With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Europe & Eurasia, Energy Infrastructure Division, the National Association for Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is supporting women leaders in energy regulatory agencies through the Advancing Women Leaders in Energy project.
The Need for Gender Equity in the Energy Sector
When women participate in the workforce, organizations broaden perspectives, increase creativity and innovation, and improve decision-making. However, across the energy industry, there are very few women in top-tier positions. Only 15 percent of senior management positions are held by women in the power and utilities industry.
In the Europe & Eurasia region, socio-cultural norms – such as a deficit in training, a lack of anti-discrimination policies, and ingrained barriers to pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) – have precluded many women from advancing to senior-level positions. Women more often hold positions in public relations and human resources, and are less likely to be considered for leadership roles. For mid-level career women, inadequate career development support in their organizations, including limited training and mentoring opportunities and insufficient workplace flexibility, combined with inequitably shared household obligations, often leads to a departure from the workplace or even the workforce.
The Solution: Training, Mentorship, and Workplace Transformation
Through the Advancing Women Leaders in Energy project, NARUC supports promising mid-career professionals in energy regulatory agencies of Europe and Eurasia to transform socio-cultural norms and policies within their organizations to build a more inclusive workforce. The project also provides participants with tailored training and mentorship to advance their careers as leaders of the region’s energy sector.
Human Resources Track
At an institutional level, NARUC is working with Human resources (HR) departments within energy regulatory agencies to change prevailing socio-cultural norms by assessing current hiring and promotion practices, implementing anti-discriminatory policies, and providing gender awareness training.
At an individual level, NARUC is supporting mid-career professionals through an eight-month capacity development initiative which works to hone participants’ communications and public speaking skills, support them with career planning, and develop critical leadership expertise in key competencies, such as project management, negotiation, business strategy, and team management.
Hear from Women Leaders in the Energy Sector
This collection of videos from women leaders around the world is full of advice and personal stories about the value of mentorship in career development.
The Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North Macedonia
National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine
State Electricity Regulatory Commission in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Energy Regulatory Authority of Albania
The National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova
Kosovo’s Energy Regulatory Office
Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission
Regulatory Commission for Energy in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Armenian Public Services Regulatory Commission
Regulatory Commission for Energy of Republika Srpska in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
An Interview with FERK's Ivana Boro Tomic on Her Journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina's Energy Sector and Finding Her Voice
Phase 2 Launch: Internships & Mentoring Circles
Advancing Women Leaders in Energy Fact Sheet
Advancing Women Leaders in Energy Launch Event (Recording)
New USAID & NARUC "Advancing Women Leaders in Energy" Project to Promote Gender Equity within Energy Regulatory Agencies in Europe and Eurasia