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January: Allie Omens, Construction and Demolition Reuse and Recycling Associate with Metro Nashville Public Works
Allie Omens presented on construction and demolition (C&D) waste reduction activities in Metropolitan Nashville, including the reuse and recycling platform, Tennessee Materials Marketplace (an online platform for businesses and organizations that want to reduce their waste in Tennessee). Allie's background is in waste reduction/circular economy systems and public policy.
February: Gina Latendresse, American Pearl Company Inc.
Gina Latendressee from American Pearl Company discussed the history of pearls and her forty-five years of experience in the pearl industry, both for cultured and natural pearls. Gina studied at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and completed her Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Jeweler certifications. In 1991, she was appointed President of American Pearl Company, Inc.
March: Holly Baird, Milepost Consulting, SPC
Holly Meadows Baird, a sustainability and engagement strategist at Milepost SPC, shared three bright spots from her 2020 experience. Her story included the challenge and opportunity of personal resiliency while daring to lead, overcoming disruption through professional determination and a newly minted rapid strategic planning process, and finally crafting a crystal-clear focus on sustainable outcomes achieved through behavior change and Community-Based Social Marketing.
April: Dorie Bolze, Harpeth Conservancy
Dorie Bolze has served for 20 years as the first Executive Director and has been the President and CEO of the Harpeth Conservancy since 2017. She has over 30 years of work experience in the field of conservation policy and biology related to water quality, river restoration, sustainable development, wildlife conservation, energy efficiency, marine fisheries, protected area management, and international wildlife trade. She will share her experience working with the Harpeth Conservancy and how to successfully advocate in Tennessee.