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WoWE is lucky to have an amazing group of mentors and mentees.  We asked current and past mentees to nominate their mentors for our new Outstanding Mentor Award.  Here are a few excerpts from what the mentees in our WoWE Mentoring program had to say about their 2011 Mentor of the Year mentors:

 


1.  Going the Extra Mile(s) - Literally

“She flew from Washington (state) to San Diego to meet with me face to face.”

“Heather is an awesome mentor!  She flew to San Diego (where I live) for work, and drove an hour out of her way while in town to stop by my office to see me.  She provided me so much great advice and practical information (which was exactly what I was looking for) not only for industrial and professional matters but also personal career development.  She is a wonderful listener, effective motivator and fantastic advisor!”

-- Excerpt from Mikiko Corsette’s nomination of  Heather Dennison.

 


2.  Providing Inspiration Across Continents

“If you can see the invisible, you can create the impossible.”

“In less than a year, Kim and I have had weekly mentoring sessions that have traversed many topics, goals, and time zones. Every Friday around 8 p.m., I would return to my home in the Netherlands and call Kim's New York office for our 2 p.m. chat. Unlike most lawyers, she never billed me in 15 minute increments. Instead, our conversations flowed from carbon financing to offshore grid configurations to public transport. Kim freely offered contacts, recommended relevant webinars, and provided moral support. But most importantly, she is an example of someone who is disciplined and focused, while never passing up an opportunity to ‘throw her hat in the ring’.  If you can see the invisible, you can create the impossible. As I finish my thesis and determine what is possible, Kim's hard work and drive to make the best of any opportunity serve as an inspiration to me.  I have little doubt she will continue to do so for many.”

-- Excerpt from Monica Samec’s nomination of Kim Diamond.

 


3.  Encouraging Mentees to Push Their Boundaries

“She has encouraged me to seek out opportunities I would not have otherwise realized existed . . . .”

“Abigail, has consistently exceeded my expectations for what I thought a mentor would be. She has broadened my horizons in the wind energy field on a multitude of levels – from helping to expand my knowledge of the wind industry in general, to helping me apply my research skills to topics in wind, and urging me to push my boundaries and expand my wind industry network. Do you have any idea how many acronyms are used within the wind industry? Abigail has spent countless hours on the phone with me explaining wind-related acronyms and topics that are unfamiliar to me.  She has encouraged me to seek out opportunities I would not have otherwise realized existed within the wind industry, such as applying for and being selected to be a poster presenter at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2011 Conference.  A mentor is someone who should be a trusted and influential individual interested in guiding a mentee to accomplish his or her goals. Abigail has done an absolutely superb job of filling and going beyond that role for me.”

-- Excerpt from Kathryn Mullin’s nomination of Abigail Krich.

 


4.  Spreading a Contagious Positive Attitude

“She made our mentoring partnership unique just by being supportive of my endeavors . . . .”

“[Kristin] is an awesome and knowledgeable woman with a positive attitude that is contagious.  She made our mentoring partnership unique just by being supportive of my endeavors to get myself in a better position to become employable in the wind industry.  She went above and beyond my expectations, including having phone conversations with me while she waited for the bus after work.”

-- Excerpt from Theresa Burton’s nomination of Kristin Larson.

 


5.  Sharing Insight Results in Present Accomplishments and Exploration of Future Ambitions

“[S]he strongly believes in the mission of the WOWE program and demonstrates her dedication well.”

“Remy is an excellent mentor because she strongly believes in the mission of the WOWE program and demonstrates her dedication well.  Though Remy and I live hundreds of miles away from each other, we have been able to connect and communicate well.  I took a GIS class last semester in which we designed our own research project.  Remy’s effort in this project helped me more than I could have imagined.  I decided to pursue this type of research in graduate school.  Next year, I have the opportunity to study policy issues concerning offshore wind energy and the protection of marine life at the University of Delaware.  I am very excited about this, and I am very thankful to Remy for helping me achieve this goal.  By sharing her insight, I was able to not only do well on my GIS class project, but also to explore what I would like to accomplish in the future.”

-- Excerpt from Regina McCormack’s nomination of Remy Luerssen.