From success stories to war stories, members of the Women in Power Panel Discussion shared their insights about working as women professionals in the U.S. electric power industry at the 2012 ELECTRIC POWER Conference in Baltimore on May 16. The gathering featured lively exchanges between panelists and a large number of attendees (Figure 4). The panel discussion was organized by co-chairs Angela Neville, JD, senior editor of POWER, and Colleen Campbell, business development director at CH2M HILL.

4. Women in Power panelists. Left to right: co-chair Angela Neville, JD, senior editor of POWER; co-moderator Erin Toelke, client service manager of the environmental services business group, CH2M HILL; Sheree Petrone, vice president, fuels & environmental trading, Exelon Generating Co.; Verne Shortell, executive director of environmental business, NRG Energy Inc.; Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president, corporate public affairs, Progress Energy Inc.; and Carol Dodson, senior vice president, asset management services, Baltimore Gas & Electric. Source: POWER

The event’s emphasis was to encourage attendees to share career strategies, professional accomplishments, concerns, and lessons learned. In addition, there were discussions about how to foster more networking among women power professionals and develop mentoring relationships for both technical expertise and career development. The next Women in Power Generation panel discussion will take place at the 2013 ELECTRIC POWER Conference, which will be held May 14 to 16 in Chicago. For more information about this event, contact

The Women in Power Generation group was started by POWER magazine as a professional development and industry outreach group for women working in all aspects of power generation, inclusive of all generation technologies. The need for such a group emerged from response to a special report in our Nov. 2008 issue, “Workforce Management Lessons from Women in Power Generation,” written by Dr. Gail Reitenbach, POWER’ s managing editor (available in the archives at

To connect with other women in the power generation industry, join the Women in Power Generation LinkedIn Group. This group’s goal is to give the still-too-few women in the industry a networking center for everything from job leads to mentoring advice to brainstorming about how to encourage more young women to consider careers in all areas of the power generation business.

Also visit the Women in Power Generation page on the POWER website ( for information updates, announcements, and links to resources.

—Contributed by Angela Neville, JD, POWER senior editor.