THE FIERCEST WOMEN IN ENERGY: We spotlight dynamic leaders who are shaping the future of the American energy industry.


THE FIERCEST WOMEN IN ENERGY: We spotlight dynamic leaders who are shaping the future of the American energy industry.

The energy sector can hardly be called a haven for diversity. A survey by recruitment firm  showed that women in energy comprise just 24 percent of all C-suite positions in the sector, the highest percentage belonging to CIO roles. They found that only six percent of women are CEOs. The numbers are somewhat more encouraging for CFO and CMO slots, at 10 and 13 percent, respectively.

According to Peggy Hazard, Managing Principal and Co-head of the Advancing Women Worldwide Practice at Korn Ferry, improvement is needed in every sector.

“This is a joint responsibility of the women to seek out experiences and development that can help them lead and succeed, and for organizations to create an environment where women feel empowered to progress in their careers at all levels,” she stressed in the Korn Ferry release.

We’ve found a group of women in energy who have done precisely what Hazard recommends, and their drive and persistence is a testament of what curiosity, dedication, and motivation can accomplish in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Wanda L. Burget

Before a piece of equipment touches the ground, mining companies in the U.S. must acquire a host of permissions. Without Wanda L. Burget, we bet there wouldn’t be a whole lot of digging going on in the rich Wyoming hills.

Prior to launching her own company, Accord Resource Solutions, LLC, Burget worked in the coal industry, most notably for the Thunder Basin Coal Company and a 29-year stint at Peabody Energy, where she led the firm’s sustainable development efforts. Together with Brenda K. Schladweiler, Burget founded Accord to support “natural resource users, managers, developers, agencies, and partners in conservation to develop and implement cooperative, practical, science-based solutions that benefit the land and its people,” according to its website.

The women-owned enterprise provides a host of critical environmental services, including reclamation planning and education, cooperative conservation, environmental permitting and compliance, regulatory services, and government relations. She is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Mining Natural Resource Foundation.

Amy L. Farrell

Whether working in the White House to advance economic and environmental policy, or handling corporate issues for ExxonMobil, Amy L. Farrell has been a champion for women in energy throughout her fascinating career.

Before becoming the Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs for the American Wind Energy Association, (AWEA), Farrell was a policy maker at the American Petroleum Institute (API), working to encourage the demand for natural gas in the power generation, export, industrial, and transportation sectors.

As Vice President for Market Development at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), she oversaw its market demand mission and advocacy strategy. She began her career in the G.W. Bush administration as a policy analyst in the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Njema Frasier, Ph.D.

When it comes to firsts, it’s hard to beat the trailblazing track record of nuclear physicist Njema Frasier, Ph.D. She is the first woman and the first black scientist to run the Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The ICF is, quite possibly, one of the most important offices in the Department of Energy (DOE), charged with managing the scientific and technical projects designed to ensure that the United States maintains a credible national nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing.

In addition to  co-founding the POWER (Professional Opportunities for Women at Energy Realized) Employee Resource Group at the DOE, she is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES), and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Science, LLC, an expert-based network of scientists and engineers dedicated to broadening participation in STEM.


Denise Gray

During her tenure as director of global battery systems engineering for GM, Denise Gray was known as the “battery czar.”  She directed the founding of GM’s battery lab, leading the team that developed and launched the lithium-ion battery system used in the Chevrolet Volt, and grew the lab from a mere 25 employees to more than 200 workers in three continents.

After her exit from GM, she served as vice president of Electrification Powertrain Engineering at AVL List, GmbH. Today, she is CEO and President at LG Chem Power, Inc. (LGCPI), the North American subsidiary of lithium-ion battery maker, LG Chem (LGC), Korea. Gray is the recipient of Women of Color Magazine’s 2017 Technologist of the Year Award.

Vicki Hollub

The first female CEO of a major U.S. oil company began her career working on oil rigs in Mississippi for the Cities Service fuel company. When Occidental Petroleum acquired the company in 1982, high-climber Vicki Hollub stayed with the new management, and, among other roles, led the company’s development of the multimillion-acre Permian Basin, served as EVP of U.S. operations, oversaw the firm’s expansion initiatives in Latin America, and took over the Occidental corner office in 2016.

