Chapter News

WENPGH Virtual Book Group

In June of 2020, Women’s Energy Network Greater Pittsburgh began hosting monthly Book Group Meetups for our WEN members virtually. During the height of the covid pandemic, providing this virtual option gave members across all chapters a chance to connect over one of our favorite past-time activities, reading! We’ve also been fortunate to have notable guest authors such as Pittsburgh native, Marie Benedict, join us to discuss one of her New York Times Bestselling Books, The Other Einstein. These virtual meetups are hosted by Angela Lundy, WENPGH Membership Retention & Development Director, and Meronaca Davis, WENPGH Communications Director. When asked how this came about, Meronaca aptly pointed out, “Our love for books brought us together to provide a wonderful outlet for members to connect during a time when connection is vital in our WEN community. We’ve had members tell us the book club has exposed them to different genres they would likely have never read if it wasn’t for our selections. While we try to have a variety of genres are members would be interested in reading, we also make a point to include historical fiction, based on inspiring diverse women who have made an impact in our world.” WEN members can vote on book selections via the WENPGH Book Group Meetup Facebook page every other month, and this is also a place where you can post suggestions for future books. Angela and Meronaca also choose a “WEN Pick” on alternating months. The WENPGH Virtual Book Group Meetups are open to WEN members across all chapters to attend and typically takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Go to the WEN Events page to sign up for our next virtual book group event!

Catching Up with WEN

Although Allegheny County, PA is now in the “green phase” for re-opening, WEN Greater Pittsburgh remains committed to the health and well-being of its members and continues to plan virtual networking events.  The following events highlight some of the ways WEN Greater Pittsburgh has been staying connected.  We look forward to seeing you all in-person again soon!

WEN Leadership Series – Describe Your Work 
On May 27th, WEN Greater Pittsburgh held the latest installment of its Leadership Series online with Leadership, Career, and Health Coach, Jade Morel.  Jade has nearly two decades of experience in oil and gas and is a certified health coach.  During the presentation, Jade gave both practical and tactical advice on how to describe your work (a/k/a self-promote) without sounding like a jerk.  The event was attended by more than 40 participants and provided valuable career advice from a fellow woman in energy!

Fearless Leadership: The Basics of Business Ownership

On May 13th, WEN Greater Pittsburgh held a very special presentation on the Basics of Business Ownership by Alicia Brentzel, Treasurer of WEN Greater Pittsburgh and proud owner of Brex Enterprises.  Brex is a pipeline maintenance and construction company that operates mainly in the Appalachian Basin to service companies in the oil and gas industry.  Alicia discussed how she achieves a work-life-balance while running a business and raising four kids.  Thank you to Alicia for sharing her story on the Basics of Business Ownership and how to be a fearless leader in business and in life!

Wellness with WEN: Financial Balance

This session of Wellness with WEN focused on financial well-being. The Chapter welcomed Darren Duhnke and Ron Gestiehr from Luttner Financial, a Pittsburgh based financial firm, to provide an introduction to financial balance and planning.  This event not only provided participants with the knowledge and tools needed to achieve financial stability, but also provided practical advice as each participant prepared a Living Balance Sheet that was reviewed during the call.  Thanks to all who attended and please do not hesitate to reach out to Darren and/or Ron for further assistance.


Calling all Book Lovers!

In honor of World Book Day on April 23rd, WEN Greater Pittsburgh launched a new Book Club that provides members an opportunity to read together and share their thoughts on a new book each month.  The book of the month will be voted on by the group and questions/topics for discussion will be posted online.  WEN also plans to moderate a monthly Zoom meeting for those who would like to discuss the book in more detail.  If you love reading as much as we do, we hope you will join us as we kick-off this exciting new adventure! 

The current book selection includes:

1. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
2. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
3. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
4. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research that’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Place your VOTE now and the winning book will be announced on Thursday, May 7th.  We look forward to reading together!

Staying Connected with WEN

With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, WEN Greater Pittsburgh is looking at new ways to stay connected with its members.  In April, WEN Greater Pittsburgh hosted two virtual events – WEN Table: Finding Your Personal Balance Webinar and Wellness with WEN: How to Stay Active and Healthy While Social Distancing.  

The WEN Table event focused on an open discussion of various topics including how to build a solid support system, staying on track to meet one’s personal and professional goals, and how to remain successful while working remotely during COVID-19. 

The Wellness with WEN event was the second in a series of events aimed at promoting the physical, emotional and financial well-being of WEN members.  Participants learned nutrition tips and tricks and did a 30-minute Barre Blend class virtually hosted by Beachbody Coach Tara Meek, National President Elect, and Bridget Johnson, WEN Greater Pittsburgh Board Member.  WEN Greater Pittsburgh will be hosting a virtual Wellness with WEN: Financial Wellness event next month on May 6, 2020.  Sign up here!


Shake it with WEN!

