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Spencer Glendon Joins As a Keynote Speaker


by The Nest Climate Campus Team


Spencer Glendon is coming back to the Campus as a Keynote Speaker this year! Spencer, Founder of Probable Futures,  is dedicated to making climate science more accessible, useful, and intuitive so that everyone on Earth can build their climate literacy and mindfully prepare for the consequences that climate change is likely to bring. 


"I am excited that the Nest Climate Campus has invited me as a keynote speaker for their marquee event during Climate Week NYC. It's the biggest, most inclusive US climate event of the year, and the agenda looks terrific. I'm proud to be a part of it." - Spencer Glendon, Founder of Probable Futures


Last year, over 6,100 climate leaders participated in The Nest Climate Campus and nearly 3,000 organizations took action on the campus. These numbers will increase significantly in 2024 making the largest climate solutions event in the US even more important.  


"We're proud to have Spencer Glendon joining the Campus in such a prominent role and look forward to his keynote. Spencer offers crucial insight into the urgency of the climate crisis and actionable climate solutions needed to address it." - Britton Jones, CEO of The Nest Climate Campus, Chairman of the Board at Food Rescue US, and Member of NYC Tourism & Conventions Sustainability Council


Spencer Glendon and Allison Smart hosted "Living (and even laughing) in a Changing Climate" on last year's Main Stage, blending science, comedy, and meaningful discussion while sharing detailed climate maps.

Spencer earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, where he focused on the history of urbanization and industrialization. He has extensive training and experience in finance, history, and languages and has worked and lived in Michigan, Chicago, Germany, Russia, China, and Boston.

For 18 years, Spencer was a Macroanalyst, Partner, and Director of Investment Research at Wellington Management, a firm with more than $1 trillion in client assets. In that role, he endeavored to understand issues that could affect markets, but that fell outside of the typical silos in finance, such as the modernization of China, the consequences of ubiquitous information and computing, political risk, inequality, and eventually, climate change. 

In 2017, Spencer began collaborating with scientists, business leaders, designers, technologists, and educators to research the effects of climate change and to share those findings publicly. This work helped underpin initiatives such as a first-of-its-kind partnership between Wellington Management and the Woodwell Climate Research Center, as well as McKinsey & Co.’s 2020 Climate Risk and Response report. Inspired by these collaborations, he founded Probable Futures in 2020 to help democratize climate science and build bridges between climate science and many other disciplines. 

In addition to his role at Probable Futures, Spencer serves as a senior fellow at Woodwell Climate and spends time as a pro bono consultant and public speaker across industries and communities. In 2023, Spencer joined Harvard Business School as an Executive Fellow, where he works in collaboration with Michael Toffel and Peter Tufano on research and education around climate risk.

Spencer lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Lisa, and enjoys cooking, listening to and telling stories, and exploring  the natural world.


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