WoWE is #winning! September round up

September marked the start of conference season with a bang.  WoWE Executive Director, Kristen Graf, offers a round-up of her travels to celebrate, learn and network with a large and varied community.

C3E Symposium

The U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) program is an effort to advance the careers and leadership of professional women in the field of clean energy. It is led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in strong partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative.

The C3E Symposium was held at MIT and brought together women and men from around the country with a particular focus on students and mid-career women and a full slate of amazing speakers and panels on topics from international development to innovation and venture capital and the panel I got to be a speaker on – mentoring and education.

This event was also a special time for me personally because I was honored to receive the C3E Award for Education and Mentorship.  The awardees are chosen through a nomination process and selected by the C3E Ambassadors – a group of women clean energy leaders that I have incredible respect and admiration for.  I have all of you to thank for making WoWE such an amazing place to work and grow and look forward to continuing to build this organization together.

International Women Earth and Climate IWE

The International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions.

The International Women's Earth & Climate Summit took place September 20 – 23, 2013 just outside of NYC – because of my other travels I was only able to be there on Saturday, but that was enough time to be humbled and completely awed by the many voices that came together including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, and culture shapers from literally all over the world.  I had a chance during the evening session on Saturday to do a short talk about WoWE’s work.
 
Renewable Energy Markets Conference

After my day at the IWECI Summit, I headed off to Austin, TX for Renewable Energy Markets 2013, a conference organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)  and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency bringing together clean energy stakeholders including generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders.
 This isn’t an event I always get to go to (although I definitely recommend it) but it was a special occasion this year because WoWE was being honored during the Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon.  EPA and CRS join together to give out a series of awards and this year WoWE was nominated and chosen to receive the award for Best Green Power Education Program.  I had the chance to sit at lunch with some of the other award winners including representatives from Staples, Kohls, UW Credit Union, and Ohio University.  It was inspiring to be reminded of how much great work is going on in so many different pockets of the country.  Click here to see a full list of all the 2013 winners.