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Women In Renewable
Energy(WIRE)
Network

What Is the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network?

The Women In Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network is a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations. WIRE is keenly focused on mentorship, peer-to-peer learning, and capacity development. WIRE currently operates in the Caribbean with plans to expand across geographies while maintaining an Islands-only network.

Why It Matters

Women around the world are disproportionately impacted by climate change. When it comes to the primary solution, according to IRENA, they make up only 32 percent of the renewable energy industry globally. This challenge stems from a range of issues including gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, limited professional networks and mentoring opportunities, lack of career mobility, and wage inequality. This gender imbalance costs the energy sector a great loss of talent, ideas, and innovation that are sorely needed. In addition, gender equality in leadership is associated with growth in revenue. An Ernst and Young study reported that the top 20 most diverse utility companies outperformed less diverse companies by millions of dollars in profits.

That’s where WIRE comes in as island nations seek to transform their energy systems, working to empower women with the skills and networks they need to succeed in advancing the transition and taking on the right leadership roles.

Women professionals deserve a place at the table

WIRE was created to advocate for increased gender equality across the energy sector in corporations, governments, and utilities. We hope to, eventually increasing women’s representation in C-suites and boards, while ensuring a pipeline of empowered and experienced women to fill positions when they arise.

Approach

The WIRE Network works to eliminate barriers to entry and career advancement in sustainable energy by establishing a community of high-achieving and motivated women professionals. We do this by creating and facilitating opportunities for both personal and professional development for our membership and enabling the building of connections and collaboration. This approach helps to cultivate ambition and prepare women energy specialists on the rise to succeed through:

Mentorship and Networking

Commitments to Action

Technical Skills and Thought Leadership

Strategic Partnerships

Raising
Awareness

Wire's Mentorship Program

Every year, 10 women are selected to participate in WIRE’s flagship mentorship and networking program. The WIRE Mentorship Program runs for two years with a mentor-mentee structured cohort, with mentees becoming mentors for the second year to make a 20-person cohort. Women in senior leadership positions are paired with mid-early career women for guidance in the clean energy sector and advisement on how to make the most of their professional opportunities. Over eighty women have participated in the program so far, and alumni continue to have an impact beyond the network on the ground in their localities.

Mentorship Program FAQ’s
Will the transition of the WIRE Network from CCI to RMI affect the mentorship program?
We anticipate little to no disruptions in the mentorship program due to the change in leadership anytime in the near future. The program’s general structure will remain the same.
How long does the mentorship program run?
The program is a two-year program that allows all participants have the opportunity to serve in both mentor and mentee roles. Upon completing the two years, the graduates then become a part of our alumni program and can stay involved with the WIRE Network as they choose.
What is the time commitment?
WIRE mentees and mentors are encouraged to meet one-on-one once a month for about an hour per session. The structure, content, and cadence of those sessions are purely up to the individual pairs. We also hold one-hour group meetings every couple of months.
How are mentees and mentors paired together?
We always pair women who do not already know each other and are from different islands in order to share culturally and cross collaboratively. We do our best to match individuals based on a variety of factors, some of which include personality type, goals, career level, and common professional interests.
Who is eligible for this program?
At this time, we are only accepting applications from mid- to senior-level career women working in the energy sector from islands in the Caribbean region.
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Empowering Women to Lead the Renewable Energy Revolution, 2022

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To learn more about the Energy Transition Academy (ETA), visit rmi.org/eta