Women in Energy Conference

Let’s Get Together . . . .

 

And we sure did!  It was great getting together at our annual Conference held held May 22-23, 2022, at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. This year’s event featured an empowering two-day program filled with education, networking, and even some tabletop exhibitor displays.

Our annual dinner was well attended and the recipients of our Awards were outstanding.  You can read more about the awards by visiting our our Blog.

We appreciate all that sponsored our event and those that attended it.  We also want to thank all of our Speakers – all were outstanding!  Stay tuned for the date and location of our 2023 Conference!

Yes, we achieved our Mission, of Connecting and Empowering Women working in the Energy Industry. We did it by providing career resources, creating networking and mentoring opportunities, promoting educational courses, and developed strategies to minimize obstacles women may face in the industry. Here are a few more photos of our sessions, attendees, Keynote Speaker, Ana Kraft and, our President, Erin Haskell having fun with member, Pippy Ostrow, Energy Kinetics!

Please note:  We are keeping this schedule available so that people can see the types of programming we offered in 2022. 

Sunday, May 22

3:00-4:15pm

Our panel includes four accomplished professional women in leadership roles throughout various sectors of the energy industry. They will share valuable career advice and discuss how they’ve successfully led their teams during these unprecedented times.

Our Panel includes:

Esther Angell, V.P., Cargas Systems

Tina Bennett, President/CEO CMC Energy

Leslie Konsig, Sr. Marketing Representative, Federated Insurance

Cheryl Merchant , CEO Taco Comfort Solutions

 

4:30-5:15pm

About the Presentation:

Communication is the transmission or exchange of information, knowledge, or ideas, by means of speech, writing, mechanical or electric media.  You will learn and explore the:

  • Styles of Communication
  • Terms
  • Tips to Improve your Communication

About the Presenter:

Christine Griffin has been a real estate paralegal since 1996.  Joining Energy North in 2020, as Support General Counsel in a fast growing company in acquisitions of gasoline and convenience stores, from drafting Non-Disclosure Agreements to due diligence to closing, including project management of data rooms to ensure review of critical documents by the team; maintain data in connection with acquisitions, including compiling and organizing closing documents and working with outside counsel to deliver necessary documentation.

Christine is a Paralegal, CPC, CRC and a Candidate Juris Doctor 2022.  She is also a Certified Performance Coach, Certification Relationship Coach and Author of Divorced:  So What, Now What?

5:30-6:30pm

Connect with friends, meet new connections and visit the tabletop displays.  This is something new we are offering.  If you know someone who offers professional services, wants to promote their company and services or more personal – sales of custom jewelry, wine, for example – encourage them to buy a space.

The tabletops will remain in the room for at least the duration of the evening.

6:45-9:00pm -

About the Presenter:

Ana Kraft is the Founder and CEO of Xena Workwear – a company that creates fashionable safety shoes and functional apparel for women in STEM and the Trades. This new category of workwear helps professional women be safe and feel confident in any work environment. Transitioning between the office, to the construction site or manufacturing floor has never been so easy. Ana holds a degree in International Project Engineering from Reutlingen University in Germany and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The causes that drive her include sustainable development, education and maximizing opportunities for women.

Monday, May 23

7:30-8:30am
Continental Breakfast -Classroom Area
8:45-10:45am

About the Presentation:

 

SLII® is the world’s most taught leadership model—because it works! This Situational Approach to Leadership helps both leaders and individual contributors by creating a common language and approach to development. In our two hours together, participants will be introduced to the SLII® model, explore the leadership styles and development levels to facilitate interaction between managers and their team.  Whether you are a “leader” or a member of the team, this session will help you understand what talents and behaviors you bring to the dynamics of your team.

SLII® is an easy-to-understand, practical framework that enables participants to diagnose the development level of an individual (or self) for a task: D1 – Enthusiastic Beginner; D2 – Disillusioned Learner; D3 – Capable, but Cautious, Contributor; and D4 – Self-Reliant Achiever. Managers then use the appropriate directive and supporter behaviors to help them succeed: S1 – Directing; S2 – Coaching; S3 – Supporting; and S4 – Delegating.

