Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
June 4-5, 2018
St. Louis, MO

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Overview

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key energy trends and skills for personal and professional development.  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. 

The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and a plentitude of networking opportunities.  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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify winning strategies that drive career success for women in the energy industry
  • Strategize how women can play to their leadership strengths to improve organizational performance
  • Analyze key trends in the global energy market
  • Determine how you can derive maximum value from mentoring and sponsoring relationships
  • Define the knowledge, skills and experience you need to reach your goals
  • Assess how to create an inclusive organizational culture that fosters women’s advancement
  • Evaluate how to build and utilize a strong professional network
  • Discuss how to navigate through a predominately male industry to reach higher levels
  • Design action plans to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, panel sessions and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Monday, June 4, 2018

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Conference Welcome


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Opening Keynote Address: Personal Disruption: The Value in Shaking Up the Status Quo

Chonda Nwamu, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Ameren


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Skills and Techniques for Becoming a Better Leader

Being a good leader is difficult.  Some people become leaders through careful career planning, while others find themselves in leadership roles by accident or default.  Either way, it takes hard work to become a truly effective and inspiring leader – – and being a female leader in a predominately male environment adds some additional challenges.  In this session, the panel members will discuss some of the skills and techniques that have helped them to become better leaders.   Topics to be discussed include:

  • Core leadership techniques
  • Using a variety of leadership styles
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence
  • Leading effectively when things get difficult

Moderator:

Colleen Campbell, Director of Business Development, AECOM

 Panelists:

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Xcel Energy

Tracey LeBeau, Chief Administrative Officer, Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, Department of Energy

Erin Mohnke, Senior Manager, HR Technology, Analytics & Planning, Ameren

Susan Sorensen, Vice President and Treasurer, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Deriving Maximum Value from Mentor and Sponsor Relationships

Strong mentor and sponsor relationships are imperative to the advancement of your career, as well as to help other new leaders to rise.  In this session, panelists will give their perspectives as both mentors and mentees and as sponsorship participants.  They will share their experiences and address questions such as:

  • How do you find, and then approach, a good potential mentor?
  • How do you get maximum value from the mentoring relationship?
  • What has been the key to your successful mentoring relationship?
  • What is the difference between mentorship and sponsorship and how do you secure the latter?
  • How have mentor and sponsor relationships enhanced your professional career?

Moderator:

Kumi Premathilake, Senior Vice President, Business Unit Leader, AMI, Aclara Technologies

Panelists:

Jordan Blackhurst, Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Ameren

Jennifer Curran, Vice President, System Planning, MISO

Cristina McQuistion, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, OGE


4:30 – 5:15 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Do Power Differently – Redefining Leadership for the Future

Recent events have underscored that the world is calling for a stronger balance between the masculine and feminine energy in the work place.  In addition, we have been reminded by these events and by the blur between work and home that the impact of the work environment is more significant than ever.  This presentation will offer a new leadership model and an alternative interpretation of power and how we can both embrace and deliver that power at work. Martin Luther King said: “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love”.

Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer, INTREN

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception Sponsored by
 MYR Group


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Keynote: Building and Becoming a Successful Female Leader

Women make great leaders. Top leaders cultivate their inherent talents and navigate their path to leadership in a purposeful way.  Great leaders transform the lives of women around them.  In this session the speaker will share her perspective on:

  • Throughout the beginning, middle and advanced stages of their career, how women can develop their leadership capabilities to progress (knowing the “when” and “how”)
  • Strategies and tactics for managing and overcoming the inevitable road-blocks to career and leadership progression
  • How senior leaders can provide personal and organizational support to advance the women that follow

Christine Mason Soneral, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ITC Holdings Corp.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:15 – 11:15 a.m. :: Transforming the Culture of Your Organization

Creating an organizational culture that supports women leaders doesn’t only involve the integration of women into a workplace.  Even organizations that have successfully achieved a significant amount of gender diversity within their workforce can face difficulties in achieving an inclusive culture that fosters women’s advancement.  To be successful, an organizational culture must be one that emphasizes integrity, inclusion and collaboration, and encourages employees to both achieve their potential and support others.  In this session, panel members will share their experiences in various organizational cultures and their efforts to build cultures that are catalysts for organizational change. 

Moderator:

Leslie Kass, Chief Executive Officer, Babcock & Wilcox

Panelists:

Valerie Colletti, Vice President, Distribution Operations, Commonwealth Edison Company

Ellen Fairchild, Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L)

Rachel Welch, Rotational Management of External Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Interactive Session:  Leaning Out:  Get What You Really Want

Carla Walker-Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walker-Miller Energy Services

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Global Energy Trends and Their Impact

The global 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.

  • Consumer Engagement

    Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing, Landis+Gyr

  • Wind’s Role in the Energy Economy

    Jessica Joyce, Director of Turbine Sales, Vestas  

  • Increasing Cybersecurity Threats and Organizational Awareness

    Margaret Neves, Director of Business Development, POWER Engineers

  • Energy in Transition: A Review of Global Energy Development

    Angela Piner, Vice President, HDR


2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Mindful Moment

Jeff Johnson, B.S., NSCA-CSCS, ACSM-HFI, Program Manager, Ameren Wellness Center


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Keynote Address: Optimizing Opportunity for a Bright Future in Energy

Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, Illinois Commerce Commission    

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Building your Internal and External Networks

Building and maintaining a strong network is not only critical to moving forward in your career, it is also key to your professional stability and survival.  Networks provide you with access to private information that you can’t find elsewhere, giving you competitive advantage.  Networks also enable you to access diverse skill sets to enhance your work performance.  And long term professional relationships are the number one way to open doors to new job opportunities.

