Laurie Wiegand-Jackson is a successful executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Ms. Wiegand-Jackson brings a broad range of national experience in wholesale and retail energy markets, demand response, utility rates and regulation, demand side management and renewable energy and storage project development. She regularly speaks at industry and public sector programs on the importance of sound energy policy, energy management strategies and the benefits of energy programs. Ms. Wiegand-Jackson served as the President of the International Association of Energy Engineers in 2007. She received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from AEE in 2009 and she received the Executive Women of New Jersey award as a leading Policy Maker. She is a founder of the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) and serves as Chairman of the CWEEL Board to support the success of women in the energy industry. In 2003, Ms. Wiegand-Jackson founded Utility Advantage a boutique energy consulting business to support the government sector to implement energy efficiency and procurement strategies. Ms. Wiegand-Jackson formed North America Power Partners (NAPP), a leading demand response company, in 2006 and completed a successful sale of that business to IPKeys Technologies in 2014. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President of IPKeys Power Partners combining the Demand Response aggregation and Auto DR solutions to provide turnkey programs that generate significant client revenues and savings to commercial, industrial and national account customers and utilities. Previously, Ms. Wiegand-Jackson held senior management positions with Praxair Energy Solutions; eNERGYSolve; PG&E Energy Services, an affiliate of the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric; Energy Source, Inc., a Houston based natural gas wholesale supply company, and Elizabethtown Gas Company, a NJ based natural gas distribution utility company. Ms. Wiegand-Jackson is a certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) and is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. She also is a member of the Gospel Ensemble, a singing ministry at her local church. Watch Laurie's acceptance speech.