Over the course of two sunny days in Boston -- at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab -- thought leaders from across the energy sector convened for the 2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium.
This annual event brings together entrepreneurs, academia, business and government to devise strategies to substantially increase women’s participation in the clean energy revolution. The hallmark of the symposium is an awards presentation, recognizing six mid-career women for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy, as well as a lifetime achievement award honoring a distinguished leader within the clean energy sector.
More than ever, a key focus of the symposium was on building networks to drive change. In that vein, attendees strengthened connections, shared lessons learned and brainstormed during a full afternoon of presentations and speed networking sessions and an evening of working dinners in downtown Cambridge. Women graduate students shared their research related to climate change mitigation during the symposium’s annual poster competition -- receiving helpful feedback and support from fellow attendees.
On both days, some of the most innovative minds currently driving the global clean energy revolution shared inspiring speeches during daily panel sessions. While the panelists leading these discussions represented all branches of the energy sector, each emphasized a central theme: closing the gender gap in the energy sector is imperative to effectively solve our global clean energy challenges and mitigate the growing impact of climate change.
The annual Women in Clean Energy Symposium is a key component of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program led by the Energy Department in partnership with the MIT Energy Initiative. Launched at the inaugural Clean Energy Ministerial, the C3E initiative reflects the shared commitment among partner governments to advance women’s leadership in clean energy fields.
Check back with us on Energy.gov within the coming weeks for more on C3E, including a wrap-up video of the symposium and interviews highlighting C3E ambassadors.