Upcoming WCS & Partner Events

PARTNER Event: CELI | emPOWER19 Conference

Friday, October 11, 2019

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM PST

Colorbloq – 435 Brannan St #110,
San Francisco, CA 94107

emPOWER 2019 will be a day of action with workshops, talks, and collaborations dedicated to driving transformative change in the energy sector.

The goal? Design and present regionalized plans for achieving our Green New Future.

Transitioning to a clean energy economy requires each of us to collaboratively work toward a shared vision that is fundamentally different from our world today. Building this vision calls for cross-sector strategies that shift us away from the carbon-polluting energy systems of the past, and toward sustainable solutions that will empower thriving communities in the future.

Please note this is a partner event with CELI 

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PARTNER Event : The Green Gala

Thursday, October 10, 2019

6:00 PM– 9:00 PM PST

835 Larkin St,
San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us as we feature Shawn Rosenmoss from the SF Department of Environment as keynote, live sitar music, speakers from leading environmental organizations, directed networking by the Women’s Environmental Network, and a uniquely memorable experience with budding and veteran activists like you!

This is a donation-based event to bring environmentally conscious and environmentally interested people together.

And now, every paid ticket plants a tree!

Participating organizations include:
** Surfrider ** a community of everyday people who passionately protect our oceans
** Heirs to Our Oceans ** the youth-led host of the Summit for Empowerment Action & Leadership
** Extinction Rebellion ** the international movement to achieve radical environmental change
** ZeroWaste SF ** the advocates for dramatically reducing landfill
** Citizens Climate Lobby SF ** the non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization
** 350SF ** hundreds of volunteers who raise awareness and demand action to eliminate carbon emission
** Climate One ** changing the conversation on energy, economy and the environment
** Women in Cleantech & Sustainability ** furthering the roles of women in the green economy
** Friends of the Urban Forest ** helping the community plant and care for street trees in San Francisco
** HOK Sustainable Architecture ** a global design and architecture firm
** Young Event Professionals ** a global network of young-at-heart event professionals

Please note this is a partner event with Go Green and Young Event Professionals

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WCS Event : Executive Leadership Workshop | Guts and Grace

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

6:00 PM– 8:00 PM PST

Pattern Energy at 1088 Sansome St,
San Francisco , CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

Come join us with friends and family at our WCS Leadership Series Talks- focused on helping women tap into their natural leadership abilities, build resilience and increase their capacity to lead.

The business case for having more women in leadership positions has been proven, but yet, the proportion of women in senior roles in organizations globally remains dismally lower than men. Leadership roles come with many day-to-day stressors for both men and women, but women face additional barriers to success that include failed work-life balance, lack of equal opportunity and pay, lack of confidence and self-doubt. Together, we will discuss leadership characteristics and explore strategies and skills to build confidence and achieve your full potential. This event will also provide an opportunity for women leaders to connect with others in diverse organizations, expand existing networks and discuss common challenges and opportunities for continued growth.

WCS will provide light food and beverages.

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.


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WCS Event : Fighting Food Waste in America

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

5:30 PM– 8:30 PM PST

Orange at 60 Spear Street, Ste 1100  Bridgeway,
San Francisco, CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

In the US, it is estimated that 30 to 40% of our food supply is wasted. That’s tens of billions of tons of perfectly good food heading to our landfills every year! In fact, according to the USDA food waste is the single largest component going to municipal landfills. Once there, instead of biodegrading it generates methane, helping to make landfills the third largest source of methane in the US. But food waste isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a humanitarian one as well with 40 million people in the US alone struggling with hunger.

How is it possible that we waste so much food? What are the issues we face in today’s food supply chain that contribute to waste and what solutions do we have to combat them? What are the obstacles to keeping food out of the landfills and getting it into the hands of those who need it?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in a special presentation by Sara Custer, VP of Operations at Imperfect Produce. A veteran of the food industry, Sara will walk us through the complexities of the food waste issue in the US. Join us and learn what solutions are already being implemented today and where we need more research to further allow us to reduce food waste and food insecurity.

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.

