Celebrating Women Leaders in Energy - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

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The month of March has made for a great celebration of Women's History Month, which was kicked off with International Women's Day on March 8th. The celebration of women leaders and their impact on the world around us doesn't end there, and in recognition of all the immeasurable contributions women have made and continue to make the utility sector we wanted to highlight some of the unparalleled leaders of the utility sector that we've had the honor of featuring on episodes in our show's short history.

These women are CEOs, directors, innovators, and thought leaders. They are forging ahead to the future of the power industry, and their impact is immense on the state of utilities and the surrounding communities. The terrific leaders in the following episodes aren't just best examples of women leaders in the energy sector, they are unmatched leaders in the energy industry regardless of their gender. But to get to that point, they had to push through extra burdens: excelling in male-dominated STEM fields, being the only women in a boardroom full of men, and more. They are unafraid to lead, and the results they've achieved at their organizations and in this industry deserve an extra salute in celebration of this month.

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I recommend you check out any and all of the episodes below featuring our revered guests who happened to be women leading in utilities: 

Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Special Edition: "Thinking Globally and Acting Locally via the FlexPOWER Bundle" with Paula Gold-Williams, CEO CPS Energy


Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #18: ‘Utility Leadership During Unprecedented Crisis’ with Patti Poppe, CEO of Consumers Energy


Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #17: ‘Putting People First’ with Kristol Simms of Ameren Illinois


Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #16: ‘How Public Power is Leading Utilities’ with Joy Ditto, CEO of American Public Power Association



Once again, we applaud the impact and passion of these women, and we celebrate all women in the utility sector-- not just this month, but all year round.

If there are other women who are making a difference in the utility boardroom and across the sector that you think should be featured in a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, let us know! Leave a note in the comments or reach out to me at

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Audra Drazga on Mar 22, 2021

Thanks for sharing this post, Matt.  I remember back in the early 2000s when I went to my first DistribuTech show.  I was one of the very few women on the floor.  I came from the health care field, so this was a bit of a change.  I joked that at least I did not need to wait in line in the women's restroom.  Fast forward to 2020 Dtech.  There were way more women at the show.  It was great to see the change and diversity in the industry.  I am excited to see such strong leadership in the industry.  

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Matt Chester on Mar 22, 2021

It's all only just beginning, too! Diversity is strength. 

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