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Climate change is projected to increase the number of water-stressed regions and exacerbate shortages in already water-stressed regions. In 2050, 3.2 billion people or 32% of the global population will live in severely water scarce areas according to a 2020 United Nations report. How can we build water resiliency and measure, predict and communicate the risks we face about water access and availability? What is our probable water future?

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Join us to learn how water plays a pivotal role in how the world mitigates and adapts to the effects of climate change. Meet the founders leading socially responsible companies that are uniquely and impactfully working on the solutions to the global climate crisis. Be part of a growing movement to address climate change and build resilience better, faster and together.

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SPENCER GLENDON

Spencer is working to make the consequences of climate change more vivid, intuitive, and useful. Collaborating with scientists, designers, technologists, and other concerned generalists like him, he founded Probable Futures, which will soon make local and global projections of heat, drought, wildfire, and other variables available, for free, to anyone in the world.

For 18 years, Dr. Glendon was a Macroanalyst, Partner, and Director of Investment Research at Wellington Management, an investment management firm with more than $1 trillion in client assets. In that role, he spent several years focusing on models in climate science and finance, and understanding the gaps between the two disciplines and their practitioners.

Beginning in 2017, Spencer devoted himself exclusively to collaborating with Woodwell Climate and others to research the effects of climate change on civilization and share those findings publicly. Probable Futures was founded in 2020 and aims to change how we think about, talk about, and plan for the future of our society and our planet. Probable Futures, in partnership with Woodwell Climate, is building better frameworks, tools, and storytelling to help people prepare for—and choose between—the futures that the climate offers us.

Dr Glendon has a BS in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Economics with a focus on economic history and cities.

MARLA SMITH-NILSON

A respected leader in the water sector, Marla is a civil engineer who brings 25 years of hands-on field experience with water supply and sanitation projects in developing countries. Prior to founding Water 1st, she was a consulting engineer with positions at USAID in Honduras and CH2M, where she led a team to develop the Water Master Plan for the City of Cairo, Egypt. She was also a Co-Founder and Director at WaterPartners International (now water.org). In her career, she has overseen the implementation of over thousands of community water projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa benefiting over 300,000 people.
 

Marla has remained steadfast to her mission to advocate for and support effective international development—supporting local, long-lasting solutions to the water and sanitation crisis—the first step out of poverty toward transformation. She is an expert in identifying and partnering with on-the-ground implementing organizations and has a unique ability to communicate the world water crisis and the stories of our project beneficiaries and inspire us to take action in effective ways.

DOLL AVANT

Doll Avant is an award-winning data scientist, graduate of Harvard University, & TEDx speaker. Doll is Founder & CEO of Aquagenuity™, the “Google Search for water quality,” which has been recognized by Forbes, Reuters, TechCrunch, and WIRED Magazine as the first app to help consumers check water quality as easily as you check the weather by answering the question “What’s In Your Water?” in real-time.


Doll was honored by Google with the global designation of “Google’s Woman of Water” for building the “world’s largest water database.” Doll was named a Global Impact Fellow by Singularity at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley; she has also received awards for entrepreneurship and technology innovation from JP Morgan, UBS, Coca-Cola, SoftBank, and Jack Daniels. Doll is the host of #humanityovereverything, a new podcast + blog celebrating everyday citizens who use technology and ingenuity to make the world a better place.

REKIA FOUDEL

Rekia is co-founder of Barka, an impact fund that invests in start-ups in Africa with a particular focus on climate adaptation and resilience technologies and solutions. Barka provides transformative investments in African companies, working closely with incubators and accelerators programs.
 
Prior to founding Barka, Rekia worked as a Senior Manager, Impact Investing at Stright Hamilton, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in using innovative approaches to measure the social performance of impact investments. Rekia started her career in the private sector, working in the financial services sector across 3 continents, Bloomberg in New York, Barclays in London and JP Morgan in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to the nonprofit world. As Head of Project Development for the Executive Office of the President of Niger, Rekia helped raise $437 million for two greenfield development and growth-focused projects, including a climate-resilient communities project, for the country of Niger. 

Rekia earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A in Political Science from Stony Brook University.

NATALIE BAER

Natalie currently works in the technology industry on the west coast. She was previously at the White House Office of Management and Budget and is a Fulbright Scholar. During her Fulbright, she conducted organic farming research in China and volunteered with the Beijing Farmers Market. Outside of work, Natalie assists with business plan review for Mentor Capital Network, a nonprofit that supports for-profit social entrepreneurs. She also has experience consulting to startups, primarily in the social entrepreneurship space. In addition, she is an avid reader and trail runner. Natalie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA and BA from Johns Hopkins University and speaks Mandarin and French.

KIMBERLY KYLE HALL

Kimberly is an operations executive in the technology industry specializing in remote workforces, change management and business operations. From 2015-2017 she was the President/COO of the World Future Society, the leading global authority in future studies since 1966. For the past decade, Kimberly has worked as an advisor, mentor & judge to startup incubators, companies and entrepreneurship community programs including Techstars’ Startup Weekend, Startup Health, Startup Chile, Parallel 18, the Central American Entrepreneurship Forum and Chicago Innovation. Kimberly spent from 2007-2014 in Latin America where she worked with private equity and family offices to manage investments and partnership identification. She also co-founded Kalu Yala, a community development in the Panamanian rainforest pursuing the mission of world’s most sustainable town. Kimberly graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Economics.