General sessions promise to be your most important meetings at conference

By The National Biodiesel Board | November 17, 2014

You’ve held Jan. 19-22 for Fort Worth; now hold 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for the most significant meetings of the week. These full-power, fast-moving general sessions give you industry perspective and dialogue available only at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. This is information you can’t hear second hand and can’t get from a summary. Experience for yourself the depth and expertise of the biodiesel industry and your trade association.

Features include political leaders, industry experts, influential CEOs, NBB leadership, and insightful and relevant keynote speakers. Here is just one preview: 

Valerie Patrick, founder and president of Fulcrum Connection LLC, will deliver a thought-provoking and timely keynote address. She is a trained scientist and facilitator who helps technical organizations improve productivity through critical thinking and science-based collaboration. Patrick has 25 years of corporate experience leading technical and strategic initiatives of increasing scope to identify and pursue new sources of organizational value for both Bayer and Monsanto. Most recently, she served four years as sustainability coordinator/strategist for Bayer North America, and three years in Bayer Material Science’s innovation organization where she led the Creative Center and Transportation Industry Innovations groups. 

Patrick received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from California Institute of Technology. She served as inaugural chairperson of the Association for Climate Change Officers board of directors and now serves on ACCO’s advisory board. She received a Silver Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators in 2014 for her work with the University of Pennsylvania (sponsored by the U.S. DOE) to engage market actors in identifying ways to catalyze advanced energy retrofits for small- and medium-sized commercial buildings. Patrick is a Certified Professional Facilitator, an SOQ Qualified Climate Practitioner, and a Trained Creative Problem Solving Facilitator.

You won’t want to miss Patrick’s keynote, or any of the influential industry leaders featured during the conference. See you at the general sessions!

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