Melissa O'Mara

Melissa O'Mara

Melissa O’Mara’s personal mission is to maximize institutional and cultural response to environmental and economic challenges through smarter, innovative solutions, cross-enterprise collaboration, and collective leadership. She has 27 years of professional experience at Schneider Electric, IBM and Andersen Consulting. Her experience spans information systems consulting, project management, change management, consultative solution sales, solutions sales management, professional coaching, and leadership development. In her current role as Chief Catalyst, Smart Cities US, she is responsible for launching smart city innovation teams for selected US cities, and enabling collaborative innovation across the smart city value chain. In her previous role as Global VP of High Performance Green Buildings, she was responsible for expanding Schneider Electric capabilities in global targeted markets to deliver High Performance Green Building Solutions with triple bottom line impact. In client-facing roles, Melissa has worked primarily in emerging solution areas requiring innovative thinking, cross-discipline teaming, and industry expertise. Her broad range of experience includes e-business, sustainability, customer relationship management, and industrial production and distribution. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University. She is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC), qualified through the Coaches Training Institute. She has also been trained as a Bigger Game coach and facilitator.

Daring to lift our gaze from our “smaller worlds”

It is easy to get on our daily treadmill and focus our attention on our smaller world of work, family, and friends. Surely, we can all do this and our… Read more »

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Smart Connections and Conversations on the Road at SXSW Eco and VERGE SF

Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of attending both SXSW Eco and VERGE San Francisco, events that brought together a diverse cross-section of businesses (large and small),… Read more »

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Developing the Smart City of the Future: SXSW Eco 2013

In less than 40 years, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. This rapid migration will mean an enormous strain on cities’ existing infrastructure and resources and… Read more »

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Why High Performance Buildings matter more than ever in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook

As I reflect on recent events in 2012, I find myself more than ever recognizing the importance of high performance buildings in 2013 and beyond – smarter, sustainable, resilient and… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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Paving the Path – Why We Need to Focus on Implementing Energy Efficiency Standards Now

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC) World Standards Day celebration, an event that focused on the importance of standards-related activities and honored… Read more »

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The Living Building Challenge – Moonshot or Mainstream?

I believe in moonshots. Super-stretch goals. Bigger Games and BHAGS.  That’s why the Living Building Challenge caught my attention a few years ago – because it has the power to… Read more »

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Connecting Shenzhen VIPs to Boston’s Genzyme Center SME – priceless

Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a visit to Genzyme Center for a delegation of 15 officials and business professionals from Shenzhen, including Vice Mayor Mr.Tang… Read more »

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Should we abolish Earth Day? That’s absurd.

I was sitting in a conference room last week discussing our upcoming blog topics, and I was asked if I could write a blog entry on Earth Day or Earth… Read more »

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Les Alchimistes Vert

The moon and the stars have aligned with National Poetry Month in April, and National Architecture Week this week—inspiring a unique contest.  If you are inspired, there are a few… Read more »

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