President’s Message

Happy New Year!

With the opening of each year, many are excited to start new resolutions, plan their next journey(s), and are filled with hope that this year will be better than the last. This year is no different, with many of us hoping for renewed connections as we continue to emerge from the pandemic more resilient and more motivated to connect with other members. 

WEN is starting 2022 stronger than ever with 22 Chapters, an energetic Foundation, the upcoming Conference, and several global and local educational and networking opportunities. It's our goal to continue growing, supporting the amazing community initiatives, and providing amazing ways to allow WEN members to be connected locally and networked globally.

Hopefully you find yourselves energized because WEN Global Board of Directors is already planning virtual events, creating chapter resources, and understanding what support is required for this ever-growing organization. It's inspirational working with these women, each bringing their unique enthusiasm and skillsets forward as they serve the WEN membership. 

I'm especially looking forward to the 2022 WEN Conference coming up April 3-5 in Fort Worth, TX. The planning team has been working hard to fill the agenda with powerhouse keynote speakers, such as Redia Anderson and Alana Hill. Our Global Partner, Yielded Consulting, is working with us to build an interactive hot topic coaching session for all attendees with the help of our Leadership Cohort participants and alumni. We're also excited to bring four exciting tracks for breakout sessions: Technical; Legal-Regulation-Finance; Leadership; and a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion track. But, as we all know, the best part of the conference will be when we can meet all the WEN Members IN PERSON after a year of virtual events hosted by WEN Global, WEN chapters, and FWEN. All the relationships you built during virtual events will be solidified when you are able to meet face to face, truly celebrating the “PowerOn” conference theme.

One thing that I look forward to each year are the accomplishments achieved by WEN members. We're the pioneering geologists, the thought leaders behind the energy transition, and the powering force driving new energy forward. Our efforts move molecules from underground right into the palms of our hands every day. WEN is a place where highly motivated people in the energy industry come to share ideas and spread knowledge. It is an inspirational tribe that connects with each other locally, while being part of one of the most dynamic global networks. Let’s be sure to celebrate each other’s successes and learn from our challenges. If we continue to do that together, we'll all be stronger, which is my definition of success.

Here’s to an amazing 2022!

Kara Byrne
WEN Global President