Each year, WoWE recognizes one woman who truly stands out for her leadership, inspiration, and significant contributions to the expansion and improvement of the wind energy industry. She may be the leader of a company or organization, or work behind-the-scenes to resolve critical wind energy issues. Woman of the Year nominees may serve in legal, technical, business, advocacy or other wind industry roles.
2009 Woman of the Year Award
Karen Conover is one of the most deeply respected leaders of the wind energy industry. She has over two decades of experience in wind technology and other renewable energy applications and has conducted wind energy work throughout the U.S. and in over twenty countries. Karen was co-founder of Global Energy Concepts, a company that grew from a handful of staff in 1994 to 100 employees and two offices, acquired in 2008 by DNV. Karen now serves DNV Global Energy Concepts as Director of Wind Business and Strategy Development. An active board member for the American Wind Energy Association since 1995, Karen was the first woman and also the youngest person appointed to serve AWEA in this capacity.
2008 Woman of the Year Award
Rachel Shimshak is the Director of the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) in Portland, Oregon. She is a pioneer in the wind energy advocacy field, and has been the Director of RNP since its inception in 1994. Rachel is responsible for putting the Northwest on the map of wind energy development. Under her leadership, RNP has been instrumental in passing strong renewable energy policy in the Northwest.
2007 Woman of the Year Award
Jan Hamrin, President of the Center for Resource Solutions, received the second Woman of the Year Award in 2007.
2006 Woman of the Year Award
Jan Blittersdorf, CEO of NRG Systems, Inc., received the first ever Wind Woman of the Year Award in 2006 for her outstanding work in the field of wind energy and a passion for renewables.