On January 23rd WEN Greater Pittsburgh held a sold-out networking event at Quantum Spirits, a local craft distillery. Members networked while touring the distillery and learning how to craft specialized cocktails during a hands-on mixology class. This is the first in a series of “Shake it with WEN!” events designed to bring members together for an evening of mixing and mingling. WEN Greater Pittsburgh would like to thank the event sponsor, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, for helping to organize such a fun event. Cheers!

Cycling into the New Year with WEN!

On January 9th WEN Greater Pittsburgh hosted a unique networking event at 6ycle, a cycle studio with two locations in Pittsburgh. This members-only event allowed participants to jump start 2020 by breaking a sweat during one of 6ycle’s renowned cycling classes and attending a networking session afterward. Thank you to everyone who cycled into the New Year with WEN!

Happy Holidays - A look back at 2019!

Happy Holidays from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network! As we reflect on the past year, we are so thankful for the support of our members, partners, and especially our dedicated and generous sponsors for making 2019 such an exciting and memorable year for our Chapter.  We wish you all a joyous holiday season with happiness, health and success in the new year. 

Please click on the image below to view a photo slideshow of our 2019 Chapter Events.

Marcellus Utica Midstream Holiday Happy Hour

WEN Greater Pittsburgh and the Appalachian Pipeliners Association (APA) co-hosted a Holiday Happy Hour on December 4th at the AC Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.  The event was attended by WEN and APA members, as well as attendees from the Marcellus Utica Midstream Conference.  There were three signature holiday cocktails, a raffle, photo booth, and live band playing Christmas tunes throughout the night.  Kingfly Spirits also provided free tastings of their locally distilled liquors.  A slideshow was playing on all of the screens throughout the room, displaying pictures from the WEN and APA events of 2019 with a surprise appearance by “Buddy the Elf” throughout the presentation!


Announcing our 2020 Board Members!

WEN Greater Pittsburgh is excited to announce the 2020 Board of Directors. Congratulations to the following 2020 Board Members:
President – Keri Cimarolli, National Field Services
Past President – Katie Moberg, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Vice President – Gillian Flick, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Secretary – Jayme Stotka, Williams
Treasurer – Alicia Brentzel, Brex Enterprises
Marketing & Communications Director – Brittany Fox, Babst Calland
Membership Director – Kristin Ryan, Equitrans Midstream Corporation
Member Retention & Development Director – Kelly Nissenbaum, Mid Ohio Pipeline Services
Program Director – Tiffany Culp, San Jacinto Minerals, LLC
Public & Industry Relations Director – Bridget Johnson, Mascaro Construction
Social Media Communications Director – Meronaca Davis, Black Star Title, LLC
Director at Large – Bridget Sasson, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Director at Large – Sheri Cramblit, Williams

Pictured from left to right: Sheri Cramblit, Bridget Johnson, Keri Cimarolli, Alicia Brentzel, Tiffany Culp, Katie Moberg, Brittany Fox, Gillian Flick and Jayme Stotka.

Annual Business Meeting

On November 14, 2019, Women’s Energy Network, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, held its Annual Business Meeting at DTE Midstream’s office located in Southpointe. Chapter President, Katie Moberg, highlighted a few major accomplishments of 2019 – the 5th Annual Boots and Ballgowns Gala raised over $7,000 for Strong Women Strong Girls, the Chapter partnered with Duquesne University School of Law to hold its 1st Annual Educational Conference, and 899 individuals registered for 27 Chapter events. What a fantastic year! Afterwards, attendees voted on the 2020 Board of Directors Slate and gathered for a happy hour to celebrate another successful year.

Giving Thanks – Mentorship Success

On Tuesday, November 5th, WEN Greater Pittsburgh hosted a “Thankful Dinner” for the participants in this year’s mentoring program. This special event took place at Our Clubhouse in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, which is a meeting place for those touched by cancer, and gave mentors and mentees an opportunity to share their success stories and discuss the importance of mentoring. Beth De Maagd of De Maagd Communications, who chairs the Chapter’s mentoring program, explained: “Mentoring is about being thankful and giving back!” Consistent with this theme, the ladies made holiday hope bracelets and wrote encouraging letters for breast cancer survivors. WEN Greater Pittsburgh is looking forward to another successful and exciting year as its mentoring program continues to grow in 2020!


Tri-State Happy Hour – Shale Insight Oktoberfest

Shale Insight Conference took place from October 22 – October 24 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The Shale Insight Conference was attended by industry-leading CEOs, energy officials and President Donald J. Trump, who was the keynote speaker. Following the second day of the Conference, the Greater Pittsburgh, Susquehanna Valley, Ohio and West Virginia Chapters of WEN teamed-up to host an Oktoberfest-themed happy hour at Hotel Monaco’s rooftop biergarten. The event was a huge success, giving attendees an opportunity to network while enjoying German-style craft beer provided by Penn Brewery, live Bavarian music, games, and prizes. Prost!