By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy 2020
December 8-9, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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As companies reflect on their mission during the pandemic, working together with colleagues, community and customers has become paramount. Leaders are stepping up to inspire and unify. It’s imperative that successful women leaders work together so hard-won progress is not lost.

Reconnect now with the most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to continue positive organizational change and personal growth even during trying times. 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 boost your energy career. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in energy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain strategies for reconnecting with leaders and colleagues
  • 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.


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


Tuesday, December 8, 2020 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Log In and Welcome

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

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

Cheryl LaFleur, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Columbia University, Center for Global Energy Policy

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 mentoring, sponsoring, networking, and coaching.  These relationships connect you with others who have skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise in your areas of interest.  Coaching is the process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to fully realize their commitment to themselves, the company, and their work. Networking is the deliberate activity to build, reinforce and maintain relationships to further your goals. In this 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


Erin Stromberg, Marketing Director, MYR Group


Jessica Matlock, CEO, La Plata Electric Association

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

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

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Short Break

3:15 – 4:00 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

4:00 – 4:45 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


Cassandra Olson, Program Manager, POWER Engineers


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

Booga Gilbertson, Vice President- Operations, Puget Sound Energy

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: Virtual  Networking Reception

 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 : Central Time

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. :: Log In

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.  At times, authentic leadership can be challenging for women in the workplace.  There are those that may feel that staying true to one’s self could be negatively stereotyped  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 –  10:15 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.

Ann Becker, Vice President, Sustainability, Arizona Public Service

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Short 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, Mandy 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.

Mandy Tornabene, Vice President, Chief Environmental Officer, 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 address how men can advocate for women at various levels in their career and in myriad different types of situations. Topics discussed will include:

  • 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


Colleen Scholl, Senior Vice President and Director of Professional Services, HDR


Dawn Roth Lindell, General Manager, Burbank Water and Power

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

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

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.

Shelly Moister-Davis, Senior Director, Landis + Gyr

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 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 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 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

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


Confirmed Speakers

  • Lora Anguay, Director- Distribution Systems Operations, SMUD

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

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

  • Ann Delenela, Vice President of Information Security, Entergy

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

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

  • Dawn Roth Lindell, General Manager, Burbank Water and Power

  • Jessica Matlock, CEO, La Plata Electric Association

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

  • Cassandra Olson, Program Manager, POWER Engineers

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

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

  • Erin Stromberg, Marketing Director, MYR Group

  • Mandy Tornabene, Vice President, Chief Environmental Officer, Dominion Energy

  • 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

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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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 November 06, 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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