In this session, panelists will share their experience building their own networks and answer questions such as:

  • Who are the right people for my network?
  • What are the best tools and techniques for effective networking?
  • How do I improve my networking skills and forge better connections?
  • How do I add value to others and create win/win relationships?

Panelists

Caren Anders, Vice President, Operations Support, Duke Energy Corporation

Lisa Lewis, Vice President, People & Culture, CPS Energy

Julie Shull, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Kansas City Power & Light Company 


4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m. :: Conference adjourns

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop, June 4, 2018

Post Conference Workshop, June 6, 2018


Take Charge of Your Career – and Life – Through a Lifetime of Learning

Monday, June 4, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. :: Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

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!

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint, group discussion, and interactive Q&A will be used in this workshop.

Learning Outcomes/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. Review 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.

Workshop Instructors

Rebecca (Becky) Wingenroth, Technical Leader, Principal, Electric Power Research Institute  (EPRI)

In her role as Technical Leader, Principal, Becky supports strategic initiatives for Distributed Energy Resources, serving as  EPRI’s liaison for the New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceedings.  Becky has held leadership positions for an investor-owned utility, state government and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of Rates, Customer Service and Community & Economic Development, initiating international business development and testifying in rates cases in several state jurisdictions.  Becky has served on several boards at the international, national and local levels and was the co-chair of TEAM Pennsylvania, an organization coordinating over 500 business leaders.  She is formerly a chairman of EPRI’s Technical Women’s Network and led EPRI’s efforts for the Lifetime of Learning Process.  She has a BS in Mathematics (Kutztown University) and a MSM in Management (Purdue University).


Helen Harris, Training & Organizational Development Principal, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Helen oversees learning and development for all EPRI employees. In addition, she leads EPRI’s performance management and employee engagement processes. Her focus includes leadership development and succession planning, career development, competency frameworks and 360 assessments, feedback processes, team building/team facilitation and employee surveys.

Helen received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University


Angelique (Angie) Henegar, Technical Assistant, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Angie supports several programs in the Energy Utilization and Grid Operations and Planning, Modeling and Simulation areas. Angie has 25+ years in Customer service related fields demonstrating her strengths in training.  She is pro-active in assessing situations and making appropriate problem-solving decisions in a timely manner.   Angie participated in the original roll out of EPRI’s Lifetime of Learning Process.  She has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee. Angie has been a volunteer for Mobile Meals, Ronald McDonald House, Zoo Knoxville, and Young-Williams Animal Shelter.


Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of Negotiation

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Workshop Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career.  Research reveals that men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications.  Convinced that negotiation requires bluffing, steamrolling, and playing hardball, many women avoid negotiating whenever they can.  Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities, or more help at home, women are hesitant to ask for what they want. They pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer.

By mastering a few basic principles, planning carefully, and practicing, anyone can become an effective negotiator. Using a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, videos, and group discussion, we will explore the internal and external barriers that can prevent you from asking for what you need and deserve—and show you how to overcome your socially imposed reluctance to negotiate.  In this workshop, you will:

  • Evaluate the economic value of your work
  • Set the right targets for your negotiations
  • Employ best practice negotiating strategies that have been shown to work especially well for women
  • Explore ways to maximize your bargaining power
  • Rehearse and practice your negotiations beforehand
  • Acquire techniques to manage the anxiety often felt when negotiating
  • Recognize many more opportunities to negotiate

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint, video, group discussion, and interactive exercises will be used in this workshop.

Workshop Instructor

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever is an author, editor, and cultural critic who has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers.  She is the co-author of two groundbreaking books about women and negotiation, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change and Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want.  Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications.  Sara is frequently cited in the media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success. She lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences. She is a founding faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and the Academic Coordinator for the WIN Summit, a global women’s conference focused on women and negotiation.

Speakers

Caren Anders, Vice President, Operations Support, Duke Energy Corporation

Jordan Blackhurst, Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Ameren

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Xcel Energy

Colleen Campbell, Director of Business Development, AECOM

Valerie Colletti, Vice President, Distribution Operations, Commonwealth Edison Company

Jennifer Curran, Vice President, System Planning, MISO

Ellen Fairchild, Chief Compliance Officer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L)

Colette Honorable, Former Commissioner, FERC; Partner, Reed Smith

Jessica Joyce, Director of Turbine Sales, Vestas 

Leslie Kass, Chief Executive Officer, Babcock & Wilcox

Tracey LeBeau, Chief Administrative Officer, Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, Department of Energy

Lisa Lewis, Vice President, People & Culture, CPS Energy

Cristina McQuistion, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, OGE

Carla Walker-Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Erin Mohnke, Senior Manager, HR Technology, Analytics & Planning, Ameren

Margaret Neves, Director, Business Development, POWER Engineers

Chonda Nwamu, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Ameren

Commissioner Sadzi Martha Oliva, Illinois Commerce Commission

Angela Piner, Vice President, HDR

Julie Shull, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Kansas City Power & Light Company 

Christine Mason Soneral, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ITC Holdings Corp.

Kumi Premathilake, Senior Vice President, Business Unit Leader, AMI, Aclara Technologies

Susan Sorensen, Vice President and Treasurer, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer, INTREN

Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing Communications, Landis+Gyr

Rachael Welch, Rotational Management of External Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Location

St. Louis Union Station Hotel
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

To reserve your room, please call 1-314-231-1234 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 3 – 5, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to May 13, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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