Women in Leadership (May 16-17)

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 and once at the WEI Annual Meeting in September.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Kelly Dunn, TransCanada

    • Program Location
    • Hotel Monaco
    • 506 S.W. Washington Street
      Portland, OR 97204
    • 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: $1,299 USD
    Mentoring materials, registration for the Kickoff Forum and Annual Meeting, including 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 participation 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 Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration + Check-In

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Welcome and Introduction
Facilitator(s): Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain – US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems

Get to know the other mentors and mentees of the 2018 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 - 3:15 PM

Mentor + Mentee Kickoff Session
Facilitator(s): Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs, Western Energy Institute

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.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Executive Panel
Moderator(s): Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain – US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems
Panelist(s): Annette Gardiner, VP, Gas Strategic Development, Itron, Inc., John Hairston, Chief Administrative Officer, Bonneville Power Administration, Carrie Young, Senior Director, Corporate Operations Services, Salt River Project, Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager - Power System, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

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.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Reception + Dinner

Portland City Grill
111 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Catered at Hotel Monaco 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Strategies for Successful Mentoring
Speaker(s): Jana Mosley, Vice President - Grid Transformation & Business Operations, ENMAX Corporation

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

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Mentorship Expectations Breakouts
Facilitator(s): Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain – US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems, Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs, Western Energy Institute

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
Facilitator(s): Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain – US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems, Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs, Western Energy Institute

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 presentation
Speaker(s): Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs, Western Energy Institute

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

  • Hotel Monaco
  • 506 S.W. Washington Street
  • Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Phone: 800-711-2971

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 546-7866 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘Western Energy Institute’ to receive a special rate of $249 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 23, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jana Mosley

ENMAX Corporation

Vice President - Grid Transformation & Business Operations
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Jana is a senior vice-president at ENMAX Power Corporation where she and her team focus on transforming the grid and planning the system infrastructure in Calgary to meet the needs of Calgarians. She is also responsible for the management of ENMAX’s transmission and distribution assets as well as business operations related to financial and regulatory performance.

Jana has been in the utility business for almost 20 years and has worked for various utilities, industrial consumers and generators, and the independent system operator in Alberta. She is passionate about building and leading great teams and has extensive experience in project management, customer service, regulatory affairs, process development and implementation, change management, strategy and policy implementation, and stakeholder consultation.

Jana is a professional engineer and a member of the Project Management Institute.

Kelly Dunn

TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems

Director, Supply Chain – US Pipeline Projects

Annette Gardiner

Itron, Inc.

VP, Gas Strategic Development
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Annette Gardiner joined Itron in September 2016 as its Vice President, Gas Strategic Development. Prior to joining Itron, Annette held leadership roles in the gas utility industry including Vice President at Consumers Energy and President of New Mexico Gas Company.

Gardiner has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, rates and regulatory affairs, and president of a natural gas utility in a career spanning over 25 years.

Gardiner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. She is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and New Mexico.

In 2014, Gardiner was awarded the Maverick Award from Midwest Energy Association’s Energetic Women group for advancing opportunities for women in engineering and operating roles in the utility industry. In 2013, Gardiner was inducted into the Academy of Engineers at Michigan Technological University for career achievement.

John Hairston

Bonneville Power Administration

Chief Administrative Officer

Carrie Young

Salt River Project

Senior Director, Corporate Operations Services

Reiko Kerr

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager - Power System
Learn More

Reiko Kerr is LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager of Power System. She manages all aspects of the Power System’s critical engineering and planning functions. She is responsible for Power System’s strategic planning, resource acquisition, system planning, regulatory compliance, power plant projects, external generation, and major projects, as well as modernization of all electrical distribution and transmission facilities to ensure the long-term reliability of the power system to meet customer expectations.
In addition to maintaining system reliability, Ms. Kerr is responsible for developing strategies to transition toward a sustainable energy future, improving public accountability, and developing the next generation workforce.

Prior to joining LADWP in 2016, Ms. Kerr served in various capacities for another Southern California Publicly Owned Utility, including the Assistant General Manager for Power Resources, Assistant General Manager/Chief Financial Officer, Energy Risk Manager, and Finance/Rates Manager.
Ms. Kerr is a Certified Public Accountant and an experienced utility professional, with over 25 years in the financial and utility utilities industries, with a strong leadership background in both the technical and financial aspects of water and power utilities.

Anna Sanger Reed

Western Energy Institute

Director of Customer + Corporate Programs