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The Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals' Spring Connection

MISSION STATEMENT

The Women's International Network of Utility Professionals is an organization providing a link for developing and recognizing professionals involved with utility business trends, issues, products, and services.

OBJECTIVES

Opportunities for professional development of members. Network and mentoring among members. Recognition and visibility for members and business partners.

Message From The President and CEO

Vivian Andrews - 2021 WiNUP International President and CEO

WiNUP Members - We made it to 2021!! And yes, we got through it with CHANGE. From working from home and spending more “quality” time with the family, to how we gather--we survived. Our organization continued to strive because we rose to the occasion and chose to change. We need to continue to think ahead to where we need to be at the end of this year and where we need to be in three years, six years, and a decade from now. We want to be better in 10 years than we are today, but we will not be unless we CHOOSE to be.

Change requires making a choice. We have to make the right choices to grow. If we are going to grow, we will have to change, and change means we let go of some old things and grab hold of some new things. Take advantage of the WELD seminars and other professional development offerings. Get involved in the new mentoring program that will possibly be offered this year. But most importantly, participate in YOUR CHAPTER'S activities and events. Make a choice to be positive to yourself and others.

We produce what we continually keep in front of us. If we focus on an image of success in our minds, we are going to move toward success. Our vision, our mission should be our focus.

What we see has a tremendous impact on our growth. Let’s use our imaginations to continue to build WiNUP! Let’s keep our goals in front of us and move forward in 2021. I am confident that this abled body of intelligent, strong women is capable is doing just that!

Now, let’s get it done!

Each year my manager asks me to come up with professional development goals to work on. What exactly does that mean?

Submitted by International Vice President, Kristen Thompson

In simple terms, professional development (PD) activities help employees continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. It is not a “one and done” activity; it should be an ongoing process that continues throughout an individual’s career. Actively engaging in PD ensures that current knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date and that new knowledge and skills are obtained as necessary and/or as desired. As my manager suggested, the beginning of a new year is a great time to set goals for your continued professional development.

Here are a few professional development goals that I will explore with you throughout this year:

  1. Improve Work-Life Balance
  2. Start Networking
  3. Learn a New Skill
  4. Work on your Weakness

Today we will focus on work-life balance. It refers to the ideal situation where an employee can successfully split her time and energy between work and other aspects of life. Individuals whose needs for work-life balance are met are happier and more productive in their jobs. Below are a few tips from a recent Time article I read and how they have helped me. The article is “Worrying About ‘Work-Life Balance’ Can Be a Trap. Here’s What to Try Instead,” written by Tara Law.

3 tips to get started:

  • Identify what and who matters
  • Focus on your own well being
  • Reconsider what is normal

Work-life balance does not mean taking from one to give to the other, instead consider how different parts of your life affect one another. Start by identifying what and who matter. Devote time to think about what is important to you and what you want your life to look like in the future. I did not realize how my working from home has affected my family this past year. It has become increasingly difficult to separate work and home. My commitment for 2021 is to schedule vacation for each day my kids have off school, allowing us all to enjoy time away from school and work together.

Do not forget about your own wellbeing. Regain focus on the here and now. For me this is slowing down and detaching from the hectic day to allow my body and mind time to rest before it crashes. I chose meditation. It is not easy and I have to force myself to carve out 10 minutes, but it is something that works for me and provides me time to slow down, breathe and recharge.

Reconsider what’s normal. The task of managing work-life balance is not one to tackle alone. Your work team can help each other with this and together you can re-establish the norm for your team. For 2021 I am committed to not sending emails after work hours or on weekends. I have never expected anyone to read or answer emails during these times, however the simple act of me sending the message indicates that my expectation is otherwise.

I hope that you can take these tips and come up with ideas of your own to help you strike a better balance between work and the other areas of your life.

Professional Development Committee Update by: Shelby Leisz

The WiNUP International Professional Development and Chapter Event Grant Committee is excited to kick off 2021. It continues to be a challenging year during the pandemic and many working remotely for the foreseeable future. The Committee continues to provide WiNUP members with access to Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Webinars monthly as part of the WiNUP subscription to these services/webinars. On January 21, 2021, the first “Tell It Like It Is Thursday” WELD webinar focused on “The Power of Belonging“. The Committee is meeting in late February to plan for the year and will facilitate the review of Chapter Event grants in August for WiNUP PD and Chapter Event funds. Stay tuned for more efforts to come!

