Primera is pleased to announce that Mary O’Toole, Vice President and Business Consulting Lead, was honored with the prestigious 8th Annual Maverick Award at this year’s 9th Annual Energetic Women Conference in Houston, Texas. The award was presented to her by Primera President & CEO Erin Inman during a special ceremony held on Wednesday, June 15th.
The Maverick Award was developed to recognize leaders who have set the standard in promoting, connecting and strengthening female leaders in energy operations and engineering. This highly-respected award is presented annually to a man or woman who: actively participates in the advancement of women in leadership; knows an organization is stronger with a diverse leadership team; believes in the empowerment of women; understands the importance of recognition and opportunities for women; advocates for the professional advancement of women; and acknowledges the full talents, capabilities, and organizational benefits of women in energy operations and engineering.
Mary leads Primera’s Business Consulting efforts and possesses an in-depth background in establishing and managing Project Management Offices (PMO) and facilitating process improvements for major electric and gas utility clients. Her expertise is the result of more than 35 years of utility and energy experience. She is knowledgeable in distribution utility work practices and is a skilled regulatory and environmental expert, specializing in utility industry management.
“We are incredibly proud of Mary. She truly exemplifies an Energetic Women Maverick,” explains Erin Inman. “I have seen, first hand, her personally and professionally advocate for women and diversity in the energy engineering and operations world, and she understands the importance of promoting and strengthening potential leaders to create a successful, diverse team.”
While Mary is incredibly valuable to the Primera team, she has dedicated a good part of her career to mentoring others in the industry. She is charismatic and inclusive and continues to connect and educate the next generation of leaders. She was and continues to be a trailblazer when it comes to mentoring in the workplace. She has served on a number of boards that have provided a platform for her to assist with the professional development of women at all experience levels, including: the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Chair), the Midwest Energy Association, the Association of Energy Service Professionals, the Solar Electrical Power Association (Chair), and the Marquette University Alumni Association (Board of Directors). Additionally, she has served an integral role on the Energetic Women Leadership Team since joining in 2007. She has set the standard time and time again when it comes to the promotion, connection, and strengthening of female leaders.
Energetic Women’s mission is to prepare women within the energy industry for leadership roles in operations and engineering. Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) annual Energetic Women conference is a women-focused leadership conference that includes networking, relating to others in similar positions as well as building personal development skills. The conference is open to both women and men seeking greater influence and the opportunity to provide additional value to their company in the field of energy operations and engineering.