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Contact Energy partners with Women in Geothermal (WING) to promote diversity in the geothermal industry

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Carlo Cariaga 18 Sep 2019

Contact Energy has allied with WING as one of two Global Partners to promote diversity and better female representation in the geothermal industry

Contact Energy, one of the largest energy companies in New Zealand, has announced their partnership with the Women in Geothermal (WING) organization. One of only two Global Partners, Contact Energy is hoping that their newly founded Advance Global Partnership will advance the representation of women in the geothermal industry.

Currently, female employment in the geothermal industry is at just over 15%. WING and Contact are optimistic that encouraging women into more leadership positions will promote diversity in decision-making, better business decisions, and more efficient processes.

Jacqui Nelson, General Manager Operations at Contact says “Over the course of my career within the energy industry, I have witnessed industry wide changes which have resulted in more women taking up leadership roles. I am excited to be partnering with WING to see even more women being given the opportunity to make a difference in their chosen field.”

“Contact believes a truly diverse workforce creates great company performance, providing a rich source of creative ideas from a wider range of perspectives. Diversity fosters creativity, innovation, collaboration and a safe space to be your best self. It’s critical to have this kind of diversity in positions of leadership.” added Nelson.

Andy Blair, the current Global Chair of WING says, “advancing women in the geothermal community is about overcoming bias in its many forms and being courageous.”

The agreed partnership will run for a year, culminating in attendance at the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland in April 2020.

Source: Contact Energy