Clinton Climate Initiative

Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network

About the WIRE Network

Founded in 2016 by Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network is a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations in the Caribbean and Africa. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change as it exacerbates existing structural gender inequalities. However, women also have the potential to be powerful agents of climate action!

WIRE Caribbean Mentorship Program Application (2020-2021 Cohort)
The WIRE Caribbean Mentorship Program is a two-year program in which senior women leaders in energy mentor rising women leaders. After receiving formal mentorship for one year, the original mentees transition into the mentor roles in their second year, mentoring the next cohort of mentees. These women are sponsored to convene in-person annually. This application is open for women working in the energy sector in the Caribbean region only.

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Who is eligible? 

The WIRE Caribbean Mentorship Program is for mid- to senior- level career women in the energy profession who live and/or work on islands in the Caribbean. Past participants have been held energy careers in academia, utilities, governments, non-profits, and the private sector with anywhere from 5 to 20+ years of professional experience. We encourage previous applicants to submit applications again. Applications for the WIRE Africa program will open later in the year and will be open to women living and working in African islands. 

How does the program work? 

We strongly believe that every woman has something to give and can continue learning no matter where she is in her career. All participants spend the first year serving as a mentee and are matched with a mentor based on skillsets, personal and professional goals, and personality types. In the second year, the mentees become mentors. We match mentors and mentees from different islands to cultivate strong cross-cultural relationships and build each other up region wide. 

Are there any requirements while in the program? 

Each participant will be expected to take on a Commitment to Action – a new, specific, and measurable project that benefits her own individual community. These can be big or small, but mentees and mentors spend two years developing these projects and making them a reality. This aspect of the program is what differentiates the WIRE Network from other women’s groups because it encourages participants to apply lessons learned from other women to their home islands. Participants are expected to attend a 1-hour Zoom group call every six weeks, an annual in-person convening (fully paid for by the Clinton Climate Initiative), and to engage on a regular basis with their mentor/mentee on a schedule of their choosing. 

What does the application process look like? 

Applications will be open from May 15 – June 30, 2020 and consists of a few brief short answer questions. You will be required to submit an up-to-date resume and short description of a planned Commitment to Action. Following the applications, a short list of candidates will be asked to virtual interviews with a review committee. 

How many women will be accepted? 

In order to maintain an individualized and intimate support network, we accept between 10-12 mentees for the Caribbean program. 

Are there membership fees associated with the programs? 

There are no fees to participate. Both mentorship programs are completely free! 

 

A Network for Island Women Leaders in Energy

The Clinton Climate Initiative’s (CCI) experience in the islands’ energy space renders it uniquely positioned to support women’s empowerment in the renewable energy transition. While women make up more than 50% of university students in most countries, their employment account for only 32% of the renewable energy industry and 22% of the oil and gas sector. Gender inequality in the field is a result of several barriers to entry and career advancement in the clean energy industry, including gender perceptions, a lack of girls in STEM programs, limited professional networks and mentoring, work mobility, and wage inequality among a multitude of others.

CCI is leading efforts to boost the presence of women leaders on islands through its Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. Since its founding, more than 500 men and women have joined WIRE’s ranks from more than 60 countries. WIRE has worked to eliminate barriers to advancement in sustainable energy through four programmatic areas:

  • Mentorship: The WIRE Network creates mentoring relationships between women in mid- and senior-career positions. In the two-year reciprocal programs, the mentors and mentees meet one-on-one every month, as a cohort every six weeks, and are given access to a resource database for career advancement. Mentees and mentors are required to fulfill a Commitment to Action within their communities – a new, specific, and measurable project that addresses a challenge within the nexus of gender and energy. Commitments range from LED lightbulb distribution to impoverished female-headed households to promoting engineering at all-girls schools in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Technical skills: WIRE Network members receive a wide variety of technical training materials and access to webinars and in-person training sessions. Notably, each year the WIRE Network organizes an all-women panel at an international energy conference to discuss topics ranging from gender mainstreaming renewable energy projects to technical panels on the development of renewable energy.
  • Strategic partnerships: The WIRE Network has partnered with the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All to collaborate on and participate in their People-Centered Accelerator by identifying and highlighting energy access companies in the private sector who have implemented successful gender interventions.
  • Advocacy: The WIRE Network advocates for women’s leadership at the local, national, and international levels by raising awareness of women’s abilities to succeed in the renewable energy space. Our members have been featured in a variety of international outlets, including Forbes Magazine. The WIRE Network also highlights its exceptional members at conferences in countries ranging from Iceland to Aruba and the Netherlands.