Establishing a way for Blacks to stake claim in the burgeoning green economy was the topic of discussion for top officials in the energy sector in DC on Monday when BLACK ENTERPRISE and Shell brought together some of the brightest minds to discuss eco-opportunities.  The Black Enterprise Conversation on Energy Forum, Part II welcomed Van Jones, best-selling author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems; Phaedra Ellis Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, and a number of leaders in the energy arena. Take a look.


(l to r) André Williams, founder, principal consultant,Energy Relations; Jerome Ringo, Green Port Senior Executive for Global Strategies;  Komi Hassan, ecology and environment expert; and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Green For All CEO. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

VIP Reception attendees take time to connect and unwind. (l to r) Olav Ljosne, regional director, communications Africa at Royal Dutch/Shell Group; Michael Dutton the director of communications, The Executive Leadership Council; Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president-Northern Region for Progress Energy. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

BLACK ENTERPRISE editorial director, Sonia Alleyne, chats one-on-one with Van Jones, best selling author and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Jones dished on African Americans self segregating themselves in the potentially billion dollar green economy. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

Tracey Faulkner, Shell Oil Company’s vice president of communications, and Earl “Butch” Graves, president and chief executive officer, BLACK ENTERPRISE, hit the VIP Reception, Sunday evening. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

(l to r) Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All; Ernst den Hartigh, vice president, technical support, deep water, Shell Oil Co.; Dan Packer, president and CEO, Urban Solutions Inc. Energy responsibility was the topic of discussion. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

(l to r) Henry Dixon, government relations, Shell Oil Company and Gerard Simmons, senior director of multimedia sales at BLACK ENTERPRISE, catch up during the VIP Reception. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

The panelists and moderators take time for one last photo after wrapping up the last discussion. Alfred Edmond Jr., senior vice president and editor-in-chief, BLACK ENTERPRISE, Frank Stewart, president, chief operating officer, American Association of Blacks in Energy; Bill Dickens, senior utilities economist, Tacoma Power; J. Harold Hatchett III, vice president of investor relations, North America, Shell Oil Co.; Tracey Faulkner, vice president communications, Americas, Shell Oil Co.; Earl “Butch Graves Jr., chief executive officer, BLACK ENTERPRISE, Jerome Ringo, senior executive for global strategies, Green Port. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

No conference would be complete without a little networking. (Photo Credit: Lonnie Major)

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