Leadership Conference for Women in Energy 2022

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

December 6-7, 2022 | Tempe, AZ

We Are Back In-Person!

“This event was phenomenal. So many wonderful speakers with diverse backgrounds that had great insight on being a woman in the energy sector.” Engineer, Southern Power

“Interesting insights from diverse individual across the nation.” EFIN Manager, Southern Nuclear

“The program provided a great opportunity to hear about leadership skills and career advice. It also allowed us to connect with other powerful women within the energy industry. Overall, it was great!” Lead Engineer, National Grid

“An Eye Opening Experience … extremely profound & enlightening! A wealth of information from successful, established, and humble speakers.” Senior Planning Analyst, ConEdison

“This was time well spent – I feel like I gained quite a bit of knowledge in just a short amount of time! The speakers were relatable and enjoyable.” HVSD Applications Engineer I, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.

“This was such an amazing conference! The speakers were so inspiring and insightful.” Customer Service Supervisor, Burbank Water and Power

“This conference was informative and inspiring!” CORHR Training & Development Specialist, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.

“I loved the variety of topics covered and that they were current and relevant!” Manager, Substation Construction & Maintenance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

“Great opportunity to learn from the experiences of very impressive career women.” Project Manager, ConEdison

“This event was filled with inspirations and skills to help women navigate the modern day workplace.” Engineer, ConEdison

“I’m walking away from this with more confidence that I can succeed as a leader.” Director, Meetings & Facilities, WECC

“This is a great event for development of your leadership skills and potential. This is an investment worth making in yourself and your staff will thank you.” Supply Services Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

“I am just a few years into my career and starting to think about finding a leadership role. This conference has given me so many nuggets of wisdom that I will use for a lifetime as I grow into a leader.” Regulatory Analyst, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

“This was a very thoughtful representation of what emerging and current leaders need to stay inspired to continue reflecting on “our why” as we seek to add value to our organizations.” Community Engagement Strategist, Portland General Electric

“The EUCI WIE Leadership Conference was such a great conference! The speakers were open and honest with their career experience and offered advice to help future leaders grow and develop.” Program Manager, Liberty Utilities

“Great, interactive conference. Offered a wide range of expertise and advise from all perspective. The conference was extremely informative and inspirational. Enjoyed every minute.” Principal Auditor, ISO New England

“You don’t often find a conference where every topic is applicable to you, but this conference hit the mark! Very beneficial to every woman working in the energy industry today!” Transmission Business Operations Specialist, Western Area Power Administration

“I’m going to leave this conference with confidence knowing that the struggles and experiences I go through daily are being experienced by so many other women in the industry, and they are killing it.” Utility Forester, Duquesne Light

“This conference will provide you with some of the most valuable leadership strategies to apply in your career and in your personal life.” Manager, Con Edison

“You don’t have to be in a leadership role to benefit from this conference. The skills and advice are beneficial for all women in their workplace interactions, and even those just starting out can begin to build and implement their best practices.” System Operator, California ISO

As the energy industry faces the urgent need to transform and innovate, the role of women in the sector must be considered. Gender-diverse teams can maximize power and innovation, but a recent IEA study shows that women make up just under 14% of senior managers across the industry. This immersive leadership development experience is designed to assist the advancement of women with strategies to overcome hurdles in the energy workplace.

Reconnect now in-person with dynamic women leaders to accelerate organizational change and personal growth. Attendees will participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing professional networks. The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and plenty of networking opportunities. Register now for this unique opportunity to collaborate with the top women in energy.

Learning Outcomes   

  • Discuss ways to achieve personal sustainability in leadership
  • Discover how to engage men for gender equality
  • Identify ways women in technical roles to advance to leadership positions
  • Explain best practices for impactful communication
  • Determine how to overcome Imposter Syndrome
  • Discuss strategies build a pipeline for women leaders in your organization
  • to move your career forward post-pandemic
  • Explain the importance of Diversity & Inclusion and strategies for DEI plans
  • Address leadership techniques at different levels of management
  • Describe key energy trends and the impact of transformation
  • Explain how to overcome career challenges and move from middle management into leadership roles



Tuesday, December 6, 2022

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Personal Sustainability in Leadership

The energy industry is fast paced and constantly changing. As women, many of us feel we must work harder, be more prepared, and outperform our male counterparts. How do we avoid burnout, feelings of indignation, and maintain the personal sustainability needed to continue to lead and have a positive impact? We must create cultures where employee well-being is a priority. Leaders must set an example of valuing workplace well-being, work-life balance, and a supportive environment.

