With the natural gas industry’s biggest global event – the World Gas Conference – convening in Washington D.C. this week, we’re profiling several of our talented and inspiring female leaders, including Lisa Carmean, director of field operations in Ohio.
Lisa joined the company more than 35 years ago. In that time, the world of gas has changed a lot – in terms of abundance, safety, technology and employee demographics.
Lisa leads field operations across the state. Field operations employees interact with customers face-to-face when responding to emergencies, performing routine maintenance and service requests.
Lisa’s current role includes strategy development to support our customers and our safety vision. She’s also focused and passionate about developing leaders, engaging employees, promoting collaboration, driving accountability and managing financial goals.
During her career, she's worked in engineering, operations, communications and other departments across the NiSource/Columbia Gas service territory. She was always up for a new challenge when the opportunity presented itself.
"Keep looking for the opportunities – they're there," Lisa said. “I have always loved my job here at NiSource. It truly is the people – our employees and our customers are without equal. It is never boring and I learn new things every day. Certainly, there are challenges, however, there is never anything we cannot accomplish together. That is what makes it fun – working together to solve problems and get better for each other and our customers.”
Lisa's in good company among many dynamic female leaders at NiSource, but she sees the potential for more women to join the industry, specifically in field-based roles.
"Women can absolutely do these jobs," Lisa said. "It's a great opportunity for any female that has the desire, has the attitude and wants to make a difference for our customers and our employees."