Mentoring Program in Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
The Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), through its affiliation with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), offers a mentoring program to support men and women in their career development in energy efficiency, renewable energy, utilities and energy technology fields. Both mentors and mentees apply by filling out the application listed on the Council’s website.
If you would like to find a mentor to help you expand your professional development quickly with the benefit of their experience on your side, or you need a sounding board to kick around some concerns, you are invited to participate in the CWEEL Mentoring Program.
Should you wish to share your experience in order to support women in our industry, we invite you to consider serving as a mentor.
How to be a Mentee or Mentor:
The Mentoring program is available to AEE –CWEEL members only.
Click here to join the AEE first and check the box for CWEEL to join. There is a 50% Discount on first year AEE membership when you join with Code CWEEL50 (not valid for existing AEE Members or for renewals)
Click here to join CWEEL if you are already a member of AEE and pay $30 CWEEL membership fee.
Mentoring Program Success Stories
“My mentoring experience has been absolutely great. I was unemployed and frankly very down on myself when I had my first phone call with her, and hearing her say, “I have been there. I know how you feel. You will get through this” was exactly what I needed to hear, and my mom telling me that just didn’t have the same effect as hearing it from her. In my down time, I was looking for ways to get involved in the community and sustainable energy and she gave me some great suggestions that landed me a spot on the team working to develop the City of Bethlehem’s climate action plan, which I wouldn’t have even known about unless she mentioned it and helped me research it! I am more than thrilled to be active in the community in this way, and also recently found a job at a local engineering firm doing exactly what I wanted. I have yet to tell her, but plan to share the good news in two weeks when we have our scheduled phone call. She recently took the LEED Green Associates exam, which is something that I hope to take in the near future, since my new position will be doing LEED consulting in addition to energy management and project management, so I look forward to her help coaching me in those areas as well. I could not be more thankful for having come across this mentorship program– for me, it was really a game changer.”
– Elisabeth C.
“I have been having monthly tag-ups with my mentor for several months now. I have learned a lot and have been inspired by other women in our industry.”
– Devan T.
“The Mentoring program was really good, we had the opportunity to talk a couple of times and was really an open eye experience.”
– Myrna P.
“My mentor was in Nigeria and very cool to talk to. We messaged a few times over Skype and she had great suggestions for where to look for recurring internships to find a heading/starting point in energy engineering. I am actually in Vermont doing one this summer! I like that CWEEL has people/mentors all over the globe–I don’t think I would have known about WRI’s postings had I been limited to talking to and learning from energy engineers who work heavily within the traditional US firms.
– Feibi Y.
“I’m grateful to be part of this program and it’s been incredible to have Kjrsten as my mentor. She gave me advice on courses I could take for professional development and I ended up taking an online AEE training course. She also gave me advice on how to do business development as we both are working in the similar function. Lately we started to catch up once a week to develop a project that hopefully we can present in the future AEE conference. It’s very exciting!”
– Cissy B.