WRISE launches Speakers Bureau to support diversity

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Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainability (WRISE) recently launched its new Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau is a public, searchable database of qualified speakers willing to speak, present, and engage on renewable-energy topics. The database will be an invaluable resource for conference and event organizers seeking to bring more diverse perspectives into the public discourse on renewable energy.

WRISE’s Speakers Bureau has more than 150 qualified individuals representing different technologies, markets, companies, and professional expertise and will be regularly updated with new speakers. (Courtesy: WRISE)

“For over a decade, WRISE has received requests for speaker recommendations,” said Kristen Graf, WRISE executive director. “Recently, conversations around conference diversity have picked up, and those requests have increased exponentially. In order to continue to innovate and evolve, it remains critical that we hear different ideas and perspectives. Renewable-energy conference organizers need to lead by example and showcase all of the amazing thinkers across our community. There are no excuses for having an all-male or all-white lineup — we know better and we can do better.

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 elevate their programs.”

The Speakers Bureau is launching 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 policy, and sustainability.

As part of this initiative, WRISE is expanding the pool of qualified speakers on renewable energy and sustainability topics through a speaker training program. Those who wish to advance and practice their public speaking skills can sign up through the Speakers Bureau platform.

More info wrisenergy.org/programs/speakers-bureau