Events at PVSC

Women in PV

The WiPV program provides educational and networking opportunities to support women working in the field of photovoltaics. The program holds an annual luncheon at the conference that has highlighted women who work in the field of PV and brought in experts to share information about improving diversity in STEM. This year, during the Virtual Meeting, WiPV will offer an interactive workshop. Join us on Thursday Jun 18th, at noon (ET) and bring your own food!.

Time: Thursday 18th June, 12 PM ET
Attendance: Free. Link to the virtual keynote presentation forthcoming.

About the Workshop

Be the Change: Advance Diversity and Promote Your Career
Women represent only 32% of the workforce in the renewable energy industry and still hold less than 20% of top jobs across all areas of business today. This disparity starts at the management level, widens at each stage of the talent pipeline, and results in a dearth of women senior leaders. Closing this gender gap requires intentional transformation - both at the individual and organizational levels. Join us for a highly interactive discussion about gender stereotypes and the success strategies women use to overcome them.

This 90-minute session will be facilitated by Jennifer Allyn and Anne Weisberg, experienced diversity leaders who are recognized experts in their field. Drawing on the latest research, they will delve into the root causes of the gender gap. Participants will explore concrete strategies for how to address workplace challenges and learn how to be the change they wish to see!

Facilitator Bios

Jennifer Allyn is a Senior Advisor-in-Residence at WRISE (Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy). She is responsible for mobilizing WRISE members to become public ambassadors for renewable energy through our Take Charge campaign. She spearheaded the partnership between WRISE and Vote Run Lead, whose mission is to empower women to enter politics with a purpose.

Jennifer was previously a Managing Director at PwC, where she designed strategies to retain, develop, and advance diverse professionals. She was instrumental in developing the firm’s first PwC Talks interview with Sheryl Sandberg and is a featured expert on discussing Communicating with Confidence. A frequent public speaker, Jennifer has been widely quoted in the media and hosted a podcast called Pursuit of Happiness about juggling work and life. Prior to joining PwC, Jennifer was a senior consultant at Catalyst, where she advised a diverse group of Fortune 500 clients. She graduated from Brown University and earned her Masters’ in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Jennifer is a proud recipient of the 2016 Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award.

Anne Weisberg is Director of the Women’s Initiative at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where she is responsible for designing and implementing a gender strategy that fosters a high performing, inclusive work environment for all. She is also an adjunct professor of management at the NYU-Stern School of Business, where she teaches a course on inclusive leadership.

Anne joined Paul Weiss from the Families and Work Institute, where she conceived and directed three reports: Family Matters: The Business Case for Investing in the Transition to Parenthood; Modern Families: Same-sex and Opposite-sex Couples Negotiating at Home; and Leadership in Today’s Economy: The View of Pipeline Leaders. She was one of five leaders invited to dine at the Pentagon with the Secretary of Defense to advise him on the Force of the Future Initiative.

Anne, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, has practiced law and written extensively on the topic of women and the workforce. Her articles include a New York Times op-ed titled “What Flying Nannies Won’t Fix” about workplace culture. Anne co-authored What Every Working Mother Needs to Know (Doubleday, 1994). She and her husband reside in New York and have five children between them.

About WiPV

In addition to the traditional luncheon event, WiPV works to improve access to resources for women and families juggling the "child care conundrum", including a parent/child room, private space for lactation, and coordinating networking for personally organized childcare. For more information about our usual onsite resources, please see the Attendee Resource page.