Opportunities for Women in Energy: The Voice of Experience Tour, Lunch and Panel Discussion
May 2, 2019 Steamfitters Local 420 Union Hall and Training Facility– Philadelphia, PA
- KEF partnered with Steamfitters Local 420, the Women’s Energy Network of Greater Philadelphia and the American Association of Blacks in Energy to host a tour of the Steamfitter 420 Apprenticeship Training Facility and moderated a panel discussion with six dynamic energy professionals. There were approximately 30 attendees for the tour of the facility, and the panel discussion drew over 80 people. Mike Oscar, Partner – Gray & Oscar, was the key organizer of the event with assistance from Angela Leopold, Principal – Novak Strategic Advisors. Jim Snell, Local 420 Business Manager Rod Wilt, KEF Field Director
- Jim Snell talked about the importance of building out the natural gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania as it is a great source of work for his members. This was the second KEF event hosted by Local 420, as they sponsored an infrastructure panel discussion in 2017.
- Rod Wilt was the moderator for the panel discussion and the question and answer portion of the program.
- Panelists: Stephanie Wissman, API-PA Executive Director Eloise Young, SVP Strategy & Information Services, Philadelphia Gas Works Shari Williams, Sr. Communications Specialist PUC & WEN Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Director of Community Initiatives Lisa Hogan, JJ White, Inc. Brittany Prague, Scheck Mechanical Corporation Eve Fueges, Steamfitters Local 420 Stephanie Wissman began the panel discussion by presenting the “State of Women in Energy” based upon a recently completed study. Eloise Young spoke about her journey from the mail room to the C-suite at Philadelphia Gas Works. Shari Williams gave a presentation on the PA Public Utility Commission, and talked about her extensive work with WEN and AABE. Lisa Hogan, Brittany Prague and Eve Fueges talked about their careers that began as an apprentice at Local 420, and the role women can play working in the energy field as a welder, planner and project manager.
- There were over 20 state and federal elected officials or their representatives in attendance. Elected officials that attended personally included:
- State Senator Tim Kearney
- State Representative Ed Neilson
- State Representative Tina Davis
- State Representative Maria Donatucci
- State Representative Gene DiGirolamo
- State Representative Mary Jo Daley
- State Representative Marcie Topal
- State Representative Todd Stephans
- State Representative Liz Hanbridge
- Amber Little-Turner from US Senator Pat Toomey’s office
- Lea Senft from US Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office