The United States Energy Association (USEA) held its annual membership meeting on May 30, 2024 celebrating its 100th anniversary. USEA is a nonprofit, apolitical, nonlobbying organization founded in 1924. USEA’s mission has two pillars of equal importance. USEA serves as a resource, by convening energy stakeholders to share policy, scientific, and technological information to foster the advancement of the entire energy sector. Internationally, USEA promotes energy development by expanding access to safe, affordable, sustainable, and environmentally acceptable energy in partnership with the U.S. Government.

The meeting agenda featured a panel to discuss the theme “Women in Energy: Shifting from Words to Action”.

 

From left: Melissa Brown (Moderator, USEA), Susan Kelly (Member of the Board of Trustees, NERC), Laura Lochman (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resources – U.S. Department of State), Majida Mourad (Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Tellurian, Inc.), Florence Amate (President & CEO – Laisar Management Group, LLC), and The Honorable Mark W. Menezes (President and CEO, USEA).

Panelists:

  • Sue Kelly, Member of the Board of Trustees, NERC
  • Majida Mourad, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Tellurian, Inc.
  • Laura Lochman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Resources – U.S. Department of State
  • Florence Amate, President & CEO – Laisar Management Group, LLC

Panelists addressed questions on challenges faced by women in the energy sector, which is rapidly evolving with advancements in technology and sustainability. How can we ensure that women are equally represented and involved in shaping the future of the industry? What are some actionable steps that individuals, organizations, and industry stakeholders can take to drive meaningful change?

Florence Amate addressed the specific question on intersectionality, an important aspect of diversity and inclusion.

Florence emphasized the powerful framework for cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within organizations, involving actively listening to employees with intersecting marginalized identities and crafting initiatives to dismantle the biases they uniquely face. She highlighted the benefits of bringing together workers with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, enabling them to think differently and approach problems in new ways.

How can organizations ensure that their gender inclusion efforts are inclusive of women from diverse backgrounds? 

Florence encourage organizations to look beyond the numbers from the data collection and analytics. She shared her experience with data storytelling and how Laisar provides impact reports to its clients, communicating insights effectively, and giving their data a voice, a compelling narrative putting a human perspective on the “why”. Numbers only show “what” is happening. She also noted that addressing intersectionality starts from the leadership. Senior executives need state their intention to create an inclusive workplace, particularly for people at the intersections of unique identities and diverse backgrounds. It will enable the development of diversity champions who will drive the implementation of a diversity and inclusion program with measurable targets, including greater productivity, profitability, and employee engagement. 

All the panelists reiterated that improving gender diversity in the energy sector has many benefits, such as enhanced decision-making and innovation, improved organization reputation, helping attract and retain great talent. Mentorship and sponsorship programs play a pivotal role in supporting women’s career advancement and knowledge in the energy sector.

    May 30, 2024 – Annual Membership Meeting & Public Policy Forum and Networking Reception, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20004

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