Chapter News

Call for 2022-23 BOD Nominations

Nominations are now open for the five (5) positions that will be vacant on the 2022 WEN Boston Board of Directors.

These positions are:
• Co-Director Marketing Communications
• Membership Director
• Sponsorship Director
• Treasurer Director
• Co-Director Diversity

Directors serve two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2023. To be eligible for a Board position, you must be a member in good standing. The Nominations Committee will use reasonable judgment to meet diversity and service criteria for Boston Directors; however, if a suitable candidate meeting the criteria cannot be found, WEN has the discretion to slate a member who does not meet the criteria. A detailed description of each position can be found here

Please consider whether you would like to nominate someone or nominate yourself for any of the Board positions. Please send your completed nomination form to [email protected].

Nominations will close on November 8, 2021. 

Announcing the 2022 Board of Directors

Boston, MA, October 17, 2021 – The Boston Chapter of Women’s Energy Network (WEN Boston), an association of women professionals in the energy industry, is pleased to announce the addition of 4 new board members and one new board seat, Diversity Director, to its 2021 Board of Directors, effective October 1:  

Marketing & Communications Co-Director – Julie Tolek, Trademark Attorney, Caldwell Intellectual Property Law
Secretary – Melissa Green, Senior Director, LMI, Head of Financial Reporting at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Events Co-Director – Georgia Beyersdorfer,  Client Account Manager, Power at Black & Veatch
Diversity Director – Danielle Jensen, Integration Manager at Mayflower Wind

 

WEN Boston President Elect Named C3E Finalist

WEN Boston is thrilled to announce that the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Ambassadors has named President-Elect Linette Casey a finalist for its annual Business Excellence Award to recognize mid-career women’s leadership and achievement in clean energy.  
 
The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Texas A&M Energy Institute working together to close the gender gap and increase participation, leadership, and success of women in clean energy fields.
 
Ms. Casey’s finalist status is confirmation of her leadership both at WEN Boston and her career at Siemens Energy where she has worked for 20 years.  Her work focuses on helping customers across the energy sector decarbonize their operations thru various renewable modalities, including storage, wind, solar, and hydrogen.  She oversees a nationwide team that is introducing new technologies to help decarbonize multiple complex energy systems.  Linette also has a keen focus on various ESG topics such as Sustainability and Diversity and how these topics impact the renewable landscape, specifically in the U.S.  She is pursuing a graduate course at Harvard University focused on Corporate Sustainability & Innovation.  
 
As a member of the board of directors of WEN Boston, she brings her lifelong passion for providing opportunities for women in energy to network and gain valuable career-advancing skills.  Most recently, she is co-chairing a committee mentoring college-aged women pursuing careers in energy in the Boston area.
 
Please join us in congratulating Linette on this prestigious acknowledgment of her work in the energy industry.

October Member Spotlight: Melissa Green

Melissa Green, Senior Director - Head of Financial Reporting for Liberty Mutual Insurance



What brought you to the energy field?
Growing up in a small city on the east coast of Canada, natural resources and, in particular, the oil sands in Alberta and a refinery in New Brunswick was my training ground as an accountant; and I loved it. It was complicated, bursting with opportunity, and attracted the best-of-the-best. Needless to say, the high intensity, the constant learning, and the high-profile companies were addictive to someone so early in their career. I was absolutely hooked.

Since then, the energy sector has always managed to be entangled in my career, whether through auditing, accounting, finance, or investing. It is an industry that is constantly evolving, which lends itself to life-long learning, a philosophy I subscribe to.
 
What has been your proudest moment or greatest achievement in your career in energy, to date?
In my first year working at Liberty Mutual, I received the President’s Award in their investments business unit. The award was received for leading the organization through a transformation of their natural resources accounting and reporting. The project itself was so rewarding as I was able to lay the groundwork to help the organization build stronger strategic partnerships with the operators of our assets. It is a great feeling when you enjoy what you are doing and manage to get recognized for your accomplishments at the highest level of the organization. In my experience, it can be challenging to align my interests with the organization’s goals, but at this moment, the stars aligned.

To this day, reflecting on this moment still brings a smile to my face.
 
How did you find out about WEN, and why did you join? What are you hoping to gain from your membership? What prompted you to renew?
I found WEN in a moment of crisis. I had this feeling that my career had stalled, and I felt lost. My executive coach at the time asked me to do some self-reflecting to figure out why I do what I do. It was hard to peel back that onion, but I found my whole career was footnoted by my desire to empower and inspire women. Every day, whether I realized or not, my purpose was filled with teaching my girls at home or mentoring women at work. I continue to channel my vision, insight, intellect, and energy into helping women stand up for themselves and take control of their lives personally and professionally. 

Reaching out to my network, founded in this new purpose, I found WEN. The fit was perfect. It was a group filled with like-minded women supporting each other. We all knew what it was like to be the only woman at the table, and we all wanted to change it. I have been an active member ever since.
 
What advice has resonated with you for your career/do you have any advice for others?
There have been a few moments in my life where I found myself frustrated with my career because of my differences. My differences ranged from being a caretaker to a working mom to a working student to simply an emotional woman. As a result, I would sometimes stew in the frustration of my career path, feeling harder than my male counterparts. Then, about ten years ago, I had a mentor tell me, “Embrace your Otherness. There is power in being different.” The advice changed me. It helped me connect with my co-workers in a way that was so authentic, and I learned that my otherness brought new perspectives and ideas to the complex challenges facing organizations today.