WiRE is a forum for women who are working to bring about a sustainable Hawaii powered by clean energy.
WiRE is a 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt organization. WiRE was founded in Fall 2010, and has grown to over 150 annual members, 200 women participating in events, and chapters on two islands (Oahu and Maui). Women active in the fields of energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation, are welcome to come talk story. Each month, experts from the energy industry address a different topic – ranging from new projects breaking ground to state policy, workforce development to utility regulation.
As we educate each other, develop relationships, and become aware of new opportunities, we hope the result will be real partnerships and accelerated progress toward a sustainable and prosperous future for Hawaii.
Current Board members appear below.
WiRE Executive Board
- Dawn Lippert, Founder, Elemental Excelerator
- Yvette Maskrey, President, Honeywell International
- Julie Hong, Treasurer, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Melissa Miyashiro, Executive Board Member, Blue Planet Foundation
- Veronica Rocha, Executive Board Member, Hawaii State Energy Office
WiRE Advisory Board
- Connie Lau, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries
- Mina Morita, former Chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
- Jennifer Sabas, Chief of Staff to late Senator Daniel K. Inouye
- Alicia Moy, President & CEO, Hawaii Gas
- In Hawaii’s Energy & Utilities sector, the average income for men is $61,140, while for women it is $47,606.
- While women graduates account for 57% of total degrees conferred, women comprise only 18% of computer science and engineering degrees.
- In the 2011 Hawaii Business Black Book survey, the magazine recorded 18 female CEOs and 120 male CEOS.
- Women-owned businesses get only 3% of venture capital dollars.
- To reach our clean energy goals, we need to broaden our overall talent pool by increasing the proportion of women in science, engineering, and energy.
*Thanks to MEDB Women in Technology program for the stats!
Note: In general, WiRE events are not open to the press. WiRE provides a forum for leaders to engage leaders in open discussions about their experiences and vision for the future.