Increasing Representation of Women in Energy
Representation goes a long way toward promoting equality. As one of the leading companies in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Enel’s ongoing commitment to the principles of gender equality and inclusion are deeply embedded into our business model. We practice gender-diverse hiring and recruiting practices to bring more women into our pipeline.
Once hired, we offer women safe spaces to share their thoughts and concerns, and we encourage connection on a broader scale through industry groups like the Women’s Energy Network and Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy that have chapters across North America.
“Women in energy face unique challenges throughout their careers,” Sophie shared. “It’s so important to make connections with other women across the industry."
Her own involvement in Enel’s Women EmPower ERG and the New York City chapter of the Women's Energy Network has taught Sophie to stand beside women making a difference in the energy field. “Through these organizations, I’ve learned how to support women who are also inspired to make a difference in the energy field and tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time,” she said.
Allison Miller also emphasized the importance of community and representation. “I’ve had a lot of great mentors at Enel, especially women leaders on my team. Working side by side with such a diverse team emboldens me to make changes and grow.”
Clearing a Path for Career Growth
Mentorship is built into our culture at Enel to ensure women can explore all the possible paths for their career to take. In addition to Enel’s general mentorship program, the Women EmPower ERG matches interested mentees to mentors within its ranks and hosts internal events, like career panels, to showcase the many different jobs and focus areas in clean energy.
Once a career path is decided, job shadowing opportunities and leadership and management trainings help to promote the presence of women on the Board of Directors and in management positions like Megan Beauregard, Chief Legal Officer at Enel North America.
“I am proud to be a leader of a company that shares my values and supports my needs as a woman working in clean energy,” Megan said. “[Enel] has a culture of looking for opportunities for people to grow. The availability for folks to learn, to grow, to become better at what they’re doing is almost infinite.”
Still, leadership positions in the energy industry are largely male dominated. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Gender Gap Report, the energy industry has accelerated its hiring of women into leadership since 2016, and is now hiring women leaders at the third-highest rate behind only the technology and supply chain industries. It will take a concentrated effort to continue this momentum and help women grow into more senior positions.