WRISE launches Speakers Bureau to help diversify renewable conference panels
Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainability (WRISE) launched its new Speakers desk today. The Speakers Bureau is a public, searchable database of qualified speakers who wish to speak, present and participate in renewable energy topics. The database will be invaluable to conference and event organizers looking to bring more diverse perspectives into the public debate on renewable energy.
“For more than a decade, WRISE has been receiving requests for speaker recommendations. Recently, conversations about conference diversity have picked up and those requests have grown exponentially. To continue to innovate and evolve, it remains crucial that we hear different ideas and perspectives. Renewable energy conference organizers need to lead by example and showcase all the great thinkers in our community. There are no excuses for having an all-male or all-white lineup — we know better and we can do better,” said Kristen Graf, executive director of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. “Representation matters in every aspect of our industry and I hope the Speakers Bureau becomes a go-to resource for conference organizers looking for talented speakers to enhance their programs.”
The Speakers Office will start with more than 150 qualified individuals representing different technologies, markets, companies and professional expertise and will be regularly updated with new speakers. The database is searchable by expertise, including technical and non-technical topics related to solar and wind energy, renewable energy policies and sustainability.
As part of this initiative, WRISE is expanding its pool of qualified speakers on renewable energy and sustainability topics through a speaker training program. Those who want to improve and practice their public speaking skills can apply through the Speakers Bureau platform.
News item from Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)