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AWE Boardmember Julie Parsley Named One of Austin’s Best CEOs

ABJ Staff - Austin Business Journal - Oct. 3, 2019 Imagine in your mind's eye a Central Texas nonprofit — do you think of an electrical utility providing power to thousands of customers spread across the Hill Country? Perhaps not. But Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc. is a nonprofit, and a successful one at that. It [...]

New CEO takes over at Hill Country power provider Pedernales, one of nation’s largest co-ops

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc., the Johnson City-based electricity provider that supplies swaths of the Hill Country and Austin suburbs with power, has a new CEO — the first woman to hold the post in the organization's nearly 80-year history. The nonprofit co-op's board of directors voted Oct. 26 to name JulieParsley as chief executive. She [...]

In Remembrance of Karen R. Johnson

One of our esteemed AWE Board Members, Karen R. Johnson, passed away on June 5, 2016.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring mentor, and dear friend to many. Karen was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s Law School, and she served in many roles throughout her forty-year [...]

Articles of Interest

“The Role that Women Can Play” in Energy Today

The pandemic has caused millions of people, especially women, to rethink their careers. It may have been stimulated by all that time working from home, or the shift to remote work opening up opportunities in any location, or homeschooling their kids for months while schools were closed, or the joy they found in hobbies or side [...]

Rare Gem: Building TerraFina Energy Into One Of America’s Biggest Woman-Owned Oil Companies

“You know, little girl, I’ve been watching you,” the longtime oilman said to Marsha Hendler. “You get this business; you need to be an operator.” Some women would have taken offense at being called “little girl.” Instead Hendler saw a golden opportunity to be mentored and, in the process, gained a close friend – “my [...]

#ChangePays: There Were More Male CEOs Named John than Female CEOs

The New York Times noted that “fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John” in an article published in 2015. “The Johns” were in second place by year-end 2016, but not by much. Although female executives remain grossly underrepresented in the C-suite, this small victory for gender inclusion underscores a changing [...]