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  • 24 Jun 2019 8:08 PM | Anonymous

    Press Release

    June 24 2019

    Women in Geothermal (WING) returns to the United States, where it all began!                

    Women in Geothermal (WING), a global non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the geothermal community, is to be hosted in the United States, taking over the Global Chair from New Zealand.

    In 2013 at the Geothermal Resource Council (GRC) Annual General Meeting, 80 women and men turned up for a meeting in Las Vegas to kick off an organisation focused on empowerment for women. This is when Women in Geothermal (WING) was formed.

    During the initial meeting in Las Vegas, Andy Blair was appointed to be the Global Chair and went back to New Zealand to build the first WING Global Team. Over the last six years the NZ team has built the foundations of the organisation which has become a powerful movement. At approximately 1600 members worldwide, WING is now the largest single geothermal association on the planet. The time has now arrived for a new team to lead this global organization.

    After a rigorous process, WING United States (US) has been awarded the prestigious role to be the WING Global Team for 2020-2023. The strong foundations built by the current Global Team (WING NZ) will serve as a platform for WING US to launch into the next evolution of the organization.

    Andy Blair, the current Global Chair of WING says, she is proud to see WING and its accomplishments since its inception in 2013 and is excited to hand over the chair of the organisation to an incredibly energetic, accomplished and incredibly talented group of individuals, men and women in the U.S.

    Kelly Blake, the current WING US Ambassador, states “WING US is honoured to build on the many accomplishments of the current Global Team and further advance gender equality in the geothermal industry. We’re excited about connecting and supporting our WING Teams around the world.”

    The next WING Global Team is tasked with developing and implementing the next global strategy, working with the individual WING Country Teams to and will deliver local initiatives that have impact in their own communities.  

    Changing the countries that will serve as the home of the WING Global Team will enable the different social political and business cultures of the host country play a key role in shaping the future of WING. As a global entity, WING needs to evolve to stay relevant and bring value to its members. Each country that takes the Global reins is in the unique position to have real impact on the lives of women and men in the geothermal industry across the globe.

    On building the first WING Global Team, Andy Blair says, “I knew I needed ‘Do-ers’, smart people with lots of energy that can make things happen. What I didn’t know at the time, is how much energy people were willing to dedicate, and the sacrifices they were prepared to make, to realise WING’s mission to create a more equitable and fairer workplace for women.” Blair goes on to say “It's been the single most fulfilling thing I've done in my career to date. I’m proud of the work our NZ Team has done.”   

    Current Global Team member, Paul Siratovich describes choosing the next Global Team, “We have invested a lot of ourselves in creating this movement, and we are very passionate about it. We wanted to make sure that the next Global Team could look after and build on the foundations we’ve built.The US Team has demonstrated their ability to create and deliver impactful global and local WING initiatives. This and their determination and fierceness secured them the role.” Siratovich goes on to state “They expressed a real interest in growing the number of WINGmen; looking to mobilise more men in the industry to lead and support change. I look forward to helping realise that goal.” WING has a goal of 50% male membership, currently at 25%.

    Abbie Dean, the WING NZ ambassador states, “The WING Iceland Team submitted a compelling application, with a strong team, ambition and obvious enthusiasm. We know that there will be some really interesting initiatives coming from the WING Iceland Team in the future and we are excited about that. As world leaders in the drive for equality there is much to learn from Iceland.”

    The official handover will occur during the World Geothermal Congress in Reykjavik, April 2020. In the meantime, the WING US Team will begin preparing for the transition, with the support of the current Global Team.

    About Women in Geothermal (WING)

    WING is a volunteer non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the geothermal community. The ultimate aim is to one day become redundant; where no group needs to advocate for gender equality.

    The structure of WING is based on local presence and global connection. The WING Global Team, which currently sits within New Zealand, is responsible for the management and operation of the organisation.

    WING is an inclusive, non-profit organisation. It’s free to join and anyone can do so by going to www.womeningeothermal.org. WING can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

    WING US Team: Kelly Blake (US Ambassador), Bridget Ayling, Karen Christopherson, Cary Lindsey, Mary Mann, Ann Robinson-Tait, Drew Siler, Caity Smith, Andrew Tiedeman, Kate Young

    WING NZ Team: Andy Blair (Global Chair), Abbie Dean (NZ Ambassador), Paul Siratovich, Sophie Milloy, Aimee Calibugan, Catherine Coutts, Charis Wong, Juliet Newson, Anya Seward, Karl Spinks 

    info@womeningeothermal.com


  • 31 May 2019 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    Nominations for the 2019 U.S. WING Awards are now open!

