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Letter from the President

What a monumental year 2023 has been for WiNUP?!  We have celebrated our 100th Anniversary on both the International and Chapter levels.  I hope everyone was able to join in a celebration or two!  I want to thank everyone who was involved with the very successful Centennial Celebration in Niagara Falls.  The 2023 Annual Conference highlighted our history while feeding us knowledge to continue the WiNUP mission into the future.

Thank you to all our 2023 WiNUP members, committee chairs, board representatives and officers. It is your hard work and commitment that make this organization so valuable. I especially appreciate supporting me as your President and CEO during WiNUP’s 100th year.  It has been a whirlwind year, but a remarkable experience! 

I would personally like to welcome the newly chartered Corpus Christie Chapter to WiNUP!  It is exciting to see the increased interest in a geographical area that will support the growth of WiNUP.

2023 Accomplishments Highlights

  • 100th Anniversary Swag
  • 100th Anniversary Press Release
  • Professional Development Opportunities- WiNUP Presents: Learning LinkedIn with the LinkedIn Guru
  • American Water Works Association Advertisement
  • American Public Works Association Publication
  • Charter the Corpus Christi Chapter
  • Guideline Updates
  • Bylaws Updates

I would like to close my final President’s message with a except from my banquet toast:

For 100 years, this remarkable institution has been the bedrock of empowerment, fostering resilience, strength, and unity among women in a field where they have often stood as pioneers.

Let us remember our 7 founding women and the countless trailblazers who, over the decades, dared to break barriers, challenge norms, and pave the way for generations of women to follow. This organization has been the catalyst for change, providing a safe harbor for dreams to flourish, talents to be nurtured, and aspirations to reach new heights.

To the women who have blazed trails, the mentors who have nurtured talent, and the organization that has stood as a beacon of hope for a century, we say, "Cheers!" Here's to the past, present, and future of women in utilities. May your light continue to shine for another hundred years and beyond.

Cheers WiNUP!

Please have a safe and happy holiday season!


Karen Gilmer
2023 WiNUP International President

Karen Gilmer

WiNUP Headquarters

2795 East Bidwell St
Folsom, CA 95630

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization under the IRA Code.  Section 501 (c) (6) of the IRS code provides for the exemption of business leagues - which is an association of individuals with a common business interest.  Contributions to WiNUP are not tax deductible as a charitable donation.  Contributions may qualify as a business expense.  Donors should consult a tax professional.