In her last role at Ford, she served as the Director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, responsible for all hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered activities.

Wright has been recognized for her many accomplishments. She was named to the Wall Street Journal's "Top 50 Women to Watch", the Biz Journals "Woman of Influence", and Automotive News as "Leading 100 Women in the Automotive Industry" for multiple years running. Her efforts to implement a more diverse workforce and encourage women to become leaders in manufacturing industries received recognition from the Manufacturing Institute for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Award" in 2015,
Wright earned her BA in Economics and International Business at the University of Michigan, where she also received her Masters of Science in Engineering. She earned her MBA from Wayne State University.


Dada Nabhaniilananda, Mindfulness and Creativity Consultant The Monk Dude

Dada Nabhaniilananda is a yoga monk, a keynote speaker, an author and a musician. He teaches a holistic lifestyle centered around meditation, yoga, and social service, believing that service to the community and engagement in progressive social and environmental action are an integral part of a full spiritual life. A journey of self-discovery took him away from his home in New Zealand at an early age, and ultimately to India. He has been guiding and teaching students all over the world for more than 30 years.

He has appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama and spoken for TEDx, Google, Facebook, Cisco, and Intel, about using meditation to develop such leadership qualities as creativity, compassion, and wisdom.

Schedule of Events

12:30pm - 1:00pm ~ Checkin / At door Registration
Networking / Light Snacks and beverages

1:00pm - 1:05pm ~ Welcome / Introductions

1:05pm - 1:50pm ~ Keynote:"From Spirulina to Electric Cars to Clean Energy - A journey in Leadership and Technology" - Susan Brennan , Chief Operations Officer, Bloom Energy (last 10 minutes Q&A)

1:50pm - 1:55pm ~ Break

1:55pm - 2:40pm ~ Panel: Careers and Opportunities for Investing in Green Energy (Last 10 minutes Q/A)

2:40pm - 2:55pm ~ Activity: Mindfulness and Collaboration - Dada Nabhaniilananda - The Monk Dude

2:55pm - 3:40pm ~ Dialog with:
Lisa J. Bahash, SVP, Automotive and Transportation, Jabil Engineered Solutions Group
MaryAnn Wright, Group Vice President Technology and Industry Relations, Johnson Controls
(last 10 minutes Q&A)

3:40pm - 3:45pm ~ Break

3:45pm - 4:30pm ~ Panel: TBD (Last 10 minutes Q/A)

4:30pm - 5:30pm ~ Jabil Tours

5:30pm - 6:45pm ~ Networking Reception

6:45pm - 7:00pm ~ Raffle and Wrap-up