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Megan RobinsonMegan Robinson

Megan Robinson is executive director of The Collider, an Asheville-based innovation center focused on climate science. Before joining The Collider in fall 2016, Robinson worked for LMI Consulting Inc. and was a program and policy analyst at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the State University of New York.

What do you like best about your job?
The Collider is a startup nonprofit working to build an ecosystem for an emerging climate-solutions market. We’re navigating uncharted territory, and leveraging best practices seen across the world for convening organizations, for incubating entrepreneurs and for advancing the development of climate solutions. At the risk of sounding cliché, every single day I get to learn something new, talk to world-renowned experts, and think innovatively. It’s exactly where I want to be in my professional life.

What inspires you?
People who’ve combined their individual passion to save the world with their daily work to address climate change.

Who should we be paying attention to?
We should be paying attention to millennials (really, not just because I am one!) Millennials are changing the workplace culture. Workplaces that can adapt to these new ideas, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses are all the more resilient. Perspectives, diversity and forward-thinking help drive innovation and progress.

What was your biggest challenge this week?
We’re quickly counting down to The Collider’s launch of ClimateCon 2018: A Conference on the Business of Climate, happening in March. My biggest challenge was and still is working with my team to make this event a must-attend, successful event for leaders in business, science and entrepreneurship.

Favorite N.C. vacation spot?
I live in Asheville, but honestly, I’m going to say Asheville. I can be at work all week and in the mountains or on the river all weekend.

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