The EPISODES

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 2: Demanding space for yourself in the future of solar

For this remarkable installment, host Mindy Prefling meets with Kacie Peters.For over a decade, Kacie Peters has been an innovator, communicator, and mentor for the distributed solar and storage industry. She has pioneered new markets and sales strategies for organizations including SunEdison, Alta Energy, and held board positions on COSSA and ISEA.

Kacie has been recognized for her work by the Denver Business Journal and the Environmental Entrepreneurs. Her thought leadership has been featured in Solar Power World, Energy News Network, and in whitepapers for SEIA and Clean Energy for Biden.

We get personal with Kacie as she discusses her courageous battle with colon cancer, the challenges of being a woman and mother in a male-dominated industry, and her passion for sustainability for her son and tomorrow’s world. It’s a meaningful conversation, inspiring others to create truly inclusive and forward-thinking spaces. Listen now.

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Season 2, Episode 1: Discussing the future of energy storage

We’re back with the first episode of our second season of the SOapbox Series!

In this thought-provoking episode, we’ll be talking to Kiran Kumaraswamy, VP of Growth at Fluence. This guest eats, breathes, and sleeps all things energy storage and has a lot to say about the current and future state of renewable energy. He talks about how crucial DEI is to ensure that organizations in this industry are making the right decisions for everyone going forward. Kiran is a huge driving force behind diversity initiatives and strongly believes in inclusivity.

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Season 1

​Spencer Ogden | SOapbox | Season 1 Highlights

Our podcast, the SOapbox Series, has just completed season 1 and it’s filled with insightful, thought-provoking dialogue with top leaders in renewable energy.

All seven episodes (and an International Women’s Day minisode) are available to stream right now! In them, host Mindy Prefling takes a deep dive into diversity and inclusion, the future of renewables, and the people who make up this innovative industry. 

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Episode 7: Double the guests, double the DE&I expertise

In episode seven ‘Double the guests, double the DE&I expertise’ Senior Manager of Client Services at Spencer Ogden, Mindy Prefling speaks to Melissa Morgante, Head of People and Development at Orsted and Felisa Nobles, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead at Orsted. Melissa, Felisa and Mindy discuss DE&I and the importance of improving diversity within the renewable energy sector.

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Episode 6: Growing a Business in Renewables the Right Way

In this episode, Mindy speaks to Emilie Wangerman, Head of Business Development and M&A at Lightsource bp regarding diversity in renewables, how to go about improving diversity in organizations in the sector, when to use your connections and how Lightsource bp hires and retains their top talent.

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Special Episode: International Women's Day

In this episode, Mindy Prefling speaks to Lars Gloessner, Associate Director, Energy & Infrastructure Recruitment at Spencer Ogden, to discuss what it means to be an ally, how this manifests itself in the workplace, and how men can be better supporters of women both within and outside of the professional space.

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Episode 5: Talking All Things Development

In this episode Mindy Prefling, speaks to Jade Scheele, Head of Development at Steelhead America, who talks about the importance of welcoming feedback, how the key to overcoming the pandemic struggles is to embrace the virtual environment and Steelhead’s approach to encouraging diversity and inclusion.

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Episode 4: A Sustainable Approach to Energy

In this episode Mindy speaks to Tanya Martinez, Director of Development at AES Clean Energy, about her experience as a woman in engineering, the importance of respectful representation, and the current state of DE&I in renewables.

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Episode 3: Improving diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations

In this episode Mindy speaks to speaks to Taylor Dodson, Manager of Utility Scale Interconnection at SOLV Energy, about his long-standing career, the need for labor in renewables, and his drive to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SOLV Energy.

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Episode 2: Overcoming disparity across gender and race in renewable energy

In this episode Mindy speaks to Kristen Graf, Executive Director at Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), about the steps companies need to take to make their spaces more welcoming and stimulating for people of all genders and backgrounds.

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Episode 1: True leadership in renewable energy

In this episode Mindy speaks to Aron Branam, Vice President, Development and Construction at Averon about his transition from Associate Director to VP and how they are prioritising diversity in their workforce.

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The Show

We’ll be opening up discussions with thought leaders in the industry about the human element of the renewable energy landscape. We’ll be covering the dynamic and innovative environment of renewable energy, asking how we can create a progressive workforce that champions diversity and delving into what a truly sustainable future looks like. Join us for in-depth discussions, interesting debate and thoughtful dialogue!

The host

The SOapbox Series will be hosted by Mindy Prefling, Senior Manager of Client Services at Spencer Ogden. Mindy welcomes open honest conservations and aims to further discourse in the renewable energy sector. She’s had a long-standing career in recruitment and believes in taking a people-centric approach to it.

The guests

If you’re a thought leader in the renewable energy space, we’d love to hear from you. We feature a diverse range of guests made up of prominent industry professionals who want to bring new topics of conversation to an open forum. We also welcome guests from more traditional industries such as oil and gas to add a different perspective to the conversation. Our aim is to give a platform to a variety of voices within the sector.

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