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The 2024 WISE Awards

Celebrating the work and accomplishments by Women in Smart Energy

Through Smart Energy Decisions’ WISE (Women In Smart Energy) Awards, Net Zero Forum Spring will recognize the exceptional professionals leading the energy transition at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center during an awards presentation on February 28. Award winners are also invited to attend #SEDNZF to speak on their accomplishments and experiences in advancing the energy transition. 

Award Categories

  • The Innovation Award recognizes a woman who has developed a new or substantially improved an energy or sustainability product, service, or strategy for her organization or the wider smart energy industry.
  • The Project Award recognizes a woman who has led or significantly contributed to an energy or sustainability project for her organization or the wider smart energy industry.
  • The Leadership Award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated excellence in leadership in the areas of energy or sustainability within her own organization or the wider smart energy industry.
  • The Mentorship Award recognizes a woman who demonstrated commitment to the mentorship of rising professionals (women and/or men) in the smart energy industry.
  • The Rising Star Award recognizes a woman with less than 10 years of experience in the smart energy industry who is already making a positive impact.
  • The Industry Veteran Award recognizes a woman with more than 10 years of experience who has made–and continues to make–a positive impact on the smart energy industry.

Please note:

  • There is no fee for participation.
  • Previous WISE Award winners are eligible to be nominated again for a new project or initiative.
  • Energy suppliers or solution providers are not eligible to win a WISE Award; they are encouraged to nominate their partners and customers from eligible organizations.
  • You may submit nominations in multiple categories, but each must be submitted in a separate form and recipients will only be granted an award in a single category.

Smart Energy Decisions’ third annual WISE Awards celebrates Women in Smart Energy. All persons who identify as women and represent large electric power users (energy customers) from commercial, industrial, institutional (including higher education, K-12, and healthcare), and government organizations may be nominated by their co-workers, peers at other organizations, or supplier partners for their achievements in energy and sustainability. Women may also nominate themselves for these awards. 

Timeline and Key Dates

  • Week of January 2, 2024: Following review by a panel of independent judges, winners will be notified. All winners will be invited to attend Smart Energy Decisions’ Net Zero Forum Spring
  • January 9, 2024: WISE Award Winners will be announced
  • February 28, 2024: The third annual WISE Awards will be presented during Net Zero Forum Spring at a special breakfast event

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Congratulations 2024 WISE Awards Winners

  1. Innovation:
    • Renee YarmyProgram Director, Maritime Sustainable Development (Port of San Diego)
  2. Project/Initiative:
    • Emily FreemanPolicy Advisor, Circular Economy for City of Boulder (City of Boulder)
    • Patricia Laskowsky, Global Technical Specialist – Vehicle Energy Transfer/Charging Controls (General Motors)
  3. Leadership:
    • Gautami PalankiSenior Vice President, ESG Strategy (Howard Hughes)
    • Susan UthayakumarChief Energy and Sustainability Officer (Prologis)
  4. Mentorship:
    • Liz Lucente, Senior Sustainability Manager – Strategic Partnership, Corporate Responsibility (Target Corporation)
    • Karen McGrath, Assistant Professor of Finance (Bucknell University)
    • Kristin Cox, Senior Manager, Gas Engineering & Asset Performance (Baltimore Gas and Electric)
  5. Rising Star:
    • Kaylann Loraine, Sustainability Reporting Specialist (Medxcel)
    • Eryn Beddoes, Project Manager, Facility Infrastructure and Engineering (Red Deer Polytechnic)
  6. Industry Veteran:
    • Leigh Pearson, Senior Director Facilities, Sustainability, Sourcing & Procurement (Staples Canada)
    • Susanna Chiu, Senior Director of Operational Services (PSE&G)
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