Become More Stress Resilient

By Brooke L. Werneburg, Mayo Clinic

Resilience means being able to adapt to life's inevitable stresses and setbacks. In other words, you bounce back quickly when something goes wrong. If you frequently feel unhappy, or often wish you could take back the way you reacted to something, you may need to work on your resiliency. Here are three tactics you can use to raise your resiliency threshold and get more enjoyment from life.

1. Create awareness. Becoming more aware of your thoughts and actions can help you recognize patterns and areas where you can improve. Plus, it allows you to acknowledge what you're already doing well. The next time you feel stressed, simply pause and notice your reaction. You might ask yourself, "Where is this coming from?" Once you've done that, you can choose another response or way of thinking.

2. Focus your attention. A powerful technique for dealing with stressful situations is to cultivate your attention to focus on the present moment. Doing so reduces the mind's tendency to wander and ruminate on the what-if thoughts that often add to stress. Focusing your attention takes practice, especially in a world that's filled with text messages, social media and other distractions. To develop this skill, try focusing on the details in your everyday surroundings and experiences. Discover new aspects of old haunts and habits. Find the beauty in the mundane.

3. Don't pass judgment ... for at least 3 minutes. Do you find yourself judging and assessing everything you experience? "This would be better if ..." "They should have ..." "I would have done it this way ..." Combat this "righting reflex" by challenging yourself to simply experience someone or something for three minutes without trying to critique or improve. When you delay judgment, you create space for gratitude. You may find that what's in front of you is good enough — or enjoyable as is.

Stress is unavoidable. The key is learning how to cope with it. These three ways can bolster your stress response and build resiliency without adding extra time to your schedule.

Utility Affairs

EPA Finalizes Pollutant-Specific Significant Contribution Finding for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Utility Generating Units

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2021) — The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing a clear framework for determining when standards are appropriate for emissions of greenhouse gases from specific source categories under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(b)(1)(A). The framework provides criteria – primarily an emissions threshold – for evaluating whether greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a source category are significant and should be regulated. The rule clarifies a previously vague standard, promotes regulatory certainty for stakeholders, and ensures consistency in evaluating when to regulate under this part of the CAA.

“EPA’s new significance framework lays out how the agency will determine when stationary sources of greenhouse gases trigger a requirement by the agency to set New Source Performance Standards in the future,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This action adheres to the specific requirement laid out in the Clean Air Act and ensures covered entities, such as power plants and other large-scale manufacturers, are provided a clear view of regulatory requirements and expectations.”

Today’s framework follows up on a finding from the 2020 Oil and Gas Rule, which determined that, in order to regulate emissions of any pollutant from a stationary source category under the CAA section 111(b)(1)(A), EPA must first find that emissions of that pollutant from that source category contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution. This is called a pollutant-specific “significant contribution finding.” In the 2020 Oil and Gas rule, EPA stated that it intended to identify criteria for making a pollutant-specific significance finding in a separate rulemaking. Today’s action fulfills that commitment.

EPA’s framework sets an emissions threshold of 3 percent of total gross U.S. GHG emissions as the primary criterion in making a pollutant-specific significance determination for purposes of CAA section 111(b). The framework provides that source categories can only be considered to contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution due to their GHG emissions if the amount of those emissions exceeds 3 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. For certain source categories that emit above this threshold, EPA’s framework also provides secondary criteria that can be used to further evaluate whether a source category contributes significantly.

In this action, EPA is also determining that the electric utility generating units (EGU) source category (which includes utility boilers, gasification units, and stationary combustion turbines) contributes significantly to dangerous air pollution because GHG emissions from the EGU source category are substantially above the 3-percent threshold. EGUs stand out as by far the largest stationary source of the U.S. GHG emissions, emitting over 25 percent of all the U.S. GHG emissions.

More information is available on the web at: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/nsps-ghg-emissions-new-modified-and-reconstructed-electric-utility.

Background

In December 2018, EPA proposed revisions to the GHG NSPS from new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. EPA held one public hearing and received more than 142,000 comments on the proposal.

