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Many exciting sessions are scheduled for this conference. Details on the featured speakers are listed below – indicative of what you can look forward to at this conference.

John Bernardo, Sustainability Strategist, Idaho Power Company

John Bernardo,  Sustainability Strategist for Idaho Power Company, will deliver his lecture on Wednesday, July 29 2015, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  in the Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom.

John Bernardo is Sustainability Strategist for Idaho Power Company. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University and an M.Ed. in Science Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the advisory board of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University since 2012 and Adjunct Faculty at University of Phoenix since 2013. As sustainability strategist he develops, manages and integrates sustainable operations into corporate culture for IDACORP, the parent company of Idaho Power Company.
His numerous accomplishments include implementing 20 sustainability projects spanning building lighting upgrades to installation of zero-idling truck batteries to establishing a wet meadows area to reduce sedimentation into Snake River, and forming an internal Sustainability Council with numerous high impact activities. He represents the company to investor analysts, NGOs, government agencies and area universities. He is also the principal and founder of Sustainable Innovations LLC.
Throughout his career he held numerous appointments including Regulatory Compliance Manager for Albertsons, Inc., Pollution Prevention Coordinator for Idaho Division of Environmental Quality, Business Assistance Program Manager for Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, and Legislative Analyst for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
He was an Associate Director of the College of Science at University of Arizona, Science Department Instructor/Chairperson of the Sewickley Academy, Science Programs Manager for The Carnegie Science Center, and Energy Educator for Idaho Power Company. During the latter appointment he developed, managed and promoted a novel energy efficiency program targeting high schools.


Joshua Sukeena, PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho

SukeenaJoshua Sukeena, PhD Candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Idaho, will deliver his lecture on Wednesday, July 29 2015, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom.

Joshua Sukeena grew up in Nampa, ID and attended Skyview High School, graduating in 2009. His dad is an Idaho businessman for Oppenheimer Companies and his mother spent two decades in the medical laboratory at St. Alphonsus in Boise. He attended the College of Idaho from 2009 to 2013 where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology. Joshua began his college career seeking a history degree with an education focus, but soon he joined the research lab of Dr. Meredith Minear and switched his major to psychology. He quickly developed a deep passion for neuroscience, and decided to pursue a graduate degree. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at the University of Idaho, and works in the lab of Dr. Peter Fuerst where they study developmental neurobiology.
Joshua’s  graduate work is focused on understanding the development of the central nervous system (CNS). One of his major projects seeks to uncover mechanisms behind how synaptic connections are made as well as how they are hindered or disrupted during development. Another big interest of their lab is understanding how the amount of genetic material available to an organism helps to create complex neural systems, such as the visual system.


Lisa Cooper, Chartered Financial Analyst, Global Talent Idaho

Lisa Cooper, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFO) for Global Talent Idaho, will deliver her lecture on Wednesday, July 29 2015, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom.

Lisa Cooper is Chartered Financial Analyst and founder of Global Talent Idaho. Her career has spanned the for profit and non-­profit sectors, from small local NGOs to innovative impact investment boutiques to the largest Wall Street firms. For the past two decades, she’s served as a leader in the high–growth field of sustainable, responsible and impact investing. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Lisa has served on multiple local and national non-­profit boards, including those of the EcoLogic Development Fund, The Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Verite’, Radio Boise, and Ten Thousand Villages Boise.  She has served as an advisor to the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund (the first student-­led SRI fund) and the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation’s finance committee, and founded the Sustainable Investing committee of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Throughout her career, Lisa has been a leading catalyst in developing strategies for corporate engagement, impact investing and the integration of sustainability factors into traditional financial analysis, and has been a frequent speaker on those topics. She worked as director and portfolio manager with the Social Investment program at Smith Barney Asset Management (now Clearbridge Investments) in New York. She also served as partner and senior portfolio manager at Nelson Capital Management, an investment advisory arm of Wells Fargo specializing in sustainable investing and with Boston-­based Trillium Asset Management.
Over the past year, Lisa stepped away from investing to found Global Talent Idaho, a new initiative to help skilled refugees and immigrants reclaim professional careers, and to retain this global talent in Idaho. Now a year after launch, GTI provides training and career bridging to more than 60 job seekers and has forged strong partnerships with businesses and government agencies across the state.
She is a proud 16-­year Idaho resident and lives in Boise’s North End with her husband and daughter. She can be found happily running trails in the Boise foothills with her dog nearly every morning.


Dr. Andrew W. Holland, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Idaho State University

Andrew HollandDr. Andrew W. Holland, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Idaho State University, will deliver his lecture on Thursday, July 30 2015, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Lookout Room.

Andrew Holland was born and raised in suburban Seattle, earning a BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1997. He began his research career as an undergraduate in Karen Goldberg’s lab at University of Washington, where he studied the reactions of platinum complexes. In 2002 he earned a Ph.D. in mechanistic organometallic chemistry with Robert Bergman at the University of California at Berkeley, and he spent two more years as a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley exploring heterogeneous catalysis with Don Tilley and Alex Bell. He joined the faculty at Idaho State University in 2004 and has taught classes spanning general, organic, and inorganic chemistry, earning recognition as a Master Teacher in 2008. In the last decade he has worked with nearly 50 undergraduate researchers on projects including organometallic synthesis, the kinetics of transition metal catalysis, and molecular precursors for nanomaterials.