Bentina Terry, SVP, Customer Strategy & Solutions, Georgia Power

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Finding and Engaging Male Allies for Gender Equality

Men are a critical resource in efforts to eliminate gender bias. This session will detail effective ways to partner with men to end gender inequality in the workplace.

John Soltau, Director Enterprise Planning & Performance, CPS Energy

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Advancing Leadership for Women in Technical Roles

Women are underrepresented in leadership and technical roles at power system operation organizations. This disparity persists despite a growing body of research demonstrating how women bring diverse skills, experiences, and perspectives that improve overall organizational performance. The Women in Power System Transformation initiative, implemented through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will address barriers to women’s advancement in power system operation organizations.

Sadie Cox, Senior Researcher, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, NREL; Leader of Women in Power System Transformation Initiative (invited)

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Purpose-driven Leadership: Lifting Others Up

In this session, female leaders will share steps to foster support, development, and promotion of women into executive roles. Panelists will discuss best practices for employee retention and strategies for building a pipeline of female leadership candidates from entry-level to the C-suite.

Stacey Crowley, VP, External Affairs, California ISO

Diana Day, SVP, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, SDG&E

Alaina Chabrier, Chief Communications Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

Lisa Primeggia, VP, Manhattan Electric Operations, Con Edison

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


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Group Luncheon

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing


9:00 – 9:10 a.m. :: Welcome Message

Geri Mingura, Chief Human Resources Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

9:10 – 10:15 a.m. :: Understanding and Addressing Diversity & Inclusion

We have become more aware of racial inequities and the need to accelerate diversity and inclusion initiatives. What kinds of challenges do minorities face in the workplace? How does an organization benefit from the inclusion of such leaders in positions of power?

Essen Otu, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Salt River Project (SRP)

Natalie Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid (invited)

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Impactful Communication for Women Leaders

Even though you know that you’re intelligent and capable, if you are unable to communicate your ideas and influence others, your brainpower is going to waste. Many women have a hard time communicating strongly when someone more assertive takes over the conversation. This session will provide tips for successful and strong communication.

Dawn Roth Lindell, CEO / General Manager, Burbank Water & Power

Carrie Hitt, VP, Transmission Strategy, Equinor

Kimberly Harriman, VP State Government Affairs, Avangrid                            

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Energy: A Sector in Transformation

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.

  • The pace of technological change from digitization to smart infrastructure
  • The energy workforce: Who does the work and how the work gets done

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome is a state of insecurity & self-doubt about one’s ability and achievements, leading women to minimizing their voices. It’s a prevalent feeling; this fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. According to Forbes, the Imposter Syndrome affects almost 70% of women in the workplace. This session will deliver tips to cope and how to think differently about your achievements and abilities.

Annette Price, VP of Government Affairs, PacifiCorp

Lisa Primeggia, VP, Manhattan Electric Operations, Con Edison

Melissa Washington, SVP, Government Affairs, ComEd

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Mindfulness Session


2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Leading Through Change

Developing a change mindset is crucial. Leaders must review their strategies that are obsolete and set new models that are relevant to present times. The shift must be viewed with positive effects to identify profitability, productivity, and development prospects.

Lisa Cagnolatti, SVP, Customer Service, Southern California Edison

Ashley Harris, VP, Marketing & Communications, Ozarks Electric Cooperative

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Breaking Through Middle Management: Skills to Get Ahead

Join this session for a candid discussion from a panel of energy leaders as they share their experience and lessons learned along the way, and their recommendations to propel you out of Middle Management and into the C-Suite.

