RICHLAND — The Chief Knowledge Officer for Energy Northwest is the next Women in Leadership speaker at WSU Tri-Cities.

Cheryl Whitcomb will speak at 12 p.m. Dec. 5 in the West Building Atrium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. The speaker series highlighting women’s achievements in the professional world is coordinated by students in the WSU Tri-Cities Business Club. Admission is free and open to the public.

Whitcomb also serves as Energy Northwest’s vice president of organizational performance and staffing. She is responsible for Human Resources, Performance Improvement, Corrective Action Program, Quality, Asset Management, Employee Concerns Program and the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board.

She joined Energy Northwest in 1976 and has 35 years experience in the nuclear power industry. Her career ladder includes assistant to the CEO/CKO, procurement manager, assistant to the vice president, generation/plant general manager, administrative services manager, engineering management support manager, technical program leader and WNP-2 design document control manager.

Whitcomb holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Oregon State College. She has successfully completed the MIT Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives, Management Plant Certification and the Energy Northwest Leadership Academy as well as numerous management and technical courses.

WSU Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities offers 17 baccalaureate, 12 master’s and six doctoral degree programs. The campus added freshman and sophomore courses in fall 2007 to become a full four-year public university, extending the WSU land-grant mission of providing affordable, accessible higher education. For more information, call 509-372-7250 or visit