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Shell Balance Network and POWERful Women   On Wednesday 21st November 2018, we were delighted to join with Shell’s Balance Network to host an evening of stimulating discussion and networking about the gender gap in the energy industry.    Chaired by Louise Kingham, CEO of the Energy Institute and Board Member for POWERful Women, the packed room of guests enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in the sector on how to make progress on gender diversity.  Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell and Simon Copp, UK Head of People & Development at Ørsted, fresh from a meeting of POWERful Women’s Energy Leaders’ Coalition, were joined by Lauren Van Der Kolk, Principal at Boston Consulting Group, to speak about common industry challenges, lessons learned and best practice.    Questions from the audience sparked a thought-provoking debate on topics ranging from high level leadership strategies to practical tips for aspiring women.  One attendee said a key takeaway for her was the need to get a sponsor who will endorse your capabilities.  The importance or role models and pro-active CEOs was also highlighted.   Two...

On Friday 23rdNovember 2018, Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director of RenewableUK kindly hosted a POWERful Connections Breakfast for ten women from the POWERful Women community ranging from middle to senior management. Emma’s passion to support and mentor women in their careers, really came through the discussion. Reflective of her inclusive leadership style, Emma also inspired and engaged the room, and brought a fresh perspective to the conversation. She authentically shared her own experiences and insights from her unique career path and discussed with the women how they can develop their career strategy and themselves professionally, and how they can build their environments in ways that would enable them to forge a path to leadership roles. Other topics discussed included: how to challenge yourself and take on roles that push you, and that enable you to create a positive impact in your organisation; how to move from technical roles into management positions; and what are the...

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, Adriènne Kelbie, Chief Executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), kindly hosted a POWERful Connections Breakfast.  The eight women attending from the POWERful Women community ranged from middle to senior management and were all looking for advice to help them move up the career ladder.  Drawing on two decades in senior leadership roles in the public sector, the majority at Board level, Adriènne brought a fresh insight into how to overcome challenges facing women in their position and how to seek out opportunities to move into the next level of management positions.   Adriènne was incredibly inspirational and engaging, leaving attendees feeling energised and motivated to put new impetus into taking control of their career development.   POWERful Women would also like to thank the ONR for kindly welcoming us to their offices in London, and hosting the breakfast.   Read here Adriènne's Blog on 'How to … step out of your comfort zone - and say hello to your potential.' POWERful Connections Breakfasts are part of the POWERful Connections...

To mark this year’s International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June, we are delighted to feature one of our aspiring women in energy, Nike Amiaka. Nike is a chartered chemical engineer, working as a technical safety engineer in the oil and gas industry. She set herself up as a self-employed contractor 11-years ago, something she describes as a bold step in her career. Nike studied Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology at Sheffield University, followed by a Masters in Engineering Business Management from Warwick.  A keen advocate of always being one step ahead, she started to think about applying for jobs before she had finished her studies and went straight into the rail industry as a safety and risk consultant. A highlight was working on the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, managing hazard identification workshops for the London Underground and Heathrow Express extensions. Now, as a contractor in oil and gas, her roles and responsibilities vary from project to project and client to client.  “On a typical day,...

  A new initiative is being launched today 22 May 2018 to drive up the number of women at senior levels and middle management in the UK’s energy industry.   The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading CEOs from the UK’s energy sector who are making a public declaration [1] to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole.   Welcoming the initiative, Business Secretary Greg Clark said;   “If companies fail to have diversity at the top of their business they are missing out on the full talent available to them.    “While some energy companies have made progress to improve diversity in the boardroom, we need all companies in this sector to step up. Foresighted initiatives like this new coalition will break down barriers and help ensure that women are not held back and are given equal opportunities in the workplace.”   The new Coalition, announced by the Secretary of State...

Join POWERful Women for lunch at All-Energy in M1 from  12.30-2 on 3 May.  Speakers include Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower, Cheryl Hiles, Energy and Environment Sector Director at Pell Frischmann and former POWERful Connections mentee.  We will also have some closing remarks from Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables. This is a great networking opportunity for men and women and a chance for aspiring women in the energy sector to potentially meet a mentor which is one of the many ways to advance in your career.  You can book here and learn more about career development here. ...

Join us to learn more about the energy sector's response to the challenges in increasing the number of women in middle management, senior and leadership roles, and benefit from sessions to help you to continue your professional development and to network with other aspiring women in varied roles across the entire sector. Programme: May be subject to change 9.15 - Registration, networking and exhibition 10.00 - Opening keynote speech The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 10.15 - State of play with gender diversity in Energy Sector Ruth Cairnie, Chair, POWERful Women 10.30 - Gender Pay Gap Laura Manson-Smith, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Hay Group and PfW Board Member 10.45 - ‘Be Inspired’ - a series of inspirational talks with takeaways designed to support your career development Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture Research ‘Getting to Equal – Three Ways to Accelerate Your Career’  11.45 - Getting the best from the mentor mentee partnership 12.15 - Lunch, networking 13.00 - Welcome back from Chair 13.05 - After lunch...

Join us to learn more about the energy sector's response to the challenges in increasing the number of women in middle management, senior and leadership roles, and benefit from sessions to help you to continue your professional development and to network with other aspiring women in varied roles across the entire sector.  Programme: May be subject to change 9.15 - Registration, networking and exhibition 10.00 - Opening keynote speech The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 10.15 - State of play with gender diversity in Energy Sector Ruth Cairnie, Chair, POWERful Women 10.30 - Gender Pay Gap Laura Manson-Smith, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Hay Group and PfW Board Member 10.45 - ‘Be Inspired’ - a series of inspirational talks with takeaways designed to support your career development Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture Research ‘Getting to Equal – Three Ways to Accelerate Your Career’  11.45 - Getting the best from the mentor mentee partnership 12.15 - Lunch, networking 13.00 - Welcome back from Chair 13.05 - After lunch keynote Alex Chisholm,...

POWERful Women Ambassador Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower launched a cross-sector mentoring scheme in Glasgow today.  As a POWERful Women Ambassador Keith is tasked to act as a conduit for our aims and objectives and to promote POWERful Women in his network and on speaking platforms. At an event held at the ScottishPower HQ in Glasgow this morning, Keith invited 18 of his peers to join him in mentoring three women for 12 months - offering careers advice and sharing their insights and experiences, as well as providing professional and personal guidance.   The group of mentors met for the first time and agreed to regular contact and feedback to ensure that the programme maximises the experience for the women being mentored.   POWERful Women seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK's energy sector and has grown a community of 1700 since it's launch by Baroness Verma and Laura...