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Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Jeremy Rifkin and William Generett Jr. (hidden and canceled)

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Join us to learn more about economic development, environmental sustainability, energy security, and local innovation from two thought-leaders!

Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin is an internationally-renowned writer and consultant who has written 19 books uniting topics as far-ranging as economic development, environmental sustainability, global politics, and technological innovation. Rifkin currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and numerous European heads of state. A catalyst for much of Europe’s green development, Rifkin’s most recent book, The Third Industrial Revolution, was a New York Times bestseller that provided the foundation for the European Union’s long-term strategic economic plan to kick start a European industrial renaissance that includes energy security, sustainable economic growth, and climate change.  Check out Jeremy’s TEDTalks here and here.


B Generett-24William Generett Jr. is the the President and CEO of Urban Innovation21, a regional public-private economic development partnership that works to ensure that all communities are connected to our region’s innovation economy.  Generett is also a partner in the MAPA Group, an international business consulting firm. An active member of the Pittsburgh community, he has worked as a nonprofit executive, entrepreneur, corporate executive, attorney and teacher. Recently, Generett was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which advises U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on expanding entrepreneurship and promoting innovation.

Join us from 5 – 6 p.m. for networking, delicious food, complimentary beer and wine, and much more!  The presentations will take place from 6 – 8 p.m.  Enjoy continued discussion and networking over coffee and dessert from 8 – 9 p.m., along with a book signing with Mr. Rifkin.

More About Jeremy Rifkin:

  • President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, which brings together energy and infrastructure companies to advise local and national governments on building sustainable economies.
  • Senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Writes a monthly column on global affairs that appears in major national and international publications, including The Los Angeles Times and The Guardian.

Jeremy’s Most Recent Books:

GBCI CMP This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs. Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

This event is approved by 2.0 ACT 48 credits for educators.

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Have you missed any of our past lectures?  Check out our Highlight Reel and our list of this season’s speakers.

Is this event out of your price range? We want this incredibly inspiring evening with Jeremy Rifkin to be accessible to everyone in our community.  If you find the $20 rate to be prohibitive, please email Jenna Cramer to discuss your options.

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