Marquette Business to host Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference, Oct. 26-27

Oct. 20, 2022

Dan PickeringMILWAUKEE — Dan Pickering, founder and CIO of Pickering Energy Partners, and Brent Ridge, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, will deliver a keynote address for the Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference hosted by the Marquette University College of Business Administration, Oct. 26-27 at the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability experts from around the country will gather to discuss how the adoption of ESG and sustainability standards in business and industry continue to give rise to an emerging paradigm for responsible and ethical business practice.

Brent RidgeThe conference, titled “Toward a Measured, Sustainable Future,” will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27. Registration is closed and media interested in covering the event should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

Pickering is the CIO of Pickering Energy Partners, which manages client assets via energy strategies focused primarily on public markets and private equity. Prior to founding Pickering Energy Partners, he served as the president of Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co., and was CIO of TPH Investment Management. Pickering has spent 26 years as an energy portfolio manager, researcher and analyst, first at Fidelity Investments where he managed nearly $1 billion of energy sector funds, and then as head of research at Simmons and Company and as the founding partner of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

Prior to Dairyland, Ridge served as vice president of corporate services, and CFO and treasurer at Energy Northwest in Richland, Washington. His responsibilities included finance, treasury, enterprise risk management, asset management, human resources, supply chain, information services, and energy services and development. He also served as vice chairman of the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board for Columbia Generating Station. Earlier in his career at Energy Northwest, Ridge served as asset manager, controller and chief risk officer. He was also the manager of construction and maintenance services, responsible for power plant modifications, outage and online major maintenance, facilities and commercial engineering.

More information and a complete list of panels is available on the Sustainability 2.0 Conference website.

Marquette Business held its first ever symposium on sustainable investment in 2019, bringing together experts from across the country on socially responsible investing. Since that time, more companies and organizations have adopted environmental, social, and governance criteria and sustainability standards, creating an emerging paradigm for responsible and ethical business practice moving into the future.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or