In the December 2018 proposal, EPA solicited comment on whether to make a pollutant-specific significant contribution determination for GHG emissions from EGUs, which is the subject of this final action. The remainder of the proposal was dedicated to the issue of the determination of the best system of emission reduction, or BSER, for newly constructed, modified, and reconstructed coal-fired EGUs. EPA is not addressing that aspect of the proposal, or related comments, in this final rulemaking.

A ‘Charming’ Way to Recognize Your Years of Service

In years past, WiNUP recognized five-year incremental membership milestones with certificates. But as of 2020, your service and commitment to the organization will be commemorated in a considerably more “charming” way.

Members celebrating membership anniversaries (5, 10, 15, 20, and so on) will receive charms which represent the milestone years. Each anniversary charm was chosen to symbolically document members’ WiNUP journey. For instance, those who have completed their fifth membership year will receive an acorn charm while 10-year members earn an oak leaf charm. Acorns and oaks figure prominently in WiNUP’s history, epitomizing personal and professional growth through membership in the organization.

Charms were mailed out to 2020 members for each five year incremental anniversary they had reached to date. If you did not receive your charms, please contact Lisa Morinini at winup.lisa@lkm-associates.com.

The WINUP international executive committee and board hope the charms remind you that you are an integral part of a powerful sisterhood. Without your commitment to WiNUP, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our goals of supporting and empowering women in the utility industry.

What each charm symbolizes

5 year — The lone acorn symbolizes the beginning of your WiNUP journey.

10 year — Just like the WiNUP history book notes, from acorns grow oaks. The oak leaf is a symbol of your growth as a WiNUP member

15 year — You are now a mentor and a source of strength to others in the organization. The mature oak tree symbolizes this stage of your WiNUP membership.

20 year — Local chapters provide numerous opportunities for networking, and personal and professional development. They’re integral to your WiNUP experience.

25 year — The double acorn charm is a reminder that WiNUP’s success is dependent on members working together to benefit all.

30 year — What greater symbol for a 30-year member’s longtime commitment to the organization than a pair of oak leaves?

35 year — Acorns and oaks: For 35-year members these symbols document how their WiNUP journey began and what it has led to.

40 year — The globe icon is part of WiNUP’s logo and is similar to the past president’s charm. It symbolizes leadership in the organization.

45 year — These sapphire blue orbs symbolize strength, honesty and devotion. They’re a perfect way to honor long-time members’ loyalty to WiNUP.

50 year — This small “50” charm comes with extreme gratitude for all you’ve done through the years for WiNUP.

From left to right: 5 Year, 10 Year, 15 Year, 20 Year and 25 Year Charms
From left to right: 30 Year, 35 Year, 40 Year, 45 Year and 50 Year Charms

Chapter Updates and News

Ohio Chapter

Professional Development and Chapter Event

On Friday, Dec. 4th, 2020 the Ohio Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP) held their annual banquet virtually across Webex. This event involved a reflection of the successful 2020 year, special recognition for 2020 officers, service awards, as well as the induction of 2021 officers. The past year was a whirlwind with the pandemic changing how WiNUP conducted all its events and meetings, but somehow we still managed to have a great year and record attendance for the events held. The 2020 Ohio WiNUP chapter continues its success as an organization that provides a link for developing and recognizing professionals involved with utility business trends, products and services. The 2020 goals were achieved including: achieve financial stability, increase value of Membership and improve operating processes. This year we recruited 58 NEW members. At the international level, Ohio was able to take home some amazing awards including a professional development grant, an event-funding grant, Chapter Achievement Award and….1st Place Newsletter Award! The Ohio Chapter is looking forward to 2021 and its vision of Rising Strong Together. The incoming Chair Amy Dellenbach stated the following: “Rising Strong Together represents our strength and support for each other, like the old oak tree with strong branches and deep roots to keep us united together.”

West Virginia Chapter

WV Announces their 2021 Chapter Officers

  • Christina Massey - Chair
  • Erica Young - Vice Chair
  • Robin Watson - Treasurer
  • Tricia Begil - Secretary
  • Judy Hurd - international Board Rep
  • Misty Heldreth - Immediate Past Chair

WV Chapter Spotlight

Thank you to APCo External Affairs for contributing $500.00 donation to WV Chapter.

WV Chapter Event

APCo WV members participated and sponsored the Heart + Hand Outreach Ministries' annual Kay Hall Hike for Hunger on October 4th. 2020. Judy Hurd, Community Outreach Chair was able to secure a $250 sponsorship from Appalachian Power’s External Affairs Team and another $350 from American Electric Power’s Make A Difference grants program. The External Affairs grant secured a sponsorship spot for WiNUP on all participant shirts.

