By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
November 2-3, 2016 | Boston, MA


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
  • Define the knowledge, skills and experience you need to reach your goals
  • Assess how to embrace organizational politics and develop influence
  • Evaluate what it will take to meet the nation’s changing energy needs
  • Discuss how to navigate through a predominately male industry to reach higher levels
  • Analyze current issues and trends in the US renewable energy market
  • Compare male and female executives’ perspectives of women leaders in the industry
  • Design action plans to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth



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.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Conference CPE Credits: 11.0
Workshop CPE Credits: 4.5 each
There is no prerequisite for this conference.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Requirements for Successful completion of program

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

Instructional Methods

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


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

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

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Creating the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Energy

Marcy Reed, President, National Grid

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. :: The Making of a Great Leader

Great leaders don’t just happen randomly or by sheer luck.  While some individuals may possess more innate leadership qualities than others, studies have shown that effective leaders share very similar practices.  In this session, we will discuss how you can leverage winning leadership practices and meet those challenges head on to become a better leader.

  • Defining the needed knowledge, skills and experience to reach your goals
  • Understanding yourself and creating your brand
  • Utilizing mentors and sponsors to advance your career
  • Embracing organizational politics and developing influence
  • Building and leveraging a strong outside network

Moderator:  Susan Ballance, Vice President, Finance, Pike Corporation


Kim Hanemann, Senior Vice President, Delivery Projects and Construction, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G)

Laurie Dunham, Vice President, Duke American Transmission Company (DATC)

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

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Forging the Future of Clean Energy

Janet Gail Besser, Executive Vice President, Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Three Women’s Journeys to the Top

Although women’s participation in the labor force has dramatically expanded in the last 30 years, the energy industry lags behind as an employer of women.  According to a 2013 report by Catalyst, only 23.3% of utility employees in the U.S. are female and a mere 12.7% of women occupy executive officer positions in utilities.  In this session, three senior level executives will share their inspiring personal stories of how they beat the odds and navigated through a predominately male industry to reach the highest levels of their organizations.

Moderator:  Janet Heppner-Jones, Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, ABB Enterprise Software Group


Carter M. Reid, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative & Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Dominion Resources

Linda Blair, President and Chief Executive Officer (effective Nov. 1, 2016), ITC Holdings Corp.

Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President, Customer Care Organization, Eversource Energy

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: Speed Networking Exercise

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. :: Reception sponsored by MYR Group

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address – Building Relationships:  The Key to Career Success

Angela O’Connor, Chairman, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Overcoming Gender Roadblocks

As women, we think, act, and lead differently than our male counterparts.   These differences can create some unique challenges 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.  A few of the points to be discussed include:

  • Unconscious bias
  • Communication styles
  • Work/Life Integration

Moderator:  Dionne McGee, Senior Manager, Bids and Proposals, Sensus


Jessica Brahaney Cain, Vice President, Customer Operations, Eversource

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

Laurel Hennebury, PhD, Director of Enterprise Learning & Organizational Development, ISO New England

Tracey LeBeau, Senior Vice President & Transmission Infrastructure Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration Headquarters, Department of Energy

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

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Seizing Opportunities in the Evolving Energy Industry

There are many drivers shaping the energy industry today.  In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the most critical current issues that are influencing power providers around the globe.  We’ll examine where the energy industry is going and the roles that women can take to move the industry forward.  Discussion will focus on:

  • What Will It Take to Meet the Energy Needs of the 21st Century?

Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company

  • Emerging Issues and Trends in the US Renewable Energy Market

Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart

  • Enabling SmartGrid One Connection at a Time

Tammy Zucco, Director of Marketing, Itron

Moderator: Regina Mayor, Global Sector Head of Energy & Natural Resources, National Sector Leader for Energy, Natural Resources and Chemicals, KPMG LLP (U.S.)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Being Your Authentic Self as a Female Leader

Kelly Tomblin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Public Service Co.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Photo

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Men’s Perspective

So far, it’s been a one sided conversation – women talking with women about women.  But how do men perceive women in the industry?  What common behaviors have they noticed in their female colleagues, subordinates, and bosses?  Are women’s perceptions of themselves in the workplace the same as men’s?  This panel of senior male executives will share their observations and viewpoints on gender specific workplace issues and address questions such as:

  • How do women communicate and interact differently than men in a male dominate work culture?
  • How can women constructively address barriers to success such as unconscious bias?
  • What common qualities and skills have you noticed in the successful women leaders you’ve known?
  • How can men and women work together to effect change and advance an inclusive and equal workforce agenda?

