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    MARCH 2-4
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    • Learn from our Founder and Chairman former US Vice President Al Gore, how to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis to people everywhere
    • Learn how to combine science and solutions to engage audiences
    • Learn to inspire others to take action
    • Hear from subject experts in such fields as strategic communications, climate science, and grassroots organizing
    • Network with global leaders and influencers
    • Information about the training venue and accommodations will be emailed to participants after they have been accepted to the training

    There is no cost to attend the training. However, participants must pay for their own travel and accommodations.






    Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.
    Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. 
    He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
    Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.



    Ken Berlin is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Ken has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Ken chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network. In 2012, Ken served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team.

    Ngiste Abebe
    Co-Founder and COO, Aulenor

    Ngiste Abebe is an international development professional focusing on political transitions in countries emerging from conflict. She was formerly a national security fellow with the Truman National Security Project, working to promote a progressive national security agenda. Abebe is a co-author of Bidding for Development, which examines how cities can benefit from the Olympic bid process. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Abebe continues to live the life of the mind as the communications chair for the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club in Washington, DC. After all theory and no practice in college, Abebe sought out the eminently practical and applied to Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College for a master’s in public policy and management.

    Madison Adkins
    Climate Reality Leader and Youth Council Member, iMatter

    Maddie grew up knowing the climate crisis was a major issue (her parents showed her An Inconvenient Truth when she was seven years old), so she never understood why there wasn't more government action to stop the climate crisis and struggled with what to do to tackle such a big issue. When Maddie was 17, she discovered the world of public policy and knew she had found her passion, even working with her mayor and city council on a climate change resolution. Since then, she has been speaking at schools and universities to educate young people about climate change and their power as citizens. Maddie now works at iMatter, an international youth-led climate organization focusing on helping young people discover who they are, take location action, and get their stories into the world.

    Olena Alec
    Director, Climate Reality Leader Engagement, The Climate Reality Project

    Olena Alec is the director of Climate Reality Leader Engagement. She is originally from Maui and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the Universityof Southern California, and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. Olena also served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, working with her community on issues of environmental protection and teaching sustainability. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations within the environmental education world; prior to joining The Climate Reality Project she was working in New York City connecting teachers and administrators to resources and partners to further their sustainability goals. Olena loves working with Climate Reality Leaders to build and support a network of motivated leaders to further the conversation on the climate crisis and inspire action.

    Bryn Carey
    I AM PRO SNOW Climate Ambassador and Founder, Ski Butlers

    Bryn Carey founded Ski Butlers out of a single car garage in 2004 in Park City, Utah and has since led a successful expansion delivering ski and board rentals to more than 37 North American ski resorts. Born into a skiing family, skiing is both a passion and lifestyle for Carey. After noticing the impacts of climate change to the ski industry, he immediately became involved in finding solutions to stop climate change. Carey has attended two Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings, was influential in a letter to the United Nations on behalf of the ski industry, helped organize a panel to speak at the World Climate Summit in Paris during COP 21, and recently created a grassroots movement to get Park City, Utah to commit to 100-percent clean energy by 2032. Today, Carey is pushing other towns, cities, and regions to commit to 100-percent clean energy goals prior to 2040. He lives in Park City, Utah.

    Luke Cartin
    Environmental Sustainability Manager, Park City, Utah

    Luke Cartin is the environmental sustainability manager for Park City, Utah. He oversees Park City’s goals of achieving net-zero carbon and 100-percent renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and then community-wide by 2032. These goals are the most ambitious in North America for any municipality, and one of the most aspiring worldwide. There are many programs underway, including the electrification of the city’s fleet and buses, the bringing on of large-scale renewables, the quantifying of open space areas as carbon sinks, and many more. Before coming to the city, he worked in ski resort sustainability for 15 years. His work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, Outside Magazine, Newsweek, and other international outlets. He lives with his wife, two kids, and mutt in Park City, Utah.

