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Women in Energy Conference a Resounding Success

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 3:00 AM

The region's first Women in Energy Conference, hosted by the Women of JPS, concluded last Friday as a resounding success. The two-day conference, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston under the theme 'Doing Power Differently', was a platform for empowerment, learning and inspiration, for more than 350 women who came from as far away as Madagascar and Spain, as well as the neighbouring United States and other Caribbean territories.

While the conference explored current trends in energy, significant discussions took place around how women could bring their voices to the conversation about the future of the energy landscape, as well as their personal development.

The event boasted several interactive sessions and included workshops, presentations, panel discussions, motivational speeches and networking opportunities for these women who represented a range of endeavours, from electrical engineers to global strategists and financiers and high-school students.

One of the highlights of the conference was the recognition of Grace Ann Ashley as the first honouree to receive the Women In Energy Award.

Ashley is a chartered engineer. She was the first female electrical engineer in Jamaica, the first and only female to head the Jamaica Institution of Engineers as well as the first female Rotarian in Jamaica. She continues to pave the way for other women to not only emerge and work in male-dominated industries, but also to lead.

The conference concluded with the soirÈe 'Connecting Our Passions, Power & Promises!', sponsored by New Fortress Energy.