Moderator:  Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing, Landis+Gyr


John Bruckner, Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering, National Grid

Walter S. Alvarado, Vice President, Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Drew Kramer, Senior External Affairs Advisor, Tri-State Generation & Transmission

Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Excel

Charles A. Menzie, Principal Scientist, Exponent

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  ::  Interative Session:  Lean Out: Getting What You Really Want

Session Leader:  Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Creating a Women’s Resource Group Within Your Organization

Women’s Resource Groups (WRGs) are designed to serve as support for members by fostering an inclusive workplace that is aligned with organizational values, goals, and business objectives.

In this session, you’ll learn the necessary steps to start successful WRG within your own organization.  We’ll answer key questions such as:

  • What is a Women’s Resource Group (WRG) and what value can it bring to individuals as well as the organization as a whole?
  • How do you sell the idea of a WRG and achieve buy-in?
  • What are the key steps necessary to start your WRG?
  • How do you maintain your WRG over the long term?


Alison Ford, Director, Corporate Affairs, Duke Energy

Keely Hughes, Learning and Development Specialist, MISO

Shannon Paulsen, Sr. Manager Strategic Business Relationships & Telecommunications IT, KCP&L

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap up

5:00 pm. :: Conference Adjourns


Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Learning To Ask: Women And The Power Of Negotiation

Friday, November 4, 2016
Building Consensus For Your Big Idea: Basic Sales Techniques For Technical And Management Professionals


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Workshop Timing

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch on your own


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 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.


Friday, November 4, 2016

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

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


Decisions are made by consensus in today’s environment. How do you get your ideas approved when one person can kill it? Everyone, or at least a majority of influential individuals involved, must agree to approve your idea.   Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is a salesperson– even engineers, IT professionals, and managers of technical personnel. In this session, you will learn simple principals and techniques to sell your ideas inside your organization.  We will use current sales content, interactive exercises, and real life examples of non-sellers successfully gaining consensus on their ideas.  We will cover how to create your brand, establish personal credibility, build purposeful relationships with “influencers” and decision makers, and customize your message for different roles in your organization so you can successfully have “the meetings before THE MEETING”. You will leave this workshop with an actionable plan to start building consensus before your next big idea!

Common misconception: If I share my idea with others in my organization, someone will steal it and call it their own!  Do you want to get credit for your ideas? Forget it. It doesn’t matter. What matters to your boss is not that you had the idea, but that you were able to build consensus amongst your team for an idea that everyone felt a part of.  You were able to get everyone’s “buy in”, improve the idea with their input and build a plan to execute.  Coming up with the idea is the easy part, getting it approved and executed is hard!

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and understand the difference between Features and Benefits.
  • Practice articulating benefits verbally in role play
  • Create a Stakeholder Map and action plan to build personal influence to advance your Big Idea.
  • Engage in Active Listening practice to build personal influence.
  • Design an Executive Presentation draft for your Big Idea
  • Practice customizing your message for one individual stakeholder


I. Introduction
  • Why Does Consensus Building Matter?
  • Important Skill: “Active Listening” activity. We are often so focused on delivering our message we forget to listen, ask questions and really understand the other person’s point of view.  In order to build consensus, this skill is critical. We can all use practice!
II. What’s Your Big Idea?
  • Each participant will be asked to prepare a pre-workshop questionnaire to gather facts about their idea
  • What is the difference between a feature and benefit? How do you pull the benefits out of your idea?
  • Practice articulating the benefits of your idea to peers in the workshop. Gain criticism and use “Active Listening” techniques to make sure you understand the objections
III.  Develop Your Personal Influence
  • Learn how decisions are made in organizations
  • Using a template provided, build a stakeholder map of influencers, benefit owners, decision makers and approvers involved in decisions at your organization
  • Ensure your Big Idea advances your personal brand.
  • What is your personal brand? How do you want to be perceived in this organization?
  • Leave with an action plan to build rapport with key people in your stakeholder map when you get back to the office.
IV. Prepare for the Big Meeting
  • Using a template provided, build an executive level message for the Big Meeting.
  • Learn to customize your message for different audiences – for instance: Finance, Procurement, Operations, Your Manager, Your manager’s manager.
  • Practice delivering your message to one of these stakeholders in the workshop. Accept criticism from your peers, learn to listen to objections and clarify them.  Your objective is to learn how each of the stakeholders thinks about your idea so you are ready to respond to objectives in the big meeting
V. Wrap Up
  • What did we learn?

