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Women in Cleantech LA: Doughnut Economics - WCS Book Club
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM PST
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Join the WCS Los Angeles Chapter’s discussion on Kate Raworth’s book, “Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist.”

  • Virtual (via Zoom) & In-Person at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Amphitheater - 525 S. Hewitt Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Standard ticket: $10
  • This event is complimentary for all WCS members. No promo codes needed.
  • Refer to the membership options here. Become a member here.
  • All registrants will receive access to a recording of the event.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. In her book, Kate offers a new model for economics, based around the concept of the ‘doughnut’. The inner ring of the doughnut represents the minimum threshold of life's essentials (like healthcare, education, shelter, etc.) while the outer ring represents the ecological ceiling that life depends on and must not be overshot. Therefore, the sweet spot for humanity to thrive is inside the doughnut. The Doughnut framework is not just a theory, it is already being applied in cities like Amsterdam, and more.

The discussion will be moderated by Christina Jenq, PhD Economist and Natalie Zandt, WCS LA Chapter member and Founder and CEO of MeterLeader.

Come and enjoy a meaningful conversation (whether you have read the book or not) about the principles of doughnut economics, and how it’s being applied in cities across the world. Ahead of the event you may consider reading Doughnut Economics ($11.87 on kindle, $15.99 paperback, and $14.83 on audiobook) and join our Slack channel to engage in discussion while reading the book.

Event Agenda (PT)

  • 5:30-5:35 Arrival and Introductions
  • 5:35-5:40 Zoom etiquette, housekeeping items
  • 5:40-6:10 Book Summary + Insights from moderator and co-host
  • 6:10-6:25 Breakout Session 1
  • 6:25-6:40 Breakout Session 2
  • 6:40-6:55 Re-group and share
  • 6:55-7:00 Thank you and wrap-up
  • 7:00-8:00 In-Person Networking


Christina Jenq

Ph.D Economist


Christina Jenq is a Ph.D.-trained labor and development economist. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and was formerly an Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics at NYU Shanghai. Her research studies gender inequality and political economy of gender. Christina is interested in incorporating considerations for resilience, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in climate initiatives. She currently consults, teaches, and advises on projects related to transitioning fossil fuel workers to the green economy, ESG indicators, carbon footprint analytics, and equitable deployment of “green” infrastructure.

Natalie Zandt

Founder & CEO of MeterLeader


Natalie Zandt is the Founder & CEO of MeterLeader, a web platform that gamifies saving energy at home using real-time utility (PG&E and SCE) and behavioral science. Prior to starting MeterLeader, Natalie worked as an energy efficiency consultant for over 6 years, implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities in California and Maryland. Natalie is passionate about combining her interests in technology, UX design, and behavioral science, in order to positively impact the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, drawing, and hanging out at the beach.


For those attending this event in person at the LACI Amphitheater. Please follow LACI COVID-19 protocols as outlined below:
  • Please have all guests complete the COVID-19 Weekly Self Assessment before arriving on campus.
  • Upon arrival, please check-in at the kiosk located near the front desk.
  • Follow all campus COVID-19 policies:
  • Facemask is required at all times
  • If sick, please call ahead to cancel your visit

Parking: Please park in the adjacent parking lot located at 525 S. Hewitt Street. Validations are $10 per person or $7 if paid in advance.