Opening Keynote Session

Wednesday |  September 25 | 9:00 am - 10:50 am

Inspiring Keynotes . New Perspectives . Networking

The Opening Session is not just a formality, it's a crucial part of the conference experience. Embrace the opportunity to learn, connect, and grow both personally and professionally. Hear influential and inspiring keynote speakers that share their insights, experiences, and vision, leaving you motivated and energized. Set the tone of the conference by introducing yourself to new connections and catching up with industry friends. This session sets the stage for a diverse range of presentations given throughout the event, giving you different perspectives and ideas to take back to the office. This session is a memorable part of the conference, and hopefully one you will never forget!

Opening Session Breakfast

Breakfast will be served 8:00 am - 9:00 am before the opening session starts.
Coffee will be served until 10:00 am.


Kal Pen

Actor, Harold & Kumar; Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

Keynote Speaker

"Getting Warmer: The Intersection of Climate, Clean Energy, and Business"

Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in Designated Survivor, House, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, the Harold & Kumar franchise, and the Christmas comedy The Santa Clauses for Disney +.

From 2009 to 2011, Kal took a sabbatical from acting to serve in the Obama/Biden administration, where he served as the President’s Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts community. In these roles, he worked on a range of issues, including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Affordable Care Act, Pell Grants, arts and culture programs, the DREAM Act, and rapid response to the BP Oil Spill and earthquake in Haiti.

Read his full bio

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Opening Remarks

Bill Kent, CEM

Executive Director, Association of Energy Engineers