Hollub led the company through a hellish industry downturn in her first year as CEO, directing the firm to cut costs without reducing the Occidental employee workforce. One of only three women on the Occidental board of directors, in 2017 Hollub was one of only 28 women at the helm of S&P 500 companies.

Myrtle L. Jones, Ph.D.

Oilfield services industry giant Halliburton would be significantly less successful without the efforts of Myrtle L. Jones, Ph.D. As the firm’s Senior Vice President of Tax, she has leveraged over 30 years of experience in international and domestic tax compliance and strategic tax planning in her role managing Halliburton’s 80-country strong global tax department.

Jones began her career at ExxonMobil, departing after five years to usher Global Marine from bankruptcy to its 2013 position as an $8 billion company. In addition to serving as executive sponsor for the Halliburton African American Network Forum, she is on the board of directors of Genesys Works Houston.

Her many accolades include slots in Black Enterprise Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, The Diversity Council’s Diversity Leader of the Year of Award, Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award and the Houston Business Journals Top 25 Women in Oil and Gas.

Chris LaFleur, D.Eng

Chris LaFleur, D.Eng is a woman on fire: feel free to take that literally. A fire protection engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, she is the program lead for Hydrogen Safety, Codes, and Standards, evaluating the fire risks for emerging technologies.

At Sandia, LaFleur’s work has changed the way maintenance facilities are structured and operated so that natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles can be repaired indoors.

“These analyses enable the safe implementation of cleaner transportation fuels to reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and increase the availability of renewable energy solutions,” according to the firm.

In addition to committee roles on the National Fire Protection Agency, she serves on the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Safety Panel. LaFleur is a recipient of a 2017 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award from the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment initiative led by the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of 25 major-economy governments that strives to increase women’s participation and leadership in clean energy fields.

Kristen Nicole

Women In Solar Energy (WISE) has a singular mission: to advance women in all aspects of the solar energy industry.

Kristen Nicole founded WISE in 2011, after recognizing the lack of opportunities for women in energy despite an increasing number of women seeking to enter the field. Speaking to HeatSpring Magazine, Nicole noted that solar energy “is growing at 20 times the rate of the overall U.S. economy, so all of our programs and efforts are designed to appeal to top and diverse talent to choose a career in solar energy, it’s a fantastic field to work in.”

Currently Account Director at Dividend Finance, Nicole worked with EnterSolarGridco Systems, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Sentech/SRA International, as well as in the  U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program initiatives Solar America and SunShot.

Debra L. Reed

Not only is she one of the two women on the Halliburton board, Debra L. Reed also reigns as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Sempra Energy. The San Diego-based energy infrastructure and utilities conglomerate serves 32 million electric and gas customers around the world, including  Southern California Gas Company and the San Diego Gas Company, the regulated firms that Reed led prior to her appointment as company CEO in 2010.

In 1978, Reed became the company’s first female officer; she is currently a member of the National Petroleum Council, which advises the federal government on issues related to the oil and natural gas industries. A frequent name found on Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business list, Reed is a member of the Caterpillar board of directors, as well as on the Energy and Environment and Tax and Fiscal Policy Committees of the Business Council and Business Roundtable.

Speaking of the Business Council, a roster of the organization’s past and present leaders (nested conveniently beneath the header “Chairmen”) displays the names of 34 men, and not a single woman. We can only hope that this roundup of a few of the fiercest and finest women in energy will inspire the Council—and energy companies everywhere—to open up opportunities for women to power up, drive through, and lift the industry to new heights.



Cypress Creek Renewables Announces Plan to Build New York's First Solar Farms with Pollinator-Friendly Habitats



Cypress Creek Renewables today announced its plan to build New York State’s first solar farms with pollinator habitats. The two solar energy projects, located in the Hudson Valley and the North Country, will generate clean, affordable power for local communities and benefit the environment and surrounding farms with increased wild habitats for pollinators, including honeybees.

