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2017 Spring Edition



June 6-7, 2017
Long Beach, CA

September 27-28, 2017
Atlanta, GA


March 21-22, 2018
Boston, MA


Pictured left to right: Debbie Lenny, Monica Watkins, Janine Finnell, Maria Vargas, Catherine Luthin, Laurie Wiegand-Jackson, Maryanne Lauderdale, Nandini Mouli


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Deborah Lenny, Director, Broker Sales – Metro NY & South, Direct Energy Business, Chapter Interface Committee

Women Award Recognitions

New Jersey SmartCEO 2017 Brava Award Winner – Catherine Luthin

Ceremony on June 14, 2017

2017 Outstanding Women Honoree – Maryanne McGowan

Ceremony on April 5, 2017


Have you been looking for direction and guidance on your career? Looking for professional connections who may help you achieve your goals? Maybe you’ve talked with your co-workers and boss, or friends and family members, but feel the need for input from an outside source? CWEEL’s mentor program may be for YOU!

CWEEL’s Mentor Program is dedicated to supporting career development of CWEEL members by pairing applicants with appropriately screened mentors. Our Mentors are successful professionals and leaders in the energy industry who are ready to share their experience and knowledge with their Mentees.

If you are interested in participating in the program as a Mentee, or to become a Mentor, complete one of the following forms on the AEE website and them email the form to the Mentor Committee Chair, Tahseena Kahn, at

Mentor Application Mentee Application

Women, AEE members, energy managers, architects, vendors, energy & environmental professionals and other industry peers – we invite you to share with other women articles about your project, installation, success story or tips for consideration in our CWEEL e-newsletters.

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MISSION: Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) provides a network for women in the energy and environmental industries that can assist in supporting career development for professional women, mentor young and aspiring women to pursue technical education and careers in the energy and environmental fields, and establish CWEEL as a forum for women to promote policy in the energy industry.


West Coast Energy Management Congress  Featured Speaker 

Women in Leadership

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Monica Rodriquez, Former City of Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner, Los Angeles City Board of Public Works

Monica Rodriguez used her time as a Public Works Commissioner to encourage sustainability and inclusivity. From spearheading a Rain Barrel initiative to establishing the growth and prosperity of the Los Angeles by overhauling the Business Assistance Virtual Network which gave access to women and minority business owners to be equally competitive in the city’s contract process. As founder of Latina’s Lead Monica has also worked to empower women in leadership and political office.

CWEEL East Africa March Kick-Off Event 

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AEE’s Kenya Chapter, Association of Energy Professionals of East Africa (AEP-EA), has kicked off a CWEEL chapter for the East Africa region under Caroline Makenzi’s leadership. The initial group of 15 women held two meetings in Kenya in November 2016 and January 2017, to set out an agenda. The activities identified include technical site visits, student outreach, and energy-based community service which will lead to networking, career development and mentorship within the members. A CWEEL breakfast was held in late March with over 60 participants, both men and women from a variety of sectors, to introduce the group to the energy industry as well as bring new members on board. The group is supported by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP), Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) and Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN). 

Management Essentials: Empowering Energy & Engineering Professionals in their Career

Attendees from this seminar, taught in conjunction with the 2017 GLOBALCON Conference, took away new skills for being a better communicator, understanding staff values and different personalities, and the importance of positive feedback in the workplace. 


5 Women Pioneers in Engineering


Save your father’s hard-earned money,” said a professor to the only girl studying engineering in a class of boys seven decades ago. That didn’t deter her from pursuing a career in a field dominated by men. She later became an internationally recognized expert in heat transfer and fluid flow and also the first woman president of a major professional engineering society (ASME) in the United States. Nancy D. Fitzroy (ASME’s first woman president), Yvonne C. Brill, Sally Ride, Kate Gleason, and Lillian Moller Gilbreth are five trailblazers who entered the profession of engineering at a time when opportunities for women were limited, but despite all odds they went on to change history. Driven by their passion for science, each of them made significant contributions to engineering and paved the way for other women to follow.This article shares the stories of 5 brilliant women who broke through gender barriers in engineering. continue reading this article.

Career Perspectives in Sustainable Solutions


Showcasing four professional women in sustainability careers for the Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) luncheon panel, participants in the 3rd Annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at The George Washington University (GW) on February 24, 2017 got their burning questions on career perspectives answered. John Lord, President of the Association of Energy Engineers-National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC), gave opening remarks to the luncheon crowd. Panel moderator, Janine Finnell, Executive Director of Leaders in Energy and Board Member for the AEE NCC, provided the context for the panel discussion. This luncheon is a special event conducted annually by the chapter to recognize CWEEL, which is a part of the Association of Energy Engineers. CWEEL supports the role of women in the energy and environmental industries. Continue reading.