The Energy Inclusion Conference Announces the Top Women in Energy

Mar 4, 2021 8:40 AM ET

United States, Mar. 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council kicks off The Energy Inclusion Conference announcing the Top Women 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 Women in Energy award features the highest caliber of executive leadership within this industry.

 Selection to the list was based on the following criteria:

  • A top leader in her organization and profession
  • Directly contributes to business growth or strategic direction of the organization
  • Maintains a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise
  • An effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of female professionals in the industry
  • Operates with the highest integrity and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate citizenship

“The 2021 Top Women in Energy is a true testament to the abilities of women 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 Women in Energy Awardees: 

Amy Best 
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer 
Exelon Corporation

Bentina C. Terry 
Senior Vice President for Metro Atlanta & Corporate Relations 
Georgia Power

Caroline Choi
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Cathy Konwisarz 
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 
National Energy Services Reunited Corp 

Diane Leopold
Executive Vice president and Chief Operating Officer
Dominion Energy

Elizabeth Matthews 
Deputy Managing Director, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel 

Holly Kriendler 
Chief Human Resources Officer 
Oceaneering International, Inc.

Jennifer Hohman
Chief Information Officer and Vice President 

Jessica Keiser 
Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental, Safety and Health
Targa Resources Corp 

Kathleen L. Barrón
Executive Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy
Exelon Corporation

Laurie Giammona
Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Monica Karuturi 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel 
CenterPoint Energy 

Peggy Simmons 
President and Chief Operating Officer 
Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Penni McLean-Conner 
Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Group 
Eversource Energy. 

Sara Oliver Carter 
Chief Diversity Officer
Duquesne Light Company 

Sharon Weintraub 
Senior Vice President, Gas and Power Trading International 
bp London 

Tammy Norman
General Manager 
Mansfield Power and Gas, LLC 

Xia Liu
executive vice president and chief financial officer
WEC Energy Group 

Ann D. Janssen
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Bhavani Amirthalingam
Senior Vice President, Digital Chief Information Officer
Ameren Corporation 

Carter M. Reid 
Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary
Dominion Energy 

Deanna Rodriguez
Vice President of Regulatory and Governmental Affairs
Entergy Texas, Inc. 

Dr. Marianne Walck
Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer
Idaho National Laboratory 

Hilary Ware
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Cheniere Energy, Inc. 

Jeannie Gardner
General Manager of the Center of Excellence
Shell Oil Company 

Jenny Cochran
Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Data and Procurement
Denbury Resources 

Kathy Kountze
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer 
Eversource Energy  

Kimberly O. Warnica
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Marathon Oil Corporation 

Mehgan Wichuk 
SVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Trillium Flow Technologies 

Myrtle L. Jones
Senior Vice President
Halliburton Company 

Paula M. Sacks
Chief HR, Marketing & Communications, CSR Officer
ENGIE North America

Peggy Smyth 
Chief Financial Officer 
National Grid U.S.

Regina Bynote Jones 
Chief Legal Officer 
Baker Hughes

Sharon Spurlin
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Susan Morrice 
Co-Founder and Chairperson 
Belize Natural Energy.

Tracy Schubert 
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Safety
Crestwood Midstream Partners LP

Zhanna Golodryga 
Senior Vice President, Chief Digital and Administrative Officer 
Phillips 66

Suzanne Surface
Enterprise Transformation NiSource

Wendy Hickok Robinson
VP, Chief Compliance Officer
Entergy Corporation

Deneen Donnley
SVP, & General Counsel

Debbie Cowan

Katherine Hargis
SVP Chief Administrative Officer General Counsel
Key Energy

Deanna Jones
Chief Human Resources Officer

Penni McLean-Conner
Eversource Energy

Valarie Hulse
Vice President, Global Compensation, Benefits & HRIS
KBR, Inc.

To learn more about the 2021 Energy Inclusion Conference and all of the presented awards, visit  For 2022 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dennis Kennedy at

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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National Diversity Council