Team WiNUP had a beautiful day for walking. Participants included Judy Hurd, Business Services Account Manager Senior/APCo Charleston office, Robin Watson, Customer Service Representative Charleston office and her grandson Grey, Misty Heldreth, Customer Services Supervisor/APCo Charleston office, Ellen Baker, Admin Senior, Central Machine Shop/APCo South Charleston, and Christina Massey, Consumer Program Coordinator Sr./ APCo and her husband Drew. WiNUP WV had several members that participated virtually as well.

The Heart and Hand Annual Kay Hall Hike for Hunger occurs on the first Sunday in October. The event was named in remembrance of Kay Hall who served as administrator for the organization for decades. Monies raised from the Hike help 5,000 individuals each year with food, clothing, household items, work shoes, home medical equipment, diapers, formula, utility assistance, and more.

Heart and Hand provides services to low income families throughout Kanawha and Putnam counties and has remote offices in these areas. The Hike has made it possible for them to provide weekend food bags for South Charleston Middle School students who might not have enough to eat on weekends and thanks to participation in last year’s Hike, were able to serve seniors in the community with food delivery through the Covid-19 crisis.

WV Community Outreach

As part of our Chapter’s ongoing community outreach efforts chapter members made individual donations to Golden Girl Group Home to help make Christmas extra special for 35 adolescent female residents. Generally, our chapter funds at least one in person event with the girls, but due to COVID19 restrictions we were unable to sponsor an event this year. GGGH was so appreciative of our members’ generous donations this Christmas and sent us a beautiful photo of the girls along with a brief description for each of the girls.

Golden Girl Group Home is a home for teenage girls who have been abused, neglected, orphaned of for another reason cannot live in their natural home.

Member Spotlight

She felt like she belonged in WiNUP from the beginning

Schilling reflects on 31 years of membership

First impressions really do matter. And Emily Schilling’s first impression of WiNUP is still vivid some 31 years later.

“Everyone was so welcoming,” she recalled about the first time she went to a luncheon meeting of the Indiana Chapter of Electrical Women’s Round Table back in 1989. “I felt a camaraderie that I never had experienced in a professional group. I truly felt like I belonged in this organization.” That sense of belonging was just what she needed in her career at that time. She had joined the staff of Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (now Indiana Electric Cooperatives) just five years earlier and was hungry for the networking opportunities with other women in the utility industry.

When Schilling officially joined EWRT the next year, she jumped in with both feet, immediately volunteering to serve as the chapter’s newsletter editor. Through that position, she was able to connect with members, build relationships and learn more about the organization. “Getting involved like that was one of the smartest moves I’ve made,” Schilling said. “Right away, I was invested in EWRT. Right away, I was part of the action!”

She attended her first national conference in Pittsburgh in 1991. “I didn’t know it at the time, but it was a life-changing experience for me,” she recalled. When Schilling saw firsthand how the organization’s network extended beyond her chapter’s borders, her EWRT/WiNUP journey really took off. “You always hear that you have to go to a conference to truly experience WiNUP and that is so true.”

After serving as Indiana Chapter vice chair in 1991 and chapter chair in 1992, she chaired the 1993 national conference, held in Indianapolis. “I grew so much as a leader then and formed stronger bonds within my chapter,” Schilling said. That led to chairing an ad hoc national conference guidelines committee and editing the national newsletter in 1995. She then served as EWRT’s national secretary from 1996-97 and national vice president from 1997-98. While an EWRT national officer, she was involved in the strategic planning session during which the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals name was conceived. The new name was launched at the 1998 conference held in Indianapolis. Schilling was installed as WiNUP’s first international president during that conference.

Including “network” in the new name was inspired, she said, because WiNUP’s strength is its members. “There are so many accomplished women in our organization who have inspired me through the years,” she said. “It’s been so easy to make personal connections with other members that last for years.” Without WiNUP, she would never have been able to network beyond the electric cooperative industry or her career field, magazine publishing. Schilling has been a magazine editor since 1985. The magazine she edits and writes for, Indiana Connection, is distributed to electric cooperative consumers throughout Indiana.