Workshop Instructors

Linda Brown,  Chief Sales Officer, AddOns, Inc.

Linda Brown is a strategic executive and leader of high performance sales teams. She has a passion for advancing women to higher levels in the business world. Linda served as a Director on the Board of Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of Colorado Women’s Leadership Foundation advancing women on corporate boards.  Linda has spent 25 years selling to engineers and IT technical professionals across multiple industries, including electric utilities.  Linda successfully navigated  consensus based decisions in very large organizations, resulting in millions of dollars of revenue.   Linda spent 25 years at IBM, and the last two years at ABB, leading and coaching sales teams in complex corporate environments. Seven of those years she specifically focused on selling to electric utilities. She received professional sales training through IBM’s executive programs at Harvard, attended the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course and continually studies the ever changing sales profession.

Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company

Wanda Reder, is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company.   Prior to S&C, Wanda was the Vice President of T&D Asset Management at Exelon where she had responsibility for asset investment strategy, standards, engineering, planning, reliability and work management in Chicago and Philadelphia. Wanda has also been the Vice President of Energy at Davies Consulting and held numerous positions at Northern States Power (now Xcel).

Wanda received an Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas.  Wanda has served on the IEEE Power Engineering Society Governing Board since 2002, was the first female president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.   She is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, is on the IEEE Board as Division VII Director and on the IEEE Foundation Board.

Wanda is the Founder of IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, a Signature program that has provided 733 scholarships to 466 students since 2011.   She launched the IEEE Smart Grid, now enjoying over 27,000 LinkedIn and 11,000 Twitter followers.     Wanda was named a Distinguished Engineer at South Dakota State University in 2007, became an IEEE Fellow in 2012 and received the IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership and Meritorious Service Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  In recognition for exemplary service, she received the IEEE TAB Hall of Honor Award in 2013 and the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award in 2014.


Walter Alvarado, Vice President, System and Transmission Operation, ConEdison

Susan Ballance, Vice President of Finance, Pike Electric

Janet Gail Besser, Executive Vice President, Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)

Linda Blair, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Unit Officer , ITC Holdings Corp.

Jessica Brahaney Cain, Vice President, Customer Operations, Eversource

John Bruckner, Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering, National Grid

Gerald Deaver, Manager, Regional Transmission Policy, Xcel

Laurie Dunham, Vice President, DATC

Alison Ford, Director, Corporate Affairs, Duke Energy

Kim Hanemann, Senior Vice President of Electric Transmission and Distribution, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G)

Laurel Hennebury, Director of Enterprise Learning & Organizational Development, New England ISO

Janet Heppner-Jones, Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, ABB

Keely Hughes, Business Process Partner, MISO

Drew Kramer, Senior External Affairs Advisor, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

Tracey LeBeau, Chief Administrative Officer, Western Area Power Authority

Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader , KPMG LLP

Billi McCullough, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

Dionne McGee, Senior Manager of Sales Operations, Sensus - a Xylem brand

Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer & Sr. Vice President, Customer Care Organization, Eversource Energy

Charles Menzie, Principal Scientist, Exponent

Angela O'Connor, Chairman, Massachusettes Dept. of Public Utilities

Shannon Paulsen, Senior Manager Strategic Business Relationships & Telecommunications IT, Kansas City Power & Light

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

Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Power Systems Service Division

Marcy Reed, President MA and Executive Vice President, Policy & Social Impact, National Grid

Carter Reid, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative & Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Dominion Energy

Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer, INTREN

Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing, Landis+Gyr

Ashley Wald, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

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

Rebecca Wingenroth, Owner, RM Wingenroth & Associates

Tammy Zucco, Director of Marketing, Itron


Revere Hotel Boston Common
200 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116

To reserve your room, please call 1-617-457-2683 or book your room online here
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $269.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of November 1 – 3, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to October 17, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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