Cypress Creek has committed to planting pollinator habitats at its Underhill solar farm in Poughkeepsie, NY and at its recently completed Jefferson solar farm in Watertown, NY. The projects are designed to support local farmers by increasing the wild habitat for pollinators, such as honeybees, needed for the success of crops.

Fast Facts about pollinators and solar farms:

  • Co-locating pollinator habitats at solar farms provides a continual source of nourishment for native bees and local wildlife, as well as managed honeybees
  • Establishing perennial flowering meadows can improve crop yields of nearby agricultural farms, due to increased abundance of beneficial insects
  • Pollinator habitats, including flowers and native vegetation, can reduce soil erosion and storm water runoff

To determine what is beneficial to pollinators in the context of these solar arrays, Cypress Creek will rely on a scorecard developed at the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. The Underhill and Jefferson solar farms will score 90 or more points on the pollinator-friendly solar scorecard.

What people are saying about pollinator-friendly solar farms:

Marcia Bystryn, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters said, “We applaud Cypress Creek Renewables’ leadership and commitment to build the state’s first solar farms with pollinator-friendly habitats. Here in New York we’re demonstrating the power of clean, low-cost energy to promote healthier farms and generate economic development.”

Ellen Conrad, Co-President of Bedford 2020 said, “Bedford 2020 is delighted with the news that Cypress Creek’s solar array in Poughkeepsie will include a Pollinator Habitat. The idea of providing essential forage for pollinators, promoting native plants, advancing renewable energy and increasing agricultural production—all at the same time—is truly a unique opportunity that Bedford 2020 will be promoting at a regional Climate Action Summit this Saturday, February 3, 2018. We are looking forward to a collaborative effort, a Demonstration Pollinator Friendly Habitat Project, where we will be working with Cypress Creek, other solar developers, farmers, businesses, elected officials, beekeepers, birders and concerned citizens to promote many more such projects throughout the region of Hudson Valley, Westchester and Long Island.”

Emily Watson, a neighbor to the Underhill solar farm, and Co-Owner of the Plan Bee Farm Brewery said, “At Plan Bee Farm Brewery, we produce 100% NYS ingredient beers and cultivate a wild yeast from our raw honey. Our beehives are central to the flavor and terroir of our natural beers. We look forward to potentially expanding our apiary thanks to the pollinator friendly solar fields next door. Our goal of becoming 100% sustainable is aided by the community around us and we are so happy to welcome Cypress Creek Renewables to Underhill.” 

Rob Davis, Director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy said, “Many of New York State’s premier crops, such as apples, alfalfa, soybeans, pumpkins, and berries, rely heavily on pollination yet in 2016 New York State lost fifty percent of its managed pollinator colonies and populations of native pollinators and other beneficial insects continued to decline. Solar arrays—like the Underhill project by Cypress Creek Renewables—provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enable significant private-sector investment in acres and acres of clean and healthy pollen and nectar for the insects that are urgently needed in agriculture.”

John Reagan, Senior Zoning and Outreach Manager, Cypress Creek Renewables said, “Cypress Creek is committed to being a good neighbor while providing clean, low-cost power to communities throughout New York. Incorporating pollinator-friendly habitats at our solar farms provides another opportunity to benefit the environment and the local towns we serve.”


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NABCEP and U.S. Department of Energy Develop Three New Specialty Certifications in Photovoltaic Design, Installer, and Commissioning & Maintenance

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New Certifications Reflect Specialization in the PV Industry and will be offered via Computer-Based Testing at over 600 Test Sites within U.S. & Canada.

Clifton Park, NY, October 22, 2017 --( The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the most widely respected certification organization in the renewable energy industry, announced three new specialty certifications for the solar industry. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Achieving specialty certification demonstrates that PV professionals possess the advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required for their job while conveying that they have earned an externally validated and rigorously developed certification.

“We developed our PV Installation Professional Certification in 2002 as a way to certify PV installers who do it all; they can design, install, operate, commission, and maintain PV systems,” says Shawn O’Brien, Executive Director of NABCEP. “As the PV industry has matured, we noticed that job specialization within the PV industry was becoming the new norm. We developed these certifications with the Department of Energy to reflect the changes in the industry and provide a way for professionals to earn a certification that attests to their level of knowledge and proficiency in their specialty.”

