How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb? Women Leading the Way in Energy


Emerson Room Westin Hotel Waltham
Third Avenue
Waltham, MA
United States

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 5:30pm

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Do you take it for granted that the lights will come on when you flip the switch? Do you know where our power comes from and if we will have enough to supply the needs of our growing economy?

Come for networking and dinner and to hear from women who are leaders in the energy industry.  These women are tackling the state’s biggest energy challenges, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 through clean energy, keeping up with customer demand for solar, and enabling a reliable and resilient energy infrastructure that will withstand storms and climate change, all while keeping an eye on meeting our need for affordable power when we want to flip that switch.   

Energy is central to our lives and our businesses and getting today’s challenges right is critical for our future. This superb panel will talk about these issues, what you can do to support our clean energy future, and their experiences in this traditionally male-dominated field. 

Our Panelists

Cynthia A. Arcate
 is President and CEO of PowerOptions, a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

Janet Gail Besser
 is Executive Vice President of NECEC, the Northeast Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute. NECEC helps clean energy companies start, scale and succeed.  Janet leads NECEC's Policy, Government Affairs and Membership strategy and activities.

Patricia DiOrio is Vice President, US Strategy of National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world, covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and the UK.  Patty leads the development of National Grid’s US business strategy and supports corporate level strategy development.

Judith Judson
 is the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, charged with ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy future.  


Our Moderator

Amy Rabinowitz is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at National Grid and a member of The Boston Club and the Distinguished Leaders Series committee. 




Reg and School St Members: No charge*
Associate Members: $60*
Non-Members: $75*