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.

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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Next DEWI Event: Thursday November 9 at 4:00pm ET

Join Us for the Next DEWI Virtual Meetup


Make room on your calendar - the next District Energy Women's Initiative Virtual Networking Event is taking place this Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4:00pmET/1:00PT.


This casual, virtual event is a great opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss upcoming DEWI initiatives. The meeting will include a number of individual breakout rooms for small group discussions, something that had been suggested at the last virtual meeting.

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If you are a woman working in this industry and you haven't attended a DEWI event, now is the time. If you're not a woman working in this industry, but know someone who could benefit from attending, please forward this email and encourage them to join us.


If you can't make the meeting, but want to get on our DEWI mail list, contact Tanya Kozel at tanya.idea@districtenergy.org.


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.