President’s Message

June 2021

It is common knowledge that the Women’s Energy Network is connected locally and networked globally. What you may not know is our mission is officially reflected now in the Board of Directors name. We have transitioned the name of our BOD from “National” to “Global”. This new name may take getting used to, as all changes take time. However, we are working to ensure the name, “Global Board of Directors” is used regularly and will soon become the new normal. 

The timing of our re-branding is perfect with our network expansion. California is officially the newest chapter of Women’s Energy Network. The Carolinas Chapter is swiftly moving forward, and the Calgary Chapter, located in Canada is rejuvenated again; their interest meeting is in the works. We would like to give a warm welcome and a helping hand of support to these chapters, as they launch their formation and join our global network. 

Many of you know I was co-founder of the Appalachia Chapter and served as past president. I am so very proud of this chapter and their success. They have expanded into three separate chapters with very dynamic boards. This year marks their tenth-year anniversary, and they will host an event this month to celebrate their milestone. It is hard to believe it has been ten years since my journey began with Women’s Energy Network. I am truly thankful for all that I have learned, experienced, and the wonderful and truly fabulous women I have met along the way. I am so very proud of the women serving on the boards and the time they take from their lives to give back to this organization. I have visited many of the chapters for their events, and I am always truly impressed by the caliber of work each chapter puts forth. 

As in-person events are scheduled again, I urge everyone to focus on what we have learned over the past year. Due to the pandemic, we were forced to conduct our events virtually. Regardless of this drawback, members enjoyed the diversity of chapter events and the expansion of networks beyond their own. I wish to encourage each chapter to continue to offer these events along with hybrid in-person/virtual events as we move toward normal in-person networking again. Our live events are very important and face to face interaction cannot be replaced. Despite the past year’s difficult circumstances, we should remember, and applaud ourselves, for our achievements of success. I was very impressed recently with the collaboration of two chapters that would have otherwise been unlikely. South Louisiana and Greater Albany Chapters had a morning coffee break. It was one of the best virtual sessions demonstrating partnership between two very different geographical areas who shared each other’s views. I hope to see more of these types of collaborative events virtually and in person. 

-We are very excited that the Global Women’s Energy Network conference planning is moving forward swiftly. I was able to visit Fort Worth and the conference hotel location. This conference will be the best yet. We plan to have more technical topics and focus on substance, while not losing the aspect that is so very important to our organization, networking. Fort Worth is an amazing location for the event in April, and we hope that all of you will join us and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience. I look forward to meeting you there. 

Tara Meek
WEN President