NABCEP’s three new specialty certification exams will only be available via computer-based testing at any of Castle Worldwide, Inc.’s testing centers across the United States and Canada, while the PVIP exam will be available in both CBT and paper-and-pencil format.

“We made the decision to offer these four exams via CBT, and more in the near future, to provide test-takers with more convenience, decrease their cost of travel, and reduce our paper consumption,” said Don Warfield, Chair of NABCEP’s Board of Directors. “We believe that offering more specialty certifications and increasing the availability of our certification exams will have a major impact on consumer protection within the renewable energy industry. Since many PV consumers have difficulty evaluating and verifying what they need, NABCEP’s certification programs are an invaluable tool for consumers to choose skilled and knowledgeable professionals while improving the overall welfare of the PV market.”

NABCEP’s new certifications were developed with the financial assistance of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. With the SunShot Initiative’s support, NABCEP will implement its new certification suite and offer testing services nationally.

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized national certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers entry-level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with professionals and stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at

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10th Anniversary GTM Solar Summit 2017

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Duke Energy extends paid leave to fathers, increases maternal leave benefits

John Downey , Senior Staff WriterJan 26, 2017, 11:44am EST

Duke Energy has expanded its parental leave policy, adding six more weeks of paid leave for birth mothers and giving fathers six weeks of paid leave as well.

The Charlotte-based company says the expansion is designed to help employees balance their home and work lives. And the expansion is important for Duke’s efforts to recruit and retain highly skilled workers, says Chief Human Resources Officer Melissa Anderson.

The additional paid leave for mothers and fathers applies to births, adoptions and foster-care placements. Employees can take the leave within the first 16 weeks of the birth, adoption or placement. That means new parents could extend the time that a child is cared for in the home by allowing one spouse to take leave after the other. Same-sex domestic partners also qualify for the additional benefits.

Piedmont later

The new policy will not, however, immediately extend to the 1,465 workers at Duke subsidiary Piedmont Natural Gas. The more generous benefits are not expected to be afforded to Piedmont workers until Jan. 1, 2018, says Piedmont spokeswoman Loree Elswick.

Duke (NYSE: DUK) bought Piedmont in October. Piedmont employee benefits will remain the same as they were before the acquisition until all benefits are combined into a single offering. Duke expects that to be completed early next year, Elswick says.

Paige Meltzer, director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University, says Duke’s benefits are among the more generous being offered by employers in the United States.

Other companies

The Family Medical Leave Act requires employers to offer new mothers and fathers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. But Meltzer says only about 20% of employers offer any amount of paid leave.

Duke says only 17% extend paid leave to fathers as well as mothers, according to a study compiled in 2015.

Last week, the coffee chain Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced it was offering paid leave to fathers as well as mothers. Meltzer says marquee corporate brands such as Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) also extend paid leave to fathers. Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) has offered paid paternal and maternal leave since 2009 and last year extended the paid benefits from 12 weeks to 16.

Life balance

Anderson says Duke began seriously exploring the possibility of adding paid parental leave to its benefits package two years ago. She says that was in response to strong employee interest and growing competition among companies for the best workers.

“Paid parental leave will give Duke Energy employees important quality time to bond with their new children without the financial pressure of having to immediately return to work,” she says. “Coupled with our other work-family benefits, paid parental leave also will help us recruit and retain the next generation of highly skilled workers.”

Meltzer says that paid family leave also improves morale and productivity for workers — another plus for employers.

She says more companies are offering or expanding paid-leave policies for new and expecting parents. That comes despite the lack of any national policy on such paid leave.

She says work-life balance issues such as paid leave have become increasingly important for companies as they seek to recruit millennials, who expect more from employers on such issues than workers in previous generations.

Duke Energy employs about 29,000 people nationwide, including close to 8,400 in the Charlotte region.

