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Become a Mentor
Are you willing to share your industry experience and hard-won wisdom with a woman on the way up? You can make a major contribution by becoming a mentor through WoWE’s popular mentoring program.
Having a mentor is an important success factor for career advancement and growth. In our new, fast-moving industry, it can be vital. The WoWE Mentoring Program fosters mentoring relationships by matching wind energy aspirants and newcomers with more established individuals.
Launched in 2008, the WoWE mentoring program is the first program geared specifically for women working in or entering the wind energy field. What’s required from a mentor, more than years of experience or an executive title, is true willingness to spend time sharing your confidence, wisdom and observations. Because the program is Web-based, mentor and mentee can get together regardless of location.
WoWE Mentoring Pages
Why be a mentor?
WoWE mentors say they gain a powerful sense of professional and personal satisfaction from having helped a newcomer along, or guided a mid-level professional to reach higher goals. They enjoy the feeling of "giving back," especially if they have profited from a mentor's advice in the past.
One participant said, "Sometimes it just takes a 15 minute conversation or a thoughtful email to have an impact on someone's life."
Who can be a mentor?
WoWE participants often ask if they can be a mentor, having just entered the wind industry within the last few years. We welcome men and women with a variety of experience levels and backgrounds to participate as mentors. We recognize that the renewable energy field is rapidly growing, and even one year of experience can be tremendously valuable to mentees who are just starting out. Also, given the expansive breadth of wind-related careers we welcome those from all sectors, including scientists, policy-makers, engineers, government employees, project managers, wind developers, non-profit employees, lobbyists and advocates, educators, and attorneys - just to name a few. And a mentoring relationship can be a two-way street. In this program, mentors have learned from mentees about new technology and websites available and some relationships have fostered collaborative professional endeavors.
How do I get started?
When you create your profile in the Member Center on the WoWE website, you can click a box saying “I am currently available to be a mentor”. You can also add information about your availability, your background, and topics you would be interested in working through with a mentee.
For more information about WoWE's Mentoring program, please contact the WoWE Mentoring Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think you or someone you know might like to be a mentee? Find out more on our Find a Mentor page.