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WCEE presents its

2019 Woman of the Year
Colette D. Honorable, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

and 

2019 Champion
Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO, CPS Energy

WCEE’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2019 Woman of the Year award is Colette D. Honorable. Ms. Honorable will be honored on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at WCEE’s annual gala at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington DC.

Colette D. Honorable is a highly regarded leader in domestic and international energy sectors. For nearly a decade, Honorable has served with distinction as a utility regulator at the state and federal levels. Honorable began her career in utility regulation as Commissioner, Interim Chairman and Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. She was President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, being the first person of color to do so in the organization’s 125-year history. Honorable recently was Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to FERC, and served from January 2015 to June 2017.

Currently, Honorable is a member of Reed Smith LLP’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, resident in the Washington, D.C. office, where she co-leads the firm's energy regulatory offering. In this capacity, she is a trusted, strategic advisor to her clients and is also still engaged in supporting the development of domestic and international energy policy. Honorable is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution's Energy and Climate Initiative; a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center; an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative; a member of the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute; a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Energy Futures Initiative; and a proud member of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE).

Also honored at the annual gala is WCEE’s 2019 Champion CPS Energy President & CEO Paula Gold-Williams. Gold-Williams was named President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CPS Energy in July 2016 after serving nine months in an interim role. Since 2008, she has served as Group Executive Vice President - Financial & Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Treasurer for CPS Energy, the nation's largest gas and electric municipal utility. She also has served in other capacities such as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and controller. Gold-Williams joined CPS Energy in 2004 after holding various positions in several San Antonio businesses, including Regional Controller for Time-Warner Cable and Vice President of finance for Luby's, Inc. Gold-Williams is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.


WCEE’s Board of Directors thanks both honorees for all their support and looks forward to celebrating their successful professional careers with WCEE’s members and sponsors at the March 5th gala.

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