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PARTNER Event: WEN Hackathon | Women solving man made problems

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

6:00 PM– 8:00 PM PST

SF Department of the Environment
1455 Market St
Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94103

Join WEN and our partners in a hackathon-style event that unites women leaders working across different sectors to brainstorm best practices for women to gather, organize, communicate, give and receive feedback, build each other up, and form community!

WEN was started 22 years ago by women change leaders who felt that their voice was not being heard. After decades of advocacy and pushing for equality in the workplace and beyond, women are at a place where not only can we expect equality, we can thrive in our own unique way. Women communicate, organize, care, and lead differently and it is time to normalize and encourage these differences so we can build diverse organizations and movements that continue to support women across all communities and walks of life.

At the hackathon, women from different sectors will come together and work in breakout groups to deconstruct traditional solutions to the following environmental issues and evaluate each piece to see how we can do it better, as women.

  • Chemical pollution in our bodies
  • Resources for the next generation
  • Dissolution of resilient communities
  • Eco Anxiety
  • Lack of mentoring

Please note this is a partner event with Women’s Environmental Network

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WCS Event: Women in Cleantech | Let’s Go Hiking!

Saturday, September, 14, 2019

10:00 AM– 1:00 PM PST

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve,
San Mateo , CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability (WCS) and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) – SF Bay Area join forces to get us outdoors for a Fall hike! The event is designed to inspire us to enjoy the very nature we help preserve as a part of our careers.

Hiking with your dog is a paw-some way to bond and get some fresh air together. Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, located in San Mateo County, is a dog friendly hiking trail. We encourage you to bring your furry friends, family and loved ones. The hiking trail we are adventuring on is planned to be 2 miles long and has a moderate woodland terrain.

Come join us, being active outdoors and show mother nature some love.

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.


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North Bay Energy & Transportation Happy Hour

Thursday, August 22, 2019

5:30 PM– 8:30 PM PST

Bar Bocce at 1250 Bridgeway,
Sausalito , CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

WCS is joining forces with Marin Energy & Transportation Group for our first-ever happy hour event in the North Bay. Come and join us at Bar Bocce in Sausalito for a drink and get a chance to mingle with a fantastic group of North Bay energy and transportation professionals. Bar Bocce is located just off the ferry terminal for any city commuters and sits right on the water. Looking forward to meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces. Sign up now!

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.


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Women in Cleantech: Family Picnic

Saturday, July 20, 2019
10:00 AM– 1:30 PM PST

Coyote Point Recreational Area,
San Mateo, CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

Come enjoy a Saturday morning at the WCS Summer family friendly picnic. Relax with fellow WCSers at the beautiful Coyote Point Park. Attendees can come alone but are also encouraged to bring partners, kids of all ages and other family members to join us. We will organize a few activities and bring sport equipment but mostly will be enjoying good weather, food and conversation.
WCS will provide a few drinks and snacks. We invite you to also bring a packed picnic for your family.
Remember to bring hats and sunscreen, chairs, toys, ice chest, sun umbrella and blankets to sit on. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their reusable water bottles, sunglasses, keep-cups, utensils to minimize usage of the single-use plastics.
Please note that Coyote Point park has an entrance fee of $6 per car. Look for the WCS green and white banner at the picnic location.

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.

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Negotiation Skills Executive Leadership Workshop

Thursday, June 27, 2019
5:30 PM– 8:30 PM PST

101 Howard Street First Floor Room 156
University of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA

*Become a WCS Member for 30% off this and all events. Click here for more information.

*Members – Use your promo code found in your welcome email

Do you unknowingly work against yourself in a negotiation?  Do you feel you never get what you really wanted?

Negotiation is something we do every day and we seldom consciously practice to get better at it. We may even go about it in self-defeating ways. Effective negotiation skills can be learned! Come to this workshop and get hands-on experience as we will practice a few of the tips Kimberlee has for us.

To give you more background, the 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.

What is holding us back from being strong negotiators? 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.

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 great negotiation. 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, learn from Kimberlee and each other how we can also embrace negotiations.

Please note refunds are up to 48 hours before the event.

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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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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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