We asked the OhmConnect Staff: Who would you want to spend an OhmHour with, and what would you do?

It's nice to spend #OhmHours with each other and all, but if we had a chance to grab an hour with anyone in the world, these folks would top our lists.

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Katie Overmonds
February 21, 2018

It probably comes as no surprise that around here, we’re pretty into OhmHours.

Our team is committed to reducing our energy usage for an hour when the grid is under stress  - in part because we want to do our part for the environment and in part because we (like you) like getting paid!

This week I asked the team the question “If you could choose anyone in the world, who would you want to spend an OhmHour with, and what would you do?”

Here’s who we would love to grab an hour with:

#1) Danilo Alvarado

Hometown: Sugarland, Texas

Role at OhmConnect: Head of Texas Market Development

I would love to spend an OhmHour with Willie Nelson. I'm sure there are all sorts of interesting stories to hear in an hour. You never know.... when OhmConnect comes to Texas, it may become a reality. Plus it's Willie Nelson!

#1) Katie Overmonds (that’s me!)

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Role at OhmConnect: Communications and Marketing

If I could, I’d spend an #OhmHour with Michelle Obama. I’d love to pick her brain on life in the White House, her thoughts on the future of politics in America, any innovative climate solutions she’s heard of lately and if we ran out of things to talk about (though I can’t imagine we would), maybe she could give me a tutorial of her famous tricep workout. Workouts are always more fun with a friend, right? (She and I are fast friends in this scenario, obviously :))

#3) Curtis Tongue

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Role at OhmConnect: CMO

Would spend the hour with Leonardo Dicaprio. His dedication to the environment has been an inspiration to so many people across the world. The work the Dicaprio Foundation advances does on climate resilience across the globe puts people first. Movements start at the community level and having grids make smarter energy decisions is an inherently a ‘power in numbers’ concept. Would love to learn more about how they advocate climate solutions in diverse communities all across the globe.

#4) Carson Moore

Hometown: SF, CA

Role: Software Engineer

I would spend my hypothetical OhmHour with Melinda Gates. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does amazing work in health, development, education and policy, and I think an #OhmHour would be a great time to discuss the role that energy plays in development and the problems associated with pollution and unreliable energy grids in developing nations. I also love seeing how talented and driven people learn from failures and turn them into successes, and as a former project manager on Microsoft Bob (!) I’m sure she has some valuable insight on that front.

#5) Matt Duesterberg

Hometown: SF, CA

Role: CEO

Richard Branson, who is a marketing genius. Able to take large, antiquated industries like airlines and telecommunications, and make it exciting. The brand itself of Virgin feels exciting to be a part of, and even though I traditionally choose the lowest cost airline for any flight, I find myself increasingly willing to pay more for a better experience. This is what we see OhmConnect as. Your energy provider is often dull, uninteresting, and full of useless knowledge, but at OhmConnect, we hope to make it a fun, exciting experience to use energy.

#6) Leah Goodman

Hometown: SF, CA

Role: Business Development and Partnerships

I would love to spend my OhmHour with Jane Fonda! She is such an inspiring environmental activist, is hilarious, and is my role model for female empowerment. I would love nothing more than to spend an hour with her learning, laughing, and campaigning to get some more environmental policies in action.

#7) Cadir Lee

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Role: President & CTO

I have two boys age 10 & 12 and we often spend our #OhmHour outside playing basketball.  We’d be psyched to have Steph Curry join us.  His continuous dedication to effective practice is a habit we discuss and try to emulate.  Plus my kids like to talk trash and have a bunch of trick spots they like to shoot from -- hopefully Steph could take them down a notch or two on the court.

#8) John Anderson

Hometown: Victoria, Canada

Role: Director of Energy Markets

I’d like to spend an #OhmHour with David Letterman. I grew up watching “The Late Show” and I’ve always appreciated Dave’s thoughtful interviews and self-deprecating humor. For me, #OhmHours are excellent opportunities to have meaningful conversations with friends and family, free from the distractions of the daily grind. I don’t think Dave would object to a 60-minute chat by candlelight -- I’d just hope his beard doesn’t catch on fire.

Tell us! Who would YOU want to spend an OhmHour with?

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