Women in Leadership (May 15-16)

The utility energy workforce is typically only about 25 percent women, as compared to the general population where women make up roughly half of the total workforce. Organizational efficiency is characterized by a balanced workforce both in terms of skill sets and perspectives. This mentorship program addresses some of the opportunities and challenges that women face working in the energy industry, advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork, and discusses critical issues related to attracting and maintaining a diverse workforce. Formal opportunities for mentorship provide women in the industry with support for increased retention and satisfaction. Mentors and mentees are matched up across companies, and then connect over an eight month period with two in-person meetings, once at an executive forum in May/June and once at the WEI Annual Meeting in September.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • DeAngeloa Wells, Portland General Electric

    • Program Location
    • The Porter
    • 1355 SW 2nd Ave
      Portland, OR 97201
    • Who Should Attend
    • Mentors consist of female executives including utility company presidents, vice presidents, general managers and senior directors who have significant experience in the utility industry and an in-depth understanding of various utility functions. Mentees consist of female directors, managers, supervisors and front-line employees who want to develop their leadership skills, gain a broad perspective of the utility industry, and discuss workplace challenges for experiential learning.Space is limited. Participants will be invited to register after being accepted to the program via the application process. Service company mentors and mentees also encouraged to apply. WEI has several programs supporting diversity and inclusion in the utility industry. For more information about WEI’s Women in Energy Symposium, visit

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $1,399 USD

    Registration includes Mentoring materials, registration for the Kick-Off meeting and Annual Meeting (includes all specified meals).

    Space is limited and applications must be submitted and accepted before participants are given access to registration. View more program information including a timeline for applications and program here.

    Mentor Application available here.
    Mentee Application available here.

  • 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 Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration + Check-In

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Welcome and Introduction
Speaker(s): DeAngeloa Wells, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Director, Portland General Electric, Dan C. SMith, Vice President Electric Service Delivery, Austin Energy

Get to know the other mentors and mentees of the 2019 Women in Leadership Portland Cohort. Attendees are encouraged to share their background in the energy industry and individual goals for what they hope to get out of the program.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mentoring Success Case Study
Speaker(s): DaVonna Johnson, People & Culture Officer, Seattle City Light, Marchelle Watson, Manager, Transmission Commercial Business Systems, Bonneville Power Administration

A mentor and mentee from 2018 Women in Leadership Mentorship program will share their insights on getting the best value from your relationship as a Mentor and Mentee.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Mentor + Mentee Kickoff Session

Mentors and mentees will have an opportunity meet one another face to face during this time. The session will end with a mentoring exercise in pairs.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Strategies for Successful Mentoring
Speaker(s): Maria Pope, President and CEO, Portland General Electric

Learn best practices for working with your mentor or mentee from an energy executive.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Reception + Dinner

We will have a dinner hosted at the Terrane Italian Kitchen & Bar, on the main floor of the hotel. This is you opportunity to get to know your Mentor or Mentee, as well as others in the program.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast provided

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Executive Panel: Experiential Learning + Promoting Diversity
Moderator(s): DeAngeloa Wells, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Director, Portland General Electric
Panelist(s): John Kochavatr, Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric, Melinda Rogers, Senior Director of Human Resources, NW Natural, Ryan Germaine, VP, Operations, Calgary & Edmonton Regions, ATCO Gas, Hui Wu-Curtis, GM, Customer Operations & Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

A panel of male and female executives will join us for a discussion on navigating the traditionally male-dominated utility industry. Hear about their journey, lessons learned, and how they leveraged mentors, coaches, and sponsors along the way. There will be an opportunity for the panel members to respond to questions from the audience at the end of the facilitated portion.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mentorship Expectations Breakouts

During this session mentors and mentees will participate in breakout groups and engage in roundtable conversation. Mentors will discuss best practices around providing feedback, expectations of mentees, program specific goals, and leveraging the mentoring relationship for future growth. Mentees will discuss expectations for mentors, receiving feedback, and how to leverage the mentoring relationship for development.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mentorship Expectations Debrief

Mentors and mentees will come back to the table and each group will share what they discussed and learned in the breakout session. We will conclude the session with a group dialogue around best practices and expectations of the mentoring relationship.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Logistics Overview + Next Steps

WEI will share logistics of the next steps for the remainder of the mentoring program, including a best practices discussion about networking.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Working lunch +

Mentors and mentees will have a mentoring session around developing a mentoring agreement and plan for next steps over lunch. Program goals, follow up sessions, and topics for future meetings will be discussed.

Hotel + Travel

  • The Porter
  • 1355 SW 2nd Ave
  • Portland, OR 97201
  • Phone: (503) 306-4800

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 306-4800 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online here: Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $189 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 29, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

DeAngeloa Wells

Portland General Electric

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Director
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DeAngeloa Wells
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Director
Portland General Electric

DeAngeloa Wells has worked at Portland General Electric (PGE) since October 1999. She began her PGE career as the Director for Human Resource Operations where she was responsible for Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Staffing and Recruitment and Equal Employment Opportunity. She remained in that position until May 2006 when she was tapped for an assignment Managing Meter Data Acquisitions. In August 2009, she headed back to Human Resources to become General Manager of PGE’s Talent Management Organization.

Before coming to Portland General Electric, she worked for NIKE, Inc. as a US Human Resource Director for 4000 employees across the United States. She also spent 12 years as a manager at Nordstrom. She has 30+ years of Human Resources Management experience.

A native Oregonian, DeAngeloa holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management. Within PGE, she serves on a number of Executive Committees and recently served on the PGE Foundation Board. Outside of PGE, she has served on various Boards and has done a great deal of work in the community.

She resides in Portland, with her husband, C. T. and has two adult daughters, Chastity and Ashlei. Wells spends her free time reading, power-walking, and leading numerous departments and activities at Emmanuel Church where her husband is Senior Pastor.

Maria Pope

Portland General Electric

President and CEO
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Maria Pope is president and CEO of Portland General Electric, Oregon’s largest electric company.

Pope joined PGE in 2009 as chief financial officer and treasurer. She also oversaw the company’s power generation facilities, wholesale power marketing and long-term resource strategy as senior vice president of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of PGE’s board of directors.

Prior to PGE, Pope was CFO of Mentor Graphics Corporation. She also held senior operating and finance positions within the forest products and consumer products industries. She began her career in banking with Morgan Stanley.

Pope serves on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. Her other board and commission activities include The Nature Conservancy, Electric Power Research Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Pope is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

John Kochavatr

Portland General Electric

Chief Information Officer

Melinda Rogers

NW Natural

Senior Director of Human Resources
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Melinda Rogers is the Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer for NW Natural. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, leadership of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and Safety. Melinda Rogers has over 20 years’ of HR experience with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Qualcomm and Willamette University. She has extensive experience with cultural change leadership, transition management, organizational development, and linking HR strategy to business results. Rogers has a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Bryant University, as well as professional certificates. She has served on the boards of the Portland Children’s Museum and Companies that Care.

Ryan Germaine


VP, Operations, Calgary & Edmonton Regions

Marchelle Watson

Bonneville Power Administration

Manager, Transmission Commercial Business Systems

DaVonna Johnson

Seattle City Light

People & Culture Officer

Hui Wu-Curtis

Arizona Public Service Company

GM, Customer Operations & Strategy