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WISE partners with SEI to empower women through solar training


WISE partners with SEI to empower women through solar training

Women in Solar Energy (WISE) and Solar Energy International (SEI) are working to train and empower more women in the solar energy workforce. This partnership will support SEI’s historical outreach efforts to women in the industry and provides discounted training opportunities to WISE’s membership base. All eligible SEI Alumni will be granted membership to WISE at no extra cost, an incredible opportunity for Alumni to connect with an established network of women working in the solar industry.

“Solar Energy International (SEI) is thrilled to announce our expanded partnership with WISE, encouraging even more women to enter the solar industry,” said Kathy Swartz, SEI Executive Director. “Since SEI’s founding in 1991, they have empowered women to enter the renewable energy  workforce through scholarships, women’s-only trainings, and by the incredible women that teach and work for SEI. By partnering with WISE, our alumni will have access to WISE’s expansive networking opportunities for women to interact with and receive support from other women in the industry. The SEI/WISE partnership leverages what each organization does best and women, whether new to the industry or pioneers, benefit!”

“Kathy Swartz, Justine Sanchez, Marlene Brown, Rebekah Hren and others involved with SEI have supported WISE in various ways over the past few years of our development,” said Kristen Nicole, WISE Executive Director. “Through direct feedback, advice and encouragement to shape our mission and programs and keep us true to the heartbeat of the industry. I greatly appreciate their sharing in the vision of WISE as an independent non-profit that leverages technical depth and celebrates diversity and inclusion in the solar energy industry.  We are thrilled be in a position to solidify this formal and positive relationship with SEI and will continue to provide much needed career resources for our community.  We look forward to working with SEI through this MOU to ensure that our community has access to job training resources and career support and that our efforts are complementary and successful for the long haul.”

SEI was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization, and since has trained over 50,000 students around the world. Their mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. SEI envisions a world powered by renewable energy.

Headquartered in Boston, Mass., WISE is the only 501c3 non-profit network dedicated to advocating diversity and inclusion in the solar energy industry.

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Hopper at SEIA completes women’s superfecta


Hopper at SEIA completes women’s superfecta

When Abigail “Abby” Ross Hopper assumes her duties as president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association next week, it signals a new course for the national association and ushers in an era when the six most powerful association positions in the U.S. solar industry will be held by women.


Abigail “Abby” Ross Hopper’s ascension to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) top spot, held on an interim basis by long-time SEIA staffer Tom Kimbis after previous President and CEO Rhone Resch stepped down in April, represents two subtle but significant developments in the solar industry.

First, the choice of Hopper, a woman with important state-level experience with the solar industry, may represent a shift for the organization from the focus under Resch, which was primarily on federal policy. With the extension of the federal investment tax credit (ITC) in December 2015, most industry observers believe the bulk of future solar-policy discussions will shift to the states.

The recent decision in Arizona to end net-metering in all but name, the ballot initiative defeated in Florida that would have kept solar strictly in the hands of the state’s utilities and Nevada’s ongoing struggle to figure out how to integrate solar into its grid are just a handful of the issues Hopper seems particularly qualified to tackle.

Second, when Hopper becomes the first woman to take the reins at SEIA, the six most influential U.S. solar associations will be headed by women. Julia Hamm currently leads the Smart Electric Power Alliance, which is heavily involved in solar at the utility and community scale. Andrea Luecke leads The Solar Foundation, which puts out the annual solar jobs survey and oversees other critical industry research. Carly Rixham is in charge at the American Solar Energy Society.

In addition, Bernadette Del Chiaro and Lucy Mason run the SEIA chapters in California and Arizona respectively. Those two states rank No. 1 and No. 2 in SEIA’s Top 10 Solar State rankings, which put those two associations – and the women who run them – at the apex of influence they wield as the challenges solar faces continue to grow.

According to the industry group Women in Solar Energy (WISE), women made up only 21.6% of the solar workforce in 2014, the last year of available statistics. That realization makes Hopper’s and the others’ leadership even more crucial since the solar industry has emphasized that it wants more women to become part of the industry.

Tony Clifford, part of SEIA’s executive committee and chief development officer for Rockville, Md.-based Standard Solar, had the opportunity to observe and work with Hopper when she worked on Gov. O’Malley’s staff in Maryland. He says he’s thrilled to have someone of her caliber to lead solar’s national association.

