Utility 2030 Collaborative Accepting Nominations for Women Who SPARK Awards Program

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Today, the Utility 2030 Collaborative (U2030) announced that it is accepting nominations for its Women Who SPARK (WWS) Awards Program.


Positioned to close the gender gap in energy and utility innovation, WWS focuses solely focuses on celebrating, and elevating the impact of innovative female utility company professionals who actively support other women in energy and water innovation. These awards spotlight individual contributions, along with boosting the profile of the companies the nominees and winners serve.


The Innovators

U2030 is now seeking nominations for individuals who are spearheading, building, launching, or enabling the creation of energy and utility products, services, and experiences that are inventive and commercially successful. They include:

  • Executives: Recognizing those who have demonstrated significant leadership impact over their careers (i.e., c-suite, presidents, and vice presidents). Winners will be offered a U2030 Board of Directors role.
  • Leaders: Recognizing those who have demonstrated an aptitude and trajectory into executive roles in energy innovation (i.e., directors and managers). Winners will be offered a U2030 Advisory Committee role.


Both the winners and submitters will receive free registration to SPARK, the U2030 annual meeting, where the winners will be announced. It will be held August 28-29, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California


The Innovations

U2030 is looking for women who are developing energy and water game-changing products, experiences, and/or services that are commercially successful in one of these categories:

  • Customer Experience
  • Workforce Development
  • Infrastructure Modernization
  • Beyond the Meter Products & Services
  • The Energy Transition
  • Energy Equity & Equality
  • Water Transformation
  • Utility Operations

“The overall number of women in top business roles is still painfully low – Roughly 15% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. We can do better” says Dr. Courtney Henderson, Women Who SPARK Award Program Chair and the Mayor of Truckee, CA. “The evidence is indisputable; diversity is good for business. We want to identify and recognize women spearheading innovation within the energy and utility industry. Their efforts are critical to making the necessary transition to a thriving digital utility of the future.”


U2030 Annual Meeting

The format for SPARK, the U2030 annual meeting, is custom developed by the behavioral scientists from See Change Institute to:

  • Uncover the shared goals of utility participants
  • Identify challenges and opportunities related to reaching those goals
  • Crystalize plans to achieve success

Attendees will benefit from direct interactions with WWS award winners through roundtable sessions, informal exchanges, and more.


Digital + Cloud for Utilities Partnership

SPARK is being hosted through a strategic partnership with Cloud for Utilities and the 2022 Digital + Cloud Summit for Utilities. This partnership allows attendees to attend both organizations’ 2022 events through a single registration with discounted bundled pricing.


Those who wish to learn more about the Utility 2030 Collaboratives, the SPARK annual meeting, and/or the Women Who SPARK Awards program, including sponsorship opportunities, should visit and email



With the mission to enable customer-centric utility leaders to be successful, the Utility 2030 Collaborative is a membership-based organization that collaborates to pursue utility customer-centricity goals.

We form informal and formal partnerships through meetings, events, and the U2030 Collective Brain platform and develop actionable "how-to” content through crowdsourcing, co-creation, and content curation.


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