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NMSU grad, one of the top women in energy, to speak

Julie A. Dill, president of Union Gas and a New Mexico State University alumna, will share the secrets of her success as well as some of the challenges and opportunities in the natural gas industry during a trip to NMSU. Dill was named one of the top 50 Women in Energy by Commodities Now magazine.



Julie Dill, president of Union Gas (Courtesy photo)

Dill will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 29 in the Corbett Center Auditorium at NMSU.

She will discuss her career, starting as an entry level accountant fresh out of NMSU to becoming the president of Union Gas, a natural gas company based in Ontario, Canada with 1.3 million customers. "There are a lot of opportunities out there for students, especially in the energy industry," she said.

This event is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of everyone in the community and state.

"I'm hoping people will understand an education from NMSU lets you stand toe to toe with anybody. You just have to be willing to apply yourself," said Dill.

Dill said she is happy to see more and more women rising to higher ranks in the energy industry. Before being named president of Union Gas, Dill served as group executive - investor relations and chief communications officer for Duke Energy. She also spent 17 years with Shell Oil Co.

Dill is a member of the NMSU Alumni Association and the NMSU College of Business Advisory Council and was named to the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dill is the latest speaker in the Garrey E. and Katherine T. Carruthers Speaker Series in Economic Development. The seminar series is hosted by the Carruthers Chair in Economic Development. Business Dean Garrey Carruthers and his wife Katherine created the chair with a $500,000 gift. The state of New Mexico gave the chair $1 million in matching funds.

During the 2006-07 series, speakers are addressing students on issues related to "The Changing Face of Economic Development." The next presenter is Gloria Rodriguez, chairman emeritus and founder of AVANCE, an organization focused on education issues for Latino families in underserved communities. She will speak April 12.

The presentations are free and open to the public.