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Women in Solar Happy Hour - Boise, Idaho

Come have a drink and meet solar energy leaders from Boise and learn about the status of solar in Idaho. We’ll also share information regarding Women in Solar, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and membership organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in what is now one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

  • Date: Thursday, November 20th
  • Time: 5pm
  • Where: Piper Pub & Grill (downtown Boise 8th & Main) 

Inovus is proud to support Women in Solar. The solar industry has made great strides in supporting and employing women and we’d like to help keep that momentum going. As an active member of Women in Solar, I’m currently part of the team focused on developing the Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program will help members who;

  • Are new to solar and are interested in learning how to make the transition to solar
  • Are already part of the solar industry, but may need assistance advancing their careers
  • Or, just need additional support

So, join us for happy hour and learn more about solar, mentorhips, and other programs. If you have any questions, please contact me via email: nperalta at inovussolar.com or call: 208.514.0064

via Norma Peralta, Inovus

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5 Reasons to Join Women in Solar

Originally posted on LinkedIn by Pamela Cargill

This week, I put my money where my mouth is and joined Women in Solar. The only hesitation keeping me from joining earlier was to see if the effort would last longer than the fiery blog post that launched the group after 2013’s Intersolar North America.

In the post, now-Executive Director Kristin Nicole penned an open letter to the solar industry tearing Intersolar North America a new one for condoning the use of women as sex objects to promote solar products and services. (In fact, a marketing executive responsible for trade show presence at the Consumer Electronics Show even proved using split method testing that “booth babes” don’t convert good leads.)

Why join Women in Solar?

1. They are a dynamic member-focused organization

Women in Solar is not a thinly-veiled self-promotional engine for its founders’ personal careers or to bring attention to their employers. That’s clear from the many personal passionate conversations I have had with the founders. Their programmatic vision is grand and spans a hopeful spectrum of STEM recruitment in K-12 all the way through mentorship programs and support to speak at conferences and many more. They are constantly seeking input to ensure their offerings are the most relevant and useful to Women in Solar members and prospects. Now is the best time to get involved if you are interested in shaping an organization that can provide support now and into the future for equitable gender opportunities.

2. They filed and received their 501c3 charitable organization non-profit status

You know your membership dollars will be handled and accounted for in a transparent manner with a registered 501c3. You have a say as a member in influencing the direction of those dollars.

3. They have gained corporate-level support from SEIA and Clean Power Finance

The organization is focusing correctly on fundraising, driving foundational activist membership, and securing financial stability in order to develop programs. With backing from SEIA and Clean Power Finance, they are on their way to executing their goal of 10 founding corporate sponsors.

4. They have passed the one year mark and still growing

Most companies, including non-profits, do not last past their first year in business. According to the Small Business Administration, “about half of all new establishments survive five years or more and about one-third survive 10 years or more.

5. The organization is dovetailing with the Women in STEM zeitgeist

In the post “Lean In” era and in a time when attention about the lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is in the zeitgeist, Women in Solar has the opportunity to focus disparate voices and efforts in the solar industry focused on women’s career paths and opportunities.

In its first years, the question of founding members must be “what can I do for Women in Solar?” No matter what your gender, if you want to create a more equitable career landscape in the growing solar industry, please join Women in Solar and volunteer to get the programs and services off the ground that you want to see benefiting yourself and others.

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