    Hello WING Members,

    The United States WING country team is excited to announce our 2nd annual WING awards! There are four awards, one for each of our Core Values:

    • Courageous
    • Empowering
    • Open
    • Caring

    If you know someone in the geothermal industry who expresses these values, give them a chance to be recognized, and nominate them for an award. All that is needed is their name, contact information, and 500 words or less describing what a Courageous, Empowering, Open and/or Caring person they are!   Please be sure to read more about what each core value looks like in action before providing your nomination.

    Get your nominations in by 30 June (midnight, your time zone). 
    Nomination Form 

    You're welcome to nominate more than one person, but you can only nominate a particular individual for one of the categories.  Both men and women are eligible to nominate and be awarded.

    Want some inspiration?  Read about the amazing winners of the 2018 WING Awards!

    Awards will be presented at the WING Networking Event organized by U.S. WING country team at the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting 15-18 September 2019 in Palm Springs, California.  Awardees will be notified in advance of the event to allow time to make travel arrangements and receive the award in person.


    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

    WING US Team

  • 7 Feb 2019 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Dear WINGs and WINGmen,

    We have a lot to be proud of since we (WING) began at the GRC workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013. We are now over 1360 members which makes us the largest single geothermal association on the planet!!!

    For the last six years New Zealand has served as the WING Global Team, developing initiatives such as the Roadmap to Iceland, WING Documentary, WINGman Special Taskforce and many others. They’ve set up and supported all the other WING country Teams, provided advice and support to members. But more importantly they have built the infrastructure, branding, and strategy for WING, providing the human energy (alongside all you amazing humans) and leadership to get it to the movement that it is today.

    Lots of great things have been achieved and we have seen a real culture shift in our global geothermal community – but there is still a lot of work to do.

    The time has come for a new WING Global Team to lead the charge into the new decade. New Zealand will end its term as the WING Global Team at the World Geothermal Congress in 2020 and a new WING Global Team will take over the reins.  NZ will support the transition for a 1 year period post handover and of course will still be a super active part of WING.

    We are now looking for Expressions of Interest from WING Country/Regional Teams that feel they are willing and ready to take on the role of the next WING Global Team. This means setting the global strategy for the following 3 years, connecting and providing leadership, developing and implementing initiatives that align with our mission, and continuing the good work that has been done so far. This is your chance to have a positive impact on the lives of women (and men) working in our industry across the globe.

    Please email us (info@womeningeothermal.com) by Sunday 31st March expressing your interest in becoming the next WING Global Team. Please include the following:

    • Describe in less than 600 words your vision for WING and why your Country WING Team should be chosen
    • List the names and short bios (1-2 paragraphs max) of your proposed WING Global Team members (this should be between 5-10 people)

    Please note that this is on a volunteer basis (unless you can convince someone to support/fund your efforts), but the current global team will attest that its very rewarding. And it is honestly the most fulfilling work I have done to date.

    Thanks to all of you out there pushing towards gender equity in geothermal – some of you are doing this just by being your kickbutt selves! Keep it up!!

    CHARGE!

    Andy Blair,
    WING Global Chair
  • 13 Nov 2018 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    Hello WING's!

    It’s the WING Global Team here, welcome to your latest WING quarterly update for 2018. We hope this email finds you happy, healthy, and continuing to make waves in the geothermal industry.

    WING New Zealand Update

    Starting with the Global Team here in New Zealand, we have had a busy few months working away various exciting projects that we have in the pipeline, including:

    • WING University – collating resources to share on our website with our members - watch this space! 

    • Project Mātua (Parents) – a collaboration with United Nations University in Iceland where two masters students are working on finding good maternity/paternity models that we can champion into geothermal businesses and monitor performance.
    • WINGman Special Taskforce – This was a pilot project completed at the end of last year. We took a group (10-12) men from across different areas of an organisation and talked to them across several monthly sessions about unconscious bias, provided them with tools to help them support their female colleagues, and made a safe space for discussions on gender equality. This was hugely successful and we are now looking to roll this out to Country Ambassadors to implement in their own countries and organisations.

    WING Global Team member Charis has gone to India to pursue some truly inspirational volunteer work helping underprivileged women; we’re all so proud and inspired by her.

    WING USA Update

    WING USA has been busy arranging a fantastic range of WING events and activities at the recent Geothermal Resources Council meeting in Reno, Nevada, including implementing the inaugrual WING Awards which you an read more about below. The success of the efforts put in by the WING USA team is reflected in the 86 new members who signed up during the conference, bringing WING Global to 22% men and total membership to reached 1305 people! A huge thank you to the sponsors who hepled to make this possible including, but not limited to, Lummus Consulting, Inc., Ormat, Cyrq Energy and Phoenix Geophysics, as well as, the hard work by Ann Robertson-Tait to solidify these sponsorships!