    Rani Derasary
    City Councillor, Moab, Utah

    Rani Derasary is one of Moab, Utah's five city council members. She's entering year two of her first term on the council and is excited for the opportunity to work with the mayor, fellow council members, and residents on initiatives such as committing the community to 100-percent renewable electricity. Derasary developed her commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice issues in Oakland, California, where she was born and raised. She has worked or volunteered for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including: International Rivers Network, Friends of the River, Sierra Club, Canyonlands Community Recycling, and WabiSabi. She's currently a board member for the Moab Area Community Land Trust and does administrative work for Moab artist Serena Supplee.

    David Ellenberger
    Climate Reality Leader and Rocky Mountain Regional Outreach Campaigns Manager, National Wildlife Federation

    David Ellenberger is the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Rocky Mountain regional outreach campaigns manager based in Denver, CO. David has more than 21 years of organizing and campaign experience, most recently as the outreach coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program out of Bozeman, Montana. In his capacity with NWF, David manages national and regional advocacy campaigns around NWF’s initiatives to combat climate change, safeguard wildlife, and get people outdoors. Previous to his work at NWF, David served as the communications director for Montana Conservation Voters, as the roadless forest organizer for the Montana Roadless Working Group, and worked on numerous regional conservation campaigns with the Sierra Club including the Lewis and Clark Wild America Campaign, Grizzly Bear Ecosystems Project, and the New Hampshire Presidential Primaries.

    Nana Firman
    Climate Reality Leader

    Nana came to her work on climate change through multiple projects in post-tsunami recovery, urban design, regional planning, and sustainability. From 2005-2008, Nana served as the program coordinator for Aceh, developing and implementing green reconstruction for post-tsunami recovery. Her work aimed to improve the quality of life for communities and affected individuals whilst minimizing the negative impacts of reconstruction on the environment and maintaining the long-term biological diversity and productivity of natural systems. Nana spent five years working at WWF-Indonesia, where she developed a Sustainable Cities Initiative for WWF's Climate and Energy Program, focusing on energy efficiency and sustainable building materials to reduce carbon emissions. 

    Don Henry
    Board Member, The Climate Reality Project

    Don Henry has campaigned for the protection of Moreton Island, the Great Barrier Reef islands, the rainforests of north Queensland, and Cape York. He had the honor of being the director of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and the editor of Wildlife Australia before becoming the Australian director of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He moved to Washington, DC with the WWF, working as the director of the South Pacific Program (1992–95), the Asia-Pacific Program (1995–96), and the Global Forest Program (1996–98). As the CEO of The Australian Conservation Fund from 1998–2014, Henry worked to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing Australia. The organization has played important roles in stopping destructive land clearing in Queensland, establishing the Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and securing national heritage recognition for the Kimberley, along with many other campaigns.

    Emery Kiefer
    Student, North Carolina State University

    Emery Kiefer is a graduating senior in natural resources, policy, and administration at North Carolina State University. She is the president and founder of the North Carolina State Climate Reality Campus Corps chapter and has been one of the pioneers of the Campus Corps program. Starting with Climate Reality’s Know Tomorrow campaign in the Fall of 2015, she successfully delivered over 5,000 student signatures to President Obama prior to COP 21, demanding a strong agreement for future generations. This past summer in Washington, DC, she aided in the development of the Campus Corps program and the 100% Committed campaign. She has successfully grown her own chapter at North Carolina State to one of the largest environmental student organizations on campus, with over 100 active students in five different activism teams. In one semester, she led her chapter in changing energy standards on campus – going from no mention of renewable energy to setting a path for 100-percent renewable energy by the year 2030.

    Kevin Klein
    Director, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    Kevin R. Klein is the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety, and Governor Hickenlooper's designated homeland security advisor. Klein has been involved in public safety for over 30 years. He rose through the ranks of a Colorado fire protection district to eventually hold the position of fire chief. Klein left his position as fire chief to pursue a graduate degree at Harvard University. After receiving his graduate degree, Klein began a career in consulting for international, state, and local public safety agencies. In 1998, he became the executive director of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Association. In 2006, he was appointed to the Colorado Department of Public Safety as the director of the Division of Fire Safety. In 2011 he was appointed director of the Colorado Division of Homeland Security, where he became a Colorado peace officer. Klein has a strong background in working with and coordinating efforts among different levels of government and is well versed in the homeland security and emergency management issues facing the nation.

