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All-Energy Women's Speed Mentoring Event
Thu 11 May 2017, 12:00 – 14:00 BST
Join MentorSET, POWERful Women and other members of the Energy Sector Women's Group for a great opportunity to engage in speed-mentoring and networking with women from across the energy sector and beyond. This event aims to raise the profile of the benefits of mentoring as an enabler in the growth of skills in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the development of females in the industry.
The event will commence with a special guest speaker, the Women’s Engineering Society’s Karen Burt Award winner, Clare Lavelle. Clare is Arup’s Energy Consulting Business Leader in Scotland and the North East, and an enthusiastic advocate for the engineering profession to young women.
This event is free to attend for all women attending the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference, but as spaces are limited, therefore we ask participants to register in advance.
12:00-12:30 – Registration & Networking
12:30-13:00 – Welcome and guest speaker
13:00-14:00 – Speed mentoring workshop
MentorSET is a successful mentoring scheme for women in STEM run by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) which provides independent mentors who understand the challenges faced and who can provide support and advice. MentorSET has created many hundreds of mentoring pairs spread across the UK and encompassing many different STEM careers. Feedback shows that their participants are benefiting enormously and that MentorSET is playing a useful part in helping women in STEM in the UK. MentorSET aims to increase the number of women who can maintain their STEM careers, and realise their full potential. [www.mentorset.org.uk]
POWERful Women (PfW) seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK’s energy sector. PfW believes a much stronger female influence is needed at the top table. PfW works to support and encourage energy companies to appoint more women to senior roles as part of building stronger businesses and adapting to changing markets. This includes matching industry leaders with professional women to provide guidance to help overcome challenges and build opportunities for greater female leadership in our energy sector.
The Energy Sector Women's Group is a cross-sector working group which aims to improve the representation and standing of women within the energy sector. It is comprised of representatives from a number of organisations, including the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Women's Engineering Society (WES), POWERful Women (PfW), Women in Nuclear (WiN), Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables Network (EWiRE), Society of Petroleum Engineers Women in Energy, Women in Building Services Engineering (WIBSE), and CIGRÉ Women’s Network UK (CIGRE WNUK).
But can I still take part even if I don’t plan on attending the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference?
As this event is part of the exhibition, all participants will need to register (for free) online in advance, or on the day, in order to gain access to this event. Whether you participate in any other aspects of the Exhibition and Conference is up to you, but we do hope that you’ll find something of interest amongst the many exhibits, multi-stream conferece, quick-fire seminars and networking opportunities All-Energy offers.
What exactly is ‘speed mentoring’?
Taking its cue from speed dating events, speed mentoring is series of short, informal conversations about specific issues facing women in industry. Each table will be hosted by a senior woman from within the sector with significant mentoring experience, and participants will have the opportunity to rotate around the tables in 10-minute slots. Each table/mentor will focus on a specific issue, and participants can ask questions around that theme.
Will lunch be provided?
Unfortunately not, but the SEC campus features a number of excellent catering outlets where you can grab a bite before or after the event.
My teenaged daughter wants to be an engineer! Could I bring her along?
Whilst we are great advocates of girls and young women entering the profession, this event would be of most use to professional women engineers and those working within the bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind, hydropower and wave & tidal sectors, as well as those involved in energy storage, heat, low carbon transport and sustainable cities solutions.