President’s Message


Can you believe it? The year 2022 has flown by as WEN members emerged from the pandemic excited, determined, and motivated to learn more about the energy industry and strengthen connections with those in it. And wow, look at how we succeeded!

The WEN 2022 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, brought us together for the first time since 2019. In person luncheons and mentoring programs allowed us to connect locally. The many WEN Podcast episodes and virtual programs continued to keep us networked globally. Three new chapters are joining our ranks: Missouri, Pacific Northwest, and Northern New England.

And what may have gone unseen, the Global Board of Directors kept busy in the background positioning WEN to be successful for many years to come. This hard work is starting to turn into reality and soon you as members will start to see positive changes. WEN Global is excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with GlueUp to help us bring our website, membership database, and global operations to a new digital platform allowing WEN to provide our members with faster support and simplified, modern interfaces across all devices. The new platform will be launching in early 2023, so be on the lookout for more information as we make the move.

It has been an honor to serve with an amazing 2022 Global Board of Directors. These volunteers selflessly gave their time and energy to supporting the members of WEN and I’d like to personally thank each one for their service this year. I also want to send a special thank you to Tara Meek and Dannetta English Bland who are rolling off the board at the end of 2022. Their impact on WEN over the many years they’ve served this organization has been nothing but inspirational. Finally, a big thank you to Andrea Tettleton, who’s been by my side helping me through the entire year. Every WEN Member should be excited for what her leadership will bring to WEN in 2023.

As my Presidential term comes to an end, I want to thank all the WEN members for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It has been a valuable experience and one that I will cherish for years to come. Stay safe, be healthy, and see you soon at the next WEN event.

Kara Byrne

WEN Global President