Tracey LeBeau, Chief Executive Officer, Western Area Power Administration

Sheila Pressley, Chief Customer Officer, JEA

5:00 p.m. :: Conclusion


Discovering Untapped Skills in Leadership

Tuesday, December 6, 2022


Leadership effectiveness is grounded in our ability to build relationships in sync with our work, and to do so in a way that generates greater opportunity for us to accomplish mutually beneficial business outcomes.  The nature of how we work and relate is an often-overlooked aspect of leadership programs but arguably the most critical for outcome-oriented leaders. 

This workshop will provide established leaders, as well aspiring leaders or those new to leadership roles, with insights to increase their capacity to lead in today’s changing environments.  It will also provide an in-depth dive into to two largely untapped leadership competencies. 

  • You will be introduced to the distinction of Granting Legitimacy – a critical aspect of building relationships. It involves intentionally granting another the right to be who they are without needing to agree with what they do or say.  Legitimacy is foundational for building trust. Without granting legitimacy, getting work done is still possible, but it results in enormous waste.
  • You will also explore how to distinguish Assessments & Assertions from one another and learn how, when unexamined, our ability to deliver on commitments is affected. Understanding and using effective assessments is a critical skill for leadership performance.

Register now for this workshop and come prepared to explore a new way of thinking, roll up your sleeves to work through questions and self-reflection, and actively participate in a learning conversation.

Learning Outcomes

This pre-conference workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Discover new distinctions and competencies that enable successful leadership
  • Deepen your understanding of relationship-building and how relationships affect results
  • Discuss what is meant by the concept and the requirements to grant another legitimacy
  • Develop an understanding of the differences between assessments and assertions, and the power of effective assessments
  • Explore strategies, practices, and practical approaches for
    • strengthening skills in granting legitimacy
    • opening a space for more productive conversations and relationships
    • making effective assessments for yourself and with others


Who Should Attend

This interactive workshop is intended for the energy industry professional with a desire to improve their leadership capabilities: from young professionals hoping to advance their careers to directors looking at process improvement and team management, to executives hoping to better optimize their social, technical, and operational effectiveness. The scope of this session will introduce new distinctions and practical skills that can be applied immediately.



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

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

Welcome & Introductions

Critical Success Factors for Building Leadership Capacity

Attendees will explore new distinctions and critical competencies to enable successful leadership.

  • New distinctions for key leadership competencies
  • Reinforcing nature of building relationships and delivering results
  • Differences between leading and managing teams

Granting Legitimacy

    • How the distinction of granting another legitimacy is vital to relationships
    • Opening a space for productive relations
    • Strengthening skills in granting legitimacy

Assessments & Assertions

    • The power of making effective assessments when navigating with others
    • Exploring how the opinions we hold can affect our mood and that of others
    • The criticality of effective assessments: assessments underlie our every decision, our ability to give and receive appreciation, and even to extend trust to others and more.


Instructors / Executive Coaches

Stewart Ramsay, Executive Director, Vanry Associates

Stewart Ramsay brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership, consulting and engineering roles in the global utility and manufacturing industries. He is an experienced utility and technology executive valued for his “start-up” and “turn around” capabilities. Stewart has extensive expertise in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and asset and performance management. An expert on industry strategic directions and the nexus of technology, processes, and people/culture, Stewart is often engaged in supporting clients in making significant shifts in perspectives and performance. He has contributed to the development of regulatory strategy at both a national and state/provincial level in several countries. Prior to joining Vanry Associates, Stewart was the CEO of Smart Wire Grid, Inc. where he led the start-up organization in its ability to take its technology from laboratory to pilot project to commercial sales in less than 18 months. As the President of CTC Cable, (the manufacturer of the advanced High Temperature – Low Sag conductor) Stewart provided the leadership necessary to turn around the technical, operational and financial performance of the company. Also, as a former officer at both American Electric Power and Pacific Gas and Electric, Stewart was heavily involved in innovative approaches to modernizing the grid. Stewart has served in several external Board and Advisory positions including being elected to the Member Advisory Committee of Peak Reliability that served the Western Interconnection of North America. Currently residing in Nokomis, Florida, Stewart earned a BSEE in Power Systems, from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and a Professional Engineer License in the State of Florida.

