By - Jon Brown

Women’s Leadership in Energy Conference
June 3-4, 2020 | Seattle, WA

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Remote attendance via video conference is now available!

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. 

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

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

  • Address how to unblock women’s paths to leadership
  • Describe effective relationship-building methods (sponsoring/mentoring/networking/coaching)
  • Discuss how introverted leaders can allocate their resources
  • Address difficult conversations
  • Explain how authentic leaders help foster trust and open communication
  • Describe effective ways to combat subtle gender inequality in the workplace
  • Discuss how to find and engage male allies in gender parity
  • Explore how to embrace change
  • Explain utilities in transformation
  • Participate in an intro to mindfulness and breathing awareness
  • Discuss advice for emerging leaders



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 and exercises will be used in this event.


“Within the first 90 minutes, I knew this was going to be one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to. It’s like a secret club and this is the annual meeting.” Energy Industry Analyst, FERC

“This conference is the most relevant and interesting conference I have attended. It was great to hear from female leaders and meet other women in the energy industry.”Engineering Analyst Staff, Southern Company

“The best conference that I’ve been to in a long time. A very affirming and inspiring experience. I appreciate the openness and willingness to share and speak the difficult truth! I can’t wait to attend next year!” Director FERC Licensing and Compliance, CubeHydro Partners

“I learned more about career development and leadership in two days than I have in the 8 years I have been in the utility industry. I highly recommend this conference and hope I have the opportunity to attend in future years.” Analyst, Salt River Project

“The experiences shared by the speakers resonated with me and inspired me. I leave feeling more confident to take chances and build relationships even though that can be hard to do.” Manager Integration and Information, Oncor

“The Leadership Conference for Women in Energy tackles a broad range of topics that every woman will find helpful and helpful to the companies or organizations that they represent.” Regulatory Project Consultant, Arizona Public Service

“The speakers challenged my perspective on how I think I should express myself as well as challenged me to develop emotional intelligence to better communicate with my colleagues.” Electrical Engineer, POWER Engineers, Inc.

“Really nice work convening such inspiring women leaders. I’m heading back ‘into the room’ to not only be the elephant, but to build my herd.” Vice President Marketing, Sensus, a Xylem Brand

“The EUCI Leadership Conference was an AMAZING event where women shared, made new friends, and fellowshipped together!” Supervisor, Dominion Energy

“This conference sparks joy!” Senior Specialist, National Grid

“It’s tough to take time out of our busy work lives to focus on topics that really matter. This conference brought together the best women in our field, and everyone was so generous with their time.” Associate Vice President, HDR

“Amazing experience to network with other women in our industry.” Training Program Manager, Dominion Energy

“As a first-time attendee, I found value in not only the topics discussed, but also the honestly and candor of the panelists & presenters.” Supervisor, Dominion Energy

“This was a great investment in self-care- increased my self-awareness and motivated me to work harder.” Director, Dominion Energy

As a young emerging leader in the industry, I found this conference to be very invigorating and inspiring. I can’t wait to bring the learning back to my team & company! Alliance Development Manager, Anixter

“Great program, very inspirational.” Director, Cube Hydro

“Great conference! Great mix of speakers. First time attending and found it very enlightening, engaging, and empowering.” Key Account Manager, Dominion Energy

“The conference had great sessions a lot of things to take home & think about.” Senior Consultant, DNV GL

“Amazing opportunity to hear experiences and advice from high-profile, talented women. So many take-aways to apply to my personal development and career.” Gas Operations Tech, Dominion Energy

“I enjoyed the conference and being able to network and connect with other professional women.” Supervisor- Scheduling & Logistics, Dominion Energy

“I just received a promotion to a leadership role, and thanks to this conference I feel confident in my ability to tackle my ‘first 90 days’.” Supervisor Nuclear Engineering, Dominion Energy

“The conference was wonderful! All of the speakers were great and it was so nice to meet other females in the industry!” Senior Credit Analyst, Dominion Energy

“This event provided meaningful information and perspective on issues that women in the utility industry are facing. It was a great opportunity to network with other utility professionals especially from my own organization that doesn’t happen regularly at the office.” Risk Management Specialist, Duquesne Light Co.

