In 2013 at the Geothermal Resource Council Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, 80 women and men turned up to kick off an organization focused on empowerment for women and out of this came Women in Geothermal (WING).
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 past six years the New Zealand team has built the foundations of the organization 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 has been awarded the prestigious role to be the WING Global Team for 2020-2023. Blair said she is proud to have been part of WING’s accomplishments since its inception in 2013 and is excited to hand over the chair of the organization to an incredibly energetic, accomplished and talented group of individuals in the U.S.
Kelly Blake, the current WING US Ambassador, states “WING US is honored 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.
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.
WING is a volunteer non-profit organization 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.