Mission: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.
Programs: Chapter and membership information- chapter support - the local wowe revolution started with volunteers organizing chapters in cities and regions across north america. Chapters offer networking opportunities, sponsor educational events from field trips to guest speakers, build coalitions, and provide outreach to area students from k-12 schools to institutions of higher education. Membership - of wowe's online member center and resources including the wowe library, mentoring resources, webinar archive, member directory, and social networking tools. Communication and marketing- expenses related to communications and marketing that are program specific but not to other individual programs. Educational tools - expenses for the webinar series. These webinars are held every other month and open to the public covering topics from renewable energy to women in the workforce and feature women panelists.
events - our leadership forum first held in 2010 brings women and men together to share resources, build skills and start conversations around leadership development in the context of industry trends. The wise women panel has been a highlight each year as seasoned professionals share insights on their own career stories. The event also strives to create an interactive and conversational atmosphere that allows all attendees to bring forward their own expertise while at the same time learning from other perspectives. National luncheon - wowe's annual luncheon is a premier networking event and highly visible showcase of women's progress and prospects in the wind industry. It is held each year during the american wind energy associations 9awea) windpower conference. Over 400 women and men attended the luncheon held in chicago, il. The wowe - kidwind challenge trained 60 teachers in the science, technology, and hands-on classroom applications of wind power - wind turbine design competition in the two regions. The winning teams of these competitions were invited and supported to compete in the national kidwind challenge in chicago, il. The project specifically focused on engaging girls in wind energy science through partnerships with girl scouts and local all-girls schools in each region.
fellowships/scholarships - rudd meyer fellowship - wowe offers grant support to women students, funding their registration and travel expenses for the annual awea windpower conference. These fellowships, named in memory of wind pioneer rudd meyer, help ensure that the best and brightest women can explore wind energy.
mentoring program - mentors help the next generation of industry leaders to emerge. Mentors support personal professional growth while helping expand the role women play across the wind industry. Mentors tap into a large pool of experience and learn from established professionals in the field
I have been involved with WoWE since the very first luncheon in 2005, and now even more active than ever at both the National and Chicago Chapter levels. WoWE combines two of my most passionate interests, increasing the awareness of the great benefits of wind energy as well as growing the presence of women in leadership positions.
I have been involved with the WoWE Chicago Chapter since 2008 and really enjoyed seeing the chapter grow over the past years with events and new ideas. Upon starting, it had not been as active and I'm really impressed with the teamwork and drive of all the members that has resulted in a lot of exciting activity of this local chapter. WoWE has a nice mix of events that are social and networking, but also events that are useful for business like informative sessions, panel discussions, and creative ideas for member events.
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I just joined WoWE this year, and have been very happy with the support and knowledge I have been able to gain throughout. The events they have are meaningful, and they strive to give women a bigger voice in a more typically male-dominated field.
Women of Wind Energy (WOWE) does important work in the energy industry. It is professionally run and I am regularly inspired by the commitment and engagement of the membership. WOWE's programs include a mentoring program, a leadership forum and other educational activities, networking opportunities, and fellowships for attendence at industry conferences.
I have had a great experience participating in the Planning Committee of the Portland Chapter of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). Throughout the time that I have been involved, WoWE has offered opportunities to network with others in the renewable energy industry, learn about hot topics during panel luncheons, cosponsor joint nonprofit events, and celebrate the Portland Chapter's 5th Anniversary. It's been very rewarding to be a part of the group and these events. I look forward to working with WoWE in 2013 to continue to promote women in the renewable energy industry.
Every time I work with WOWE I learn something new and connect to a broader audience. The group is very professional and encourages women to strive in a very tough industry. Kristen, the Executive Director goes out of her way to promote new methods of outreach and constantly builds new relationships to further the direction of WOWE.
I have had an excellent experience with Women of Wind Energy. They are a forward-thinking group looking for innovative ways to connect leaders in the wind industry. Breaching geographical boundaries, the organization uses robust virtual resources to keep its members connected. I was fortunate enough to establish a great relationship with a mentor through their program that has lasted well beyond the parameters and structure of the program. I'm very invested in this group and definitely see it as one of the best run organizations of its kind.
In an industry that is dominated by males, it is amazing that a group of professional women involved in the wind industry could even have a quorum. Women of Wind Energy provides a forum for now thousands of us to share information, ideas, experiences, and leadership skills with others, both locally and nationally. All while having a good time!
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As a woman in the renewable energy field, specifically the wind industry since the 90's I have not found a more like-minded and supporitve group of women like I have with WoWE. I am very honored to be a member of this group as well as a mentor to young women in science!