In 1987, Congress officially declared March as Women’s History Month to pay tribute to generations of women who have contributed to our society. We join this celebration by highlighting the accomplishments of our female colleagues and showcasing their stories throughout the month.
At EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy, we are fortunate to work with hardworking, intelligent and talented women who have made their mark in the energy industry in a variety of fields. From corporate accounting, to sales to our call center, women across our organization are leading the way at work, at home and in their communities.
Renee Arndt is a Manager of TXU Energy’s only internal call center. She is responsible for overall operations including ensuring that our agents are trained to take incoming customer calls. In her six years of working with TXU Energy, she continues to enjoy the challenge of coaching new hires and helping them learn the skills needed to be successful in their new roles.
As Senior Associate for Brand Management, Amy de Noyelles ensures our marketing content captures the spirit and principles of the TXU Energy brand. “Every part of a communication piece has meaning, from colors to typeface to images, and especially each word we choose. Making sure they support how we define ourselves as a company while solving each piece’s individual goal keeps me on my toes!”
Christy Dobry, director of corporate accounting for Energy Future Holdings, collaborates with cross-functional teams to solve problems and improve business processes, especially those that have an impact on accounting and financial reporting. “I really enjoy interactions with my own team; people are important to me, so understanding how I can help others achieve their potential is a big priority for me.”
Shauna Johnson, call center supervisor for TXU Energy, leads by example in both the workplace and at home. “I cannot ask my daughters or my team to give 200 percent each day if I am not doing the same thing.” She balances work, school and a family but remains committed to our customers and her role as a trusted adviser and advocate for them.
Claudia Morrow, vice president of commercial sales for Luminant, works daily to provide her team the support and resources needed to meet the daily demands of a challenging and evolving industry. “I love my job because each day brings a new set of challenges, and I have the opportunity to interface with smart, talented people across our portfolio of companies. When my day is done, my favorite thing to do is spend time with the three ‘C’s’ in my life: my husband Chris, my son Cale and my daughter Campbell!”
As our VP for community affairs, Kelli Rod provides strategic, advocacy-oriented community involvement and supports overall business goals at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy. She has had nine different roles within the organization over the past 30 years and has seen the workplace change not only for women, but for the entire workforce. “When I started with the company, career development was managed by protocol, strict timelines and process. ‘Work’ was defined as an ‘8 a.m. to 5 p.m.’ activity with little flexibility. Now, employees are encouraged to manage their own career and work to meet the needs of the client or customer.” She offers the following career management advice to the next generation of women: “Take advantage of the diversity of opportunities offered so that you can take the lead in managing your career.”
As Manager of Operations Decision Support for Luminant, Julie Thomas’s job is to turn data into actionable intelligence. She says “I love new challenges and new opportunities and the sense that what I’m doing is important and useful. It’s very rewarding when something that my team can provide helps another team or gives them additional insight. Our company has some of the brightest, most passionate people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I feel encouraged to do my best and improve on it so I can keep up.”
Keep an eye on our social media channels this month (listed below) to learn about our colleagues as we celebrate Women’s History Month.