The Clean Energy Council has established a Women in Renewables initiative that aims to achieve a better gender balance at all levels of the renewable energy industry. We will update this page with future Women in Renewable events.
Women in Renewables breakfast - 28 July 2016
The Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables initiative will hold a not-to-be-missed breakfast event as part of the Australian Clean Energy Summit this July. This event will feature experts discussing what it takes to create systemic change to increase diversity across a company, and is aimed at both men and women in the renewable energy sector.
We’ll hear from the following people with real experience leading culture change:
- Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Nicole Devine, GM of Performance and Operations at NAB
- Anne McEntee, President and CEO of Onshore Wind at GE
- Doug Jackson, Executive General Manager Group Operations, AGL
We encourage attendees to bring along a senior decision-maker from their company to hear from the panel.
The breakfast is free to attend for all Australian Clean Energy Summit delegates, however you will still need to register to reserve your spot. If you are not a conference delegate you can still purchase a ticket to attend the breakfast (CEC members $50 and non-members $100). You can register your place here.
Women in Renewables profiles
The Clean Energy Council is running a series of profiles on our website to highlight the fantastic work being done by women in different parts of the renewable energy sector. The first of these can be accessed below.
Developing Women Directors - scholarship
The Clean Energy Council awarded the inaugural Developing Women Directors Scholarship to Deborah Oberon from AllGrid Energy in March 2016. Read the full media release here for more details.
Keep an eye out for 2017 applications which will open in late 2016 or early 2017. To be notified when applications open sign up to the Women in Renewables mailing list.
The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is committed to improving gender diversity in the renewable energy industry, including at directorship level.
The CEC has established an annual scholarship to support a female employee within a CEC member company to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course.
While the successful candidate is not assured a role on the CEC board, it is expected that this initiative and training will help develop an increasing pool of potential candidates for board roles with the CEC and other clean energy sector entities.
Ideas from past events
The Clean Energy Council held two lunch events in 2015 where attendees networked and came up with ways for women to build their profiles in the industry. The key ideas that have come out of the events are:
- A mentoring program for women in renewables
- Support more diversity in conference speakers, and if necessary train potential women speakers
- Ensure good workplace policies that support flexible working hours and options for parents as well as equality in policy language
- Reach out to students to help them get started in our industry
- Start undertaking baseline measurements of women’s participation in the sector at all levels
- Link our group to other relevant women’s groups
If you have other ideas to add, feel free to discuss them at a future event or get in touch with Alicia Webb.
The Clean Energy Council is committed to a policy of no all-male panels at our key conference events in 2016. We’ll also be creating representation targets that are ambitious but achievable.
We will be calling for speakers in the coming months for the Australian Clean Energy Summit which will be held in Sydney in July. If you or someone you has an interesting topic or project to speak about at the conference we encourage you to apply. Watch this space for the opening of applications.
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We're please to have EcoGeneration as a media partner for the Women in Renewables initiative
- Women on boards
- Mentor case studies, Women on boards
- Women in leadership, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Gender equality blueprint, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Women's Leadership Institute Australia
- Women and Leadership Australia
- Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women
- National Foundation for Australian Women