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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!



WISE Newsletter: Quarter IV 2014

We cannot believe that our first incorporated year has flown by so quickly. Here are year-end priorities at Women in Solar Energy (WISE):

1. Programming & Volunteer Committees
We are building a robust member-run committee structure to develop our programming. We ask for volunteers to commit a minimum of 4 hours per month to WISE, hold monthly calls, and develop and execute on business plans related to their specific program.

In the meantime, here are a few other committees in formation that are seeking volunteers and prescribed duties.

Workforce development - Create strategic partnerships with other organizations committed to diversifying the solar workforce; maintaining the jobs board and developing creative business ideas related to its promotion. 
SheSpeaks Solar - Maintain bios of WISE members on website and share bios with conference organizations to expand speaking opportunities for women at conferences.
Events - Form partnerships with conference organizers, encourage and support women in their efforts to host formal or informal gatherings.
Member services - Ensure an overall pleasant membership experience -- and make sure members are getting the biggest bang for their buck with a WISE membership.

E-mail to get involved, and please include how many hours you can commit to WISE, your program of choice, the skills you can add to the program, and some creative ideas that you have to get these programs going.

Please stay tuned to our website as additional volunteer opportunities open up. In the meantime, check out the profile of our mentorship committee below. 

2. Fundraising
We are pleased to announce that corporate sponsorships have pushed us to 60% of our year-one funding goal, and we are making another big push. Help us reach our $100,000 goal by asking your company to make a tax-deductible donation to advance women in the solar industry. Visit our website to learn more about sponsorships, and contact Kristen Nicole today

3. Back to basics
As we wrap up the year, we are focused on revisiting our business plan and budget. What would you like to see from Women in Solar Energy? Respond to our member survey to provide feedback to help shape our organization.

Thank you for your interest and support of Women in Solar Energy, and we look forward to working with you - and for you - in 2015.

Kristen, Meghan, Kacie, & Sara
The Women in Solar Leadership Team



WISE Newsletter: Quarter III 2014

Hope you had a nice summer. We can’t believe it’s come to an end already, but we're pleased with the progress we have made, and the attention we have been getting. Just recently, we had a major international solar company tell us that they have altered their hiring practices as a result of us bringing employment issues to light. That is music to our ears.

Some of our biggest wins this summer have been in our fundraising. We are pleased to announce that the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA) made the first corporate donation to Women in Solar, and we named them as a founding member of our organization. SEIA’s support is essential for our success and demonstrates their commitment to diversifying our solar workforce. Thanks to Rhone, Brianna, Zadie, Ebonee, and others from SEIA for their continued support, as well as Carrie Cullen Hitt, one of our industry advisors. We will be hosting a webinar with SEIA on October 7. We will send the registration information shortly.

More recently, Clean Power Finance joined us as a Megawatt Sponsor. We are thankful to Clean Power Finance for their continued support of our growing organization. 

As a non-profit organization in its first year, corporate donations are especially important in helping us to get our organization off the ground so that we can continue to move our efforts forward. To learn more about corporate sponsorships, please contact Kristen Nicole All donations are tax deductible.

Kristen, Meghan, Kacie, & Sara
The Women in Solar Leadership Team