National President’s Message
Happy new year! As 2020 gets underway, I am mindful of the mission of the Women’s Energy Network and setting goals and putting into action steps to achieve those goals. WEN’s mission, in short, is to support women working in energy-related careers across the energy value chain by developing programs that provide networking opportunities that foster career and leadership development of those same women.
Through excellent national and local chapter leadership and thousands and thousands of hours of dedicated WEN member volunteer efforts, WEN enters this new decade with record membership of 6,000+ members, and the organization is well-positioned for additional growth in both membership and new chapters. In 2020, WEN National will be focused on developing programming at the national level for the benefit of local chapters, including a year-long pilot program leadership cohort in partnership with GiANT Worldwide, a WEN mentoring program module that local chapters can use or adapt to their specific needs, and more. WEN National also will engage in a strategic planning initiative to identify and better serve the needs of local chapters and to put in place a business plan that will allow us to focus on the important stuff and set the rest aside. Planning is also underway for the WEN National Conference to be held in April 2021. Be on the lookout for a location announcement and dates in the very near future, and I suggest you “save the date” on your calendar for WEN National’s biggest networking, career, and leadership development event.
To each and every WEN member, I wish you a healthy and happy year in 2020. Joining WEN tells me that you value your career in energy and that you are proactive about developing the relationships and skill set needed for a bright future. I spent the last day of 2019 in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. It was a beautiful day, and I had the opportunity to visit the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park. Most likely because it was New Year’s Eve, as I strolled along, every sculpture seemed to provide me with a message for personal and professional growth in 2020. As you move through this year, I encourage you to be focused, but also joyful. The relationships I have developed through 15 years of involvement with WEN brings me great joy. This year, my intention is to incorporate more ease and joy into my work and my relationships. I hope you will consider doing the same.
Liskow & Lewis
WEN National President