President’s Message

 The Houston Chapter of WEN remains committed in 2021 to fulfilling its mission to connect and empower women in all areas of the energy value chain.  Now, more than ever, it is important for us to have a community that provides opportunities to interact with our peers and find meaningful ways to develop our network as well as ourselves.  WEN provides a great forum to do this through various events and programming designed to educate, elevate and empower the women who participate.
The energy industry continues to evolve with new technologies to support our changing world. The priorities of consumers as well as producers of energy are changing, as renewables are more accessible and electric vehicles are more mainstream. These trends have a rippling effect throughout the energy value chain. This is an exciting time to be a part of the evolution, which has the potential to bring about new opportunities for how we provide energy to the world. 
As energy is evolving, so are our professional networks.  It is important for us to take time to engage with people from different backgrounds and experiences to ensure we get the richness of insight and opinions.  While this has always been important at WEN, it is becoming an even higher priority with specific programs designed to promote diversity.
I believe that finding new ways to interact and find meaningful connections will be critical for us all in 2021. Your 2021 WEN Houston leadership team is excited about our programming this year. I invite each of you to join the community and consider where you might be able to find your voice and contribute to the overall goals of WEN.
Deborah Merril
2021 President
Women’s Energy Network - Houston