Women in Energy Conference

Join us – Mystic CT, Sept 10-12, 2024

One of the most looked forward to events that we host is our Annual Conference.  Annually we move this conference around so more members and non-members can experience the opportunities our conference affords – Learning, Networking and having fun together.  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.   Our goal is to offer something for everyone – from the CSR to the Owner.

Mystic includes a historic downtown that offers something for all including a charming waterfront district, nestled amongst colonial era sea captain’s homes, church steeples and historic landmarks like the Mystic Drawbridge.  The Mystic Hilton is located directly across from another local attraction,  Olde Mystic Village – the site of our Wednesday Reception.

Convenient travel to Mystic – – – you can comfortably travel to Mystic by train and then get an Uber to take you to the hotel or by air – Providence and Bradly are good options.

Have something new that you want our Attendees to learn more about – can be a service or a product.  We have a limited number of tabletops available.  Check the link to view the Tabletop Display Area.  They DO NOT need to be staffed at all times but they will be on display throughout our conference.  They will be located in our main ballroom.


Conference Registration

Hilton Hotel Registration

Keynote Program: Power of Personal Branding

Wednesday, September 11

Alyssa Pannozzi

Alyssa Pannozzi is the Talent Director and a Trainer at a national indoor cycling studio and a full-time content creator. She will share her journey and explain how to lay the foundation to building your personal brand. She will touch upon how it is never too late to rebrand yourself and the importance of doing what you love. To view more about this program, click here.

Alyssa Pannozzi

2024 Conference Schedule

(Subject to Change)


Tuesday, September 10th

Registration Desk Opens

Join us for an evening of reconnecting and meeting new attendees.  Food and Beverages and some fun events are being planned.

Wednesday, September 11th

Registration Continues
7:30 - 8:45am

Compliments of our Continental Breakfast Sponsors!

9:00 - 10:00am

Description coming soon


About the Presenter, Dr. Jenny Frank

She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY.  She received her PhD from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  She also does work for NORA as a Research Associate to further advance its work in the field of carbon reduction from home heating.

9:00 - 10:00am

No matter what type of an energy business you operate or work for,  the most important asset to your business are your existing employees.  Turnover costs your company money.

Our panelists will discuss:

  • Importance of Communicating in one voice.
  • Creative Incentive Programs
  • Value of Employee Focus Groups
  • Team Building
  • Onboarding
  • Ongoing Training

About the Presentation:

Alyssa will focus on laying the foundation to building your personal brand & its importance. She will share her story and journey on how she built her personal brand. She will touch upon how it is never too late to rebrand yourself and the importance of doing what you love. “Find your passion and let it pay you.” She will also touch upon the digital world and the importance of understanding your target audience.

About Alyssa  Pannozzi

Alyssa is the Talent Director and a Trainer at a national indoor cycling studio, as well as a full-time content creator. She specializes in creating motivational, authentic content that helps people work towards becoming their best selves. Whether she’s showcasing her strengths as a fitness instructor, highlighting her growth as a runner, or recommending her favorite snacks, Alyssa leverages her platform to positively impact as many lives as possible through motivation, vulnerability and inspiration.

Noon - 1:00
Lunch - compliments of our Sponsors - Schooner Ballroom
1:15 - 2:15pm

About the Program

Are we living our lives by design or by default?  We are constantly being thrown curve balls, try to achieve new goals, build stronger relationships or create a thriving business.  Whatever current situation we find ourselves in, there will always be opportunities to grow and live intentionally. By dividing our attention to the 4 E’s process, we will be able to better manage and focus our energy, envision goals that will uplevel our lives, create an environment that fosters growth, and discover tools that will elevate the quality of our lives each day.

A little about Erica:

Erica Leonor is a national speaker, trainer, and success coach in the Home Services Industry. She enjoys traveling the country to train business owners and their teams on financing, customer service, sales, leadership, and communication. She is currently a Director of Business Development at Goodleap, providing high level financing solutions to contractors and their customers. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women in HVACR, an organization that provides networking, mentoring, and education to women in this industry. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of NATE, working to advance the technical skills and certification for HVACR technicians. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and enjoys traveling the world. Alongside her professional career, Erica has a strong belief in God and recognizes His hand in her life. She is a proud wife and mother, a cancer survivor, an outdoor enthusiast, and loves The Lord of the Rings.

2:30 - 3:30pm

Presentation Overview:

Lower carbon fuels have been experiencing growth in many markets across the U.S. including railroad, over the road trucking, marine, and heating oil.  State & federal incentives, lifecycle GHG reducing targets for companies, and increased support from OEMs have all helped to support demand for biofuels. Join Chevron Renewable Energy Group’s Kelsey Erickson as she informs us on today’s biofuels: biodiesel and renewable diesel, discusses current status of the biofuel industry, and what to look for in the future.

Topics covered:

·       Introduction to biofuels (biodiesel 101, renewable diesel 101)

·       General market & state incentive overview

·       Challenges and opportunities with biofuels


About our Presenter:

Kelsey Erickson is the Team Lead, Commercial Quality for Chevron Renewal Energy Group (REG).  Kelsey focuses on technical issues throughout REG’s biofuel production and distribution network.  She works in REG’s Technical Services team which focuses on improving production quality and efficiency at REG’s production facilities and provides technical support.