“It was culture shock to walk into a ballroom of women, but it was empowering to share commonalities and learn from one another. The sessions were engaging and the speakers relatable. The conference exceeded my expectations.” Anonymous

“Speakers were surprisingly vulnerable, providing insights, personal stories, and perspective on women’s issues that no one talks about. So refreshing!” Director, Regulatory Assurance, Tennessee Valley Authority

“Thank you for all of your time, work and effort making this event a success. I’m grateful to have been in attendance at such a great event.” Senior Capability Specialist, TVA

“Enjoy this conference. Always walk away with pages of notes and nuggets of wisdom.”Senior Manager, Tech Solutions, TVA

“EUCI’s Leadership Conference for Women in Energy re-energized my connection to the leaders in my field.” Senior Specialist, National Grid


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

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

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Unblocking Women’s Paths to Leadership

Debra Smith, General Manager & CEO, Seattle City Light

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: PANEL: Relationship-Building (Sponsor/Mentor/Networking/Coaching)

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 your relationships: mentoring, sponsoring, networking, and coaching. 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. Coaching is the process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to fully develop themselves to be effective in their commitment to themselves, the company, and their work. Networking is a deliberate activity to build, reinforce and maintain relationships of trust with other people to further your goals. In this panel session, women will discuss ways to both find and become successful mentors and sponsors, including:

  • The differences between mentorship, sponsorship, coaching, and networking
  • How to cultivate different types of professional relationships
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Coaching tactics
  • Developing and supporting colleagues
  • Effective networking strategies

Jessica Matlock, CEO, La Plata Electric Association

Michelle Vargo, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

Jana Croom, Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, NiSource

Julia Hilton, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal, Idaho Power

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: The Introverted Leader: How to Allocate Your Resources

  • Characteristics of an introverted leader
  • Examples of introverted leaders
  • We have two ears and on mouth for a reason…
  • Play to your strengths: ideas on how to be a successful introverted leader

Annette Price, Vice President of Government Affairs, Pacific Power

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: Managing Difficult Conversations

Few experiences are more stressful than tackling a difficult situation. However, if handled well, these conversations can help promote a stronger and healthier workplace. This session will address:

  • Basic Principles of Effective Communication
  • How to Handle the Conversation and Avoid the Confrontation
  • How to Build Difficult Conversations Into Your Culture

Melissa Washington, Senior Vice President- Governmental & External Affairs, ComEd

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Thursday, June 4, 2020

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Authentic Leadership

Research demonstrates that authentic leaders help foster trust and open communication within an organization which in turn enhances engagement amongst team members.  Being an authentic leader is first recognizing who you are as an individual and maintaining your guiding principles no matter where you are or what you are doing.  At times, the authentic leadership style can be challenging for women in the workplace.  There are those that may feel that staying true to your self could be negatively stereotyped if they engage in the same direct manner that a man may choose.  This session explores the key attributes of being an authentic leader and methods to incorporate into your daily work activities to help you lead with authenticity

Shakira Wilson, Vice President of Electric Operations, Con Edison

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: PANEL: Combatting Subtle Gender Inequality in the Workplace

In addition to the well-known examples of gender inequality that can be prevalent in certain work environments, many women experience more subtle forms of injustice- including unconscious bias, less access to challenging assignments or stretch opportunities,  and expectations that women in the workplace will provide additional mental/emotional labor. During this session, panelists will discuss their experiences addressing subtle gender inequality and provide suggestions for individuals and organizations moving forward.

Booga Gilbertson, Vice President-Operations, Puget Sound Energy

Ann Becker, Vice President, Sustainability, Arizona Public Service

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Embracing Change

Change is inevitable, particularly in as dynamic a space as the energy industry. In this session, Amanda Tornabene will discuss how she has learned to embrace change. She will explain Dominion Energy’s attitude of welcoming and supporting change, and how that attitude can be applied throughout the industry.

Amanda Tornabene, Vice President of Environmental Services, Dominion Energy

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: PANEL: Finding and Engaging Male Allies in Gender Parity

Many men around the world want to improve workplace gender equality, but don’t know where to start.