Post-presidential activities

Schilling’s WiNUP resume since her term as international president has included numerous committee assignments including the public relations committee (which she continues to chair), the member services committee, the marketing plan committee, the chapter development and retention committee, and the social justice committee. She has helped plan six EWRT/WiNUP conferences and is co-chairing the 2023 International Conference. In 2010, she received WiNUP’s highest honor, the Honorary Life Member designation.

But some of her favorite WiNUP memories were when she was making lasting contributions behind the scenes. A past winner of EWRT’s POWER and Member of the Year Awards, in 2002 she helped come up with the name and guidelines for the OAK Award. She helped spearhead the WiNUP International philanthropic program which has since been a part of international conferences, came up with the idea of developing an international platform and helped develop judging criteria for WiNUP’s major awards. She also served as an editor for the newest edition of WiNUP’s history, “From Acorns to Oaks.” She served several stints on the WiNUP International Board representing the Indiana Chapter and has repeated several other leadership positions as vacancies have occurred.

Leaving a legacy is important to Schilling and making an impact in WiNUP is one way she’s been able to do that. At the same time, WiNUP has helped her. “Since membership involvement is the key to WiNUP’s success I’ve been able to develop skills I’ve not been able to hone at work,” Schilling said. “I’ve done that while contributing to WiNUP at the same time.”

As a long-time member of WiNUP, Schilling said she feels her organizational journey mirrors WiNUP’s “acorns to oaks” analogy. “During my ‘acorn’ years as a member, I found mentors who helped me grow as a professional and a person,” she said. “Now — although members continue to inspire me and help me grow — I try to ‘pay it forward’ as much as I can by guiding and encouraging other members.

“I must say, my time as an ‘oak’ has been especially rewarding,” she said. But she’s quick to point out: the entire journey has enhanced her life.

Past Presidents at the 2015 International Conference: Seated: Velda Otey. From left: Emily Schilling, Kim Thompson, Teri Berliner (back), Vikki Michalski (front), Janet Rehberg, Donna Campbell Walker, Julie Jumper-Morris, Lila Munsey and Sue Mercer.
At the 2010 International Conference, Trena Riffle served as a roving reporter, interviewing past presidents during the Past Presidents Lunch. Here, Emily Schilling (right) answers Riffle’s question.
The Indiana Chapter has talked about STEM careers with Girl Scouts at events through the years. Shown at the WiNUP “STEMpede” booth during a Girl Scout event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are Emily Schilling, Miss South Central Indiana’s Outstanding Teen Abby Walker, Jeanette Surratt and Mandy Saucerman.
Past Presidents at the 2011 International Conference: From left: Lila Munsey, Julie Jumper-Morris, Donna McCord, Rita Simpson, Sue Mercer, Anita Banister, Emily Schilling, Linda Johnson and Cynthia Salinas Snyder

March is Women's History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

The History of WiNUP

Part 1

By: Molly Long

This is the first in a four-part series exploring the almost 100-year history of WiNUP. Information, quotes and context are pulled from the book “From Acorns to Oaks: The story of the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals and the Electrical Women’s Round Table” Version 3, © 2015 by Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, Inc.

We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of history but to shape history. ~ Madeleine Albright

The WiNUP organization we know today, began in 1923 because seven women employed in the relatively young and growing electrical industry first met as the only females attending to the historically all male annual meeting of the Society for Electrical Development. They eventually formed the Electrical Women’s Round Table (EWRT), which eventually became the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, Inc.

The Society, organized to promote the general use of electricity, including the lighting of the first national Christmas tree, had its first conference in 1913. Its founder, J. M. Wakeman told the 200-man delegation that: “At least 70 percent of the people in the United States use electricity in some form, and approximately 5 percent of the population are supported more or less directly by the electrical trade and its ramifications.”

Ten years later, in a small, but undeniably significant, show of inclusion, the Society asked the first women to attend its annual meeting. Invited because they were on the Society’s staff, worked for manufacturers or were writers for the industry or the growing electrical trade press, far from being token attendees, these extraordinary women, along with others like them, were instrumental in the promotion of electrical living across America.

While it seems remarkable that a women's professional organization was not only founded in 1923, but flourished and succeeded almost a century ago, it could also be seen as a completely natural, if not inevitable, “sign of the times.” Beyond their shared interest in “electrifying” the daily lives of Americans, the founders’ mission were right in line with the zeitgeist of the year when the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced.

