The Energy Inclusion Conference Announces the Top Diverse Leaders in Energy Awardees

Mar 4, 2021 8:55 AM ET

United States, Mar. 4, 2021 /3BL Media/- The Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council kicks off The Energy Inclusion Conference announcing the Top Diverse Leaders in Energy on February 23 - 25, 2021. This year’s conference theme is “Inclusion Leads to Innovation”. This virtual conference will feature keynote speakers such as Pedro Pizarro, Paula Gold Williams, Girish Saligram and more. During the conference, professionals will gain access to learning sessions held by industry experts, organizational tracks, and endless inspiration that highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in the energy arena. 

The Top Diverse Leaders in Energy award features the highest caliber of executive leadership within this industry.

Selection to the list was based on the following criteria:

Professional Leadership

  • Retain an extraordinary background of developing, growing and improving organizations the individual has been or is currently affiliated with.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and fairness through ethical and moral leadership, enhancing the credibility of the individual and the organization as a whole.
  • Serve as a role model for other individuals in the profession by setting the example in ways that are consistent shared values and goals of their respective organizations.

Effective and Efficient Management

  • Empower those around them by promoting achievement, goal attainment and continuous advancement of his/her organization.
  • Effectively builds relationships with subordinates while encouraging and inspiring personal and professional development in colleagues.
  • Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust through employee inclusion and teamwork.


  • Challenge the norm by investigating and formulating challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate and improve the organization’s mission and overall goals.
  • Inspire a shared vision by developing and communicating his/her vision for the future, and engaging others to actively participate in accomplishing that vision.
  • Foster positive, creative work environment and embraces innovation and creativity in all aspects of their professional activities.

“The 2021 Top Diverse Leaders in Energy award is a true testament to the abilities of leaders in the workplace,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council. “Each year, we are amazed and inspired at the achievements of each awardee. The 2021 class is truly a powerful force.”

Top Diverse Leaders in Energy Awardees: 

Alisa Do
Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Dana Guernsey
Vice President of Product and Energy Markets

Fermeen Fazal 
Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer 
Universal Pegasus International

Jennifer Guidry 
Vice President, Global Health, Safety and Environment  and Environmental Social Governance 
Precision Drilling

Ken Cowan 
Vice President of C&I Sales and Marketing 
ENGIE North America

Lisa Larroque Alexander
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability Officer
Sempra Energy

Natara Williams
General Counsel 
Trace Midstream

Rudy D. Garza
Chief Customer Engagement Officer
CPS Energy

Sudhakar Virupakshi
Par Pacific

Valerie Hulse 
Vice President of Global Compensation, Benefits and HRIS 
KBR, Inc. 

Bennett L. Gaines
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer
FirstEnergy Service Company

Vincent M. Davis 
Vice President, Customer Operations and Enablement 
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Gin Kirkland Kinney
VP of Communications & Marketing
NRG Energy 

Jessica Jackson 
Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety 
Apache Corporation

Kevin G. Vaughn
Vice President, Processing & LNG 

Maria Lowrey 
Vice President of Direct Sales 
Just Energy 

Oric Walker 
Mid-Tex division Vice President of Public Affairs
Atmos Energy

Ryan Nayar
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel 
ENGIE North America, Inc.

Tammy Wilson 
Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer 
Tennessee Valley Authority

Wendy Hickok Robinson 
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer 
Entergy Corporation

Castlen Kennedy
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs 
Apache Corporation

Joanna Weidman
Senior Vice President, Administration
NuStar Energy

Kimberly Phillips
General Counsel, Global litigation
Shell Oil Company

Normanique Preston Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC

Michael Sullivan 
Vice President and Chief Information Officer 
Southern Company Gas

Patricia Gallego
Vice President, Operations Support   
Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Sanjay Terakanambi 
Vice President of Technology Infrastructure Operations & Support 
American Electric Power

Teresa Wilson 
Vice President of West Regional Operations 

Charles G. Griffie
Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering
Western Midstream Partners, LP 

Debbie Cowan 
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer 
Williams Companies, Inc.

Heidi D. Lewis 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
Target Hospitality Corp.

Joanne L. Howard
Vice President, ESG and Corporate Communications
Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Katherine Neebe 
Vice president of National Engagement and Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer 
Duke Energy

Michael Deal
Vice President, Research, Technology and Digital Devliery
ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions

Rejji P. Hayes 
Executive Vice president and Chief Financial Officer 
CMS Energy

Shuja Goraya
Chief Technology Officer 
Precision Drilling

Tonya L. Berry 
Vice President Gas Operations
Consumers Energy.

Helen Currie 
Chief Economist

Joanne H. Raphael
Executive Vice President
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
PPL Corporation

Kelly Whitley
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
Murphy Oil Corporation

Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe 
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Duke Energy

Michelle Robichaux 
Regional Vice President of National Indirect Sales 
ENGIE Resources NA

Ronald A. Bradley, Jr.
Vice President of Gas Operations 

Sidd Manjeshwar
Former Chief Financial Officer
FirstLight Power, Inc.

Tuffli Nguyen 
Senior Manager and Natural Gas Liquids Marketing Head 
Hess Corporation

Deanna L. Newcomb
Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer and Vice President Internal Audit
Cheniere Energy

Dr. Johanna Haggstrom
VP, Chemicals and Hydrocarbon Fuels Technology

John Hudson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nicor Gas

Gregory Easley
Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Manager North America
RWE Renewables Americas

Chasta Martin
Vice President of Regulatory Relations and Policy
CenterPoint Energy

Edward H. Baine
Dominion Energy Virginia

Deanna Rodriguez
Vice President

Sandra Brummitt
Vice President & Chief Tax Officer

Julio Loreto
Vice President - Drilling Services

Kim Warnica
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Marathon Oil Corporation

Pablo Vegas
EVP, COO & President

Badar Khan
National Grid USA

Raja Sundararajan
President and COO
American Electric Power

Paul Lau 
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager 

Odessa Mann 
Linde Engineering Americas 

Kimberly Randolph 
Vice President - Energy Supply Projects 
Xcel Energy 

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About The Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council 

A non-profit organization committed to fostering an inclusive culture within the energy industry that leverages and advocates for DEI principles to ensure an equitable workplace. The council provides opportunities for energy organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. More information about the Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council is available at

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