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January: Shenée L. Simon, S.H.E. Collective, LLC

In 2019 Shenée founded S.H.E. Collective, LLC. a niche organization to shift the naming of peace, safety and security for girls and women. Shenée brings high energy and strategic thinking to the inclusion of girls/women of color across borders with a deep commitment to peace, safety and security in spaces of living, learning, work, play and pray. She has created programming centering gender equity and social systems in suburban and rural Virginia, Orlando, Miami, South Texas and now Memphis, TN.

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February: Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, Metro Nashville Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer

Dr. Kendra Abkowitz joined Mayor Cooper’s Office and Metro Nashville/Davidson County in October 2021 as the city’s Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer, working across departments and with the community on environmental, sustainability and resilience issues. Prior to her current role, she held a variety of positions at the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation working on multidisciplinary environmental policy, sustainability, and strategic planning. Kendra shared updates on recent sustainability and resilience accomplishments in Nashville and the path forward for ensuring continued livability across the city.

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March: Linda Breggin, Environmental Law Institute

Linda Breggin is a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) where she has managed a wide range of environmental law and policy projects for over 20 years. She is also a Senior Strategic Advisor to the Nashville Food Waste Initiative. Among her projects is the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, a collaboration with Vanderbilt University Law School, in which students work with her and her co-instructor as well as an expert advisory committee to select some of the most innovative proposals in the legal academic literature each year and showcase them for policymakers and practitioners at an annual conference and in the August issue of the Environmental Law Reporter. She is the author of the “Around the States” column in The Environmental Forum, ELI’s award-winning policy journal.

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April: Greg Wilson, Fibonacci LLC

Greg Wilson is the Founder of Fibonacci, LLC, which is the only manufacturer of HempWood® internationally. With nearly 20 years in the building industry, Wilson continues to introduce a sustainable hardwood alternative. Greg’s presentation will familiarize you with the newest hardwood on the market  - HempWood®. This American-made hardwood is disrupting the traditional hardwood market by presenting sustainable solutions.

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May: Amanda Garcia, Southern Environmental Law Center

Amanda Garcia is a senior attorney and the director of the Tennessee office of the Southern Environmental Law Center. Amanda and her team work across the state to protect Tennessee’s clean water, promote clean energy, preserve our natural treasures and ensure a healthy environment for all. Amanda shared some of her office’s recent work to address climate change in Middle Tennessee, including protecting the Duck River in severe weather and fighting a proposed methane gas pipeline that would run through Stewart, Houston, and Dickson counties.

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