Upcoming WCS & Partner Events

June 11, 2019 

Shoreway Environmental Center Tour – Let’s Talk Trash!

June 27, 2019

Negociation Workshop – Breaking Your Own Glass Ceiling

November 2, 2019 

WCS Talks

Shoreway Environmental Center Tour – Let’s Talk Trash!

Tue, June 11, 2019
12:30 PM– 2:30 PM PST

Shoreway Environmental Center,
San Carlos, CA

RethinkWaste is a joint powers authority of twelve public agencies (Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, the County of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District) in San Mateo County,

The primary goal of RethinkWaste is to provide cost-effective waste reduction, recycling, and solid waste programs to meet and sustain a minimum of 50% diversion of waste from landfill as mandated by California State Law, AB 939.

As of January 1, 2011, Recology San Mateo County (Recology) provides Recycle, Compost and Garbage collection services for the 93,000 RethinkWaste residences and 10,000 businesses.

The Shoreway serves as a regional solid waste and recycling facility for the receipt, handling and transfer of refuse, recyclables and organic materials collected from the RethinkWaste service area.
Let’s get together and tour this facility and find the ins and outs of what it takes to reduce waste in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

This is a free tour, please arrive by before 12:15 pm to get our name badges and start the tour on time. After touring the facility, we can opt for lunch in San Carlos or the Hiller airport. No-host lunch.

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Executive Leadership Workshop – Negotiation Skills

Sat, March 30, 2019
9:30 AM– 12:30 PM PST

Sandbox Suites,
San Francisco, CA

What is your first thought when you hear the word negotiation? Do you cringe and your body goes into “flight” mode? or do you smile and can’t wait for the negotiation to start?

Negotiation, without us realizing it, is something we do daily. For example: when we determine work deadlines, when discussing the terms of a job offer with a recruiter, haggling over the price of a new car, hammering out a contract with a supplier or even getting the kids to eat their broccoli!

Furthermore, Harvard Business Review looked at research that suggests that 20% of women never negotiate at all. They saw that a woman who opts not to negotiate her starting salary upon graduation will forgo an average of $7,000 the first year, and will lose between $650,000 and $1 million over the course of a 45-year career.

If we think of negotiation as a chore, we either don’t negotiate or do so in ways that can hurt the outcome. There is also the (very real) fear, backed by research, that negotiating may come at the cost of being disliked.

The good news is that negotiating skills can be enhanced. We designed this Negotiation Workshop to learn and practice new techniques to get what you want or know what you can let go to come to a satisfying outcome. We will spend two hours and a half deconstructing the tactics and practicing live to give you the confidence to use your new skills next time you need to negotiate.

Add new skills to your toolbox on a Saturday morning, where we will learn from Kimberlee and each other how we can also embrace negotiations.

Our Facilitator:

Kimberlee Centera

A trailblazer in a male-dominated industry, Kimberlee Centera has over 20 years as a risk management expert for the development and financing of large-scale generator energy projects. Under her leadership, TerraPro Solutions (formerly Centera Land & Title Services) has generated over 5,500 MWs in renewables, with a total financed value of over $3.5 billion, making it the top risk management practice in the renewables market. Her expertise includes identifying, managing and mitigating risk. She consistently delivers outstanding results on complex high value projects. TerraPro Solutions provides high-level expertise in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects including wind, solar and energy storage. Comprehensive services range from site feasibility and land acquisition to due diligence for investment and financing, through construction, compliance and post-construction operations. Kimberlee has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and she is a California licensed Real Estate Broker.

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Happy Hour – Find Your Partner

Speed Networking for Business or Friendship

Thur, March 21, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

​Let’s celebrate the International Women’s Day and get together for Happy Hour!

The event will run simultaneously in San Francisco and Mountain View:

San Francisco
Manny’s SF
3092 16th st
San Francisco CA

Mountain View
Sports Page
1431 Plymouth St,
Mountain View, CA 94043

We are Speed-Networking to find your partner for business or friendship!
We will spend 30 minutes speed-networking: you will have the chance to speak to 6 different people for 5 minutes. After the 30 minutes, you’d made 6 new connections. Spend the rest of the night getting to know them better or continue networking.

Come and hone your party skills, let’s meet new friends, new business partners or maybe even a new boss!
We will color code the name badges, you can decide to show your skills or your needs.


