Leadership Forum Call For Proposals

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We are accepting proposals for the 2020 WRISE Leadership Forum for our popular Principles and Practices sessions.

Proposals will be accepted through September 19, 2019

Event Summary and Mission:

The WRISE Leadership Forum is a unique experience, combining professional development with tools to advance renewable energy. Join professionals from across the country as we discuss current renewable energy trends and policy issues; all while gaining valuable tools to enhance your career and build your companies and organizations.

The Leadership Forum is also a great way to network with leaders from various sectors in renewable energy, like transmission, utilities, and development; all of which will be represented at this event.


The WRISE Leadership Forum 2020 will be held in Austin, Texas at The Line Hotel from February 17th through February 20th. 


Call for Proposals: Principles in Practice Sessions

Principles in Practice sessions are 60 minute workshops centered on the specific skills, solutions, and strategies that empower women to thrive in the sustainable energy workforce. Workshops must be dynamic and engaging and should reflect the diversity of our industry and people.


Proposals for Workshops require an abstract with relevant skill-building or collaborative problem-solving activities, proposed agenda and timing, learning objectives, tangible take-aways, and additional speakers and/or facilitators. Sessions may have one or multiple speakers. 


Submission Track Themes 

Proposals should be focused on one of the following focus areas:


  • Policy and Markets: Tracking the latest trends, new developments, and recurring themes in markets and policy across North America. Sessions may focus on one or more sustainable technologies or markets. 

  • Technical Track: A deeper dive into the specific technologies, finance, or legal structures that drive innovation in the wind, solar, electric vehicles, storage, efficiency, or emerging energy technologies fields. 

  • Professional Development: Focusing on the skills necessary for advancing in renewable energy or sustainable industries including, but not limited to: leadership, networking, career advancement, and mentorship. 

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Highlighting the challenges and triumphs for traditionally underrepresented groups with a particular focus on how we can build a more inclusive industry for all. 


Submission Requirements:

For all of the above proposals, please submit the following in our online submission form.

  • Submitter’s Contact Information The "submitter" is the individual completing the online form, and who will be available to answer any logistical questions about the submission, regardless of whether they are the proposed speaker/presenter.

  • Session Title 20 words maximum

  • Applicable Track(s)

  • Session Description 200 words maximum. This will be published on the conference website.

  • Learning Objectives Please list 3‐4 lessons/insights the audience will take away from your presentation and be able to use in their work 

  • Speaker Details Including name, affiliation, professional title, email address & phone number, bio (100‐250 words)

  • UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS - Add any optional materials that will help our planning team evaluate your proposal (ex: Detailed Session Plan, Powerpoint, outline, handouts, etc.)

*DO NOT list proposed speakers without obtaining their permission to be included in the submission. WRISE may reach out to speaker directly.


PLEASE NOTE: WRISE reserves the right to make changes to submissions and require alternative combinations of speakers and case studies to most effectively shape each session’s content and the event’s learning experience as a whole.


Review Criteria:

WRISE will use these criteria as a means for evaluating proposals:

  • Represents an innovative contribution to a timely and important topic of interest (tracks noted above)

  • Originality and demonstrated commitment to enhancing sustainable energy and advancing women in the industry


Program Policies, Guidelines and Expectations:

Content for the WRISE Leadership Forum is carefully curated and space is limited. Potential presenters can expect to hear about their status from the Planning Committee after a detailed review.


Diversity of gender, race, discipline, and geographic representation is a priority for WRISE in developing the conference program, and will be given considerable weight when evaluating proposals.


Presentations are not meant to be a platform for business promotion. WRISE requests that all proposals are centered in educational outcomes, including practice sharing, idea exploration and dissemination of tools, resources and actionable steps. If a presentation relates to a specific business, product, technology, or project, the emphasis must be on the underlying research or innovation process with the objective to provide insight for attendees to apply in their own work. 


Thank you for your interest in participating!

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The "submitter" is the individual completing the online form, and who will be available to answer any logistical questions about the submission, regardless of whether they are the proposed speaker/presenter.