Clinton Climate Initiative

Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network

The WIRE Mentorship Program Application Period is Officially OPEN!

The Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network is a professional development group for women in energy in island nations. The WIRE Network aims to provide leadership and development opportunities through one-on-one mentoring and an online community. We are excited to announce a pilot program in Africa this year, in addition to the Caribbean mentorship program! Please see below for further details on the two applications and requirements for each, as well as FAQs.

The deadline for both applications is July 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Selected candidates will be interviewed throughout July and final selections will be announced in August 2019.

Caribbean Region Application

The Caribbean WIRE 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 group of women. These women are sponsored to convene in-person annually, tentatively planned for fall 2019. This application is open for women working in the energy sector in the Caribbean region only. 

Apply HERE to become a mentee with the Caribbean WIRE Mentorship Program.

Africa Pilot Program Application

This year, the WIRE Network will be launching a pilot program for women working in energy on African islands. Structurally, this program will follow the same successful model as the Caribbean-based mentorship program. Applicants can apply to be either a mentor or a mentee; however, if chosen for the program, the WIRE Network Recruiting Committee will ultimately decide roles. Once chosen, each woman will be paired with another based on interests, career level, and general needs. This application is open for women working in the energy sector in African islands only.

Apply HERE to become a mentor or mentee with the Africa WIRE Mentorship Pilot Program. 

About WIRE

In response to the underrepresentation of women in island energy leadership positions, the Clinton Climate Initiative and Chelsea Clinton launched the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network to empower the next generation of women leaders in island nations. The WIRE Network is a professional development network comprised of a mentoring program and a digital platform with the mission to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the energy sector. The WIRE Network provides leadership and technical skills development opportunities as well as a support system for women to give them the tools to help lead island nations transition to renewable energy.

A Network for Island Women Leaders in Energy

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Islands Energy Program works closely with governments and utilities on small island developing states to address the technical challenges related to renewable energy deployment and to increase the resiliency of communities facing climate change.

CCI’s experience in this island energy space indicates that women are often underrepresented at many levels. Women often hold mid-level positions in government entities and utilities and are integrally involved in energy planning and project execution, yet rarely rise to upper management or receive formal recognition. Because of CCI’s cross-sectoral collaborations, it is in a unique position to also help facilitate women’s rise to more empowered upper management roles in the energy sector through the WIRE Network.


The WIRE Mentor Network

Through a mentorship program and a digital communication platform, the WIRE Mentor Network provides the tools for women in islands to grow professionally and expand their networks. The program connects senior women in energy from islands with mid-career women in clean energy fields who demonstrate leadership potential and strive to reach management levels. After one year, the original mentees transition to the mentor role, providing guidance to a new cohort of mentees. In the second year, the mentees become mentors. Within two years, the program creates a close yet diverse network of island women who learn from each other and develop technical and soft skills to progress their careers. It is also a unique opportunity for the women of the WIRE Mentor Network to expand their network outside of their island community. The digital communications platform provides webinars on various technical topics and quarterly newsletters that include upcoming networking events, climate change data, relevant news articles, and spotlights on leading women in energy. As of 2017, the WIRE Network has grown to more than 450 members from more than 45 countries. To subscribe to the WIRE Network email list and receive information about webinars, events, and how to apply for the mentorship program, click here.