The Women in Sustainability and Energy (WISE) series is an inclusive platform for both women and men to learn from experienced leaders, to share knowledge, and to advance equity in the workplace.
The Building Energy Exchange launched the WISE series in 2015. In just three years, we have held 17 sold-out events featuring 69 women leaders, attracting 1,000 industry professionals, and engaging thousands more on social media.
This series has featured women professionals from across the energy and sustainability field who have pioneered and accelerated sustainability programs in the government and private sector, they have built successful startups, and they have spearheaded social justice campaigns.
In addition to showcasing impressive women leaders, WISE serves as a networking forum and framework for year-round dialogue. It is crucial that the growing number of professionals in the energy and sustainability industries have access to role models and to networking and mentorship opportunities. These opportunities are essential to furthering the careers of young professionals. Improving retention and diversity in the field is vitally important to advancing energy and sustainability agendas.
The WISE series has received overwhelming enthusiasm and support, and BE-Ex looks forward to continuing to organize high-level WISE symposia in consultation with our steering committee and informed by attendee interest.
“BE-Ex’s WISE series is helping to develop the next generation of sustainability leaders. As both a speaker and a participant, I have found that WISE is not only inspirational, but also offers high quality content around the critical questions facing the sustainability and energy communities.