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CWEEL Jordan 7th & 8th Meetings Held

The Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) and Jordan Energy Chapter – EDAMA, the Local Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE®) In collaboration with the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP), held its seventh and eighth meeting in 2016 at JCP offices in Amman, Jordan. These targeted seminars were organized to increase the awareness about Energy Training Programs & Certification Exams as part of support for Clean Tech Training and Certification for Jordanian Women.

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Eng. Samer Zawaydeh, MSc, PMP, CRM, President of JEC EDAMA began the event with a presentation about the AEE and its chapter in Jordan and its activities and the advantages of being certified by such an association.

Eng. Suhair Al Mhairat, MSc, CEM®, REP™, CWEEL Jordan Liaison officer, presented the objectives of the AEE training course and the eligibility for CEM and REP. In addition, a brief about the content of the training courses and how to treat with the training materials and their exams and how to maintain the certification was delivered.

Eng Ahmad Rahhal, MBA, CEM®, CEA®, REP™, CMVP® presented a brief about the CMVP and CEA training materials and exams.

Eng Samer Awwad, Msc, CEM®, CEA®, CRM®, REP™, CMVP® presented a brief about the CEM® and CRM® training materials and exams

EDAMA and JCP have collaborated since 2015 to support females in clean tech. JCP supported the participation of up to 10 female engineers in many of the certified courses offered by EDAMA during 2015 and 2016. Around 90 females have benefitted from this opportunity so far.

The two events were attended by 21 women and men who joined the event to learn more about the training course and how to benefit from JCP’s support.

Janine Finnell, Chair, Career Development Committee

JanineFinnellJanine Finnell is the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador for Leaders in Energy, a clean energy and sustainability educational, professional networking, and advisory services organization based in the Washington DC Metro area.  She has provided strategic planning, programmatic, and management consulting for federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry.  Her experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, Institute of Energy Analysis, and other management and technology firms.

As the Board Member for the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) activities at the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter, she spearheaded two “Energy and Sustainability Extravaganzas” with the CWEEL theme in 2015 (at The George Washington University) and in 2016 (at George Mason University).   As the Chair of the CWEEL Career Development Committee for its National Board, Janine’s responsibilities include guiding the committee to facilitate women’s opportunities by supporting training and education, and contributing to the advancement of women in leadership positions throughout the industry.   This role intersects well with her resolve at Leaders in Energy to enable professionals to be informed of and connect on opportunities for clean energy and sustainability jobs.  Some of her networking and career tips were recently featured in this article, including a term she coins as “up-careering.”

Janine has a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics (with a focus on international development and energy resource economics) and pursued Post Masters work at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy.  Janine has completed coursework for the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, and Project Management Professional.

Maryanne McGowan, Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee

Maryanne E. McGowan, CPA, CEM
Duke Energy, Strategy & Implementation Manager

maryannemcgowanMrs. McGowan has over 30 years of experience as an accountant and senior-level manager.  The past 15 years of her experience have been in the energy industry.  She currently is responsible for competitive intelligence and for stimulating business markets in the fields of energy efficiency and energy conservation.  She serves in the Consortium of Energy Efficiency, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Council of Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership.  Maryanne has recently completed service on the Steering Committee for an ERPI (Electric Power Research Institute) research project of “Electricity Use and Management in the Water Supply and Wastewater Sectors”.  She is presently serving on the advisory board for the WERF (Water Environment Research Foundation) for the project of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Recovery.  She also serves on the Board for Raise the Floor, a program focused on workforce development of women in manufacturing careers.  She has recently been named to the Board of Directors of Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation.  Additionally, she has been active in the promotion of STEM career development and education in K-12 Schools as well as at the collegiate level.  She is a sought after speaker on Energy Efficiency and Energy Management on the national and regional level.  Maryanne is experienced in fiscal management, economic analysis, mergers & acquisitions, process design and improvements, resource planning and sustainable energy strategy.  She holds a BS and BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University.

Welcome New CWEEL Board Members

Please welcome our newest CWEEL Board members:

Janine Finnell, Founder & Clean Energy Ambassador, Leaders in Energy (LE) – Career Development

Maryanne McGowan, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy – Marketing & Communications Committee

Tahseena Kahn, President & CEO, Energy Managers – Mentor Program Committee

Nandini Mouli, President, Founder/CEO, e Sai Consulting – Fundraising, Scholarship & Awards Committee

CWEEL Jordan Lunch with AEE Director for International Membership

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CWEEL Jordan welcomed the visit of Mr. Larry Good, AEE Director for International Membership Development and his wife Maia to Jordan by inviting them to lunch. The event was coordinated by Eng Suhair AlMhairat, CEM®, REP™, CWEEL Liaison officer and Jordan Energy Chapter VP and it was attended by active women in energy from the public and private sector.

