Anchorage Daily News: Women's Leadership Summit brings 'best and brightest'

The National Women's Leadership Summit is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday in downtown Anchorage.

The honorary co-chairwomen are U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Speakers will include a Coast Guard admiral involved with the Gulf oil spill, oil industry officials, conservationists and national business leaders, organizers said.

The keynote luncheon speaker on Friday is Lisa Ling, a broadcast journalist who has co-authored a book with her sister, Laura, about Laura's more than yearlong detainment in North Korea for unlawful entry into that country. Laura Ling and a colleague were released last August.

The summit is a three-day bipartisan gathering of "the best and brightest women leaders" who will be discussing national energy and environmental issues, organizers said.

The Louisiana Center for Women and Government is the key organizer. This is its second summit. The first was last fall in New Orleans and featured nearly 300 participants, the group said.

The event is being held Thursday and Saturday at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott, and it will be at the Dena'ina Convention Center on Friday. Space is limited; e-mail info@nationalwomensleadershipsummit.com to check on whether capacity attendance has been reached, organizers said.

The scheduled panel discussions for Anchorage include:

• The 4 Es: Energy, Environment, Economy, and Education, involving officials with the American Petroleum Institute, Conoco Phillips Alaska, the Blue Green Alliance, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and the U.S. Green Building Council.

• Hurdles and Horizons, part 1, involving officials with Enstar Natural Gas Co., Conoco Phillips Alaska, the GridWise Alliance and Windustry.

• The Cost of Going Green: Balancing the Bottom Line, involving officials with the Blue Green Alliance, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Alaska Energy Authority, Wal-Mart and Anchorage-based NMS.

• The Nuclear Discussion, involving officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Entergy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

• Can We Cap Traditional Energy? involving officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Coal Council, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association, the Alaska Conservation Alliance and Shell Oil.

• Hurdles and Horizons, part 2, involving Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry, Verenium Corp., Windustry and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

• The Art of Compromise: Bringing Energy and Environmental Concerns Together, involving officials with Delgado Community College, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Enerkem, Wal-Mart and AREVA.

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Source: By Anchorage Daily News staff. Published June 01, 2010