CEO Panel, Individual Coaching, and Group Discussions Define the 4th Annual Energetic Women Conference

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Energetic Women, a service of MEA, announces the 4th Annual Energetic Women Conference, June 14-16 in Minneapolis, MN.

Every year we wonder how we will top last year’s event and we do. I know we’ve done it again by starting out strong with Julie Gilbert, founder and CEO of WOLF Means Business.

Energetic Women, a service of MEA, announces the 4th Annual Energetic Women Conference, June 14-16 in Minneapolis, MN. “Every year we wonder how we will top last year’s event and we do. I know we’ve done it again by starting out strong with Julie Gilbert, founder and CEO of WOLF Means Business,” explains Cindy Norlin, chair of Energetic Women and director of distribution technology and renewable energy construction for DTE Energy. “She and the CEO’s on our Women Leaders Panel live the Energetic Women “Do It” values.”

Annette Gardiner, president, New Mexico Gas Company, Anne Pramaggiore, president & COO, Commonwealth Edison, and Judy Poferl, president & CEO, Xcel Energy, will tell their success stories and provide advice for women looking to earn positions of increasing authority, responsibility, and leadership during the interactive panel discussion. Back by popular demand is the survival tactics panel where women in the industry share the lessons learned from their most challenging assignments and how they rose to those challenges.

Michael Yount, senior vice president utility operations, Piedmont Natural Gas Co. will present “Skill Sets Needed for Opportunities in Energy”. The energy industry is no stranger to change and the next several years are going to see incredible change. Whether its leadership power or position power, learn how to best prepare for the changing times ahead, and the multitude of opportunities for you to contribute and add value to your organization.

Yount explains, “When a few of the women at Piedmont came to me to 'ask for permission' to participate in Energetic Women, sadly I saw it as a metaphor for the accepted conventions in many corporate cultures and perhaps life in general these days. I am thrilled that these women WANT to become more engaged in leading our company and the sheer numbers of those who want to participate is a sign of a movement or a market in waiting. Piedmont is excited to follow their lead and is enthusiastically taking advantage of the opportunities that Energetic Women offers."

Norlin says, “The energy during our small group discussions is electric. We’ve added more time and more selections this year.” Topics include networking, overcoming obstacles, engineering and operations best practices, work/life balance and defining leadership. Also, in response to member feedback, Energetic Women is offering individual coaching sessions over the course of the conference. This presents an opportunity for emerging and experienced leaders alike to tap into subject-matter-experts for professional development through personal coaching.

Prior to the event participants may select to attend one of three tours. Tour the Xcel Energy Riverside Plant, originally built in 1911 and converted in 2006 from a coal plant to a combined cycle plant which significantly reduced emissions. Select the CenterPoint Energy Propane Air tour at the River Facility which includes an overview of the 35W bridge collapse. Or participants may join the Itron, Waseca factory tour and see the manufacturing of gas ERTS and electric modules, including a demo of remote disconnect gas meters and electric meters.

This industry-wide effort is supported by many organizations including national and regional associations, utilities, contractors and vendors from the utility industry. Association support includes:
American Gas Association (AGA)
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
MEA
Northeast Gas Association (NGA)
Southern Gas Association (SGA)

To register or learn more go to http://www.energeticwomen.org or contact Stephanie Menning at (651) 289-9600 x114.

Energetic Women’s 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.

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

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