The group welcomed Larry’s 2nd visit to Jordan and shared their success stories in Jordan energy sector and how they participate in the development in this growing sector. They also, discussed the barriers  that face them due to the culture and lack of the field experience comparing to their male peers.

The group emphasized that they believe in changing these challenges into opportunities to get the right opportunities to achieve the diversity and sustainable development in Jordan’ energy vital sector.

CWEEL Jamaica Launched at WIE Conference

Jamaica, 9 March, 2016,  USAID Mission Director Denise Herbol launching the Jamaica CWEEL Chapter at the Women in Energy Conference

The CWEEL Jamaica Chapter was launched on March 10, 2016 at the Caribbean Women In Energy Conference organized by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica’s electricity company. The conference and launch was attended by more than 350 participants from all parts of the energy sector, including the public, private and NGO sectors.  The Women in Energy Conference, using the theme “Doing Power Differently” explored ways in which women could lead and support each other to reach their potential within the sector.  WIE featured prominent women who lead Jamaica’s energy institutions including the President and CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin; Minna Isreal, JPS Board Director; former US Ambassador Audrey Marks; and Mariame Robinson, CEO of First Global Bank.

At the launch event, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Ms. Denise Herbol, gave a brief about USAID’s priorities in Jamaica and outlined the US commitment to develop clean energy sources within the Caribbean under Vice President Biden’s Caribbean Energy Initiative.  Ms. Mary Worzala discussed CWEEL activities in the United States and internationally, as well as her experience with helping to establish a CWEEL chapter in Jordan on the USAID Energy Sector Capacity Building Program, also implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP.  Ms. Worzala introduced the CWEEL Liaison, Ms. Chevril Shaw, who was attending WIE and encouraged women to join CWEEL

The conference was organized by JPS and sponsored by the USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program. This five year project will promote energy efficiency and low emissions growth in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean.

Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza at George Mason University – Hosted by National Capital Chapter of AEE and CWEEL

Join the National Capital Chapter of AEE and CWEEL for a special forum on clean energy and sustainability. The CWEEL luncheon panel will showcase 10+ professors at George Mason University and an evening panel featuring Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia. To register and read more about the speakers and panel, visit http://www.aeencc.org/upcoming-events-2.html

Nominations open for C3E Women in Clean Energy Awards 

The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards recognize rising women working to advance clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition. Winners of the 5th Annual C3E Awards will be announced at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in 2016.

C3E Awards for mid-career leadership and achievement are given in 8 categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, Research.

Eligible nominees have around 10-15 years of experience in the clean energy sector and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Nominations are being accepted through January 8, 2016 online at www.C3Eawards.org.

New Jersey’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs Recognized

Catherine Luthin, President of Luthin Associates, Inc. was one of 25 women recognized at the Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners 5th Annual Event. This year’s theme was “Embrace the Future” and showed efforts and impacts that these respected business leaders and their companies have played in building a stronger and more innovative economic foundation for our state and the country at large. This group of talented and successful women were carefully selected by a respected advisory panel based on a criterion of innovation, market potential, and advocacy for women and community involvement.

Luthin, CatherineCatherine has over 30 years of financial and energy management experience with the corporate, non-profit and regulatory environments. She is President of Luthin Associates, founded in 1994, an energy management consulting firm that proactively manages energy procurement and sustainability services for their clients. This is accomplished by delivering cost savings based upon innovative thinking and process improvements for the education, health care and real estate industries. To date, Luthin Associates has saved over $368 million for their clients. Catherine chairs and manages Consumer Power Advocates (CPA), an association of large, non-profit institutions whose primary goal is to decrease the cost of energy by focusing on regulatory decisions and programs which impact energy consumers. Catherine is currently a member of AEE’s Certified Energy Procurement Board and she is Energy Policy Chairperson for AEE’s CWEEL Division. In 2002, Catherine was named “Energy Service Professional of the Year” for the state of New York and in 2004 she was named International “Energy Service Professional of the Year” by AEE. In addition, Luthin Associates has been honored as the top 100 Diversity Businesses in New Jersey.

For more information on this event and the other winners, visit www.lweworld.com.

Call for Chapter Liasons

CWEEL is currently recruiting for CWEEL Chapter Representatives. Candidates should be active members in their local chapter who are intersted in promoting and bringing resources to the women in your chapter. In you’re interested, please contact your CWEEL Regional Representative for more details.

Region 1: Amber Almeida
amber.almeida@sodexo.com

Region 2: Lori Van der Voort (Interim)
lorivandervoort@pwius.com

Region 3: Maryanne McGowan, CPA, C.E.M.
Maryanne.mcgowan@duke-energy.com

Region 4: Lori Van der Voort (Interim)
lorivandervoort@pwius.com

Region 5: Tabitha Pierzchala, P.E., C.E.M.
tabitha.pierzchala@navy.mil

International Chapters: Kathleen O’Dell
kodell@deloitte.com

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