Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were enjoyable and you were able to take a little time out of your busy schedules to spend time with family and friends.

As we start 2017, I’d like to reflect on NEWIEE’s successes and accomplishments during 2016.

The overwhelming generosity of volunteers, helping and supporting NEWIEE this past year, was impressive!  We have a record number of members, who are actively involved in committees tasked with programming, membership and marketing efforts on behalf of NEWIEE.   In addition to our three signature events, we also have thriving Chapters in New Hampshire and Western New England, who hosted regional events throughout 2016.   NEWIEE on Campus has become a regular offering, where NEWIEE members speak openly and informally with college students about careers in energy and the environment.  We just had an event at WPI, have a return trip to UNH coming up soon,  and are planning a first visit to URI.

The NEWIEE Board has been busy improving the overall architecture that supports NEWIEE’s goals and objectives.  During 2016, we upgraded our membership database and created a new website, designed to update NEWIEE’s image and provide a more valuable resource for all of our members.  I also want to acknowledge, with great appreciation, that financial donations from our sponsors were up in 2016!  With these valuable contributions to NEWIEE, we were able to enhance our accomplishments and further support NEWIEE’s mission.

Briefly, I’d like to recap NEWIEE’s three signature events of 2016.

Our SOLD OUT Sixth Annual Awards Gala in April was a special night of networking, dinner and inspirational words from our keynote speaker, Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power;  as well as our very special awardees who were recognized for their professional accomplishments and mentoring contributions in the energy and environment sectors across the New England region.  Cynthia A. Arcate, CEO & President, PowerOptions, Inc.; Marion S. Gold, Ph.D., Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; Penni McLean-Conner, Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President, Customer Group, Eversource Energy; and our first recipient of the NEWIEE Rising Star Award in honor of Allison Smith, Abigail Krich, President, Boreas Renewables, LLC.

Please mark the first week in April on your calendar for the 2017 Gala.  Further details will follow shortly.  If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to send in one or more nominations for our 2017 awardees. We welcome your input!  Click here for the easy-to-complete nomination form.  Nominations are due at 5 PM, Friday, January 13, 2017.

Our second annual New England “Women in Energy and the Environment Shaping the Agenda” panel took place at the The Fletcher School at Tufts University on July 12, 2016.  The topic for the evening was “Getting to Clean Energy and Environment.”  The panel included three top energy sector business leaders discussing “The Business of Getting to Clean Energy”: Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of Current, Powered by GE;  Cheryl Warren, National Grid USA Board Director and Innovation Strategist; and Cynthia Arcate, President and CEO of PowerOptions.    Professor Barbara Kates-Garnick of The Fletcher School moderated the panel discussion.

For the third and final 2016 signature event, NEWIEE members met at The Algonquin Club of Boston to discuss the past year, get NEWIEE members’ feedback, and discuss 2017 goals for NEWIEE.   This meeting was followed by a fun evening of networking and socializing at our Fall Fête.

Our members’ commitment and involvement have made NEWIEE what it is today and what it will continue to be in 2017 – a place to collaborate, to share and grow your energy and environment network, and to recognize and build on our collective accomplishments.  All with the goal of fostering a dynamic and enthusiastic environment, bringing together those who care about energy and the environment, and encouraging the development of creative solutions to energy and environmental issues.

It is with excitement that I look forward to 2017 and your continued participation in NEWIEE!

Best wishes,

Beth Barton
NEWIEE President

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