Women in Energy Symposium (Nov 13-15)

Celebrating how far women have come in the energy sector and addressing how far we’ve yet to go! Women are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry. This program addresses some of the evolving opportunities and challenges that women face and advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork across gender, racial, and generational demographics. Everyone is invited to attend the Women in Energy Symposium whether or not you identify as a woman. Women in Energy Symposium participants join together to explore areas such as leadership, education, networking and mentorship. We strive to incorporate both professional development and industry evolution on the agenda. With a growing emphasis on cross-functional teams and diverse skill sets, this program supports utility directives to build a cohesive workforce. This program is open to anyone in all facets of the utility industry.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dalila Sheehan, Avista

    • Program Location
    • Hyatt Regency Irvine
    • 17900 Jamboree Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92614
    • Who Should Attend
    • Everyone is invited to attend the Women in Energy Symposium whether or not you identify as a woman. Women and men in all facets of the utility industry, whether leadership, craft, technical, or professional, are encouraged to join us for this dynamic conversation. Women can gain knowledge and perspective on how to develop and get ahead in a traditionally male-influenced industry. Men can gain insight into the issues women face in the industry to improve team development and synergy. And everyone can learn where utilities are seeing successes in attracting and retaining their female workforce, while effectively leveraging the benefits of greater organizational diversity. If you have an interest in this for yourself or your employees, join us! 

  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $699 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 27, 2024. Registration includes all sessions, conference materials, and food events. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.


Wednesday, November 13, 2024

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Women in Leadership: Wrap Up Meeting

Open to current WEI Women in Leadership mentors and mentees only. Lunch will be provided.

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Registration Desk Open

Stop by to say hello and pick up your namebadge.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Program Development Team + First-Time Attendee Meetup

If this is your first time attending this conference, plan on joining us to mingle and get warmed up for the reception.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for a lively Welcome Reception as we kick off the 2024 WEI Women in Energy Symposium! Mingle with other attendees, enjoy delicious refreshments and appetizers, and set the stage for a memorable experience ahead. It's the perfect opportunity to connect, network, and get in the spirit of what promises to be an incredible event.

Thursday, November 14, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome + Conference Overview

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Table Topics

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Industry Topic

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Industry Topic

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Industry Topic

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Wrap Up Day 1

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

Recap the day with other attendees and join us for a hosted dinner al fresco.

Friday, November 15, 2024

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome to Day 2

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Industry Topic

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Industry Topic

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closing Comments

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Everyone is invited to join a conversation with the Program Development Team to share feedback from this conference and brainstorm ideas for next year’s symposium.

Hotel + Travel

  • Hyatt Regency Irvine
  • 17900 Jamboree Boulevard
  • Irvine, California 92614
  • Phone: (949) 975-1234

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (949) 751-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $259 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 23, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.