PennWell Corporation Announces the POWER-GEN 2014 Woman of the Year Finalists

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The Power-Gen 2014 Women in Power committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year Award.

The finalists were selected from nominations received from members of the power community and represent diverse facets of the industry.

The finalists are Diane Drehoff, Director of Maintenance Marketing at Siemens Energy (NYSE: SI), a global technology company that is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization; Colleen Layman, P.E., Associate Vice President and the Resources Business Group Water principal for HDR Inc., an architectural, engineering and consulting firm with 8,500 employees in more than 200 locations around the world; and Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, an electricity utility in the state of Vermont that serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers.

The Woman of the Year nominees were judged in three categories with the most weight being given to how she advanced the power generation industry. In addition to advancement of the power industry, judges considered the impact that the nominees made on their communities and their ability to lead.

In order to encourage more women to enter the power industry, PennWell Corporation decided to recognize and award female trailblazers in the power industry, like these 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year finalists. "If the accomplishments of the 'early adapters' are not recognized, the growth of women in power could be jeopardized," said Rich Baker, Senior Vice President with PennWell.

Each of these finalists has dedicated her life to working in the traditionally male-dominated field of energy and each woman has exhibited determination to get where she is today. Estimates of the percentage of women working in the power industry vary but in general the number hovers around a 1:4 female to male ratio. And as you climb the ranks, that percentage of women in leadership roles gets smaller.

"We hope that these women will serve as examples to young women considering careers in power that amazing accomplishments can be achieved through hard work and dedication," said Jennifer Runyon, Chair of the Women in Power Committee.

One of these three finalists will be named the 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner on Monday, December 8, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The Gala will be held at Disney's Odyssey Pavilion, located at EPCOT and kicks off Power Generation Week.  

The 2014 Power-Gen Woman of the Year will give a keynote speech during the Women in Power Luncheon on Tuesday, December 9(th) at the Orange County Convention Center.

Registered attendees may attend either or both the Banquet and the Luncheon by purchasing tickets to the events.  More information may be obtained by visiting the Power Generation Week website or the conference websites: POWER-GEN International Conference and Exhibition; the co-located NUCLEAR POWER International Conference and Exhibition, Renewable Energy World Conference & Exhibition, North America and the Financial Forum.

Power Engineering magazine is the voice of the power generation industry. More than 70,000 power generation professionals read Power Engineering magazine for expert coverage of the industry's important news and emerging trends.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com is the website for Renewable Energy World magazine. With more than 52,000 magazine subscribers, 200,000 registered website users and a global readership in 174 countries, it is the No. 1 renewable energy network for news and information and the largest renewable energy information source.

The magazines, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, POWER-GEN International, NUCLEAR POWER International, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America and the Financial Forum are all owned by PennWell Corp., a worldwide media company based in Tulsa, Okla.



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