About the Presenter

Owner and Chief Experience Officer of Angela Evans Training. My number one goal is to help people, and businesses have better days.

Since my first “real job” (over 30 years ago), I’ve been training amazing people to discover and learn new skills that help them building stronger relationships, be more efficient and/or just have a great attitude and have fun in what they do!

I bring my 30 years of experience working with people and businesses in a number of different industries to your business! I will spend time getting to know you and your business, what you want to achieve and designing a custom approach to help you succeed.

Angela brings her passion for coaching, encouraging, and inspiring others to every class she leads. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah then moving to New York City to teach and later lead technical and developmental training, Angela creates a collaborate environment which helps learners learn. She has a BFA in Secondary Education and an MFA in Musical Theatre Performance. She uses her performance and engagement skills to deliver management, customer service and communications training in person and via webinars.

11-12:15pm

About the Presentation:

Purpose – To introduce staff and management to steps in building an inclusive workplace environment and the many benefits it brings. 

As a result of the training, participants will learn how to: 

  1. Lead their company or department in creating a diverse company culture.
  2. Begin using more inclusive hiring and retention practices.
  3. Rewrite job descriptions and job postings.
  4. Onboard new employees for success.
  5. Reduce unconscious bias and blind spots.
  6. Set measurable diversity goals and metrics.
  7. Manage difficult workplace conversations.
  8. Deal with colleague or coworker differences and microaggressions.
  9. Build a more supportive team and collaborative environment.
  10. Act and lead first with respect.

About the Presenter:

Barbara Walters, President of The HR Advantage, brings 30 years corporate human resources experience to help companies become more profitable through:

  • creating a culture of respect and inclusion
  • improving the quality and performance of their people.

She has been a Senior Recruiter for one of the largest international search franchises as well as a Vice-President of Human Resources. In an earlier role, she worked as a Director of Training and Organizational Development in both a union and non-union environment, serving as the head of the harassment investigation committee for thirteen years.

Barbara received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Human Relations/Industrial Counseling from New York Institute of Technology, and, a Bachelor’s in Training and Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York.

She is also the author of “Your Employees Did WHAT?  7 Strategies for driving workplace performance.”

11-12:15pm

About the Discussion:

Each of our panelists will have a 10-15 minute presentation about marketing in general .  Attendees will gain a more holistic approach to marketing vs. one specific piece of marketing.  You will hear about examples of different campaigns/tactics they can utilize, they will share some success stories – including a specific success story about a successful campaign.

After their presentations, we will launch into a Q&A period.

Our panel will include:

Jennifer LeClerc, Consumer Focus

Gary Corbett, Warm Thoughts Communication

John Bruno, PriMedia

 

12:30-1:15pm
Lunch - compliments of our Sponsors - Classroom Area
1:30-2:30pm

About the Presentation:

Every time the word “sales” is brought up, someone in the room cringes. Most people hate selling because they hate being sold to. So, with all the negative connotation wrapped around this word, let’s take a different approach on how to grow our businesses. Instead of selling something, let’s focus on providing a memorable, world-class customer experience. It’s the same thing but doesn’t sound as scary. Your customer experience will grow your business more than anything. Or it will break it.

In this session, come prepared to learn where the ball is most often dropped in the customer experience and what you can do to take your brand—and your business to the next level. You will learn specific and actionable tools to implement in your follow up sales process that will enhance your customer experience so that you can stand out, maximize your ROI, and feel comfortable presenting your products and services to your customer. The fortune is in the follow up, and you don’t want to be missing out.

About the Presenter:

Erica Leonor is a passionate leader in the Home Services Industry. She is a national speaker, trainer, and sales coach for the trades who helps business owners, and their companies thrive through her classes and workshops. She loves to help motivate and inspire teams to up-level their lives, relationships, and businesses through teamwork, sales, and the customer experience. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women in HVACR and enjoys creating opportunities for women to receive mentoring, networking, and relevant educational experiences. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and enjoys traveling the world. She is married, has a new baby daughter, speaks Spanish, and loves The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.