In 1919, the 18th Amendment helped to usher in the Roaring ‘20s - a raucous time of criminality and corruption, but also one of unprecedented advances for women - by giving women the right to vote. The first opportunity to exercise this hard won power was when women cast ballots in the 1920 elections.

The 1920s also brought with it the failed social experiment of Prohibition and much about the era of “bathtub gin” and gangsters is rightly viewed negatively, despite Hollywood’s use of new advances to glamorize the mayhem. Fortunately, contemporary technological advances did much more than put roses on the cheeks of silver screen starlets and fascinate audiences with the miracle of “talkies.”

Technology was causing tangible and positive change in people’s quality of life. Electric household appliances - both early iterations that came in the decades before, such as vacuum cleaners, radios mixers and stoves; and those that were emerging and advancing each following year, like refrigerators, spin dryers and toasters; were combining with the more affordable and increasing electrification of rural areas to make everyone’s lives easier in general and, women’s lives, in particular.

As one attendee of that 1923 conference said: "If this business of making and selling electricity and its services is to develop along all its promised avenues, it will, to a considerable degree, be related to the running of homes. It seems obvious that women have much to contribute to the electrical industry. The work that has been done by some women already stands out in bold relief."

This significant work was especially true of the EWRT/WiNUP founders. These women were not only enterprising visionaries, promoting the modernizing benefits of the electrical appliances we now rely on completely; they were also dedicated to helping other women to find support and connect with their peers for mutual advancement, which sounds like a highly modern concept, even now.

Naturally drawn to gather together as the only women delegates at that 1923 meeting, they quickly discovered they faced common business needs and similar career issues. One attendee later wrote that the women’s’ interaction at the conference was “so interesting and so helpful that we decided to meet at least once a month when we got back to New York. At that time, we were all pioneers in the work we were attempting to do — mostly in connection with household appliances. Some of us were in the throes of research laboratories and model kitchens, and we needed moral support."

Back in New York, each woman invited others in the metropolitan area connected with the electrical industry to join their meetings. They hoped to inspire women to enter the industry and encourage those in it to move up. By 1927, the New York group was incorporated, and would ultimately expand to encompass the many chapters we have today.

Once member astutely noted that EWRT formed “not because we are women, but because we are women tackling jobs that carry us along unblazed trails, and feel keenly our need of help from each other." While today’s professional women’s are still on the long road to parity, it is both galvanizing and, yes, electrifying, to know that we carry on the important efforts and legacy of the EWRT. This organization has been unwaveringly dedicated to helping its members pursue professional, leadership, fulfilling the WiNUP tagline: “Empowering Women in Utilities Since 1923.”

2021 WiNUP International Conference: September 26-29, Charleston, South Carolina

Planning is in full swing for the 2021 WiNUP International Conference in beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina! With the pandemic affecting our daily lives at home and in the workplace, our planning committee felt it only natural that the theme of this year’s conference incorporate some aspect of this unprecedented time we are living in. “Power, Strength and Resilience” is the theme for the 2021 conference, and will serve as the backdrop for the fantastic programming we are busy planning for this Fall. As a WiNUP organization, we will get through this time by relying on our “Power and Strength” because we are a “Resilient” group of professionals! Look for more information in the coming weeks on the WiNUP website and social media pages as we prepare and finalize the agenda for the 2021 WiNUP International Conference!

Please remember to visit the WiNUP website to learn about upcoming events and other WiNUP activities. See below what you should see when looking for this information on the main page.

The Member Section is also a great resource to find WiNUP documents. Check out the Lunch N Learn recordings that provide a how to on accessing member profiles, making changes to your profile, etc.

Executive Officers 2021

President

Vivian Andrews

Immediate Past President

Janet Hewitt

Vice President

Kristen Thompson

Secretary

Debbie Schroeder

Treasurer

Elizabeth Testerman

Executive Director

Lisa Morinini

Don't forget to visit the WiNUP website regularly for announcements, upcoming events, chapter fundraisers and letters from the WiNUP President!

Spring Connection 2021

Produced by the International WiNUP Committee - Deb Hohn/Martha Napalo - Co-Chairs. Additional Information provided by Molly Long, Melody Lynch, Melenda Meazle, and Cindy Owen

Credits:

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