President’s Message


Welcome to the Women’s Energy Network of Chicago as we are entering our fifth year since we launched here in Chicago. We are proud to have fulfilled our organization’s promise developing educational programs that deliver value to our members, providing formal mentorship for leadership and career development, creating opportunities for our members to grow their networks and supporting our local schools, charities and collegiate institutions within our community. We are one out of twenty chapters in North America and are delighted to learn on energy issues across our nation.

Chicago takes pride in its diversity and so do we at WEN Chicago with sponsors and members as diverse as this great city we live and work in. Our chapter is comprised of utilities, energy companies, energy advocacy groups, policy advisors, professional service organizations, education, marketing and law firms that are all working hard to advance our industry.

Our chapter by the numbers:

  • 18 sponsor companies
  • 300+ members
  • 15+ events annually
  • 24 board members, chairs and committee members

As we look to the future of our organization, we will continue to focus on three key goals for our sponsors and members:

  1. Ensure we continue to focus on value creation in all that we do from our educational content, professional development, mentorship programs and community engagements
  2. Formulate partnerships with other organizations in Chicago that support our industry while aligning to our vision
  3. Continue to focus on optimizing our operations in order to perform under solid fiduciary principles while continuing to increase programming

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for our organization and our industry. I am excited to continue to build an inclusive and safe environment where women and men can come together to have challenging dialogue to advance women, attract exceptional talent to our industry and build the next generation of leaders in energy.
We welcome you to join us as we continue to grow and make an impact for individuals, companies and our industry. Are you with us? If so, we look forward to your support and seeing you at our events this year.

Jodi Bednar
President, WEN Chicago