The POWER-GEN 2015 Women in Power committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the POWER-GEN 2015 Woman of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to provide role models to inspire young women to pursue careers in energy.
The finalists were selected from nominations received from members of the power community and represent diverse facets of the industry.
The three finalists are as follows:
- Kim Greene, a 24-year veteran of the power industry who began her career as an engineer with Southern Company in 1991 and ascended to leadership roles at Southern, Mirant and TVA, before returning to Southern in 2013.
- Terry Jester, a 35-year veteran of the solar industry with extensive leadership experience in the manufacturing and engineering of photovoltaic (PV) technologies. She was one of the first female engineers in the solar industry in the late 1970s, and continues to further technical advances in the industry today.
- Roxann Laird, a 21-year veteran of the power industry who is an executive at Southern Company, the third largest investor-owned utility in the US. She is the Director of the National Carbon Capture Center, located in Wilsonville, Alabama and her current responsibilities include finding economical carbon capture technologies to continue America’s utilization of coal.
The Woman of the Year finalists were selected based on three categories with the most weight 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 2015 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, the percentage of women in leadership roles gets smaller.
"We hope that these women will serve as examples to young women considering careers in power," said Jennifer Runyon, Chair of the Women in Power Committee.
One of these three finalists will be named the 2015 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner on Monday, December 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gala will be held at the KMA Event Center and kicks off Power Generation Week.
The 2015 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year will give a short keynote speech during the Women in Power Luncheon on Tuesday, December 8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Following her speech, the finalists will participate in a panel discussion during which luncheon attendees will be able to ask them questions about their careers.
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