There is a long history in this country of innovation. Indeed, it is one of the great strengths of our country and our economy. Over and over we have been able to weather the storms of recession, and come out stronger on the other side, because of the impact that new ideas, new methods, new products and even new industries.
One of the fundamental challenges that we face as a country is energy. We need energy for everything we do. Energy powers our homes, our cars, our factories, our offices. And the geopolitical and environmental pressures on energy are enormous. That's why I was so excited to be able to work with the Clean Energy Trust as a mentor to start-up companies striving to help address our country's energy needs.
The Clean Energy Trust was created to speed the development of clean energy businesses "by connecting entrepreneurs, researchers and early stage companies with the expertise and capital needed to become sustainable. The Trust leverages the Midwest region’s "world-class research institutions, corporations and financial firms to cultivate a clean energy ecosystem, attracting top researchers and entrepreneurs to invigorate the region’s economy." What is so exciting about the Trust is that while it is fostering innovation in others, the Trust itself is an innovation, as it seeks to accelerate the impact of those working to solve the challenges of our ever increasing need for energy while at the same time limiting the environmental and geopolitical impact of that energy usage.
As the founder and Managing Director of Leadership Capital Advisors, an executive search firm focused on innovation and commercialization talent, I know first hand how great people and great ideas can transform companies, communities and the world. I believe in the power of leadership, and I have been so fortunate to work with start-up companies in the clean energy space to help them move from ideas to businesses.
This country was founded on great ideas, and the future belongs to the next set of great ideas.
Lisa L. Walker serves on the Advisory Board of the Clean Energy Trust, and is the Founder and Managing Director of Leadership Capital Advisors, a boutique retained executive search firm that brings unparalleled expertise in the selection and placement of general management, commercialization, and operational leadership in the industrial space.