Monthly Speakers

Monthly Speakers

Monthly International Call

Every month we host an educational call for all of our supporters. During this time you’ll hear from a guest speaker, plus receive legislative and organizational updates from CCL staff.

Join us live on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1pm ET for 1 hr. To join visit:

Missed the call? Recordings are available to watch on YouTube or listen to the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Upcoming Monthly Call Guest Speaker

December 9th, 1pm ET : Amanda Ripley, Author & Investigative Journalist

Amanda Ripley headshotAmanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, a Washington Post contributing columnist, an investigative journalist and the co-founder of Good Conflict, LLC. Her books include High Conflict, The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable. To discuss her writing, Amanda has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX News and NPR. She has spoken at the Pentagon, the Senate, the House of Representatives, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Amanda was a keynote speaker at CCL's June 2022 conference.

Recent Speakers

Ben Pendergrass, CCL Vice President of Government Affairs

Ben Pendergrass serves as Vice President of Government Affairs and is part of the CCL government relations team in Washington D.C. In this role, he works to the advance the policy goals of CCL in Congress. He will be giving a deep-dive legislative update on what's been happening in D.C. in the climate space. Ben has worked for over 14 years in Washington both as Congressional staff and as a government relations professional. For several years, Ben served on the legislative staff of Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM). Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs for a national trade association. Ben has worked in a wide range of policy areas including taxes, natural resources, agriculture and national security. He has successfully advanced standalone legislation as well as provisions in annual appropriations bills, tax extender legislation, and farm bills. He has also worked extensively with federal agencies and worked on numerous federal regulations.