While making up roughly 48% of the global workforce, women account for approximately 22% of labor participation in the traditional energy sector. The numbers get worse when one considers participation in management and senior management. However, the challenges of the energy sector become more pressing as the sector goes through a process of transformation; clean energy transitions will require innovative solutions and business models to be adopted and greater participation from a more diverse talent pool.
CivitasLA is joined by Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (the nation’s largest municipal-owned utility and the first woman to head LADWP’s Power System) and Phyllis Currie, who chairs the board of directors of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a regional transmission organization that runs an energy market and manages transmission assets in 15 states. Join us as we discuss the challenge, and opportunity, to grow the ranks of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and efforts to close the gender gap in the energy and utilities sector as women will play a critical role in driving innovative and inclusive solutions. Both are actively engaged in growing the community of women in the power sector through various civic organizations, including the Association of Women in Water, Energy, and the Environment. (www.ladwpnews.com/a-woman-of-power-meet-reiko-kerr) (awwee.org). Learn more here… www.ladwp.com, awwee.org.