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First Pitch Competition Focused on Female Led Cleantech and Sustainability Startups in the U.S. Hosted by Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Six women entrepreneurs to pitch to venture capitalists and investors at the 5th Annual WCS Talks 2018 on November 3rd, 2018, hosted at Google Sunnyvale campus

SUNNYVALE, CA, USA, October 16, 2018 – Shining a spotlight on women-led startups from around the world, the 5th Annual WCS Talks, organized by the leading Bay Area non-profit Women in Cleantech and Sustainability, will feature the first ever pitch competition in the United States to focus on female entrepreneurs from the cleantech and sustainability industry.

CEOs from SINAI Technologies, Simusolar, Deep Isolation, TotalCtrl, NuLeaf Tech and Artveoli will pitch their businesses and field questions from esteemed judges from Centrica Innovations, G2VP, Energy Impact Partners, the Urban Innovation Fund. The winner of the competition will enjoy a large prize pool to continue growing their business, including a guaranteed spot to pitch at SVForum’s 2019 Women in Tech Festival and preferential consideration to serve on a Cleantech Forum San Francisco panel, among other prizes.

“A growing body of research indicates companies with women in leadership roles produce slightly higher returns on assets and capital, as well as higher average growth rates,” Lidiya Dervisheva, investor at G2VP, a spin off from Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund. “Yet, the VC database PitchBook reveals women-led startups only garnered 2.2 percent of the $85 billion in funding distributed to the startup community in 2017. In the 21st Century, we get a chance to change this gender disparity together and that’s why I’m looking forward to serving as a judge in the competition.”

WCS Talks showcases women’s unique views on leadership, business, policy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. It aims to highlight the substantial and positive impact that women are making in these fields as they relate to environmental topics, while providing a platform to address challenges women still face in their professions. The annual event is hosted by Google for the fourth consecutive year.

The WCS Talks pitch competition will take place between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. PST on November 3, 2018, as a part of the larger TED-style conference. Winners will be selected by votes tallied from the judges and the WCS Talks audience.

“The women leading these startups are tackling some of the big challenges the green economy faces in the coming years, and ones we see commonly ignored by other companies,” says Lisa Ann Pinkerton, founder and chairwoman at Women in Cleantech and Sustainability. “While people of both genders are focused on mitigating the most devastating effects of climate change, we still see women entrepreneurs woefully underrepresented in this space. Our aim with the competition is to highlight the great work these women are doing and encourage others to found startups themselves.” 

Also featured at WCS Talks will be “Sierra” the Tiny Home of the travel bloggers, educators and activists Lindsay and Eric Wood. The couple’s Travel in a Tiny Home mission includes giving people the opportunity to experience tiny home living by traveling with them and staying in Sierra. The Wood’s tiny home includes 13 foot ceilings, solar power and energy storage, a steam shower tub combination, composting toilet, and enough room to sleep six. Those who sign up to be members at WCS Talks at the event will be entered to win a night stay in Sierra

Learn more about the pitch competition here. To purchase tickets to WCS Talks 2018 click here.

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Smart Cities, Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of eMobility – Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 

654 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Cities are growing—fast.
By 2030, according to the latest United Nations estimates, five billion people will live in cities, nearly half of them conducting their lives in homes, schools, workplaces and parks that do not yet exist.
Cities can easily be labeled as the fastest growing organism on the planet.
And cities produce up to 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, use vast quantities of potable water, degrade water quality and produce mountains of waste. As people flock to the cities and new technology continues to develop, how can we focus innovation to improve our environment?
In a life that moves faster and faster, how can cities prepare for the onslaught? Our sci-fi vision of a world with driverless cars and completely interconnected “smart” cities is almost here now! And are AVs the best way to tackle the negative impact cities have on the environment?
The challenges ahead, are not easy: how is the heavy load of data from the self-driving vehicles going to flow immediately to impede accidents? What would the cities of today need to stay competitive with the new cities designed to handle the new technological and load challenge? Can we measure the impact it will have in the future?
These interesting challenges are being tackled by some of the most forward-thinking professionals of our time.
In our event, we will concentrate on exploring the issues happening now with autonomous vehicles and what is next up on deck.
Currently, only 56 cities worldwide have AV pilots. Meanwhile, 32 cities are undertaking long-range surveys of the regulatory, planning, and governance issues raised by AVs.
Our panel is composed of UrbanLogiq, Urban Innovation Fund, and San Jose Transportation Department top professionals who will share their insights on what smart cities are doing right and their 7-year look-ahead on the future of transportation:

  • Mark Masongsong – UrbanLogiq CEO
  • Jule Lein – Urban Innovation Fund Managing Partner
  • Jill North – San Jose Transportation Department Innovation Program Director
  • Moderator – Kelly Ratchinsky – UrbanLogiq, Technical Consultant
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