January 2016: Women of Wind Energy Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors

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Women of Wind Energy Welcomes New Members to Its Board of Directors

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January 19, 2016

Contact: Kristen Graf

WASHINGTON -- Today, Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced that Dany St Pierre and Raheleh Folkerts will join its board of directors.

“As we begin a new year here at Women of Wind Energy, we are thrilled to add these two remarkable women to our board,” said Women of Wind Energy Executive Director, Kristen Graf. “Their valuable experience and expertise across the renewable energy sector will help guide WoWE on its mission to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.”

Dany St-Pierre is President of Cleantech Expansion LLC. Cleantech Expansion advises CEOs/Presidents and Investors who desire to expand their renewable energy business to new markets. She is also part of the leadership team of the Chicago Chapter of Women of Wind Energy. She has years of successful Strategic Marketing, International Sales, Business Development, and Mergers & Acquisitions experience working for large global corporations involved in transportation and power generation, namely Bombardier Inc. and Siemens AG. She has developed an especially strong and influential network during her 10 years in the wind energy business.

"I'm excited to be part of the WoWE Board of Directors. It is with great pride that I accept the position, as I have been an active participant in the organization since the very first meeting in 2005,” said Dany St-Pierre. “I especially look forward to contributing to the expansion of the organization during these exciting times in the energy sector. Over the last 10 years, WoWE has far exceeded my expectations, and truly reflects its mission to provide support, career development resources and networking opportunities to its members and the renewable energy community.”

Raheleh Folkerts is the Marketing Director for Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) bringing more than 15 years of experience in corporate and non-profit marketing, communications, public relations, and event planning.

Raheleh’s primary focus is to continually increase thought leadership eminence, client engagement, and brand awareness to help drive business results for RES in the Americas. She develops and implements the strategic marketing and communications plans to achieve RES’ corporate objectives.

In her previous position at RES, Raheleh leveraged her sales acumen as a business development manager where she worked on proposal responses and provided competitor and client analysis for RES’ third-party construction business. Prior to working at RES, she worked for a publishing group and teacher’s organization in Texas.

“I am excited to join the WoWE Board of Directors. When I first started in the industry over eight years ago, I helped jumpstart our local WoWE chapter to just meet new people,” said Raheleh Folkerts. “What I found was so much more. I found great leaders and exceptionally intelligent people, who were all committed to the growth of the industry and women in it. Being part of the WoWE board, I look forward to continuing its mission and helping drive the direction of the organization.”

“WoWE’s reputation and impact are growing because of the contributions of women like Dany and Raheleh,” said Karen Conover, Vice President, DNV GL Energy and WoWE Board Member. “I’m thrilled that we can add their energy and enthusiasm to our board to help sustain our continued growth as an organization and across the renewable energy sector.”

“Dany and Raheleh join our board at a pivotal time for the energy sector,” added Jennifer Martin, WoWE President and co-chair of the Stoel Rives LLP energy practice. “I’m very happy to welcome them and their extensive industry experience to the WoWE board.”

 

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About Women of Wind Energy:

WoWE was founded in 2005 and works to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.  Since that time, WoWE has grown to an organization with 35 local chapters in the US and Canada, an annual luncheon at WINDPOWER, and a growing grassroots network of more than 2,000 women and men.  In 2010, WoWE launched the first-ever WoWE Leadership Forum and hosted its sixth forum in November 2015. The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of GE Energy, the American Wind Energy Association, DNV GL and a large number of other leading renewable energy companies, as well as membership contributions.