President’s Message


For over 25 years, WEN has been an inspirational force in Houston and we’re just getting started. As we begin the new decade, the Houston Chapter of WEN remains committed to fulfilling its mission to connect and develop its members for the benefit of the energy industry and the local community. On behalf of the WEN leadership team, I welcome you to be an active part of our enduring legacy.

“Nothing happens without people.” The knowledge, skills, and passion of our collective resources are the driving forces that move us forward individually and professionally. Your 2020 WEN leadership team is dedicated to providing a premier platform for women and men across the energy value chain to engage in meaningful ways to cultivate stronger connections and developmental opportunities. Through collaborative learning, mentoring, and networking, we realize the potential of the WEN mission.

As we look across the industry, women comprise almost half of the US labor force and hold about a quarter of all STEM jobs. Based on projected growth rates, the US will need 1 million additional STEM job candidates to support the ongoing growth and transformation of the energy industry. To help address this challenge, we will continue to support our Young Women Energized STEM scholarship program and to provide volunteer opportunities for our members to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Together, let’s use 2020 to welcome this new decade as we deliver on our promise to add value to the people and communities that make energy happen. I invite each of you to consider where your personal strengths and desires can reinforce the relevance and impact of WEN.

Deanna Young
Opportune LLP
2020 President
Women’s Energy Network - Houston