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Clean Energy Council to tackle all-male panels with female speakers guide

Women in renewables at the 2017 Clean Energy Summit: (L-R) Pacific Hydro's Rachel Watson, Downer's Nicola Wilkins, Finkel Review panel member Chloe Munro, GE's Jaclyn Brown, Clean Energy Council's Natalie Collard and Clean Energy Council's Maryanne Coffey.
Women in renewables at the 2017 Clean Energy Summit: (L-R) Pacific Hydro's Rachel Watson, Downer's Nicola Wilkins, Finkel Review panel member Chloe Munro, GE's Jaclyn Brown, Clean Energy Council's Natalie Collard and Clean Energy Council's Maryanne Coffey.

The Clean Energy Council is set to release a guide on potential female speakers in the clean energy sector, in a bid to increase the gender diversity of speaking panels.

The Women in Renewables Speakers Guide will be a searchable online tool and printable PDF showcasing to event planners the quality and breadth of women in the clean energy sector, including locations and areas of expertise.

Clean Energy Council executive general manager and Women in Renewables chair Natalie Collard said the organisation wanted the renewables sector to be an industry leader in achieving gender diversity in the workplace.

“While we have begun to close the gap, we still have a long way to go and the speakers guide is an important tool towards achieving our vision,” Ms Collard said.

“The speakers guide is the missing link for event planners that will showcase the breadth and quality of women in our sector and shed light on the incredible work of women involved in renewables.”

The CEC is now calling on women in the industry to submit their details.

“I personally invite women in middle, senior or executive management within the renewable energy industry to register to be included in the WiR Speakers Guide,” Ms Collard said.

“The value of this guide is not to be underestimated. I believe it will play an integral part in changing the gender landscape in renewables.”

Submissions are being taken for the first version of the document up until Friday 23 February 2018, with the guide intended for public release and dissemination.

So take note event planners: there’s no excuse to end up shamed on the All Male Panels tumblr.

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