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Three decades ago, the energy industry was a vastly different landscape with even more limited representation for women than today. The idea of creating a platform that empowered and supported women in this sector was a bold but necessary step taken by our founder, Karyl White. Karyl saw a need and addressed it, creating an organization where women felt empowered to be themselves. Today we've grown Karyl's vision into a Global organization with 24 chapters across North America.

Moderated by WEN Global President, Gillian Flick, we invite you to join us for a panel discussion featuring Karyl and multiple Global Past Presidents who have played pivotal roles in shaping Karyl's vision.

Date: Thursday, March 28th

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM (EST)

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: Suggested $25 donation to the WEN Foundation

Sponsor: PetroCat Properties, LLC

As we celebrate Women's History Month, 30 years of WEN, and the remarkable strides made by women in the energy industry, we feel a sense of accomplishment but also an acknowledgment of the work that lies ahead. We hope to see you online!


By registering for this event, you agree to the Women's Energy Network Terms and Conditions. Corporate or cross-chapter members having issues with registration should contact eventregistration@womensenergynetwork.org.


  • Gillian Flick (Member at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC)

    Gillian Flick

    Member at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Gillian started her career in the energy industry and has grown to love the challenges that the fluctuating energy market provides. Clients appreciate that Gillian is nimble, responsive, and efficient, and therefore a good steward with their resources. Gillian works with oil and gas developers on their transactional matters, including title examinations and title opinions, and due diligence for acquisitions. In addition, she assists oil and gas clients in the preparation and review of all documents relating to mineral title ownership, including easements, deeds, leases, and other transactional contracts and documents.

    Gillian is a member of the firm’s Renewable Energy Team and assists clients with their wind, hydroelectric, and solar operations. She has counseled clients on dual operations on their land, leasing for solar purposes, and site control.

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  • Kara Byrne (North America Commercial Leader, Valves at Baker Hughes)

    Kara Byrne

    North America Commercial Leader, Valves at Baker Hughes

    Kara Byrne is the Valves Commercial Leader in Industrial Energies and Technology product company of Baker Hughes. Kara served as 2022 WEN Global President, 2022 WEN Global Conference Co-chair, 2020 WEN Global Programs Chair, 2019 25th Anniversary Chair, 2018 WEN Houston President, and the 2016 WEN Houston Volunteer Chair. She is also the Vice Chair of Girls, Inc of Greater Houston board of directors and as the Global Operations Leader of the Baker Hughes Women's Network.

    Kara has 20 years of experience in the energy industry working in the various commercial, engineering, and supply chain roles. After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, Kara began her career at Fairbanks Morse Engine. At Fairbanks, she was a design engineer of medium speed diesel engines and a Lean Blackbelt in supply chain. In 2006, Kara joined GE’s Commercial team and globally negotiated the technical and commercial contracts for the Turboexpander Product Line. In 2009, Kara joined the LNG Team and made her mark securing the first USA based LNG Main Refrigerant Compression Orders for the Cheniere Energy and the largest Electric LNG Main Refrigerant Compression Order for Freeport LNG. Kara also participated on the commercial integration team for the merger of Baker Hughes with GE Oil & Gas to form Baker Hughes, a GE company, the industry’s first full-stream energy provider and continued to support the transition of Baker Hughes to become an energy technology company. She moved into the Valves business unit in 2019, helping to not only serve the energy industry but also the food and beverage, aero and aero-space, mining and many other adjacent industries.

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  • Erin Magee (Owner at Stage Four Consulting LLC)

    Erin Magee

    Owner at Stage Four Consulting LLC

    After more than 25 years in the courtroom, Erin Magee retired from Jackson Kelly PLLC and created Stage Four Consulting LLC to work with employers on strategic human resources projects. A trusted advisor, Erin’s work is dedicated to crafting solutions to the toughest workplace problems.

    One of Erin’s best qualities is her straightforward, no-nonsense approach – she won’t tell you what you want to hear, but rather what you need to hear. Erin is passionate about helping clients navigate issues in the workplace, consulting regularly with employers about employee leave and benefit questions, reductions in force, drug testing, workplace privacy, personnel policies, and employee discharge and discipline issues. Erin also provides training and speaks at seminars and conferences on issues such as how to avoid harassment in the workplace.

    Erin regularly leads and conducts investigations of workplace misconduct complaints and knows that providing guidance and advice on the front end often prevents the issues that ultimately lead to litigation. Her investigation, training, and advisory skills are built upon two decades of success litigating on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and in mediation and arbitration. Erin has defended clients from claims of discrimination based on age, gender, race, disability, and workers’ compensation, as well as claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, wage and hour, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employee benefits, breach of contract, deliberate intent, wrongful death, and workplace safety violations. She has also gained a unique perspective of clients’ businesses by serving as embedded employment counsel to a mining company and a manufacturing company.

