Energizing the Future Conference at Wake Forest University

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Energizing the Future Conference

Technology, Policy and Entrepreneurship – A Conference at Wake Forest University on February 10-11, 2010


Energizing the Future:  Technology, Policy and Entrepreneurship.  A Conference  held February 10 – 11, 2010,  at Wake Forest University

Jill's TiefenthalerWelcome!  Thank you for visiting Energizing the Future, the web-based home of Wake Forest University’s upcoming energy conference.

In recent years, the study of energy use and policy has become increasingly important.  As a key driver in our modern economy, energy is essential to everyday life.  Our societies require energy in order to remain vibrant and productive, and we as individuals need it in order to support our ways of life.  At the same time, as responsible global citizens and leaders we worry about our dependence on nonrenewable fossil fuels and the sustainability of our local and global ecologies.  As national and international debates about energy policy and the economy emerge, it is essential that key players engage one another with the goal of furthering public education and finding sustainable energy solutions.

The Wake Forest University Energizing the Future conference is designed to create such dialogue.  On February 10th and 11th, 2010, innovative business leaders, leading researchers, and policy makers will meet on the University’s campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to discuss energy use and policy in their current and future forms.  The event will include a public lecture by New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman.  Other headline guests include James Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, and Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy.  Together with a host of academic thinkers, innovative entrepreneurs, and a video appearance by Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Energy Secretary, these guests will guide and frame our discussion.

Our hope is that by bringing together a collection of scholars, policy makers, and commentators, we will have a conference that spurs our collective imagination while advancing real solutions for the future.  I hope you will join us for an exciting and productive conference.

With best regards,

Jill Tiefenthaler
Provost and Professor of Economics
Wake Forest University

Speakers include:

  • NY Times columnist and bestselling author, Thomas Friedman (“Hot, Flat and Crowded”)
  • Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu via pre-recorded video
  • James Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy
  • Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy
  • Academic specialists in energy technology, legislation and economics.
  • Entrepreneurs who are developing alternative technology businesses.

About the Conference


The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but would be appreciated. Click here to register.


This conference is funded with generous support from the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, Wake Forest University Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, and Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch as a component of his Voices of Our Time Lecture Series.  In addition, eight programs in the University also contributed financial resources.  They are  the Law School, the Babcock Graduate School of Management, the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Physics, and the interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise.

The Wake Forest Working Group for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability is proud to support the Energizing the Future conference as part of its University Center Planning Grant activities.  The Center for Environment, Energy, and  Sustainability (CEES) seeks a world that  understands the interrelationship between humans and Nature.  CEES identifies challenges and creates change through research, education and outreach.

For further information, please contact Jim Curran: curran@wfu.edu

Local Issues

This conference is of special significance to North Carolinians

Local Issues

Local business and government leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities in North Carolina.

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