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CPS Energy’s President & CEO Paula-Gold Williams was honored by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE), a national organization focused on women, energy and the environment, at their 38th Annual Woman of the Year Reception and Dinner Gala in Washington, D.C., for her leadership in mentoring women in the energy and/or environmental fields.

Paula Gold-Williams,
President & CEO of CPS Energy

“Mentoring others is one of my everyday passions and being recognized by WCEE is an absolute honor. This recognition reflects the importance of supporting the work of others and encouraging them to succeed,” said Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO of CPS Energy. “It gives me great personal satisfaction knowing that I am promoting a culture of mentorship at CPS Energy, as well as broadly in the energy and environmental industries. Mentoring and developing others is crucial to ensure our upcoming talented people continue to grow and evolve.”

“Paula received this award simply because she stood out on so many levels. She is the consummate professional, both in terms of her leadership qualities and her business skills,” said Alice Grabowski, President of WCEE. “Perhaps, most importantly, Paula received this award for the kindness and generosity she shows her colleagues – when no one is watching.”

From top executives to those working on the front lines, CPS Energy offers several programs, activities and opportunities to help employees grow in terms of performance and personal and professional development. These programs are part of CPS Energy’s commitment to foster individual and organizational value.

“We look both inside and outside of our company to provide leadership and growth opportunities. Sometimes those opportunities are internal employee-driven groups, many of which were started by women at all levels of our organization. What ultimately makes them successful however, is that both men and women support them. This perspective is completely aligned to how over the years WCEE recognizes those who enthusiastically champion women,” Gold-Williams added. “Key to this commitment is to encourage men to not be afraid to professionally support women. Especially in the current era, the proper development of all our employees benefits our nation’s talent pool. This in turn improves an employee’s skills, as well as their engagement and loyalty.”

The Champion Award was created in 1998 to recognize the importance of mentors for women professionals in the energy industry and to honor those individuals who have championed the advancement of women.



The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) is a non-partisan, policy-neutral organization that focuses on women, energy and the environment. WCEE is a member-driven organization that values the diversity of our membership and our substantive programming. We are recognized in Washington, D.C. as a respected voice in the fields of energy and the environment.


Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 820,000 electric and 347,000 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong Community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation. For more information, visit

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