“Abby Hopper possesses the skill set, experience and personality to effectively lead SEIA through what are undoubtedly going to be turbulent times,” Clifford said. “Her past work has demonstrated her management capabilities and provided her with broad energy experience at the public service commission, state and federal levels.”

“Of equal importance is her demonstrated ability to work both sides of the political aisle and to effectively deal with a variety of energy industry and environmental stakeholders,” Clifford added. “She is an outstanding choice to lead SEIA.”

For her part, Hopper is excited to join the solar industry at such a pivotal time.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead SEIA,” Hopper said. “I have spent my career working with all sides of the political and ideological spectrum to arrive at pragmatic approaches to energy policy, and I believe I can use that experience to serve our SEIA members.”




Fall 2016 WISE Newsletter


Fall 2016 WISE Newsletter

Dear WISE Stakeholders,

Wow. It's hard to believe that another year has passed and WISE is now stronger than ever!  2016 has been fantastic for WISE thanks to your support and encouragement. Here are a few highlights: 

  • #NationWISE 2016 - This year our second-annual national round table connected 500+ WISE stakeholders in 20 cities across the U.S. SAVE THE DATE The 3rd Annual #NationWISE 2017 will be held on February 23rd, 2017!
  • #WISETribe Membership - Our WISETribe Membership numbers are way up! We gained an additional 200 members in 2016, making it our most successful WISE year to date! Make sure if you are an active WISETribe member to join WISEweb and stay up to date on the latest exclusive content. 
  • #WISETribe Programs - We had a fantastic year of programming for our members - supporting SheSpeaks Solar efforts, discounts at InterSolar, SPI and various GTM and Infocast events. Our mentorship program is getting organized to kick-off the 2017 year! Recruiters, job postings and career services keep growing!  Our Blog is now the WISE Podcast. All of the WISE programming you love, and a few new additions, will be back in full force in 2017! 

Looking forward to next year, our presence will continue to grow, through new and exciting partnerships. We are finally in a position to expand the WISETribe internationally, through WISE Europe, WISE Asia and through our WISE Workshops. New major conferences - both regional and national - are in discussions with us to partner on gender diversity and pool qualified speakers for their 2017 line-up. And everyday employers approach us requesting assistance in hiring more diverse employees into the solar energy industry. Our distribution reach through social media is also on the rise! 

It's been a fun year and 2017 is looking even better. We can't do it without your support and the support of our industry partners.  We are now actively fundraising for our 2017 General Fund to underwrites operation for the year, tell your employers you want to see another year of WISE!

Thanks for believing in WISE.

The WISE Warriors

Save the Date: #NationWISE - February 23, 2017

#NationWISE, our annual multi-city round table, is back for the 3rd year! Already 17 cities have signed up. Want to get involved? The deadline for city submissions is January 15th, 2017. Learn more>>

WISETribe Programs

Members - have you joined WISEweb to gain access to exclusive content? If not, please do! Also, if your company supports WISE through corporate sponsorship, you may be eligible for access. Ask! Our mentorship program is getting organized for the 2017 year! If you are a WISE member and wish to opt-in to the 1-on-1 matching program, log in to your WISEWeb account and ensure you opt in to the program via your profile (My Profile > Options > Edit).

Not yet involved? Become a WISE member today.

KidSun Education

Kidsun Education, our partnership with Brightergy, has been under serious development in 2016 and is ready for formal launch! We have partnered with ReCharge Labs, Inc. (Formerly KidWind, Inc.) to bring the latest in solar kits and K-12 solar energy curriculum, all mapped into Common Core. We plan to hit the road this year to showcase our efforts>> make sure your city is on the map! 

Please reach out to inquire about getting KidSun Education locally in your school! Learn More >>>

*NEW* WISE Podcast  

We have formally launched our latest news endeavor, WISE Podcast. Tune in to WISE via SoundCloud in 2017 to hear about the latest happenings, interviews and industry initiatives.  


Portland, OR - August 2016 WISE + OSEIA.  Thank you to Itek Energy and Eoff Electric Supply!