Video: AWE Boardmembers Join Industry Panel

Last week’s industry panel was a resounding success. Thanks to AWE Boardmembers Becky Motal and Trisha Elizondo for participating. Watch the full panel in the video below.

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Women in STEM Careers Page Updates

Since we first published our list of resources for women pursuing careers in STEM, we have received several requests from colleges and other organizations to add their articles to our page. This explosion of popularity for this post proves that there is a huge amount of interest in this topic. Visit the page by clicking the button below to see what’s new and check back often for updates.

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Industry Panel Features AWE Boardmembers: Women in the Built World

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Women in the Built World: Pioneering a Path Forward

Join us on April 15 at 10 AM PDT for an engaging conversation between five accomplished women in utilities and the built world. Learn about their journeys, challenges, and visions for a more equitable future. 

This engaging industry panel features AWE boardmembers Becky Motal and Trisha Elizondo, along with Cherri Warren, the Chairwoman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Robin G. Rosen, Senior Program Manager at the Cross Bore & Asset Protection, Southern Company Gas, and Amy Hutchins, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Unearth Technologies

What you’ll learn

Attend this event for an engaging conversation between five accomplished woman in utilities and the built world. You’ll hear energizing stories about their journeys, the challenges they overcame along the way, and visions for a more equitable future.

This session will be a guided conversation, with topics that may include:

●  Why each panelist chose to invest their career in this industry
●  The biggest challenges they faced along their journey
●  Advice for others who want to take a similar direction
●  What lasting impacts do they think COVID will have on this industry
●  Strategies for getting more women, diverse candidates and other high talent individuals into this industry.

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New Clean Energy Workshops Offered by AWE Sponsor Utility Classroom

AWE sponsor Utility Classroom is offering a one-day workshop in cities around the country, called Clean Energy Meets the Electric Utility Industry. By addending this workshop, you’ll learn what clean, green and renewable energy really mean; how the electric grid functions and how grid operators are handling greater penetrations of clean energy; why utility regulation models may not encourage change; how solar changed everything; and the challenges and promises of de-carbonizing transportation. Throughout the day we will simplify the overly complex industry jargon and help you gain better insights into the changes, challenges, and opportunities for you in today’s energy marketplace. Ask questions and have some fun along the way…it’s worth a day of your time.

You can learn more and see a list of upcoming class dates and locations on our event page or by visiting Utility Classroom on the web.

Kristen Senechal Joins AWE Board

AWE’s newest boardmember is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for LCRA, Kristen Senechal. Widely regarded as an expert in strategic planning, Kristen brings a wealth of leadership experience to the AWE board. Prior to joining LCRA, Kristen led the strategic planning process for CenterPoint energy as their Director of Strategic Planning. Before she turned her attention to the energy industry, Kristen spent 10 years conducting cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. She holds a doctorate in molecular biology as well as a Master’s of Business Administration. AWE is fortunate to have an executive of her stature on our board.

PEC Seeking Power Supply Manager

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is seeking to fill an immediate opening for Power Supply Manager. The Power Supply Manager is responsible for managing the Cooperative’s power supply portfolio including the development and assessment of power supply strategy and plans, evaluation and acquisition of power supply contracts, development and structuring of supply options, and administration and oversight of power supply contracts.

Click here to read the full job description.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Joins AWE as a corporate sponsor


The Pedernales Electric Cooperative has joined the family of sponsors of the Association of Women in Energy. PEC is the nation’s largest electric cooperative with over 225,000 member-owners and roughly 1 million people served. PEC has illuminated cities and helped the Hill Country grow and prosper since 1938. We’re proud of our heritage and excited about the possibilities the future will bring. From next-generation energy delivery methods to our Green Works environmental programs to MyUse Energy Analyzer, we’re always working to use technology that benefits our members while helping to protect the community we all share.

AWE boardmember, Emily Pataki, also serves as the President and District 2 Director of PEC’s Board of Directors.  We are very excited to bring PEC into our family and appreciate their commitment to helping women in the energy industry prosper and grow in their careers.

In AWE … of a new, “powerful website”

blog_imageWelcome to our newly designed web site!

Energy and technology are fundamental to success in the 21st century. We have re-crafted the AWE site to provide our members with a sense of the “energy, excitement and power” in our industry today.

Our goals were to provide our members and others with “virtual tools” to develop and enhance their capabilities in their own professions. The site provides members with an ability to virtually network with other women in energy, including a Board of Directors with recognized leadership abilities, and to gain knowledge across a broad spectrum of energy issues.

We also more prominently recognize our corporate sponsors for their support.   These various companies, firms and individuals represent all aspects of the broad energy field, and they appreciate the value of women’s contributions to the energy industry.

Thank you for your interest! Take a look around the new place, and please consider membership in this great organization!