    WING Turkey Update

    WING Turkey have had a very busy and successful 2018, spreading the word about WING and geothermal energy in Turkey by attending various industry events as wells as giving presentations, interviews and preparing publications. They are currently organising their 3rd annual meeting which will be held in Cappadocia in the spring of 2019.

    WING Africa Update 

    WING Africa recently held a WING Breakfast at the ARGeo Conference in Rwanda, kindly sponsored by the Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand. The WING Africa team have also recently visited a local girls secondary school in Nakuru, inspiring the next generation of women to consider a future in the energy industry.


    WING Africa visit Arutani Girls Secondary School. (Source: WING Africa Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/wingafrica/ )

    WING Denmark Update 

    WING Denmark is one the newsest WING teams, but are already off to a flying start having recently held their 5th meeting and are beginning to get to know each other, and forming a vision for WING Denmark which for now is to help put geothermal energy on the map and on the political agenda in Denmark.

    WING United Kingdom Update

    WING UK has been churning along in the background for a while, headed up by Helen Robinson. The UK has been a tough nut to crack, with there being little geothermal expertise based there, but they have now got a solid, engaged team together who regularly catch up. 

    New WING Teams

    WING also welcomes newly formed Country Teams in Colombia, and the Caribbean.


    First Skpye call with Charlin, the WING Country Ambassador for the Caribbean (Source: Andrea Blair)

    WING Website Updates

    We've made a few recent changes to the WING website, which we hope you are enjoying. If you have any queries, you can now directly contact your local WING Ambassador through the ‘Contact’ page. Remember to also check out the 'About' page, which describes what WING is, the Roadmap to WGC 2020, and WING’s Core Values. We’re also looking to set up a regular blog, so if you have any material that you think would be great to share, please send it through to your WING ambassador.

    If you haven't already, you can log in to your profile by simply going to the website and clicking 'log in'. If you don't have a password, you can click 'forgot password' to be sent a new one to your email address. 

    WING Visibility Scholarship

    Congratulations again to Rocelle Mendoza from EDC in the Philppines for winning the WING Visibility Scholarship, sponsored by Seequent. Rocelle is currently in and will be attending New Zealand Geothermal Workshop this week to present her paper titled "Beyond Boundaries: Exploring Interpretations from Correlation of Resistivity with Various Reservoir Data in Mt Apo Geothermal Area". Rocelle will also be enjoying visiting various geothermal operations, and hopefully also a trip to Hobbiton!

    WING Awards 2018

    The inaugural WING Awards were recently presented at the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo to four well deserving recipients.  The awards are for WING members committed to the promotion, development and education of women in the geothermal industry; nominated by their peers for embodying WING’s core values.  

    • Courageous: presented to Susan Petty, co-founder of AltaRock Energy, U.S.
    • Empowering: presented to David Lopez, CEO of LaGeo in El Salvador
    • Open: presented to Albert Genter of Electricité de Strasbourg (ES) in France
    • Caring: presented to Nenny Saptadji of ITB in Bandung/ Indonesia
    Check out the announcement on the WING Website here.

    World Geothermal Congress 2020, Iceland

    WCG 2020 is an exciting milestone for WING, and where the WING Global team will be handing over to another Country Team to take over global operations for the next 5 years. We will soon be calling for expressions of interest for this role, so if you think your WING Country Team has what it takes to be the next WING Global Team, then talk to your Ambassador!

    We're also aiming for each WING country to submit a 'WING' paper, so if you have a great idea for a WING related paper, make sure to get in touch with your Country Ambassador.


    We hope to see some of you at the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop this week, but if not, we wish you all the very best for the rest of the year, and a safe and happy holiday season. 


    The WING Global Team

  • 31 Oct 2018 6:37 PM | Anonymous

    The inaugural WING Awards were recently presented at the 2018 GRC Annual Meeting and Expo to four well deserving recipients.  The awards are for nominees committed to the promotion, development and education of women in the geothermal industry; nominated by their peers for embodying WING’s core values.  WING’s Core Valves are as follows: Courageous, Empowering, Open and Caring.

    COURAGEOUS
    • Be Imaginative and ambitious; stimulate new ideas
    • Use foresight, and identify opportunities and challenges
    • Challenge accepted truths and enter unfamiliar territory
    • Make clear demands on each other and push for constructive change
    • Understand and manage risk

    COURAGEOUS AWARD presented to Susan Petty, co-founder of AltaRock Energy, U.S.

    Susan has spent her career challenging accepted truths in EGS and working to develop breakthrough energy technologies.