    Jules Kortenhorst
    CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

    Jules Kortenhorst is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch / Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Masters in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

    Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Isa Caress
    Artists and Activists

    Xiuhtezcatl and his sister Isa are eco hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to educate their generation about the global environmental and climate crisis and to inspire people of all ages to connect with their passions and move into positive, creative action. They have spoken and performed in the United Nations and at schools, colleges, conferences, and music festivals worldwide. HBO recently produced a music video of their original song, "Be the Change." Their album "Generation RYSE" will wake you up, get you on your feet, and inspire you to take action to create a better world for future generations.

    Mario E. Molina
    International Director, The Climate Reality Project

    Mario joined The Climate Reality Project in April of 2013. With his international project management experience and a strong background in metrics, analytics, and data visualization, Mario is driving the program towards an engagement strategy across multiple sectors and demographics. Prior to joining The Climate Reality Project, Mario was responsible for creating a climate education program that reached more than 1.5 million students across the United States, and several sustainability and conservation programs in Australia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.

    Hilda Nucete
    Protégete Program Director, Conservation Colorado

    Hilda Nucete grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2007 she moved to Colorado due to the difficult political situation in Venezuela. Shortly after arriving in America, Hilda became greatly interested in social justice issues. She was the logistics and registration coordinator for the “Ya es hora ciudadania” citizenship workshop, where she helped over 1,000 legal permanent residents complete their citizenship document with no cost. Hilda was also part of the first class of Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS), which empowered young Latina women to become leaders in their communities. In January of 2014, she went to study international business and French at the Université Blaise Pascal in Vichy, France. Currently, she is the Protégete Program Director for “Protégete: Our Air, Our Health,” a program of Conservation Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in international studies, with emphasis in Latin America and Europe, and a minor in French language and culture.

    Dr. Henry Pollack
    Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, University of Michigan

    Dr. Henry Pollack is a professor of geophysics (emeritus) at the University of Michigan, where he served as chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and associate dean for research in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He has taught at every level of the curriculum, from introductory courses for non-scientists to advanced graduate seminars. His recent research focuses on the record of climate change as recorded by the temperatures in the rocks beneath the Earth’s surface. Dr. Pollack has served on many advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, testified before the National Academy of Science and US Senate committees, and provided briefings about climate change to congress and the White House. He is published widely in scientific journals, is a science advisor to The Climate Reality Project, and was a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.

    Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
    Former Governor of Colorado

    Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a new energy economy. After leaving the governor’s office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published, titled Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

    Monica Mayotte
    Climate Reality Leader and Environmental Specialist

    Monica Mayotte is Climate Reality regional lead for the South Florida regional group, and is a Climate Reality mentor. After seeing An Inconvenient Truth for the first time with her family, Monica got involved as a founding member of her city's Green Living Advisory Board. She currently works as an environmental specialist at one of the largest privately held companies in the state of Florida, assisting in the management of environmental data and publishing yearly reports. Through her leadership of the South Florida Regional Group, Monica has supported her fellow Climate Reality Leaders in taking powerful action to defend and advance solar power statewide. She can't wait to have another group of Climate Reality Leaders that can join in the fight and ensure our nation's commitment to the Paris Agreement and renewable energy technologies.

    Jaime Nack
    President, Three Squares Inc.

    Jaime Nack is the president of Three Squares Inc., a cutting-edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate, government, and nonprofit entities. Nack also founded One Drop Interactive – an employee engagement platform maximizing sustainability management and cost savings. Nack has a master’s in public policy from UCLA, where she also earned her bachelor’s in international economics with a minor in urban planning. She serves as a Climate Reality Leader and as a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council. Nack was named the “2013 Environmental Conservator of the Year” by the US SBA. She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

    Jon Shenk

    Jon Shenk has directed and photographed many award-winning films. Most recently, Jon co-directed and photographed An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,  which was selected to be the opening night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Paramount in summer, 2017. In 2016, Jon co-directed and photographed Audrie & Daisy, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. In 2011, Jon directed The Island President, winner of the 2011 TIFF’s People’s Choice Award and IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. Jon was awarded the 2004 Independent Spirit Award for directing Lost Boys of Sudan. Shenk was the director of photography for the 2008 Academy Award-winning Smile Pinki, and was awarded an Emmy for Blame Somebody Else in 2007.

