President’s Message

The Ohio Chapter of WEN Turns One

The Ohio Chapter of WEN has had a very successful first year.  Starting the Chapter with five members in 2018, we have enjoyed tremendous membership growth with 99 members as of October 2019!  Ten of our members attended the WEN National Convention at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Denver, Colorado.  The programs and mixers were informative and fabulous. Our Chapter looks forward to the National Convention in 2021!

In addition to our membership increase, the Ohio Chapter has had some diverse and interesting programs.  Some of the programs have included Meet the Board Happy Hour at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Networking and a Scavenger Hunt at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Island Creek Clay Shoot (joint event with WEN West Virginia) and the Oktoberfest Happy Hour (a tri-state event with the Chapters of Greater Pittsburgh, Susquehanna Valley, Ohio and West Virginia).  The Ohio Chapter has participated at the OOGA and Shale Insight Events at booths.  We are looking forward to a November 1st, leadership development event with speaker, Ana Dutra, entitled LeaderShit: Detoxing the Workplace.  Our Chapter is co-sponsoring this event with WiNUP (Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals) and WITI (Women in Technology International).  As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of WEN National, our Chapter is also participating in a WEN National Day of Service which will include STEM activities with young ladies organized through the United Way.  Our first year will end with a Holiday Party and Annual Meeting.  

I am very energized by our engaged Board of Directors, and all the ideas that are being exchanged. We have accomplished so much in a short period of one year because of the time and talent that is being invested. As a new Chapter, we are getting support from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter and the National Board who are guiding us along the way. I am honored to be the first President of the Ohio Chapter. I look forward to continuing my presidency and being a part of the journey of the Ohio Chapter.

Please come join us at our fourth quarter activities, and the 2020 programs and networking events! Our events and programs include food, drinks, great networking, leadership, professional development and an opportunity to learn more about future WEN Ohio events. Our Chapter looks forward to expanding leadership and professional development series, as well as community involvement as we continue into our second year in 2020.  The WEN Ohio Chapter has had a wonderful first year and we look forward to all that our second year has to offer!

Cindy Paschke
WEN Ohio President