“Women IN Energy” seeks to embrace and empower professional women in the energy industry
CARMEL, Ind. – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Current Population Survey, only 20 percent of the electric power workforce is female. To help change that statistic, six energy-sector companies in Indiana – ACES, EDP Renewables, Duke-Energy, Indiana Power & Light Company (IPL), MISO, and Parr Richey – established Indiana’s first collaborative “Women IN Energy” conference. The conference theme is “Embracing Diversity in Energy”, and is designed to identify and address issues that impact women in technology fields and most importantly provide opportunities to work together to find solutions.
Tameka McNair, senior technology and risk analyst at MISO and co-founder of the “Women IN Energy” conference, was a driving force in the establishment of the Women’s Resource Group within MISO. After multiple female industry leaders came to speak to the group, they found that there was a strong desire to expand this type of mentorship from women-to-women to an even wider audience.
“Despite the male-dominated nature of the industry, we have found ourselves in a very fortunate position working for an organization like MISO that is committed to promoting diversity of thoughts and approaches. This mindset led us to think bigger and establish the Women IN Energy conference,” said McNair.
Kelly Snyder, co-founder of “Women IN Energy” and senior origination manager at EDP Renewables, believes that women bring untapped potential to the energy field and more can join the industry by learning to apply transferable strategic and critical thinking skills. “We believe it’s incredibly important to regularly mentor women in the industry and promote the importance of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). When Tameka and I reached out to female executives throughout the state of Indiana, we were honored that they supported and wanted to participate in our efforts,” said Snyder.
The day-long conference is Tuesday, Oct. 10, and will provide a platform for attendees to learn and engage in thoughtful, relevant discussions related to the energy industry. The schedule includes a keynote address from Honorable LaDoris Harris, co-founder and chairman of Jabo Industries; an executive panel and a two-part technology panel led by executives from across the energy sector; and several unique and engaging breakout sessions.
For more about the “Women IN Energy” conference, please visit www.womeninenergyconference.org.