The Veteran’s Energy Seminar educates military veterans on global energy security challenges to inspire continued service to the country through careers in the energy industry, policy, and entrepreneurship.
2018 Featured Speakers
Dr. George Crabtree
Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory
Congressman Bill Foster
Illinois' 11th Congressional District
VADM Dennis McGinn
U.S. Navy (Retired), Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment
Dr. Dorothy Robyn
Senior Fellow, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment
RADM Len Hering
U.S. Navy (Retired)
Congressman Scott Peters
California's 52nd Congressional District
Global Energy Challenges
Keynote lecture on US government priorities, military preparedness, strategy, operational energy analysis, cyber and physical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and climate change as a national security threat.
Strengthening Our Future Energy Security
Keynote lecture on adoption of advanced energy solutions to diversify the U.S. economy, increase resilience & reliability, and mitigate the global impacts of climate change.
Veterans in Energy Workforce Panel
Discussion about the transition from the military to energy industry and what working in energy means to continued service to the country.
Robert Kraynak, US Navy
"The Veterans Energy Seminar was a great opportunity to hear in-depth, expert opinion on the energy challenges that our nation - and the world - faces. More importantly, it provided specific insight for veterans on how we can look at these challenges as opportunities for service and impact. I left the seminar feeling engaged & motivated and with some fantastic contacts in the energy industry who were willing to share their time with me."
Jon Gillis, USMC
"After leaving the Marine Corps in June 2017, I knew I wanted to go into energy, but had never interacted with the private sector before. The Veteran's Energy Seminar connected me to a host of established veterans-turned-energy professionals who volunteered to help with my resume, talk about their own career paths, and connect me to others in the field. I also learned a tremendous amount about energy security and energy economics. I couldn't recommend the seminar more"
Sarah Barbo, US Army
"There's something uniting veterans around being mission-focused, being service-driven. You have that same opportunity with energy. Especially in that last mile where you're providing energy directly to consumers for their day-to-day lives. There's something very tactical and tangible about that mission. Today has been really valuable in terms of learning about what else is going on in the energy space. I would highly recommend the Veteran's Energy Seminar.
Edel Travieso, USAF
"The Veteran’s Energy Seminar really connected the dots and put the issues of climate change and energy security front and center. I appreciated the in-depth analysis and quality of presenters that shared real world information and current events. I appreciate the no-nonsense, fact-driven dialogue that not only focused on the problem but also the solutions and allowed the audience to engage with the presenters and each other. I'm looking forward to the next Veteran’s Energy Seminar"