October 2010: WoWE Leadership Forum Announces Featured Speakers and Survey


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In-depth discussion: Can the wind power industry be a role model for encouraging women in leadership positions?

At the Women of Wind Energy’s (WoWE) upcoming leadership forum in-depth discussions and featured speakers will analyze the wind power industry’s potential to serve as a model to encourage women in leadership positions.  Held in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association’s Fall Symposium on November 17 in Phoenix, Ariz., and sponsored in part by Eaton Corporation, speakers include veteran industry professionals:

Susan Hock, Executive Director of Strategic Planning of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Rachael Elliott, Corporate Director of Alternative Energy for Eaton Corporation
Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest Project
Abby Arnold, Executive Director, American Wind Wildlife Institute  / Senior Mediator, Kearns and West
Rene Braud, Director of Sustainability, Permitting & Public Affairs of Horizon Wind Energy
Chantel McCormick, VP of Government Relations, Business Development & Communications of Grasslands Renewable Energy 
Lisa Carp, VP of Human Resources at enXco

The day’s program will be a combination of seasoned professionals offering their perspective and personal stories of struggles and success, plus presentations of the latest thinking on leadership needs of the future, and how a company can be more successful with a workforce of diversity - including women in management positions.   

“Our day-long program will encourage an exchange of ideas that will probe at the heart of whether an industry that considers itself sustainable truly reflects the value and benefit of women in leadership,” says Kristen Graf, executive director of WoWE. “Some people believe the renewables industry offers an opportunity for women in higher management positions and a more diverse workforce, but we want to delve into this topic to determine if we have or can create a model for other industries to emulate.”

The program will include the industry’s first-ever survey to assess the role of women in the wind power industry, a unique lunch-hour networking session, and a truly interactive wrap-up session that will set a foundation for future WoWE events and discussions.

Entry-level to advanced professionals, women and men are encouraged to participate. More information on the forum, including online registration, is available here


Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) was founded in 2005 and now has over 30 chapters around the country.  Our mission is to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.  For more information on the organization, its programs and chapters, please log onto www.womenofwindenergy.org or call (718) 210-3666.