Offshore Wind Gala to Honor Former BOEM Director

Offshore Wind Gala to Honor Former BOEM Director
Former Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Amanda Lefton. (Image credit: The Oceantic Network)

The Oceantic Network (formerly Business Network for Offshore Wind), in partnership with Recharge, will host its annual Ventus Gala in Boston on November 9, honoring former Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Amanda Lefton and the 2023 Ventus Award finalists.

The Ventus Gala is the offshore wind’s premier celebration, bringing together the industry to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, connect with peers, and honor those moving the industry forward.

Oceantic NetworkThe ten categories, selected based on their significant contributions to the offshore wind industry, range from supply chain and workforce development to engineering and technical innovation. Finalists’ projects include innovative digital tools, groundbreaking engineering solutions, and targeted initiatives to advance the industry and its supply chain. Winners in these ten categories will be announced at the Ventus Gala. This year, the Heronemus Award for Outstanding Achievement in Offshore Wind will be presented to former Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Amanda Lefton for her work to streamline the federal permitting process and accelerate offshore wind development during her tenure at BOEM from 2021-2023.

“The Ventus Gala is a celebration of the offshore wind industry’s collective achievements over the past year—and there’s a lot to celebrate in 2023, from the first turbine blades in the sky to new vessel announcements and a series of supply chain firsts,” said Liz Burdock, founder and CEO of Oceantic Network. “It’s also a time for us to come together to recognize the groundbreaking work being done by individuals, companies, and organizations to push our industry forward.”

Now in its third year, this marks the first time the Ventus Gala will take place in Boston at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza. A portion of all Gala ticket and table sales go towards funding the Rising Star: Offshore Wind Scholarship, which awards college-bound high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in offshore wind with funding toward tuition. 


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