Mentor Dinners

DC EcoWomen offers the professional development opportunity of Mentor Dinners, where 6-8 women can sit down to dinner with one experienced mentor. These dinners provide a unique opportunity to have access to an experienced women in the environmental field in an intimate setting.

Recent Mentor Dinners

  • Beth Porter, Green America – April 2019
  • Monique Jeffers-Dailey, City Kids Wilderness Project – March 2019 
  • Kristen Harbeson, Maryland LCV – January 2019
  • Dr. Jane “Carter” Ingram, Ernst and Young – October 2018 
  • Kristen Collings, Chesapeake Climate Action Network – June 2018
  • Olena Alec, Climate Reality Project – March 2018 
  • Teri Brezner, Environmental Leadership Program – February  2018 

Beth Porter; April 2019

Climate and Recycling Director for Green America

Beth is the author of Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System. Originally from North Carolina,  Beth lives in Washington, D.C. and directs Green America’s climate program. Beth has spearheaded many campaigns that identify the waste of resources and energy in varying sectors and has authored comprehensive reports of proposed solutions. She loves to help people find answers to their recycling questions and try new ways to reduce waste.

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Monique Jeffers-Dailey; March 2019

City Kids Wilderness Project

Monique Dailey is the program director at City Kids Wilderness Project, providing strategic leadership for and management of City Kids programs. She provides organizational leadership for program and grants management, full time staff training, risk management, and curriculum development. Prior to City Kids, Monique worked for six years at the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in various roles including the D.C. Area programs manager and the national director of member experience at SCA. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and spent two years serving in the Philippines as a coastal resource management volunteer.

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Kristen Harbeson; January 2019

Maryland LCV

Kristen Harbeson joined Maryland LCV in 2015 after five years as senior staff for Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee through the passage of landmark stormwater and septics legislation, as well as with issues including fracking, pesticides and other land-use concerns. After a BA from Hampshire College in 1996, Kristen graduated with a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware in 2000, moving to Baltimore to work at the USS Constellation Museum. Her passion for policy, however, led her to shift to advocacy work, first at Preservation Maryland and then the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In these roles she built coalitions and advocated for sustainable building practices and conservation, as well as for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Act. During her free time, Kristen dedicates her time to her other great passions: Baltimore, traveling, dancing, history and spreadsheets.

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Dr. Jane “Carter” Ingram; October 2018 

Ernst & Young

Dr. Jane “Carter” Ingram, Senior Manager for Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst and Young. This intimate mentor dinner is for up to six women who will have the opportunity to learn more and ask questions about Carter’s work and career trajectory within the ecosystem services, sustainable development, and conservation realms. At Ernst and Young, Dr. Ingram leads natural capital measurement and management strategies to support public and private sector client needs. Before joining Ernst and Young, she was the director of the Ecosystem Services program and lead of SNAPP at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She co-led one of the first two SNAPP teams on Coastal Defenses and has participated in two other SNAPP teams in Tanzania and Rwanda. Throughout her career, Carter has worked with diverse partners to measure and value the benefits provided by nature to support decision making and to design and implement social, political and financial incentives that promote sustainable development in Costa Rica, England, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and the United States. Carter has consulted for the Spatial Informatics Group, Environmental Defense, World Wide Fund for Nature-UK and Oxford Analytica and has taught courses on ecosystem services and poverty reduction at Columbia University and New York University. She serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the United Nations Development Program’s Equator Initiative, the Global Advisory Board for Womensphere and is a co-leader of a Powell Center/SESYNC working group focused on developing a natural capital accounting system for the US.

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Kristen Collings; June 2018 

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Kirsten Collings joined the CCAN team in 2008, first as Campaign Director and later moving into her current position of Deputy Director. With expertise in campaign, staff and organizational management, Kirsten oversees CCAN’s senior campaign team, manages the organization’s finances, and guides the strategic direction of CCAN’s campaigns throughout the region. In her time at CCAN, Kirsten has directed dozens of campaigns including CCAN’s work to expand Maryland’s clean electricity standard, to stop the nation’s biggest proposed coal plant in Surry County, Virginia, and to expose our region’s biggest climate foes, including Dominion Resources. Kirsten has been fighting for environmental and climate victories for over 15 years, starting as a student at North Carolina State University and continuing with her tenure in Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. Kirsten served as a Green Corps trainee and subsequently as a trainer and supervisor for dozens of the program’s recent college graduates wanting to launch their careers in environmental grassroots organizing. She previously served on the Green Corps Board of Directors.

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Olena Alec; March 2018 

Climate Reality Project

Olena Alec is the director of Climate Reality Leader Engagement for The Climate Reality Project. With close to 14,000 Climate Reality Leaders around the world, her team is responsible for supporting these climate volunteers by providing tools and resources as they go out and take climate action. She is originally from Maui and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of 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 non-profit 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 as we build and support a network of motivated leaders to further the conversation on climate change and inspire action.

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Teri Brezner; February 2018 

Environmental Leadership Program

Teri is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the Environmental Leadership Program and has more than a decade of experience in developing and training diverse leaders and communities to facilitate behavior and social change.

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