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Women of Wind Energy

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Women of Wind Energy was founded just seven years ago by a few women in the U.S. wind power field who recognized the need to raise awareness around the scarcity of females employed within the industry. Word of WoWE spread quickly when the first luncheon hosted 160 people, and since then has evolved into thousands of women and men alike (with a large majority being volunteers) expressing their voice in support of this worthwhile organization. Today, WoWE has over 30 chapters across the U.S. and Canada, with more than 2,000 people directly involved or supporting it from as far away as Europe. The impact WoWE has made in and outside the wind power industry is already immeasurable through its fellowships, mentoring program, annual Leadership Forum, awards luncheon and various other programs. WoWe truly lives its mission of promoting the education, professional development, and advancement of women in order to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Being involved with WoWE for the last seven years has been one of my proudest activities in life.