Utah Chapter: Empowered Leadership Conference

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Learn And Network with the Utah Women Energy Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

WEN Utah will be hosting a one-day Empower Leadership conference. The conference will include a keynote speaker, panel discussion featuring women industry leaders, special presentations on leadership, and breakout sessions focused to fuel career success. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon networking social with give-a-ways.

Keynote speaker: WEN UT is very excited to have Dr. Laura Nelson as the Keynote speaker discussing sustainable energy solutions. Dr. Nelson is the Vice President/Sustainability and Public Policy at Southwest Gas. She is responsible for leading the Company’s sustainable business practices, customer engagement, and public policy initiatives. Laura leads the Company’s efforts to advance Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards and raise awareness about key sustainability goals and objectives. Laura is an energy expert and economist with more than 20 years’ experience in clean energy and sustainability solutions. Before joining Southwest Gas, she was VP of Consulting Services at Strategen and a Special Advisor to the Green Hydrogen Coalition. Laura has served as an energy advisor to governors, held high-level positions within government agencies, and held leadership positions on various clean-energy or utility-related boards and organizations.

Industry Leaders Panel: In addition, the conference will feature a panel of women industry leaders discussing what leadership means in 2022.

Lori W. Creer is Vice President of Western Pipeline Operations, Gas Transmission & Storage, of MountainWest Pipeline Company, formerly known as Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline Company. She is responsible for operations and business functions for MountainWest Pipeline's interstate natural gas pipeline and providing transportation and underground storage services in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Previously, Creer served as director-Technical Excellence and Innovation Center, Dominion Energy Services. She also served as director-Engineering and Gas Control, Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline. Prior to the merger with Dominion Energy in 2016, she served as director-Business Development, supervisor-Gas Scheduling and supervisor-Measurement and Allocations, Questar Pipeline Co. Creer joined Questar in 1989. She held positions in engineering, gas acquisition and marketing and SCADA. Creer assumed her current position in September 2020.

Suzanne Eskenazi is an archaeologist and principal investigator at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. Her professional interests include the archaeology of Utah and the desert West, but her main passion lies in engagement, mentorship, and leadership. Her edited volume “With Grit and Determination: A Century of Change for Women in Great Basin and American Archaeology,” published by the University of Utah Press in 2021, features personal stories of women making their way in the industry and highlights the importance of tenacity, mentorship, and serendipity.

Sarah Wright is the executive director and founder of Utah Clean Energy, a non-profit non-partisan organization that has been working to advance innovative clean energy and climate solutions in Utah and the West since 2001. Under her leadership, Utah Clean Energy has grown from an all-volunteer group to becoming one of Utah’s most influential organizations on clean energy and climate solutions. Sarah has successfully forged partnerships with federal and state agencies, municipal governments, utilities, businesses, and community groups to advance groundbreaking climate policies, programs, and investments in clean energy.


Liz Peyton is a Director of Development for D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI). In this capacity, she has achieved financial close for approximately 275 MWac of new solar assets, and secured over 400 MWac in new power purchase agreements, (targeted to be executed by year-end 2022), in the intermountain west. Prior to joining DESRI, Liz was a Project Director for Development at NextEra Energy Resources, where she led development for 147 MWac of complex New England solar projects, including the largest solar projects in Vermont and in New England. Liz holds a B.A. from Boston University and a M.A. from Tufts University.

Group Breakout Sessions: Two small group breakout sessions will provide opportunities for more in-depth group discussion.

Nancy Philipp will lead a discussion on Creating Your Tribe. Nancy has been a human resource professional for 25 years in government, non-profit, and private sector organizations, with her latest experience as an HR Leader in the Oil and Gas space. Nancy has a passion for supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in business, politics, and community, and serves as a consultant to create an environment of equity and belonging for all. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Organization Theory and has used her experience, passion, and education to learn about the non-profit needs within Utah and to apply this knowledge as a board member for several non-profit organizations, including Utah Women’s Energy Network, A Mother’s Foundation, and the East Liberty Park Community Organization (ELPCO). Nancy is an avid learner and lover of books and believes if you love to read, you will be forever enriched

Hannah Walden with Frontier will be facilitating a discussion on Developing a Leadership Brand. If life were a wallet, Hannah’s currency would be relationships and passport stamps. As a card-carrying empath and globetrotter, Hannah has many gifts, but two in particular stand out: planning the perfect itinerary and asking the perfect question. This knack for getting to the heart of a person or project—the result of her genuine curiosity for others—makes her a natural in her roles at Frontier (it also means that a conversation with Hannah won’t stay on the surface for long). As consultant and facilitator, Hannah thoughtfully sherpas clients towards a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

Community Initiative: This event will be supporting the Geraldine E King Women’s Resource Center. The Geraldine E. King Women's Resource Center provides emergency shelter to 200 women experiencing homelessness in and around Salt Lake City every night. Beyond providing safe emergency shelter, this facility provides essential basic needs such as meals, clothing, hygiene items, a place for women clients to wash clothes and shower, as well as a welcoming environment for service animals.

Below are the urgently needed summer items the Center is requesting. Please consider bringing a few to the event, where there will be a donation collection area:
• Single-use water bottles and Gallon jugs of water
• Sun hats, baseball hats, and visors, sunglasses, lip balm, bug spray, sunscreen
• Flip flops and sandals (all adult sizes)
• Men's and women's shorts (all adult sizes)
• Men's and women's tanks and shirts (all adult sizes)
• Blankets
• Women's underwear (all sizes up to 6X). Must be new in packaging; we cannot accept used underwear.
• First aid kits and packages of bandages, Nonalcoholic body wipes, Travel-sized toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner

WEN Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $65
Walk-in Price - $85

Registration Deadline:
September 14th, 2022

Walk-In Policy: 

Walk-in registration is available on a limited, first come - first serve basis. 

Parking Details: 

 Limited visitor lot and street parking is available, carpooling is encouraged.

Event Questions? Please contact: Halli Harris Baumann

Cancelation Policy: Refunds are a chapter-by-chapter decision. Please contact Halli Harris Baumann with cancellation or refund requests.

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9/15/2022 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mountain Daylight Time
Dominion Energy West Campus DNR Building 1140 W 200 S Salt Lake City, UT 84104 UNITED STATES

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