    Harriet Shugarman
    Climate Reality Leader and Director and Founder, Climate Mama

    Harriet is the executive director and founder of Climate Mama and a mentor and past district manager for The Climate Reality Project. Speaker, writer, presenter, and activist, Harriet travels the country educating and informing audiences about the realities of the climate crisis and how people can feel empowered to take individual and collective action – in their homes, businesses, and communities. Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life: ski instructor, orchard worker, and even one-time skydiver! She spent most of her professional life working as an economist and policy analyst, including 13 years spent as a representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations. She chairs numerous regional and local environmental committees and works regularly with national, state, and local organizations to lobby for legislative change on environmental issues.

    Talya Tavor
    I AM PRO SNOW Program Manager, The Climate Reality Project

    Talya Tavor manages the I AM PRO SNOW program at Climate Reality. A Chicago native, Talya grew up surrounded by coal plants and poor air quality. It was what inspired her to first start organizing at her alma mater, Michigan State University (MSU), when she found out that it was home to the largest on-campus coal plant in the country. After years of hard work, her campaign convinced the administration to completely transition off of coal by 2016. After graduating from MSU, Talya honed her organizing skills by joining Green Corps, where she successfully launched four different campaigns across the country. Before joining Climate Reality, she worked with Environment Maryland, where she ran the statewide nonprofit’s renewable energy campaign and helped pass legislation to bring more solar energy to Maryland.

    Kevin Trenberth
    Distinguished Senior Scientist, Climate Analysis Section, National Center for Atmospheric Research

    Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been prominent in most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of climate change and has also served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways, most recently as chair of the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) project. In 2000 he received the Jule G. Charney award from the AMS and in 2003 he was given the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 he received the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water and the AGU Climate Communication Prize. He has published over 543 scientific articles or papers, including 62 books or book chapters, and over 257 refereed journal articles. He has given many scientific talks and has appeared in a number of television programs, radio programs, and newspaper articles. In his spare time he plays golf. He was previously employed as a research scientist in the New Zealand Meteorological Service and was a professor at the University of Illinois for nearly 7 years prior to joining NCAR.

    Diane Weyermann
    Executive Vice President of Documentary Films, Participant Media

    As executive vice president of documentary films, Diane Weyermann is responsible for the documentary feature film slate of Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Prior to joining Participant in 2005, Weyermann was the director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs, focusing on the creative process – one dealing with editing and storytelling, and the other with music. Weyermann’s work in the documentary field extends many years prior to Sundance. For seven years, Weyermann was the director of the Open Society Institute New York’s arts and culture program. In addition to her work with contemporary art centers and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996.

    Lucia Whalen
    Climate Reality Leader and Recent Graduate, University of Illinois

    A recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lucia has worked on issues of sustainability and environment throughout her academic and extracurricular activities. As a student, she studied the health impacts of agricultural runoff on the Great Lakes and gentrification implications of remediation and development along the Chicago River. In her final semester, Lucia analyzed the rhetoric used around climate change, focusing specifically on the presidential debates during 2016. Lucia's other activities include an internship at the UIC Heritage Garden, serving as a student leader in the UIC Office of Sustainability, working with a community organization in Chicago's southside neighborhood of Bronzeville on their urban farm, and helping to develop education programs on smart grid metering. 

    Don Whittemore
    Former Incident Commander, Rocky Mountain Interagency Incident Management Team

    Don Whittemore is a retired assistant chief of the Rocky Mountain Fire District and a former incident commander with the Rocky Mountain Interagency Incident Management Team. He has fought fires from Alaska to Florida, and was involved in response efforts to Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Colorado floods of 2013. Don now teaches leadership, critical thinking, and resiliency to fire and emergency response agencies across the US and Australia. Don holds a master’s of environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and was featured in the recent film, Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change.

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