The UK’s Energy Institute (EI) has hosted a roundtable discussion with POWERful Women (PfW) organisation to discuss issues faced by women working in the global energy sector.
'The importance of women in energy' discussion was co-chaired by the US Energy Deputy Secretary Dr Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and EI's chief executive Louise Kingham.
Louise Kingham said: “As part of its promotion of better balanced workplaces in the energy industry, the EI is pleased to welcome the US Deputy Energy Secretary to this important discussion.
“As the host and the secretariat for the POWERful Women initiative, we hope to share good practice between the UK and the US around science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)-based career development, mentoring, and the leadership needed to drive a culture change in our industry for the benefit of all.”
The event has brought into notice some of the serious challenges faced by women and the measures taken to create a congenial environment.
Dr Sherwood-Randall said: “If we are going to meet our global climate and energy challenges, and develop and deploy the clean energy technologies to power the world of tomorrow, we need to inspire more young people and women to get involved in this dynamic field, in both the public and private sectors.”
During the roundtable discussion, participants could share best practises to encourage women at all levels to pursue STEM subjects and join the STEM-based career.
In June 2014, PfW was founded in the UK by Baroness Verma and Member of Parliament Laura Sandys to promote the professional growth and leadership development of women in the energy sector.
Image: US Energy Deputy Secretary Dr Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and EI chief executive Louise Kingham. Photo: courtesy of Katie Crabb.