    She has clarity in defining exactly what is needed – and what doesn’t work. That’s because she isn’t afraid to try new things – and not only fail, but share those failures with others to promote industry-wide learning.

    Her successes are just as exciting. She and her team are constantly redefining what EGS looks like with their imaginative new ideas.

    Breaking barriers isn’t easy – it takes great courage. If you know Susan, you know that she has plenty of courage which makes her unstoppable. Many that have stood in her way have gotten run over by the “jolly bulldozer.”

    EMPOWERING
    • Focus on strengths without micromanagement
    • Connect the right people
    • Champion and support other’s efforts and ideas
    • Give recognition
    • Contribute to a positive working environment

    EMPOWERING AWARD presented to David Lopez, CEO of LaGeo in El Salvador

    Since Dr. Lopez took over the role of President, he has developed activities that encourage women empowerment in the electrical sector, and one of them is the unconditional support to the formation of WING El Salvador in June 2017.

    He has believed in us, and empowers women in geothermal power plants to perform activities traditionally performed by men. Female participation in geothermal plants has grown by 20% since his arrival. He will seek to sign an agreement with El Salvador’s Ministry of Education to support WING women who have not finished high school, which will contribute to women empowerment.

    He was the creator of Proyecto VIDA, the biggest reforestation project in the country, which consists in cultivating more than 6 million plants in the basins of influx rivers and in the areas of the geothermal power plants of the country. Proyecto VIDA has a policy that 70% of the jobs created must be performed by women. To this day, more than 3,000 direct jobs have been created by this project, changing the lives and empowering women from rural areas.

    He has promoted the creation of specialised nurseries for the care of the children of LaGeo employees, and in this way contributed to WING women working with peace of mind, knowing that they have a place where their children are protected and stimulated.

    OPEN
    • Be truthful and act with integrity
    • Be curious, work together and share experience
    • Promote and value diversity
    • Communicate in a precise way, give and accept constructive feedback
    • Bring up ethical issues and challenges immediately

    OPEN AWARD presented to Albert Genter of Electricité de Strasbourg (ES) in France

    Albert is behind a lot of successful collaborations and always focuses on the strengths and skills of the men and women on his team to get projects accomplished. He creates a positive and cooperative working environment where everybody can find a place and feel free to make their own decisions. He is attentive to suggestions and recognizes the successful performances of his team.

    He transmits his knowledge but he is always open to technical and scientific inputs from his team.

    He takes time to listen and considers the ideas, never forcing to go in his direction. He makes science grow by giving us freedom to learn by ourselves. This way of working together is really fruitful, it allows us to be confident in our work.

    Albert Genter and his team in Straubourg, France

    CARING
    • Create safe work environments
    • Be open minded and empathize with others’ situations
    • Think beyond your borders; make the world your community
    • Demonstrate social responsibility and contribute to sustainable development

    CARING AWARD presented to Nenny Saptadji of ITB in Bandung/ Indonesia

    Nenny became the people’s godmother, because she not only helps her students in academia, but in many aspects, such us funding and relationships. She fundraised for some students to pay their tuition fees, and some of these student have gone on to become influential professionals in the geothermal and oil industries.  Nenny was also responsible for pioneering the self-awareness program in ITB.

     

  • 3 Aug 2018 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    This year the United States WING Country Team is excited to announce the first annual WING Awards! There are four awards to be presented, one for each of the WING Core Values, which you can read more about here.

    • Courageous
    • Empowering
    • Open
    • Caring

    Nominations are open to all WING's and WINGmen, and are due on the 31st August [24:00, PST]. Nominations can be submitted by filling out a Nomination Form.

    You're welcome to nominate more than one person, but you can only nominate a particular individual for one of the categories.

    Awards will be presented at the WING Networking Event, organised by the WING U.S. Country Team at the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, 14 - 17 October 2018 in Reno, Nevada (further details to be announced).

    We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating our inspiring WING's and WINGmen!


  • 29 Jul 2018 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    We received an overwhelming number of applications from around the globe for the WING-Seequent Visibility Scholarship for 2018. Thank you to all you amazing WINGs that applied. It was a tough decision, as the abstracts were exceptional and the reasons you gave as to why visbility is important for women were inspirational!

    Now for the winner.... a big massive congratulations to Rocelle Mendoza from EDC in the Philippines!! Rocelle will travel to the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop in Taupo this November and present her paper titled 'BEYOND BOUNDARIES: EXPLORING INTERPRETATIONS FROM CORRELATION OF RESISTIVITY WITH VARIOUS RESERVOIR DATA IN MT APO GEOTHERMAL AREA'

    Click below to see a short video of Jeremy O’Brien from Seequent talking with Rocelle about her NZ plans.

    Interview with Rocelle Mendoza

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