Women in Energy Conference

Ignite Passion and Purpose at the Sweetest Place on Earth . . .

Our Annual Conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.  The dates – Sept 20-22, 2023.  The mission of Women in Energy is to connect and empower women working in the energy industry.  Our   Programming Committee strives to deliver on that mission.   There are sessions for everyone!

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  More rooms have been added for our group – in order to secure a room at the $199 rate, call Hershey Lodge Reservation office ( 855-729-3108) and let the reservation staff member know you are coming to the Women in Energy Conference.  Our block at the close-by hotel, the TRU – has expired but is offered as a good option.

Not yet a member and want to save on your conference register, click here to join.

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve a Table Top Display! 

There are a limited number of Tabletops Available for you to showcase your company, products and services. The cost is $550 and are located in the area where meals and receptions are held.
(Note: Displays do not need to be staffed but will be visible throughout the event).

To reserve your table or to register for the conference, click on the Purple Button below.

Join Our Current Tabletop Sponsors:

Beckett Concentric Consumer Focus Marketing FW Webb iRelyPowerhouse SpragueUECU

Our 2023 Sponsorships are available.  Click on this link to view the opportunities and to commit.  Thank you for your support!!

Keynote Program: Thriving in Chaos

Thursday, September 21
10:15am – 12:15pm

Corinne Hancock

Keynote speaker Corinne Hancock will present “Thriving in Chaos: Use The Chaos Advantage to lead and succeed when everything changes outside of your control.”  To view more about this program, click here.

Corinne Hancock

2023 Conference Schedule

Please note:  There will be changes to our 2023 Conference Schedule so keep checking back for more details as they are finalized.   

Wednesday, Sept 20


You will find members of our Membership Committee at a table in the front of the Cocoa Ballroom.  Pick-up your badge and program.

All events will take place in the Cocoa Ballroom Area


This will be an informal way for people to connect – a great time for first time attendees to get comfortable with our organization plus while at the same time learn a bit and enjoy food and beverages.  This session will be moderated by Alexandra Coleman,  Head of Centrica Business Solutions North America .  Our lives are sometimes filled with “chaos” – both at home  and/or work.  We’ll plan to have some fun, learn and set the tone for this conference with this opening event.

Together we will explore, “What does the Future of Energy Look Like?”

A little about Alex – Coleman serves as the Head of North America for Centrica Business Solutions. Coleman started her career as an engineer in construction, before moving into the renewable energy sector. From servicing wind turbines in Nebraska to financing over $1 billion in renewable energy projects to running a Demand Response business, Coleman has been driving the energy grid of the future. Her desire to work more closely with energy customers brought her to Centrica Business Solutions.

Thank you to our program sponsor, National Grid.

Thursday, Sept 21

7:30 - 9:00am

Registration can be found in the Cocoa Ballroom hallway.

7:30 - 8:45am

Compliments of our Continental Breakfast Sponsors!

9:00 - 10:00am

Attendees will gain an understanding of the following:

  • Employee Handbook must-have policies, recommended policies and policies to avoid
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant federal, state and local laws
  • Harassment policies, investigation and related documentation
  • Related employment law/policy updates for 2023 and beyond

Presented by Corporate Member, Lisa Koblin, Saul Ewing Law Firm.

Lisa Koblin assists employers with labor and employment disputes, including litigation of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unpaid wage and class action claims in state and federal courts as well as mediation. She provides counseling on employee handbooks and policies, non-compete agreements, anti-discrimination statutes, wage and hour laws, and joint employer liability. Her experience providing human resources training covers topics ranging from conducting effective investigations, to complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state and local employment laws concerning paid sick leave, leaves of absence and employee accommodations.





9:00 - 10:00am

Elaine Levin, President of POWERHOUSE, will discuss how to use price uncertainty to your advantage.  This session will cover:

  • The vocabulary of hedging – what are the tools, and how do they differ?
  •  How do companies use hedging tools to grow their business and protect profit margins
  • Growing your gallons through customer pricing programs


About the Presenter:

Elaine Levin is President of Powerhouse. Powerhouse works with clients to protect profit margins and grow their business. Powerhouse designs and implements hedging strategies. The company focuses on price risk management using energy futures and related financial instruments. Powerhouse also provides education, mark-to-market software, and consulting services.

Elaine has over 30 years of experience in working worth with energy producers, refiners, marketers, and consumers executing hedging strategies. Prior to Powerhouse, Elaine was Vice President, Futures Specialist at Morgan Stanley.

She has taught the principles of price risk management to hundreds of senior energy industry executives. Elaine was the principal instructor for the highly regarded OPIS Fuel Hedging University for over 14 years. She is the instructor of Powerhouse’s Practical Hedging Course.

Elaine is Past President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. NCAC-USAEE is a non-profit organization of over 400 energy professionals in the Washington metropolitan area. Elaine graduated from Marymount University in Virginia summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance.

