October 2011: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Second Annual Event on Women in Leadership

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Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) officially announced today that it will hold its second annual Leadership Forum, a one-day program that is designed to encourage and support women in the wind power field in pursuing and achieving leadership positions at their companies and within renewables.  Held in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association’s Fall Symposium on November 2 in Carlsbad, Calif., WoWE’s program will feature prominent speakers and interactive programs to encourage an environment of discussion, exploration and learning.

Building off of the success of the inaugural Leadership Forum, Kristen Graf, WoWE Executive Director, says that “the focus of this year’s event will be on providing more interactive, networking opportunities for attendees, along with skill-building workshops and a discussion on industry trends so that attendees can leave with tools and information to aid them in their pursuit of leadership roles.” 

The Leadership Forum will also include a Wise Women panel, which is a combination of seasoned professionals offering their perspectives and personal stories of struggles and success. “The stories shared by the Wise Women panel last year were overwhelmingly viewed as inspirational and thought provoking,” says Graf, “this year we are bringing new participants to the panel to continue the trend of story-telling, but in an effort to make the discussion more interactive, we will be providing more opportunities for Q and A from the audience.”

“Demonstrating leadership, as individuals and organizations, is critical as we weather an economic downturn”, says Liz Salerno, WoWE Board Member and event co-chair, “This forum will provide wind industry employees and hopefuls the connections, guidance and ideas needed as the industry forges ahead.”

Anne Marie Graves of GL Garrad Hassan and the other event co-chair mentions that “the small groups last year were one of the highlights, so we plan to use breakout sessions to allow attendees to connect with each other more directly and really explore the leadership opportunities that are in front of them and the industry as a whole.”

Entry-level to advanced professionals, women and men are encouraged to participate. More information on the forum, including online registration, is available on the WoWE website: http://womenofwindenergy.org/leadership-forum