Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
November 4-5, 2019, Richmond, VA
Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth! You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network.
You’ll leave this event with practical strategies, insights and guidance on how to propel your energy career forward. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in energy.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Opening Keynote Address
Diane Leopold, Executive Vice President and President and CEO, Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: There’s No Crying in the Boardroom… and Yelling Won’t Serve You Well Either
Men and women are wired differently- based on science. Not better or worse… just differently. These differences mean that we (as women) will approach solutions differently, deal more with our own imposter syndrome and emotions and bring strong, unique skills to the workforce. This session explores some of those differences, the science behind them, how to leverage innate strengths and capitalize on your own authentic leadership style.
Dawn Roth Lindell, Senior Vice President and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, WAPA
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Keynote Session
Katherine Rowe, PhD, President, College of William and Mary
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. :: Deriving Maximum Value from Mentor and Sponsor Relationships
Women in predominately male business sectors, such as the energy industry, face some distinct challenges in advancing as leaders within their organizations. One of the best ways to help advance your career is through mentoring and sponsoring. Mentoring and sponsoring relationships help connect you with others who have skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise in your areas of interest, as well as establish support networks. In this panel session, women will discuss ways to both find and become successful mentors and sponsors, including:
Sharelynn Moore, Senior Vice President, Networked Solutions Product Group, Itron
Kimberly Harriman, Senior Vice President- Public and Regulatory Affairs, New York Power Authority
Chonda Nwamu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Ameren
Melissa Washington, Vice President Governmental and Legislative Affairs, ComEd
Shakira Wilson, Vice President of Electric Operations, Con Edison
Amanda Tornabene, Vice President of Environmental Services, Dominion Energy
Annette Price, Vice President of Government Affairs, Pacific Power
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Fireside Chat: A Candid Conversation About Two Executives’ Personal Experiences
Great leaders don’t just happen randomly or by sheer luck. In this session, you will hear two senior level executives share their inspiring personal stories of how they beat the odds to reach the highest levels of their organizations. A few of the points to be discussed include:
Carter Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Dominion Energy
Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President- Northwest Region, Southern Company
Christine Mason Soneral, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ITC Holdings
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Being a Female Leader: Things No One Talks About
As women, we sometimes come across different challenges than our male counterparts. These differences can create unique trials in a male dominated work culture. In this session, we will identify some of those barriers and discuss how you can remove them and use your unique strengths to enhance organizational performance and reach your full potential.
Lisa Lewis, Vice President, People and Culture, CPS Energy
10:45 -11:45 a.m. :: How Diversity and Inclusion Leads to Innovation
In this session, we will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the programs Con Edison and Dominion have developed. Specific points include:
Ginger Roether, Vice President, HDR
Morenike Miles, Vice President of Governance and Compliance and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Dominion Energy
Jeannine Haggerty, Vice President of IT, Con Edison
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Lessons Learned: Experiences During 3+ Decades At a Utility
In this session, Marcy Reed, National Grid’s President MA and Executive Vice President of Policy & Social Impact, will share lessons she’s learned throughout over 30 years at National Grid. In addition to her personal experience, she will discuss important topics such as conflict resolution, stress management, and the future of the utility industry.
Marcy Reed, President MA and Executive Vice President, Policy & Social Impact, National Grid
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: PANEL: Key Energy Trends & Their Impact
The energy landscape is rapidly changing. Traditional centers of demand are being overtaken by fast-growing emerging markets. The energy mix is shifting, driven by technological improvements and environmental concerns. More than ever, the energy industry needs to adapt to meet those changing needs and demands. In this session, we’ll look at current key areas of change and what the short-term and long-term future of energy will look like.
Estelle Mangeney, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners
Kelly Dietz, Regional Sales Director, Landis + Gyr
Glenda Friesen, Associate Vice President and Director of Strategy Development, Black & Veatch
Stacey Atella, Project Manager, POWER Engineers
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: Keynote Session
Carla Williams, Director of Athletics, University of Virginia
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Finding Your Voice: Leading Male Teams & Networking Effectively
This session will discuss authentic leadership in the context of leading male teams and networking effectively. Specific points will include:
Stacey Crowley, Vice President of External and Customer Affairs, CAISO
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: PANEL: Cultivating an Executive Presence
Executive presence is comprised of both the internal and external qualities that allow someone to take charge of a room. People with strong executive presence inspire others to follow them. In this panel, we will discuss ways to these qualities, including:
Kate Miller, Director of Marketing & Market Analytics, Henkels & McCoy
Ashley Harris, Vice President- Marketing & Communications, Ozarks Electric Cooperative
Katherine Gil, Department Leader- System Engineering, Arizona Public Service
Lauren Gilliland, Director of Gas Governance, Xcel Energy
5:15 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns
Take Charge of Your Career – and Life – Through a Lifetime of Learning
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing
Ever wonder where your career is headed? Perhaps you’re not in the role you thought you’d be by now or you’ve been looking for new challenges. Alternatively, you may be progressing well, but are not sure how to get to the next great opportunity. What steps can you take to keep moving forward?
The Lifetime of Learning process was created for the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) Technical Women’s Network and rolled out in Spring 2017. This voluntary process encourages continuous growth and learning and is available to anyone interested in identifying how to better leverage their unique skills and talents. In this session, you will experience elements of the Lifetime of Learning framework, including a chance to explore the skills and characteristics impacting your success, and action planning for capitalizing on strengths and development opportunities.
Anyone interested in growth and self-improvement is an excellent candidate for this process. Determine the path you want to be on, what you want to learn and the best way to learn it. Don’t wait for others to manage your career, YOU take charge!
Learning Outcomes and Agenda
Are You There Yet?
Complete a self-evaluation to help you recognize realities and explore ways to lead your own longer-term career development versus waiting for growth experiences to come to you.
Feedback: It’s Important
Get more comfortable with actively seeking meaningful feedback. Learn and practice ways to ask for it, effectively hear it, analyze key takeaways and decide how to apply it.
Develop Your Plan
Brainstorm ideas for development activities to build key competencies and use planning tools to design your pathway to growth.
Keep on Track
Construct milestones that allow for flexibility but maintain forward momentum. Take home additional tips and templates to support key actions.
Rebecca (Becky) Wingenroth, Owner, RM Wingenroth & Associates
With her planned retirement from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in May 2019, Becky will continue to offer support to professionals seeking guidance on career planning tools and techniques, professional and emotional maturity, professional image/presentation, strategic planning and employer/employee partnerships. At EPRI, Becky currently is a Technical Leader, Principal, supporting strategic initiatives for Distributed Energy Resources, serving as EPRI’s liaison for the New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceedings.
Inclusive Communication and Unconscious BiasWednesday, November 6, 2019: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for an interactive discussion on how to interrupt biases and microaggressions through inclusive communications. Learn how through seemingly small ways we often unintentionally exclude others and how microaggressions impact individuals in the workplace. By sharing information, listening without judgment, and inquiring across difference, attendees will gain practice and understanding of the value and nuance of inclusive communication. This workshop will provide practical take-aways applicable in everyday situations.
Inclusive Communications – How Understanding is Better than Being Understood
Martha Feeback, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst
Connecting over 800 member companies to a strong network of business leaders around the world, Catalyst helps business leaders leverage their talent in their workforce to produce stronger results. Today, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit research organization working globally to expand opportunities for women and business. The Catalyst Annual Award recognizes organizations outstanding achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusion.