Come Learn and Network with the Utah Women Energy Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!
WEN Utah will be hosting an Empower Leadership conference on September 28, 2023. This conference will be an inspiring day of empowerment, networking, and professional development! WEN UT is very excited to have Dr. Sidney Green as the Keynote speaker discussing The Energy Change Underway. The conference will also feature a panel of women industry leaders addressing Women Breaking Barriers in the Energy Industry. There will also be a session about Identifying and Leveraging your Power Skills and a session about Generations in the Workplace. Finally, you will have an opportunity to have a professional photographer take your headshot!
Whether you're seeking to expand your professional network, gain fresh perspectives, or enhance your leadership skills, this event promises to deliver. We encourage you to invite your colleagues and friends who share an interest in energy and leadership.
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Breakfast and Networking
8:40 AM - 8:50 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Welcome remarks from WEN Utah President, Lara Hamsher
Founder/President of Enhanced Production, Inc. and Research Professor, University of Utah
Sidney Green is founder/president of Enhanced Production, Inc. and is Research Professor at the University of Utah. He is a founder and past President/CEO of TerraTek, a well-known engineering firm that was the first commercial tenant in the Univ. of Utah Research Park. TerraTek was acquired by Schlumberger in 2006, where he continued as a senior member until retiring in 2015. He has published many papers, holds a number of patents, and has given many invited presentations. He has served as Director for a number of companies, served on Government Committees and University advisory boards, and has testified at various Congressional hearings. He has served on a number of National Research Council/National Academies committees. He has received the Outstanding Engineer award for the State of Utah, Entrepreneur of the Year from the Mountain West Venture Group, the Professional Engineer Award from the Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology, and the Honorary Alumni Award from the University of Utah. He is a past member of the Greater Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors; he is chair of the Utah Academy of Engineering and Science and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Nicole Carpenter serves as the director for the Women’s Leadership Institute, a 501(c)3 working to elevate Utah women in business and in politics. In addition, Nicole serves on the Board of Directors for Reading Horizons and Stampin Up!
Nicole has always been an advocate for women. In 2012 she founded MOMentity.com, a blog and online community for overwhelmed moms. She also was a syndicated columnist for 5 years and is the author of “52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-minute messages” (Cedar Fort 2015).
She and her husband Marty Carpenter spend most of their free time raising four teenagers ages 18, 16, and 13-year-old twins. This means she really spends her time staying up late waiting for kids to come home and managing Wi-Fi usage. She panic-purchased a puppy during the pandemic so now she's also the Dog Mom she swore she'd never become.
An accomplished Executive Leader with decades of sales, marketing, and programming experience leading the number one broadcast team in Utah for Bonneville Media. As Bonneville’s first female VP/General Manager, she is a proven big-picture thinker, aligning vision and strategies to grow businesses to achieve advanced market share positions. Chris and her team grew the Utah broadcast group to retain a 35% revenue share while operating the top-ranked broadcast stations, in the most over-radioed market in the US. As a process-driven leader with valuable and diversified leadership experience, she launched the first all-female radio station in the country, which tapped into her ability to create and capitalize on networks and business connections.
She joined the Zions Bank Executive Communication team and interacted with 4,000 businesses across several states on 23 radio stations. Inspired to promote Zions, she increased the speaking platform to hundreds of assignments across two states. Because of her connections, she was tapped to help fund-raised 2.7 million with the 35th SLC mayor, to host the 68th United Nations Conference in SLC. The conference attracted thousands of visitors worldwide to Utah. With leftover monies from the UN Conference, she co-founded a Global Leader Scholarship fund for Utah Students that is active today.
She is currently serving on five Boards and resides in Utah with her husband David Chipman, and their 2 fabulous dogs.
Development Associate, Hydro at rPlus Energies, LLC
Camille Ellsworth manages energy storage projects as a Development Associate at rPlus Energies, a national leader in utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage development. Camille plays an integral role in planning, organizing, and directing the projects, ensuring the successful navigation of complex project milestones.
Camille started her energy journey as an intern with Clēnera, a renewable energies company. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brigham Young University (BYU) with an emphasis in Econometrics and Natural Resource Economics. Camille joined rPlus after having spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs, a prominent member of the 'Big 4' investment banks, where she spearheaded Global Markets development projects. As an associate with Goldman, Camille became adept at driving strategic direction to achieve operational excellence and expedite business outcomes. Her track record in project management consistently resulted in breakthrough achievements, streamlining workflows, and enhancing operational efficiency.
Ms. Ellsworth currently serves as the Chair of Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW), a National Hydro Association (NHA) committee. In this role, she leads initiatives to create a platform for ambitious, young professionals in Hydropower, increase engagement of a diverse demographic in the industry, and ultimately shape the future of the hydropower sector.
Leeza Evensen is based in Snell & Wilmer's Salt Lake City office where she serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. Leeza regularly serves as lead real estate and development counsel and strategic advisor to developers of utility-scale wind, solar, and storage projects. She has worked on renewable energy projects in Utah and other states and assists with every stage of the project development cycle - from early-stage site control through commercial operations. Her experience includes representing developers and operators of utility-scale facilities, traditional real estate developers, ski resorts, landowners, real estate investment trusts (REITs), builders, and financial institutions.
Becky Johnson is Senior Counsel with rPlus Energies, a utility scale solar, solar + BESS, wind, and pumped storage hydro developer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining rPlus, Becky worked in private practice at Lear & Lear followed by Dorsey & Whitney, where her practice focused on oil and gas and eventually renewable energy. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received her Juris Doctorate, with a Certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ronda is an SVP and Account Manager with Fidelity National Title in the National Commercial Services and Energy Practice Group – She is a board member of the WEN UT, Past President of CREW Utah, Six-time Chair of the CCIM Excellence Awards, Board Member of the Alta Club, Speaker and Strategist. She was named a Trailblazer in her industry for 2021 by Insights magazine. She created the Master of Real Estate U of U Student Brief for the Downtown Development Committee as well as the U of U MRED Women’s Council for current students and alum females to mentor, connect and engage in CRE. Her passion is people, and her desire is to succeed. Ronda says YES to challenges.