Women In Industry Forum

San Antonio, TX | San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

DECEMBER 14-16, 2021


NAED continually puts the health and safety of our members, their associates, and our staff as a top priority. We are monitoring the latest CDC recommendations for our in-person events and will work to follow all recommended protocols.  At this time NAED is actively planning to hold the Women in Industry Forum in-person at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.






For the safety of all meeting attendees, we are sharing the following reminders:

  • NAED is following the CDC guidelines for quarantine and close contact recommendations for those who come in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • While attending the LEAD or Women In Industry conference, if an attendee develops any COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, the attendee should self-isolate in their guest room and notify NAED at
  • The Marriott Hotel policy states that all unvaccinated guests continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.


NAED is also asking attendees to follow these recommendations:

  • Please wear a face-covering indoors when not eating or drinking.
  • Keep six feet distance from other attendees whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Monitor your health and well-being and avoid being with other attendees if you feel you have a temperature or COVID-19 symptoms.


Conference Information

NAED's Women in Industry Forum provides an environment for female professionals within electrical distribution to take steps toward advancing their careers by leveraging educational opportunities.
Who Should Attend
This conference is ideal for all females, from entry level to upper management, in the electrical industry. The Forum provides education opportunities for attendees allowing them to connect with senior leadership within industry-leading companies.
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* To ensure you receive member pricing, log into your NAED account prior to registering.
If you don’t remember your credentials, please use the forgot password link available on the login page.



Alison Fragale
Professor, Speaker
Michelle Silverthorn
Diversity Speaker, Author, Consultant
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Jennifer Pharr Davis
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Founder/Owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company
Melissa Bucher
National Account Director, Eaton, NAED Women In Industry Chair
Mary Derrick
Vice President, Electrical Channel Strategy and Digital Enablement, Schneider Electric
Jana Gerber
Principal, Sustainability Business Division, Schneider Electric
Cathy Susie
Vice President of Human Resources, U.S. Operations, Schneider Electric
Jayne Millard
Executive Chairman of the Board, Turtle & Hughes
Kathleen Shanahan
Chief Executive Officer, Turtle & Hughes
David Vasko
Director Advanced Technology, Strategic Development, Rockwell Automation
Christy Tilton
Vice President of U.S. Professional Trade Sales, Signify
Korie Nash
Vice President, Human Resources, Americas Region, Electrical Sector, Eaton
Michele Matthai
Director, Culture of Inclusion & Diversity, Rockwell Automation
Sidney Sollazo
Director, Sales Enablement, Rockwell Automation
Katie Stewart
Vice President of Finance and Administration, CED
Erin Prinster
Research and Data Analyst, NAED
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Women In Industry Gives Back

Women in Industry has partnered with two organizations for the week to donate our time and money. If you cannot attend and would like to make a financial contribution, please click on the appropriate link below. 



Blessings in a Backpack
Tis' the Season! Women in Industry is partnering with Blessings in a Backpack to pack bags for children in need.

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful cause — packing bags for children — on Tuesday, December 14th from 2–4 pm. Registration is $40 per person and all registration funds for this optional event will go to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. If you cannot attend in person but would like to donate monetarily, you can find the link on the event website.

This event is sponsored by Infor.

Click Here to Donate to Blessings in a Backpack




Family Violence Prevention Services
The mission of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter (FVPS) is to break the cycle of violence and to strengthen families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, effective parenting education, and specialized intervention with youth and the elderly.

FVPS has been helping victims of domestic violence in San Antonio since 1977. FVPS began as an emergency shelter for women and children and we now offer a complete array of shelter, transitional housing, counseling, children’s, and legal services to help individuals and families recover from the pain and long-term effects of domestic violence.

We hope you can join us for our Personal Safety Class on Thursday, December 16th from 6:45 – 7:45 am.  Registration is $25 per person and all registration funds for this class will go to benefit FVPS.

This event is sponsored by CED. 

CEDlogo  Please add a memo in the optional note section on the donation page: “NAED/WII”

Event Pricing


Early bird price *
Regular Price - $1,070


Early bird price *
Regular Price - $1,175


Early Bird Price *
Regular Price- $1,670

* To ensure you receive member pricing, log into your NAED account prior to registering. If you don’t remember your credentials, please use the forgot password link available on the login page.


  • Cancellations received in writing at NAED 7 days prior to the conference will be charged a processing fee of $100 per registrant canceled.
  • Substitutions received in writing will be accepted at any time.
  • NO SHOWS (registrants who do not attend the conference and have not canceled 7 days prior to the conference) WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND.
  • Email cancellations or substitution to


San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • The group rate is $199 per night plus tax (currently 18%). 
  • Requests for housing must accompany conference registration. The hotel will not directly accept reservations at the conference rate.
  • Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The cut-off for hotel reservations is November 19, however, rooms may run out prior to this date.



Distance to the Nearest Airport: 8 miles
Taxi or Ride Share Rate: Approximately $25



$37 overnight parking on-site, $43 valet parking.



In December, San Antonio's average daytime high is 65 degrees and average low around 45 degrees.



Recommended attire is business casual.


Visit our Women in Industry Trailblazer page to see the amazing women that have been awarded the NAED Trailblazer of the Year Award.


Tune in to our distributED by tED magazine podcast as we speak with Keynote Speaker, Michelle Silverthorn, about this year's Women In Industry Forum.



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