CARMEL, Ind. — Leading Indiana energy professionals will gather Thursday to explore the role and strategic value of women in an evolving industry. The second annual Women IN Energy conference, “Resilience: Harnessing your inner power,” will help women identify, develop and employ the strategic qualities in growing demand as the energy industry undergoes rapid change.
“We know that women bring untapped potential to the energy sector – they possess inherent qualities that are more important today than at any time in our history,” explained Kelly Snyder, Women IN Energy co-founder and senior origination manager at EDP Renewables.
In a recent report, the U.S. Agency for International Development cited one study that showed customer satisfaction increased when one power company moved to create a more equal balance of male and female customer service employees. Data from Ernst & Young indicates placing more women on company boards yields higher returns.
“Female leaders can thrive – and help their organizations succeed like never before - by learning, developing and applying transferable, strategic and critical thinking skills to the challenges we face,” Snyder added.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about 20 percent of the electric power workforce is female. As the industry strives to meet new business challenges through innovative and customer-centric approaches, leaders are embracing increased diversity and inclusion among all ranks of employees, including at the executive level.
The day-long conference will be at Carmel’s 502 East Event Centre, 502 East Carmel Drive. The conference will feature Carolene Mays-Medley, executive director at the White River State Park Development Commission, as keynote speaker. In-depth sessions will elaborate on leadership and strategic visioning, work/life management, personal and professional branding and communications.
The first Women IN Energy conference was held in 2017 – a result of a collaboration among MISO, Duke Energy Corp., Indianapolis Power & Light Company, EDP Renewables, energy management firm ACES, and Parr Richey, a utility-focused legal firm.
Learn more about the conference and sponsoring organizations at www.womeninenergyconference.org.