Yvette Smith, Associate, Vanry Associates

Yvette brings over 25 years of experience in leading and supporting transformational initiatives and organizational collaboration, particularly across business areas and within partnership business models. Her forte is building connections among people and community within organizations while exhibiting a deep caring for those she works with. Yvette has been consulting with Vanry since 2012, working with executives and their teams in the areas of customer experience, communications and employee engagement; as well as supporting organizational assessments, delivering leadership development programs and coaching individuals from manager to VP level. In a year-long engagement with an integrated electrical utility, Yvette provided counsel and thought leadership to affect a cross-company shift from a ‘customer service’ to a ‘customer experience’ orientation – this to address a change in strategy by a newly appointed CEO that put customers at the heart of its operations. Follow-on engagements included supporting an organizational review to assess the readiness of its Distribution and CS leadership and an assessment of CX practices uncovering opportunities and strengths, as well as cultural and technical roadblocks. Prior to consulting Yvette held senior manager and director-level roles in all facets of communications and digital strategy within corporate, agency and public sector environments across several industries including energy, telecommunications and health care. Yvette holds a BA Honors Sociology from Western University and a Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of British Columbia. She is also skilled in Foundational Leadership competencies. Yvette is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.


  • Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

  • Lisa Cagnolatti, SVP, Customer Service, Southern California Edison

  • Alaina Chabrier, Chief Communications Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

  • Sadie Cox, Senior Researcher, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, NREL; Leader of Women in Power System Transformation Initiative

  • Stacey Crowley, VP, External Affairs, California ISO

  • Diana Day, SVP, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer, SDG&E

  • Natalie Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer, National Grid

  • Kimberly Harriman, VP State Government Affairs, Avangrid

  • Ashley Harris, VP, Marketing & Communications, Ozarks Electric Cooperative

  • Carrie Hitt, VP, Transmission Strategy, Equinor

  • Tracey LeBeau, Chief Executive Officer, Western Area Power Administration

  • Geri Mingura, Chief Human Resources Executive, Salt River Project (SRP)

  • Essen Otu, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Salt River Project (SRP)

  • Sheila Pressley, Chief Customer Officer, JEA

  • Annette Price, VP of Government Affairs, PacifiCorp

  • Lisa Primeggia, VP, Manhattan Electric Operations, Con Edison

  • Dawn Roth Lindell, CEO / General Manager, Burbank Water & Power

  • John Soltau, Director Enterprise Planning & Performance, CPS Energy

  • Bentina Terry, SVP, Customer Strategy & Solutions, Georgia Power

  • Melissa Washington, SVP, Government Affairs, ComEd


SRP PERA Conference center

1 E Continental Drive

Tempe, AZ 85281

Hotel Room Block

Element Scottsdale at SkySong
1345 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 361-0000
1.4 miles from conference location

A room block has been reserved at the Element Scottsdale SkySong for the nights of December 5-7, 2022. Room rates are $159.00 standard/$179.00 studio rooms plus applicable tax. Click here to access the special room rate or call (480) 361-0000 and mention EUCI’s Leadership Conference for Women in Energy. There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate. Please make your reservations early.

Other Nearby Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe
1415 North Scottsdale Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
2.2 miles from conference location

Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Old Town
3311 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 429-7785
3 miles from PERA Club

W Scottsdale
7277 E Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 970-2100
3.4 miles from conference location

The Westin Tempe
11 E 7th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-8885
3.8 miles from conference location


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


Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

December 6-7, 2022 | Tempe, AZ
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each

Buy 4 seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth attendee is free!


Discovering Untapped Skills in Leadership

December 6
Individual attendee(s) - $ 595.00 each

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 04, 2022 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




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

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.

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

Conference CPE Credits: 11.5
Workshop CPE Credits: 4.5
There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: 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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org


Who Should Attend

Women and men within the energy industry in search of a solution-oriented discussion on how to implement change in the industry, and female professionals within the energy industry trying to develop the necessary skills and confidence to find success in a male-dominated field.

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