Women in Energy Grows, Expands Learning Opportunities

Women in Energy celebrated its 5th Anniversary in 2022. In the five years since it was established, Women in Energy (WE) has grown dramatically and continually strives to deliver programming that strengthens the skillset and knowledge base as it relates to members’ careers in the energy industry. The organization now has over 400 members, many located in the Northeast, but growing nationwide. 

According to WE President Erin Holohan Haskell, “Our mission is to connect and empower women working in the energy industry. We do this by providing career resources, creating networking and mentoring opportunities, promoting educational courses, and developing strategies to minimize obstacles women may face in the industry. We follow this mission in everything we do. Our latest project is our new online Learning Center which was launched mid-September 2022.”

Judy Garber, WE Executive Director stated, “With all our recorded Webinar Wednesday sessions, our educational library has grown to be quite large and packed with valuable information. The project has been a collaborative effort by our member volunteers. We have edited the relevant videos, added some supporting information, and created some simple Q&A’s plus we included programming from our 2022 Annual Conference.  Members can access this material wherever and whenever they wish.  This benefit is included in 2023 Memberships.”

The material covers everything that someone relatively new to the industry – or someone who just changed positions – may benefit from: soft skills, leadership, financial wellness, Welcome to the Energy Industry, sales and marketing, personal development, etc.

“We appreciate and value what our members have to say about their needs and then provide meaningful solutions,” said Holohan Haskell. “For example, some of our members in marketing and customer service roles expressed an interest in learning more about the technical aspects of our industry to better assist their customers and expand their knowledge. This feedback gave us real direction in regard to the learning opportunities we wanted to create next.”

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As a result, WE developed material on a wide variety of energy technologies. A small sample of the courses offered include Residential Heating 101, Heating System Basics, Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel 101, Heat Pumps 101, Introduction to Solar, Wind Energy 101, and Geothermal Basics. These intro sessions can be found under Welcome to the Energy Industry section.

This content is a great resource for business owners and managers to bring new employees up to speed, or for members to learn on their own. 

Garber said, “For those that are not yet a member, this new tool that is included with your annual membership, can be a valuable benefit to you and your team. We invite you to explore the variety of membership levels.” For more information, please visit www.wewomeninenergy.com.

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