GWNET leads the development of several regional and global women mentoring programmes, with the goal of advancing the role of women as agents of change in society and promoting best practices within the sustainable energy sector.
In this regard, GWNET has led or is leading the following mentorship programmes (click on each heading below to learn more):
GWNET Mentoring Programme 1/2018 – this programme ran from April 2018 to March 2019, with a cohort of 10 women mentees, and a participant group ranging from Africa, Asia and Europe to the Middle East, North and Latin America.
GWNET Mentoring Programme 2/2019 – this 12-month programme began in March 2019 with over 20 mentees from around the world. Besides the bilateral mentor-mentee relationship, the programme offered a series of knowledge-transfer webinars.
GWNET Mentoring Programme 3/2020 – this 12-month programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in energy, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment. The programme is made of up of 26 mentees from 20+ countries.
The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program – this 9-month programme ran between May 2019 and January 2020, with a cohort of 8 mentees from around the world. It was designed to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment. The programme was jointly organised with the Global Wind Energy Council.
The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program 2020 – the second cohort of this 9-month programme with 15 mentees was launched in January 2020, with the goal to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment. This programme is jointly organised with the Global Wind Energy Council.
Regional Mentoring Programmes for Latin American Countries (LAC) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – this programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. This programme is organised in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
People-Centered Accelerator Mentoring Programme for Women in Energy Access – this mentoring programme is focused on women working in the area of energy access, as part of the People-Centered Accelerator, organised in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). This programme focuses on Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia, and is designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in energy access from all actors of the value chain (e.g. start-ups, utilities etc).
Women in Energy Storage Mentoring Programme of the Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) – this mentoring programme organised in partnership with the Secretariat of the Energy Storage Partnership, hosted by ESMAP, is designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in the energy storage field, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment.
One of the factors contributing to low recruitment and retention rates in STEM careers for women is the lack of appropriate women role models and mentors resulting in alienation from these disciplines, according to the World Economic Forum. Both men and women need mentoring, a factor associated with a higher likelihood of promotion.
Women can benefit from the insight into negotiating the internal politics of an organisation, and a woman mentor is particularly beneficial. (Women for Sustainable Energy – Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change, GWNET, 2020).
Benefits of Mentorship
- Gaining experience from seasoned professionals
- Enhancing strengths, overcoming weaknesses
- Concrete goals & career-enhancing activities
- Personal development: potentials, competencies, values
- Innovative ideas & strategic thinking
- Insights into other fields and younger generation issues
- Conscious reflection about one’s own career
- Facilitating growth of young talents
- Encouraging women in the workforce
- Knowledge transfer and reputation as a mentor
150+ Women Mentored
55+ Countries Reached
25+ Knowledge Transfer Webinars
2 Study Tours
An active online storytelling campaign
Become a Mentor
GWNET is looking for senior professionals who are eager to make a difference and have a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector. With the ever-changing dynamics of the business fields, digitalisation, knowledge and knowledge sharing has become more important than ever.
As a mentor, you get the opportunity to give something valuable back to more junior professionals and to expand your own knowledge through the mentees’ perspective. Mentoring will contribute to personal and professional development for both you and your mentee, as well as, shaping the direction of future generations within your field of expertise. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor in one of GWNET’s mentoring programmes (which involves approx. 1 – 1.5 hours of engagement per month plus optional participation in knowledge-transfer webinars), kindly fill in our Mentor Datasheet.