10:15 - 12:15pm

About the Presentation:

Keynote speaker Corinne Hancock will present “Thriving in Chaos: Use The Chaos Advantage to lead and succeed when everything changes outside of your control.” Corinne translates her expertise from working in chaotic environments into REAL RESULTS through EFFECTIVE and INTERACTIVE keynote presentations and executive coaching, helping organizations and individuals THRIVE IN CHAOS.

See her personal invite.

12:15 - 1:00pm
Lunch - compliments of our Sponsors
1:15 - 1:45pm

About this Presentation

Carding is a form of credit card fraud in which a stolen credit card is used to purchase goods and services.

Other names are used for carding, – card cracking, card testing, card stuffing and card checking.  No matter what you call it, it is a very serious threat to all of us.  The threat comes from the additional fees you will be charged for the carding transactions, higher prices, loss of shipped products and, precious time cleaning up the problem.  After a carding event, if you have not appropriately managed all the transactions, you may also be faced with dispute fees from.

  • How carding works
  • Yes, there are lots of “bad guys” out there
  • Are you vulnerable to a carding attack?
  • How do you know carding bots have infiltrated your processing system?
  • What can you do to protect yourself from carding?

Presenter:  Jon Gilbert, Qualpay

1:45 - 2:15pm

About the Presentation:

We are always told to look at the bigger picture, but sometimes that bigger picture is overwhelming when talking about planning for the future and investing.   You don’t have to have a large amount to start planning for your future or investing.  Start wherever you are now to take advantage of this current “savers market”.

About the Presenter:

Paula Simmons is a National Wellness Institute Certified Financial Wellness Facilitator with over 15 years of Financial Experience. Paula started her career as a Bank Teller and has held numerous positions including Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Indirect Lending Manager and currently National Account Representative at UECU. In her current role, she has been able to share her passion for Financial Wellbeing across the US and her financial knowledge to help UECU Members improve their financial future.

1:15 - 2:15pm

Are you planning how to grow in your career?  Are you waiting to see what the next opportunity in your company will be?  Let’s talk about how to leverage both.

  • What is “Professional Development”?
  • Maximizing interviewing skills
  • Set yourself up for opportunity

About our Presenter:  Victoria McCoy, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources at Taco Comfort Solutions has built a career focused on driving scalable growth for organizations experiencing rapid growth and / or globalization.  Victoria has worked in diverse industries including manufacturing, cyber security, federal contracting, non-profit, and professional services.  Being part of others learning and growing, gaining new understanding of complex issues, and finding new approaches to challenging situations gives her a sense of accomplishment like no other.  She enjoys coaching and building relationships.

Victoria is a native Californian who relocated to Rhode Island in 1998.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, from the University of Southern California, she earned a Master Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School.  She pursued an MBA to be prepared to work with other business leaders outside of her chosen field.  This has served her well as throughout her career she has sought new challenges even beyond Human Resources leadership and Organizational Development.  She has lead an ISO implementation team, created a framework for labor demand modeling, set up Program Offices in Asia, and built automated workflow approval systems to name a few unique projects.

2:30 - 3:15pm

Feel like you have no time for yourself?   At our workshop we hosted in CT, we had a yoga instructor provide us with some techniques we could do at our desks or office that relieved stree and relaxed our bodies.  It was a popular program and looked to Hershey for assistance.

Attendees will learn breathing techniques, simple stretches that can do while sitting at your desk, and more.

Kate Toczek is a Yoga Instructor for The Hershey Hotel.  She is a  Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS)

2:30 - 3:30pm

About this Presentation:

Join Kedren Crosby, Founder of Work Wisdom, to learn more about the science of influence and negotiation and learn how to improve your financial position.  In addition to growing in knowledge about the wage gap and implicit bias, participants will learn how to build trust, pre-suede leaders of your value, and directly negotiate your salary.  This highly interactive session will include scripts, role play, and scenarios to improve comfort and skill with constructive assertiveness.

About Kedren:

Kedren Crosby is the President & Founder of Work Wisdom.  She holds a Master’s degree in Policy Science from The University of Maryland Baltimore County, graduate-level certificates in Nonprofit Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Conflict Resolution at Notre Dame, and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Behavior at Harvard University. Kedren is also a certified practitioner of Emotional Intelligence and formerly served as adjunct graduate school faculty at Elizabethtown College. Kedren has written and presented extensively on burnout, work-life integration, authentic leadership, organizational culture, organizational conflict management, and communication best practices.

Thank you to ADD Systems for sponsoring this session.

3:45 - 4:45pm

About the Discussion:

Many companies within the Heating and Cooling industry are multi-generational owned.  With each generation:

  • New Ideas are presented
  • New Challenges
  • New Opportunities

How might Connections within the Industry help?

