As much as it is about expert, experienced practitioners exchanging ideas, Building Energy is also about fostering the next generation of sustainable energy leaders. And, it’s a two-way street. The more experienced among us benefit from the creativity and innovative ideas of the up-and-comers (who are also more likely to get the projector to work). This is how our community sustains itself over time: more experienced practitioners mentor up-and-coming practitioners, while up-and-comers infuse the community with fresh energy. This year’s closing forum will feature a group of practitioners at different stages in their careers discussing their professional journeys and highlighting the ways that they have shaped and been shaped by those they have encountered along the way. After the presentations, long-time NESEA member Andy Padian will facilitate an interactive discussion about how we can make sure this legacy of mentoring and learning continues.