March 2011: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) is now accepting nominations for 2011 Woman of the Year and Rising Star

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Women of Wind Energy accepting nominations
for 2011 Woman of the Year and Rising Star

Honorees to be recognized during WoWE Annual Luncheon at WINDPOWER 2011

Brooklyn, NY—Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) seeks nominations for two outstanding women that will be honored as Woman of the Year and Rising Star at the group’s annual luncheon during the WINDPOWER 2011 conference in Anaheim California this May. The luncheon is the wind industry’s premier networking event for professionals in the wind power field.


•    The Woman of the Year Award recognizes one woman who truly stands out for her leadership, inspiration, and significant contributions to the expansion and improvement of the wind energy field. She may be the leader of a company or organization, or work behind-the-scenes to resolve critical wind energy issues.  Past Woman of the Year award winners include Abby Arnold, Kearns & West and American Wind Wildlife Institute (2010); Karen Conover, DNV (2009); Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest Project (2008); Jan Hamrin, Center for Resource Solutions (2007); and Jan Blittersdorf, NRG Systems, Inc. (2006).


•    The Rising Star Award was launched in 2008 to honor a woman who is relatively new to the wind energy industry but has already made a significant professional contribution. Reserved for women of all ages who are in the earlier years of their wind careers, the award recognizes unusual professional promise and demonstrated qualities of dedication, innovation, and creativity.  Past Rising Star award winners include Jennifer States, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2010); Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy (2009); and Elizabeth (Liz) Salerno, American Wind Energy Association (2008).


The nomination deadline for both of these awards is April 15, 2011.

More information on our Annual Honors page

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About Women of Wind Energy: WoWE was founded in 2005 to support the professional development and advancement of women in the wind industry. 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 1,000 women.  In 2010, WoWE launched a first ever leadership forum.  The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of the American Wind Energy Association, NRG Systems, GE Energy and a large number of other leading wind energy companies.


For more information, contact:

Kristen Graf, WoWE Executive Director 718.210.3666 or email
Michelle Montague, WoWE Board member 773.328.5080 or email