According to Boston Consulting Group, 96% of organizations report progress when men are involved in gender diversity. This panel will gather men and women to discuss how to engage men as allies, including:

This panel will address how men can advocate for women at various levels in their career and in myriad different types of situations. Panel topics will include:

  • How to engage men in partnership for gender equality
  • Common setbacks in the effort to encourage male allies
  • Effective changes organizations can make to encourage gender parity
  • Opportunities to advance women at each career stage
  • Panelists’ experiences regarding gender diversity

Mike Haynes, Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

Dawn Roth Lindell, Senior VP and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, WAPA

James Ball, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, WAPA

Ann Delenela, Vice President of Information Security, Entergy

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Key Energy Trends & Their Impact

The energy landscape is rapidly evolving. 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.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Utilities in Transformation

The utility industry is at a crucial moment.  This session will explore:

  • The pace of technological change in the utility space from digitization to smart infrastructure
  • Utility regulation as compared to the pace of change in the utility industry
  • Customer experience driving change
  • The utility workforce: Who does the work and how the work gets done

Peggy Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)/AEP

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: An Intro to Mindfulness and Breathing Awareness

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Advice for Emerging Leaders

Oftentimes, succeeding as a leader takes a different skill set than those of our original roles. As a new or potential leader, adopting a role with management responsibilities can take time. This panel session will provide emerging leaders with advice and strategies to facilitate a smoother leadership transition. Panel topics will include:

  • Leadership styles
  • Key leadership qualities
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Managing former colleagues
  • Motivating and inspiring your team
  • Navigating internal politics
  • Staying relatable to your team while still maintaining effective boundaries
  • Leading through times of organizational change

Sloane Drake, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Georgia Power and Southern Company

Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President of Human Resources, California ISO

Anne Mersereau, VP of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

Lora Anguay, Director, Distribution Operations and Maintenance, SMUD

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns


Pre-Conference Workshop

Post Conference Workshop

Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of Negotiation 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and breakfast 

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


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 learn to: 

  • 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 


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 ReviewVogue, 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. 

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

Friday, June 5, 2020 

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

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 / 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.  


Workshop Instructor

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.  Throughout her professional career, 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 was formerly a chairman of EPRI’s Technical Women’s Network and wrote the Lifetime of Learning Process.  She has a BS in Mathematics (Kutztown University) and a MSM in Management (Purdue University). 


Confirmed Speakers

  • Lora Anguay, Director- Distribution Systems Operations, SMUD

  • James Ball, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, WAPA

  • Ann Becker, Vice President, Sustainability, Arizona Public Service

  • Jana Croom, Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, NiSource

  • Ann Delenela, Vice President of Information Security, Entergy

  • Sloane Drake, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Georgia Power and Southern Company

  • Booga Gilbertson, Vice President- Operations, Puget Sound Energy

  • Mike Haynes, Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

  • Julia Hilton, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal, Idaho Power

  • Dawn Roth Lindell, Senior VP and Rocky Mountain Regional Manager, WAPA

  • Jessica Matlock, CEO, La Plata Electric Association

  • Anne Mersereau, VP of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

  • Annette Price, Vice President of Government Affairs, Pacific Power

  • Peggy Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)/AEP

  • Debra Smith, General Manager & CEO, Seattle City Light

  • Amanda Tornabene, Vice President of Environmental Services, Dominion Energy

  • Michelle Vargo, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Seattle City Light

  • Melissa Washington, Senior Vice President- Governmental & External Affairs, ComEd

  • Shakira Wilson, Vice President of Electric Operations, Con Edison

  • Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California ISO


Hyatt at Olive 8

1635 8th Ave

Seattle, WA 98101

Reserve your room:

please call 1-206-695-1234

Click here to book online.

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of June 2 – 4, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$259.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to May 12, 2020.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, May 15, 2020
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Women's Leadership in Energy ConferenceUS $ 1295.00 US $ 1495.00
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This event has the following workshops:

Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of NegotiationUS $ 595.00
US $ 695.00
Take Charge of Your Career - and Life - Through a Lifetime of LearningUS $ 595.00
US $ 695.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and both workshops and pay US $ 2,295.00 per attendee (save US $ 190.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and any 1 workshop and save US $ 95.00 per attendee

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 01, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 8th Ave,Seattle,WA-98101
Starting on
June 3, 2020
Ending on
June 4, 2020
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USD 1295.00

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