Jackie Bavaro AGA Hosts Second Annual Next Level Women’s Leadership Program

Becky Blalock, Advisory Capital (center) pictured with Xcel Energy's Cheryl Campbell and Joni Zich.

Becky Blalock, Advisory Capital (center) pictured with Xcel Energy’s Cheryl Campbell (left) and Joni Zich (right). Photo courtesy of Becky Blalock.

The American Gas Association (AGA) hosted its second annual Next Level Women’s Leadership Program on March 15-17 at its headquarters in Washington, DC. This event was developed under the direction of AGA’s Leadership Council Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to provide a national forum that complements the diversity and inclusion efforts already underway by AGA member companies. This year, the meeting gathered more than 30 women executives from AGA member companies across the nation.


Dave McCurdy, AGA; Patricia Poppe, CMS Energy; and Colette Honorable, FERC lead Women Energy Executives Panel: Challenges & Opportunities.


Speakers included Diane Leopold, president and CEO, Dominion; Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president, Gas, Xcel Energy; Patricia Poppe, president and CEO, CMS Energy; and Dave McCurdy, president and CEO, AGA. Panels led in-depth workshops focused on a variety of topics ranging from industry case studies and business best practices to developing and enhancing one’s personal brand.

The Next Level Women’s Leadership Program is a year-long training and mentorship initiative. In addition to this kick-off event in DC, the program will include regional meetings hosted by member companies later this year.

We hope those who attended found value in this event and we look forward to seeing attendees again throughout the year. To learn more about the program, click here or contact Ysabel Suarez at 202-824-7024 or ysuarez@aga.org.

Jackie Bavaro

About Jackie Bavaro

Jackie Bavaro is American Gas Association’s (AGA) Communications Specialist. Prior to joining AGA, Jackie worked as a federal contractor at the U.S. Department of Transportation supporting the Cybersecurity program within the Office of the Secretary. Previously, in a similar capacity, Jackie worked at the Department of Labor as a business analyst, researching ways to efficiently consolidate IT investments across the Department. In August 2014, Jackie completed her Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Jackie holds a B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University.
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