Women in the Energy Industry Take Positive Steps Toward Leadership

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Women in the energy industry are taking positive steps to increase their presence and enhance their value to their utility and contractor employers. The second annual Energetic Women Conference is scheduled at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. June 16-18, 2009.

Women in the energy industry are taking positive steps to increase their presence and enhance their value to their utility and contractor employers.

The Energetic Women leadership organized a highly successful first conference last month in Evanston, Illinois. Energetic Women is an energy industry group dedicated to increasing the pool of promotable women in engineering and operations, and enhancing the contributions of women in the energy industry.

The second annual Energetic Women Conference is scheduled at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. June 16-18, 2009.

Over 200 attended the first conference which was sponsored by 10 major utilities and national contractors plus the American Gas Association (A.G.A.), American Public Gas Association (APGA), Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA), and the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE).

"Our mission is about adding value - recognizing that beyond just wanting support from other female leaders, women must produce results," explains Kris Nichols, Vice President, Engineering for Nicor, the gas company serving over a million customers in the northern third of Illinois and the chair of Energetic Women, "Our companies need to be impressed with our growth as leaders and the value we create. Only then will there be more women available with the skills and results to be promoted into leadership positions."

"We use the http://www.energeticwomen.org website, email and telephone to provide resources all year long," expanded Stephanie Menning, Vice President of Gas Services for MEA, and the staff coordinator for Energetic Women, "the Conferences are our chance to meet face to face to learn from each other and outstanding national presenters. This year's was also a planning session. Based on our discussions, we are now building a mentoring service."

The 2008 agenda featured keynote Speaker: Alice H. Eagly, "Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership"; Executive Image & Protocol, Cathleen Hight, Hight Performance; Emotional Intelligence, SagePresence; WIN (Women's Interest Network), a case study from Xcel Energy plus roundtable discussions on Work/Life Balance, Team Building and Corporate Culture and a panel discussion with today's Women in Energy Leadership. Go to http://www.energeticwomen.org website to download some of the presentations.

The Energetic Women Steering Committee members are:
Kristine J. Nichols (Kris), Vice President, Engineering for Nicor Gas.
Lisha Coffey, Director, Sales and Strategic Accounts, IPL for Alliant Energy.
Kris Emaus, Manager of Training, for NiSource, Inc.
Amy Dlugokecki, CPA, Director of Gas Performance Support for Duke Energy.
Mary Palkovich, Director of Engineering at CenterPoint Energy (CNP) in Minneapolis, MN.

Energetic Women is a new group whose mission is to increase the pool of promotable women in Energy Operations and Engineering. They encourage leadership growth and development, through mentorship and supportive programs. Energetic Women is a service of MEA.

Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) is in its second century of service to the Gas, Electric, and Liquids energy industry. Its problem solving roundtables, learning conferences, on-line learning and web communications services are relied on by over 750 member organizations and customer companies in all 50 states. MEA is headquartered in Minneapolis.

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