  • What type of support do you feel would be beneficial?
  • Is Formal Education enough or does it require more?
  • What are some of the best tools you have found to help you gain the respect of your employees and parent(s)?
3:30 - 4:45pm

About the presentation:

– Learn about the trends in electrification, especially for homes

– Hear about products and services that contractors are using or evaluating

– Understand how energy flows into homes and how it is consumed

– Learn how home design, construction, and use affect energy consumption

– Receive an overview of how the Inflation Reduction Act will roll out and influence this topic


About our Presenter:  Bill Spohn, PE; President and CEO of TruTech Tools

Over the last 35 years, Bill Spohn has been designing and selling test equipment to measure the performance of homes and HVAC systems.

During his career, he has worked with some of the top minds in this field, including those in research, product development, and, most importantly, contractors and technicians who install and maintain measures and equipment in both new and existing construction.

These interactions helped shape the all-electric, solar-powered, net-zero, energy-efficient home he designed and has lived in since 2020.

Bill loves working with people, science, and business and now focuses on helping contractors and consumers recognize how they can responsibly approach energy use in homes.

Bill helps consumers understand how energy flows into and is used in their homes and can describe how it impacts their health, comfort, and wallet.

Additionally, Bill is engaged in efforts to help contractors train up and tool up to these current and future customer needs.



6:00 - 7:00pm

The table tops will be open for you to view the new products and services being offered by our sponsors and others.  We’ll also make it fun and entertaining.  We have a special guest that will keep you on your feet, Mr. Dewayne Hill.  Click here to “meet” Dewaye.

7:00 - 9:00pm

Our Awards Banquet will include entertainment, and recognition of:

  • 2023 Mentorship Award Winners
  • 2023 Rising Star Winners
  • 2023 Woman of the Year
  • 2023 1st Annual Women in Energy Scholarship Award

We will also recognize our President and meet our new President


Friday, Sept 22

7:30 - 8:15am

Compliments of our Sponsors


About the Session:  Often when you need service at your home, you think “I wish that I knew some basic things about . . . ‘ Heather will provide us with some tips and even some hands-on help that will give us the confidence to try something prior to calling for service.  Whether it’s a nuisance plugged drain, a drippy faucet, or a toilet that just keeps running, we will explore first level repair responses.

Corporate Member, Heather Wallek, President of Trombly Plumbing & Heating and her partner will be presenting this helpful program.  You can learn more about this company by clicking here.

This session is sponsored by F.W. Webb!

9:50 - 10:50am

About this Panel Discussion:

You will hear from our presenters the efforts being made to secure the Net Zero Future with regards to the Liquid Fuels Industry.

You will learn about:  Ongoing Projects, Environmental goals, and strategies.  You will learn what manufacturers are doing to make sure the equipment is available for this effort and you will learn about efforts being made to secure the needed fuels to accomplish these goals.

Our Participants Include:

A little about our panelists:

Fred Hunt: 

Fred Hunt is the senior sales and marketing executive with R.W. Beckett leading a team of sales and marketing professionals focused on delivering combustion, spray and flow control technologies. He has global experience spanning commercial, consumer, and industrial product sectors and is a retired USAF officer.  Fred is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds an MBA.

Jason Lawrence:

Jason Lawrence is currently serving as Chevron Renewable Energy Group’s Senior Business Developing Executive managing the East Coast.  Jason has been in the energy industry for the last 20 years serving in multiple leadership roles and is a strong advocate for the heating oil space. Jason holds his BA from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania , an MBA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and a Program Certificate in U.S. Government from Harvard University — Kennedy School. 


Jason sits on multiple boards/committees and is an active

contributor in framing energy industry policy.  These leadership roles include NEFI, ABFA, CFAA, PPA, and EMA to name a few. Jason lives with his wife Sarah and two children, Stella, and Jameson, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Jenny Frank

Dr. Frank is an Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy at the State University of New York at Morrisville (SUNY Morrisville) where she teaches courses pertaining to energy systems, economics, and policy. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) where she studied renewable energy pathways. Dr. Frank’s research focuses on techno-economic analysis to qualify the long-term environmental, financial, and technical viability of diverse energy technologies and feedstocks. Dr. Frank has published several studies in various peer-reviewed journals.



11:00 - 12:15pm

Our popular Leadership Panel is back with a new topic!

Our Participants Include:


Leslie Konsig, Sr. Insurance Advisor, Federated Insurance

Rosemarie Bartchak, Sales Manager, Boyertown Furnace

Cheryl Perkins, Director of Global Supply Chain, RW Beckett Corp.

Esther Angell, VP, Cargas

Successful company leaders all have to start somewhere. Our panelists will share some of their personal stories in a way that provides you with tips and strategies you might consider to take your career to the next level.



Keynote Sponsor

Women In Energy Energy Sponsors

Entertainment Sponsor Awards Banquet

Program Sponsor

ADD Systems
Beckett Corp
F.W. Webb

Tote Bag Sponsor

Saul Ewing LLC

Lunch Sponsors

Tevis Energy
Hedge Solutions
Chevron Renewable Energy Group

Continental Breakfast

Carlin-Hydrolvel Company

Refreshment Breaks


Wednesday Welcoming Dinner Sponsor


Thursday Dinner Wine Service

Energy Kinetics
F.W. Webb