WiRE Testimonial

MEREDITH SMITH
Assistant Construction Manager
Surespan Wind Energy Services Ltd.
WINNER (tie) - 2014 WiRE Wind Power Woman of Distinction Award
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"Join WiRE and become part of this positive force to advance women within the renewable energy sector. The benefits are as abundant as the rays of the sun and as powerful as the wind."

A career in construction can seem like an intimidating move for a woman to make. I know this first hand; I spent several years wanting and wishing to get into the construction of wind energy projects, but had many negative thoughts holding me back. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do the work, wasn’t sure what the workplace culture would be like, or how my friends and family would react to my wish to work in construction. 

Luckily, I was able to connect with other women in the renewable energy industry who helped me chase my dream.

Women in Renewable Energy is an incredible organization that offers so much to women at all points in their career. Not only to those who may find themselves feeling exactly how I did when I was first considering a move into the wind industry, but also to women who are longstanding professionals within the wide spectrum of the renewable energy sector. Students will also find an amazing resource within WiRE; being given the chance to connect with women already working within their field of study. 

As women working within the male dominated energy sector, having the support of a group like WiRE is invaluable. 

The networking potential within WiRE is limitless, as is the potential for personal growth and education. I have received so much support from all the members; these women truly wish to empower other women, help others succeed and offer support in every way possible. 

I was truly honored to receive the 2014 Woman of Distinction in Wind award from WiRE and Women of Wind Energy. The women within these two organizations made my success possible, and sharing that same message of support and encouragement that I received years ago is so important to me.

Within my two short years of entering into the construction side of the wind industry, I have moved from my initial position as a Wind Turbine Technician to an Assistant Construction Manager. I firmly believe that none of that would have been possible if it wasn’t for the empowering force that I found within WiRE and WoWE. 

I encourage all women – students, job seekers, renewable energy professionals, and so on – to join WiRE and become part of this positive force to advance women within the renewable energy sector. The benefits are as abundant as the rays of the sun and as powerful as the wind.