1:30-2:30pm

About the Presentation:

Recognizing that each state has unique labor laws, our presenter will provide the audience with a general overview of some of the changes happening.

About the Presenter

Amy is a trusted advisor and fierce advocate for her clients. She brings equal measures of experience and creativity as she counsels employers on a broad range of issues to assist them in complying with the various laws and regulations impacting the employer-employee relationship. Amy has experience working with and leading individuals from all levels of an organization including C-Level executives, senior managers, human resource professionals, line managers and third party service providers to achieve the desired results. She represents non-union and union employers and management in all aspects of employment and labor law, including developing and administering workplace policies, providing advice regarding discrimination and harassment, ensuring compliance with wage and hour laws, managing leaves of absence and requests for accommodation, implementing discipline and termination decisions, and conducting workplace investigations. She also counsels clients regarding employment contract disputes, including confidentiality, non-compete, and non-disclosure issues. Her practice includes representing management in collective bargaining and defending grievances and arbitrations. Additionally, Amy works closely with the Firm’s federal contractor clients to develop affirmative action programs and provides counsel on compliance with Executive Orders and OFCCP regulations.

In addition to providing day-to-day counsel, Amy represents clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as administrative proceedings and audits before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. and N.Y.S. Departments of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • Member, Erie County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Vice President, University at Buffalo School of Law, Alumni Association, 2014-Present
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Recipient, Champions for Justice Immigration Award, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), 2021
  • Legal Elite of Western New York, Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal, 2018
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2013-2021
  • Recipient, “40 Under Forty” Award, Buffalo Business First, 2011

Practice Areas:

2:45-4:00pm

About the Presentation:  

Purpose – To educate staff and management in the laws enforced by the EEOC as well as how to prevent, respond and correct harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

As a result of the training, participants will learn how to:

  1. Understand Title VII of the Civil Rights Act including local state laws that impact it.
  2. Define discrimination and harassment.
  3. Discuss and explain gender identity and gender expression.
  4. Cite costs involved with violations of discrimination laws.
  5. Describe policy on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  6. Explain the responsibilities management has in complying with federal, state and local discrimination/harassment laws.
  7. Respond properly to complaints in the workplace.
  8. Report discrimination and harassment.
  9. Assist with investigations.
  10. Avoid disrespectful conduct in the workplace.
  11. Role model and coach appropriate inclusive behavior.

About the Presenter:

Barbara Walters, President of The HR Advantage, brings 30 years corporate human resources experience to help companies become more profitable through:

  • creating a culture of respect and inclusion
  • improving the quality and performance of their people.

She has been a Senior Recruiter for one of the largest international search franchises as well as a Vice-President of Human Resources. In an earlier role, she worked as a Director of Training and Organizational Development in both a union and non-union environment, serving as the head of the harassment investigation committee for thirteen years.

Barbara received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Human Relations/Industrial Counseling from New York Institute of Technology, and, a Bachelor’s in Training and Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York.

She is also the author of “Your Employees Did WHAT?  7 Strategies for driving workplace performance

2:45-4:00pm

Our Roundtable Discussions will include a variety of topics that we are all facing today – below are some of the topics.

  • Customer Service & Sales Tips
  • Mentorship/working within your Community to Build Awareness for the Trades
  • Challenges Facing Our Industry
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Building a Women’s Network, Women Helping Women
  • How to get more involved in Women in Energy
  • Career Advancement & Negotiation – Knowing Your Worth/Advocating for Yourself at Work

Conference Sponsor

Women In Energy Energy Sponsors

Keynote Dinner Sponsor

Women In Energy Energy Sponsors

Networking Reception

Women In Energy Energy Sponsors
Women In Energy Energy Sponsors

Lunch Sponsors

F.W. Webb
Qualpay
Warm Thoughts Communications

Continental Breakfast

Carlin/Hydrolevel
Energy North Group

Refreshment Breaks

Renewable Energy Group

Sunday Dinner Wine Service

Advanced Fuel Solutions
Cetane
Demers
Laars Heating Systems Co
Powdernhorn Agency