The wind energy industry can play a leading role in promoting the role of women as agents of change, collaborators and innovators in the global energy transition. Our events should reflect this position.
Industry events signal the direction of the market, provide a public face for wind energy and showcase thought leadership and role models in the wider energy system. But too often, wind and other renewable events exhibit a dramatic gap between male and female speakers, unequal representation of women among attendees and poorly attended sessions on gender diversity. This must change.
The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program compiled a set of best practices for gender diversity at wind industry events. The following best practices should act as guidelines and not hard rules. Every event has a different market and context. These recommendations, provided in English, can be translated to other languages and markets with the appropriate consideration of cultural differences. In addition, events (particularly those billed as “global”) should reflect the wider diversity and inclusion picture, including representation of intersectionality.