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Power Lunch with Katharine Kollins

Date and Time
Friday, January 20, 2023 - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Generator (Gross Hall 100C), 140 Science Dr.
Power Lunch with Katharine Kollins


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This event is sold out, but Duke students can still sign up for the waitlist.


***This lunch is for current Duke students only.***

Duke alum Katharine Kollins (MEM/MBA '09), president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, will present a brief talk on current issues and career paths in the rapidly evolving wind industry, followed by discussion.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

This event is aligned with the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate and deploy a new generation of climate- and sustainability-fluent innovators and create just, equitable solutions for all. 


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About Katharine Kollins:

Katharine is the President of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. Since 2015 she has managed SEWC’s programming across 11 states, working with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote land-based, offshore, and imported wind power.

Katharine's experience in the wind industry includes working in finance for Boston-based developer First Wind, consulting with Vestas R&D to formulate a federal grant funding strategy, and a role as business development manager for The Wind Alliance. Katharine has also worked in other renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authoring an NREL paper on third-Party PPA financing of solar systems.

Prior to the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Katharine worked for RTI International where she was the finance lead for two $30M+ divisions. In her role at RTI Katharine led the creation and start-up of a new business segment that allowed RTI to win over $30M in new work during its first year.

Katharine is a 2009 graduate of Duke's Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, where she earned her MBA and Master of Environmental Management. Katharine currently services on the board of Advanced Energy as an appointee of North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper.

You will often find Katharine somewhere in the woods running or on her bike. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two kids.