Lori Collins is the founder of Collins Climate Consulting, a strategic advisory that helps businesses and communities accelerate their transitions to a low-carbon economy. Building on her executive experience in energy, financial services and technology, Collins consults with organizations to drive their economic gains strategically connected to managing climate change.
Collins consulted with the state of North Carolina on energy policy and climate resilience for a number of years, working on federally-funded climate resilience initiatives, serving on the steering committee for North Carolina’s Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan, developing business coalition roundtables, and assisting in the stakeholder engagement process and drafting of North Carolina’s first Clean Energy Plan.
Prior to forming her consultancy, Collins served as executive director of Joules Accelerator, a clean energy startup incubator funded by Duke Energy; president of Abundant Power, an energy financing venture; head of the core business at LendingTree; head of marketing for Bank of America's mutual fund business; VP at Fidelity Investments; and director of marketing at American Express. At LendingTree, she was on the original executive team that grew the company from $7M to $476M in revenue and saw the company through a successful acquisition by internet and media leader IAC.
She holds a Master of Science in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh; an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University; a BS in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill; and is LEED AP. Learn more on LinkedIn.
Collins received the Energy Leadership Award and Women in Business Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal.
Seeks to invest in companies positioned to drive massive impact in curbing global climate change. ESG Leader.
Identifies, advises, and connects cleantech startups to commercialization opportunities. Cohort advisor.
On June 3, 2022 Collins joined a follow up discussion with the corporate roundtable on Stakeholder Capitalism and ESG Investing facilitated by the Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty and hosted by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill. The session focused on "trade-offs.' Are there trade-offs or only upsides for risk management, profitability and stakeholder satisfaction?
Collins hosted this global discussion on May 12, 2022 in her role as Strategic Advisor for GARI. Panelists included Aon, United Nations Capital Development Fund and the United Nations Insurance and Risk Finance Facility, moderator by Tata Consultancy Services. View recording here.
Collins spoke at the NC State Energy Conference on April 26, 2022 on clean energy financing tools.
Collins moderated a panel of green hydrogen experts on March 30, 2022 at the UNC Clean Tech Summit.
On March 1, 2022 Collins participated in the corporate roundtable on Stakeholder Capitalism and ESG Investing facilitated by the Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty and hosted by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill.
Collins moderated a panel on February 26, 2022 at ClimateCAP in Chicago. What are the ways cities are designing around climate change? How does infrastructure development play a role, and what role does innovation play?
Collins spoke alongside panelists from 100 Women at Kenan-Flagler Business School on October 19, 2021.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is having a growing impact on financial markets and businesses. Collins's presentations provide an overview of the trend and its impact on mainstream companies. Download the presentations below or contact Collins to learn more.
James M. Blake has worked for over a decade at the intersection of resilience, operational risk management and security risk management issues. His work and writing reflects his experiences and interests. This includes working with some of the world’s largest multinational companies. Some of the most important lessons he has learned have been during crises, or from witnessing the suffering of people during tragic circumstances. This includes those fleeing from security issues and speaking to people who have faced — or are trying to overcome — life-changing events during disasters.
Blake is the CEO, founder, of Next Generation Risk Management, LLC and now takes his expertise to the realm of climate risk management. His new book includes quotes from his interviews with Lori Collins.
"Just as the pandemic defied our imagination, the impacts of climate change have been hard to fathom – until now. James Blake draws on his keen understanding of risk management to offer a compelling call to action to manage the operational risks of climate change, engage the community in solutions and steer business strategies to embrace the unimaginable. Blake shines a light on the possibilities for a more resilient world.” - Lori Collins
In collaboration with one of my former students, we created a series on YouTube and Soundcloud to increase understanding of climate issues. This first episode focuses on U.S. leadership to fight climate challenges with innovation. More episodes in Investor Guides and Consulting tabs.
All photos on the home page were taken by Lori Collins and include her Mount Kilimanjaro summit and scenes from her time at the University of Edinburgh including the Scottish Highlands, the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo, and the Urban Sustainability Challenge in Copenhagen.
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