District Energy Women's Initiative

Our Mission

The District Energy Women’s Initiative (“DEWI”) is a group committed to providing opportunities for women in district energy to forge connections with one another.

This growing community aims to promote discussions among women in energy, furthering our collective understanding and sparking new ideas. DEWI also seeks to recognize and celebrate the significant, unique contributions that women have made, and continue to make, to the district energy industry.

Our Next Virtual Meet-Up

Understanding District Energy & Virtual Happy Hour
Recorded Thursday, May 16, 4:00pm EDT

Come join District Energy Women Initiative (DEWI) for our virtual happy hour where we will be having a non-technical panel discussion about what and how District Energy affects various institutions and organizations. We have an amazing group of women whom will be sharing their knowledge and experience with the audience and there will be time at the end for a Q&A session. 

The event was led by Ruth Bennett of Tufts University along with the following women whom represent a wide sector of careers that are part of the District Energy industry. 

Engineer - Elizabeth Nolder - RMF Engineering

Contractor - Ximena Cruz - Bond Building Construction, Inc.

Energy Provider - Michele Bryant - Austin Energy

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How Can I Join?

Membership in the District Energy Women's Initiative is open to listed IDEA Members, which grants you access to an exclusive online forum for DEWI members.  If you are interested in joining the District Energy Women's Initiative, please contact Tanya Kozel at tanya.idea@districtenergy.org.

If you are not an active IDEA member, there are additional ways for you to connect with DEWI. 

Connect with women in the district energy industry through DEWI’s LinkedIn group.

Join the DEWI LinkedIn Group

Join us in person at the DEWI events at IDEA conferences (and for the traditional DEWI group photo). DEWI conference events are included in conference registration and open to all attendees. At the conference, we capture a photo of DEWI participants to show the continued growth of women in the industry and to attract new DEWI members.

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DEWI began as an annual meet-up at our conferences, an informal gathering designed for the growing number of female attendees at IDEA conferences to connect with one another and discuss the success they are enjoying and the challenges they face in the industry. 

Now, as the group continues to grow and more of its members take prominent roles in the industry, DEWI is setting its sights on developing year-round initiatives designed to empower those already established in the industry and inspire those who are just getting started. 

Stay tuned as we lay the groundwork for the future of DEWI.