    Erin has won numerous awards for her work, including being named in Woodward/White The Best Lawyers in America©, culminating in her recognition as 2022’s Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law-Management, in Charleston, West Virginia. She has also been ranked in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers in West Virginia and recognized as a West Virginia Super Lawyer®.

    Erin is an active member of the community, both professionally and personally, serving in leadership roles in a number of professional associations. She is past president and strategic planning chair of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), a national nonprofit educational organization which fosters the study of the laws and regulations related to natural resource development and energy use. In 2021, the EMLF recognized Erin with the John L. McClaugherty Award for extraordinary service to the legal profession and to energy field.

    In 2019, Erin served as National President of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), a national nonprofit organization with the mission to provide networking opportunities and foster career and leadership development of women who work in the energy industry. She is a founding member of WEN’s Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, is Chair of the WEN Foundation Board of Directors, and served on a special task force charged with creating the global structure now in place for the organization.

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  • Tara Meek (Environmental Specialist V at Williams)

    Tara Meek

    Environmental Specialist V at Williams

    Tara Meek is an Environmental Specialist for the Williams Companies, Inc. who has been serving the company in many roles since 2014. In her current role she works with regulatory agencies determining the pathway for environmental permitting and compliance for the benefit of the company and the environment.
    Tara began her career in the Oil and Gas industry in 2004 upon graduating from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. She continued her education at WVU while working at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) earning a master’s degree with dual specialization in hydrogeology and environmental microbiology.
    After leaving WVGES she continued in the energy field working at CTL Engineering, Inc. and earning employee of the year in 2010. Tara then served CONSOL Energy (now CNX Gas) for 3 years in the role of supervisor to the environmental permitting midstream department. She supervised and managed the midstream facility’s resources delineation, permitting, and engineering design in 5 regions for CONSOL and Noble Energy. She managed several field engineers, all in different office locations.
    Tara is co-founder and past president of the Appalachian Chapter of Women’s Energy Network (now formed into Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Ohio Chapter, Susquehanna Valley Chapter, and West Virginia Chapter). She helped form the National Board and is past President for Women’s Energy Network Global Board.
    Tara is a member of American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG), President of Appalachian Pipeliners Association (APA), Vice Chair of the Leadership Section Committee for Southern Gas Association (SGA) and serves on the Environmental Committee for Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV). Tara has received the WING (Women in Natural Gas) Leadership award in 2014 and 2015 and has served on numerous speaking panels. She was a nominee for the ATHENA Award for 2016 and received the Pioneer Award for Women’s Energy Network in 2017. Most recently Tara received the Karyl White Founders Award for exceptional service and sustained leadership from the Women’s Energy Network Global board in April 2022.

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  • Andrea Tettleton (Partner at Seabaugh & Sepulvado LLC)

    Andrea Tettleton

    Partner at Seabaugh & Sepulvado LLC

    Andrea Tettleton is the managing partner of Baton Rouge, Louisiana office of Seabaugh & Sepulvado, LLC. She has over fifteen years of experience in advising upstream energy companies in their exploration and production operations, with an emphasis on title examination and transactional matters. Her practice focuses on examination of land, mineral and leasehold title, drafting title opinions and division order work. She has extensive experience drafting, interpreting, and negotiating contractual provisions in oil and gas related contracts, curative instruments, and joint operating agreements. Andrea has advised clients during the acquisition and divestiture process of mineral and leasehold interests.

    Andrea is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas. Andrea has given presentations to various oil and gas industry groups including the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen, Baton Rouge Association of Professional Landmen, AAPL, NADOA, NALTA and the Gulf Coast Land Institute. Andrea is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Women’s Energy Network Global Board, having previously served as the President (2023), President Elect (2022) and Secretary (2020-2021). Andrea is also a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for the Women’s Energy Network. She is also a member of the Mineral Law Institute Advisory Counsel. In 2024, Andrea was recognized as a Hart Energy’s Influential Women in Energy Honoree. She has also been selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star for six consecutive years. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2006 and obtained her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2009.

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  • Karyl White (Retired Energy Attorney)

    Karyl White

    Retired Energy Attorney


    Karyl White is a retired energy attorney with more than 30 years of legal, executive and governmental affairs experience in the energy industry. Karyl retired from Phillips & Reiter, PLLC where she practiced mid and downstream energy and construction law. Prior to private practice, Karyl was General Counsel of Freeport LNG and CMS Marketing, Services and Trading Company, as well as Assistant General Counsel for MidCon Corp. While with MidCon, Karyl served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Alan Dixon in Washington DC in the Congressional Assistant Program and was head of MidCon Corp’s D.C. office. Karyl graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and Bradley University, summa cum laude.

    Karyl initiated and chaired the development of the first model natural gas sales/purchase agreement, which the Gas Industry Standards Board (now the North American Energy Standards Board) adopted as a standard in 1996, and which is still used, as amended, today for the majority of natural gas sales in the US.

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