Let’s jump into 2023 with inspiration, innovation, and action!
About this event
This annual event is one of our most compelling, featuring live and interactive demonstrations from our NZA 2023 cohort, updates from NZA alumni, and an intro to companies in our SoCal CleanTech Express program with the Consulate General of Canada. A panel discussion on “Sustainable ROI” with investors partners will follow our opening keynote, and we’ll wrap up with interactive, virtual breakouts for solution-focused deep dives as well as future opportunities to connect directly on pilot projects via our first-ever Flight Manual.
Save the date for Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 12p – 2p PST with extended networking from 2p to 2:30p PST and start your new year inspired!
Founder, John Picard & Associates
Who is John Picard? Hard to say. Because John isn’t a present tense person. He’s all future tense.
John will change the way you think about sustainability — transforming duty into opportunity, liability into a new asset class. John has a passion for the future — he wants all of us to meet him there as soon as possible.
He’s literally been living in the future since he built his first super-smart eco-home in California. Since then, he’s been designing for the future we all want to live in, from the City Center Hotel Las Vegas to Atlantic Station in ATL, via Grand Wailea in Maui, and even the White House.
John is forging tomorrow in Silicon Valley, coding architecture that is sensate, adaptive, regenerative, cost-effective and healthy. With John, everything converges on the future: people, places, spaces, software, hardware and Mother Earth in all her glory. John is weaving a new story of the Internet of Climate Change, a protective web of data around the world that will solve for the planet — and humanity.
Director of Impact, DBL Partners
Paula Uniacke is Director of Impact at DBL Partners, which she joined in January 2022. Previously, Paula was Senior Program Officer at The Asia Foundation, an international nongovernmental organization, where she worked with nonprofits, tech companies, governmental agencies, and philanthropists to strengthen gender equality, social inclusion, and climate resilience in Asia-Pacific. Her work included developing research on the future of work, managing a multi-country project on women’s climate resilience and access to green jobs, and building capacity on integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion approaches into high-impact projects, such as disaster-ready infrastructure. Before The Asia Foundation, Paula worked for several health, sanitation, and social equity nonprofits in India.
Senior Investment Associate, JLL Spark Global Ventures
Ajey Kaushal is an investor at JLL Spark, with a background in strategy and technology management. JLL Spark is dedicated to transforming the real estate industry through technology-based innovation. Led by experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with successful track records building and investing in tech companies, JLL Spark’s strategic proptech investments offer JLL the ability to provide innovative products to real estate owners and operators.
Prior to JLL Spark, Ajey served as Chief of Staff to the CEO for Anderson Holdings, a private diversified holding company, where he helped drive operations and strategy for the company’s real estate group, spanning three million square feet of Commercial RE in Los Angeles. Prior to Anderson Holdings, Ajey held roles in Venture Capital and Management Consulting.
Principal, Fifth Wall
Jennifer is a Principal on the Climate Technology Investment team at Fifth Wall, where she focuses on investments in technologies that decarbonize the Built World. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Jennifer was an Investment Director at Finistere Ventures where she led thematic coverage and investment efforts in companies driving innovation across the agri-food value chain, powering the future of food commerce and next-gen sustainable food products. Before joining Finistere, Jennifer was a private equity investor at Energy Capital Partners, focused on existing and new-build energy projects in renewable energy and infrastructure services. Jennifer began her career as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York.