The Women in Energy program elevates women in energy by advancing equality and opportunity.  WIE seeks to address institutional barriers to entry, help organizations and companies to improve retention, and empower women to achieve career growth through educational programming, enhanced visibility, and broader networks.

Program Goals 

  • Increase interest in energy and increase the number of women entering the field
  • Offer enhanced educational programming
  • Establish programs and initiatives that can be replicated 
  • Build partnerships and collaborations
  • Raise the visibility of women

Our Approach

  • Build a "Women in Energy" community to support women and student access to networking opportunities with women professionals in the field.
  • Provide leadership skills training, workshops and mentoring.
  • Facilitate internship opportunities, full-time employment and related practical experience in the energy space. 
  • Provide funding to exceptional students pursuing academic research opportunities and summer internships.

For more information about CGEP's Women in Energy program or to host a WIE event or become a partner, please contact jem2245@columbia.edu 

Our Partners

Columbia Affiliates

WIE works closely with "Women in Energy" sub-groups across Columbia schools and departments, including:

Other Partners

CGEP partners with organizations and companies that are dedicated to enhancing the breadth and depth of opportunities available for women in energy and energy-related fields. CGEP's corporate and organizational partners help support the Women in Energy program through both financial and in-kind support.

 

Women in Energy Externships

The Women in Energy externship is a month-long training program in a NYC-area energy start-up for our WIE student members to help them gain experience in the energy sector. January 2021 Externship roles are filed, but please check back Fall 2021 for the next round of opportunites. 

Women in Energy Publications 

Future Energy Workforce: The Role of Corporate Boards in Diversity and Performance
The Women in Energy program at CGEP convened a workshop to discuss the role of the board of directors and how a diverse composition affects board deliberations and effectiveness.

Future Workforce In the Energy Sector: How Diversity Makes us More Hardworking and More Creative
Building diverse, inclusive work environments has become a priority for businesses across the globe—bringing benefits that include higher productivity and improved performance, as well as increased creativity and broader perspectives that lead to better decision-making.

Women in the News

The Industry With the Most Female CEOs Isn’t What You’d Expect via the Wall Street Journal

Empowering Women in West Africa to Advance Energy Access Goals by Peyton Fleming, Lead Writer, Sustainable Energy for All. Originally published on SE4All 

Venezuela’s Rebels With a Cause by Fabiana Perera, Women in Energy Member, PhD candidate at GWU, and 2017 Foreign Policy Intetrrupted Fellow & Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning in the US State Department, President and CEO of New America, and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affiairs at Princeton University. Originally published on Project Syndicate

Women’s Crucial Role in Combating Climate Change by Alina Tugend. Originally published on The New York Times

Podcast

Columbia Energy Exchange
Rachel Kyte
Dean, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

In this first edition of Columbia Energy Exchange in 2021, host Bill Loveless is joined by Rachel Kyte, the dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Christy Goldfuss
Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy, Center for American Progress

Host Jason Bordoff is joined by Christy Goldfuss, co-chair of the Climate 21 Project, Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, and former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) during the Obama administration. 

Jane Flegal
Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Host Jason Bordoff is joined by Jane Flegal to discuss the governance, science and decision-making processes needed to unlock climate action and new innovation.