2:30 - 3:30pm

Women make up only 22% of the workforce in the energy sector and 32% in the renewable energy sector. The United States needs more  skilled workers and more women are considering the trades as a career choice.

Our Panel will discuss:

  • Their individual Journey
  • What they look for in their search for new hires
  • Once hired, what is needed to further advance in their energy career?
  • What support does Women in Energy offer employees of our members?
  • What does the future look like for those entering the workforce.




About the Session

Whether you are in a manager or individual contributor role, feedback is, or should be, part of your world.  How we grow, build skills, increase knowledge is often through guidance and advice from others.  This may be with peers, managers, stakeholders, or even friends and family.  In this session, we will explore how to:

Confront issues without being confrontational when giving feedback
Ask for feedback
Get the most out of the feedback you are given
This can be a wonderful opportunity personally and professionally.

About our Presenter

Victoria McCoy, EVP Global Human Resources for Taco Comfort Systems




About this Panel Discussion:

As more “green” companies join our group, I had a chance to interview the CEO of one of them and asked, “why are you supportive of Women in Energy?”  Her response is the reason for this session.  So many of our valuable partners have been  supporting the Oil and Gas Industry for many years – some well over a hundred years.  They can be relied upon to keep  our residential and commercial customers save and comfortable.  And they are resilient.

How did they do it?  What have they done throughout their long histories to get them to the point where they can sustain their businesses and actually grow.   You will learn of their histories, more about their people, new products and services that have brought them to where they are today.

Our Panel Includes:

Jamie Densmore, Densmore Oil Co.

Sprague Energy





6:00 - 7:30pm

Please join us for a Reception at the Mystic Aquarium – directly across from the hotel.  Enjoy connecting and networking after a full day of sessions.   We’ll have beverages and light food, leaving plenty of time to go off on your own for dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants in Mystic.

Thank you to our sponsors!



Thursday, September 12th


During the session:

We will take a break and talk about functional fitness and breath. Everyone should take a few moments to move to help reset your balance.
We will also discuss how full is your bucket.

About Deena:

She has an NASM certification (a personal trainer certification).  She also has her  nutrition certification for working with athletes.


Our popular Panel Discussion is back with a new theme:  “Unleash Your Grit – Conquering Burnout & Fueling Inspiration”

A little about our Panelists:

Jessica Netter:  is the President and Partner at Electrical Builders, Inc., a leader in the specialty construction and maintenance services industry for power generation across North America.  Guided by the company motto, “Whatever It Takes,” Jessica is dedicated to continuous improvement and raising industry standards.  Known for her strategic thinking, collaboration, and drive, she leads her team with unwavering dedication.  Jessica holds a BA degree in Business and Entrepreneurship, equipping her with the expertise to steer the company towards sustained success and excellence in service while consistently achieving high client satisfaction.

Esther Angell:  one of our original panelists is a Vice President at Cargas Systems. She’s originally from Oklahoma but crossed the Red River spending over 10 years in the oil and gas industry in Houston. During that time, she worked in for both service and manufacturing companies in a variety of leadership roles. While in Houston Esther served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network and supported various mentoring and volunteer programs.  She currently leads a team in the technology space, leveraging her background in marketing, sales, product management, and business development. This broad experience enables Esther to find connections and commonalities across business and industry. It’s also one of the reasons she’s an active, member, mentor and speaker at Women in Energy events,

Cheryl Perkins:  Director Global Supply Chain for R.W. Beckett

Leslie Konsig:  Leslie too has been on our annual panel since we launched this session.  She is a senior marketing representative at Federated Mutual Insurance Co. She’s originally from New Jersey but after being hired from Federated in 2004 at Sacred Heart University, the two sport D-1 athlete served for her company in Connecticut, New York, California and then came full circle back to her home state of NJ right after Hurricane Sandy touched down.

During that time, she worked within various niche industries and markets to help direct business owners in making the best risk management and insurance decisions to not only protect their bottom line but people. She broke a company record for writing the most new insurance premium in 2020 since the company’s inception in 1904 and is a top 1% performer consistently. She currently holds the companies 2nd largest book of business in the nation and her largest sector of premium she serves is within the petroleum/energy industry.

For her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga and is an active supporter of the NJ Make-A-Wish-Foundation as well as a mentor with the SEEMA program at Monmouth University.




10:30 - 12:30pm

We will conclude our event with a Brunch and our Annual Awards will be presented .  Who will be Woman of the Year and our 2024 Rising Award Winners.  Be there to find out who our 2024 winners are!

Special guest speaker is Kate McDonald

Kate McDonald is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Connecticut. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Connecticut College and a Master’s Degree in Women’s & Gender Studies from SCSU. Kate lives with her husband, Pat, her 12-year-old daughter Grace, and her two dogs – Dobby and Luna – in Waterford.

At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


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Lunch Sponsors

 Sprague Operating Resources, LLC
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Breakfast and Brunch Sponsor

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