New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE) today announced the
winners of its annual Achievement Awards. These awards celebrate the
accomplishments of women leaders in the fields of energy and
environment. This year, NEWIEE will honor four women who have achieved
professional excellence within their area of specialty and have also
served as mentors, actively paving the way to success for other women in
similar professional fields. Special opening remarks will be delivered
by The Boston Globe's Erin Ailworth. The event will be anchored
by a keynote address from Karen Gordon Mills, who served in
President Barack Obama's cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small
Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013.
Recipients of the 2014 NEWIEE Achievement Awards are: Alicia Barton,
Janet Gail Besser, and Elin Swanson Katz. Patricia Stanton will be
presented with the NEWIEE Leadership Award.
Ms. Barton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean
Energy Center and responsible for leading MassCEC's efforts to
accelerate the success of the clean energy technology sector in
Massachusetts. Since her appointment as CEO in August, 2012, Alicia has
driven MassCEC's efforts to provide support for all aspects of the
sector from early stage technology innovation, to clean energy project
deployment and workforce development. Working in close coordination with
the clean energy, environmental and economic development efforts of the
Commonwealth,MassCEC's programs have helped deliver record job growth
in the clean energy technology sector, while seeing rapid expansion of
clean energy projects throughout Massachusetts.
Ms. Besser is Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the
New England Clean Energy Council, where she leads the Council's policy
and advocacy efforts to achieve its mission to accelerate New England's
clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active
community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy
companies. Ms. Besser is also a member of the Board of Directors of
PowerOptions, the leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts for
nonprofits, as well as state and municipal facilities.
Ms. Katz was appointed Connecticut's Consumer Counsel by Governor Dannel
P. Malloy in 2011, and confirmed by the Legislature in 2012. She heads
the Office of Consumer Counsel, an independent state agency that
advocates on behalf of consumers in matters relating to electricity,
water, natural gas, and telecommunications. The office has served as an
independent voice for Connecticut's residents, municipalities, and
businesses since 1975, working for reliable high-quality utility service
at a reasonable cost, sensible public policies and legislation, and,
particularly in recent times, effective utility storm response.
Ms. Stanton is a Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy for
Conservation Services Group (CSG) and a nationally recognized expert in
regulatory policy analysis and advocacy. She directs CSG's participation
in emerging energy markets and public policies related to energy
efficiency, renewable energy, carbon quantification, and the full range
of demand resources. She provides technical support and serves as a
liaison for company regions and executives, and oversees CSG's Clean
Energy Markets, Policy and Advocacy team activities.
The awards will be presented at the NEWIEE fourth Annual Gala on April
8th at 6:00 PM at The Lenox Hotel.
Founded in Boston in 2008 by a group of eminently accomplished women in
the sector, NEWIEE harnesses the passion, intelligence and leadership
experience of New England women to promote and encourage women's careers
and public interest in the energy and environment sectors. Comprised of
members across the public and private sectors, as well as various age
groups, NEWIEE is a stimulating forum for networking, sharing of
expertise and information and mentoring.
To learn more about NEWIEE and this year's honorees, please go to: www.newiee.org.
Members of the media are welcome to attend free of charge.
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