WCEE Frequently Asked Questions
What do membership
Membership dues cover the basic operating costs of the
organization. These include; publication of the WCEE newsletter, membership
report, distribution & publicity of Special Interest Group events, and other
means of communication. Attendance at most WCEE brown bag events and all new
member breakfast series events are provided free of charge as a privilege of
organizational and individual sponsor revenues cover?
Organizational and individual sponsors of WCEE provide much
appreciated revenues that are used in a variety of ways to keep membership
costs to a minimum. For example, sponsor funds are used to defray costs of
those events provided at no charge (i.e., brown bags and new member breakfasts)
and those which are provided at subsidized rates (i.e., Women-in-Leadership
events and professional development events.) In addition, these funds are used
to defray costs of major events, such as the Legislative Roundtable, Opinion
Shapers Roundtable and Annual Meeting/Woman of the Year gala as these special
events are not completely covered by event fees. There are organizational
sponsors who elect to sponsor a specific event, in which those sponsorships are
applied directly to that event and are used to defray costs associated with
that venue. This allows us to keep event fees as low as possible.
Why do some events
cost more than others?
WCEE fees are based on the costs associated with coordinating
that particular event. Major events, such as the Legislative Roundtable, Annual
Meeting and similar special events are professionally catered and therefore
have a higher cost. Special Event sponsors are a primary way to keep the costs
for WCEE members to a minimum. These events generally occur on an annual basis,
and are part of the core WCEE programming. This type of program is also more
structured, and often on the record, adding to the events prestige. Examples
Legislative Roundtable: Key congressional staffers join
members and guests for a candid look at the legislative agenda and policy
trends in Congress.
Opinion Shapers Roundtable: Members of the media and other
influential personalities join WCEE to comment on current issues from new
Annual Meeting/Woman of the Year: This event honors a woman
of recognized stature in the energy and environmental fields. We also take this
opportunity to recognize members of WCEE who help make the organization a
What is a WCEE Women-in-Leadership
The WCEE Women-in-Leadership Series is a special privilege
of membership. It is the opportunity to meet in an "off the record"
small group setting with leaders in the public and private sectors. WIL
speakers have included:
, D-New Hampshire
, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, USDA Carmen
Citron, Judith Dowd, Bobbie McCartney,
Administrative Law Judges, US
, Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice Vicky
, Commissioner, US FERC Linda
, Commissioner, US FERC Catherine
, CEO and President, Columbia Gas Transportation Carol
, Administrator, USEPA Kathryn
, President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund Sen.
, R-Alaska Suedeen
, Commissioner, US FERC Marianne
, Executive Director, Global Environment Technology
Office of the General Counsel, USEPA
The environment is informal and highly interactive. Past
discussions have centered on how this individual came to find herself in this
"leadership" position, the role of networking, mentoring and being
mentored, as well as the challenges of achieving work-life balance in the
What is a WCEE Brown
The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) organize events for
members on current topics, generally including a panel of guest speakers. SIGs
focus on the areas of air, energy, international, natural and cultural resource
preservation, pollution prevention, RCRA/solid waste, Superfund and water
issues. Brown Bag Lunches are generally for information and background
purposes, and attending press can use but not attribute the information to a particular
speaker. This provides for a more candid exchange of views for our members
Formal presentations by panelists follow a short networking
session. Attendees are encouraged to introduce themselves to others and use the
event as an opportunity to initiate new contacts. The moderator generally asks
each attendee to introduce him/herself in a quick round before the program
begins in order to give attendees the opportunity to introduce themselves to
the panelists. Please come prepared to give a short (less than one minute)
biography of yourself and your current interests.
Format: Each attendee brings his/her own lunch. Drinks and
snacks may be provided. Non-member guests are welcome for an attendance fee of
$15. While WCEE members often times are not charged a fee to attend these brown
bag lunches, there may be a fee on occasion.
May I bring a
colleague with me to an event?
You are welcome to bring colleagues with you to open events.
Their attendance will be accommodated at the non-member rate. Any event limited
to members only will be so designated in the events promotional material or
posted online in the event description. For more information on upcoming events,
I can't make an
event; may I send a coworker in my place?
If you have already RSVP'd to an event and cannot attend you
may send one coworker in your place who will be admitted at the member rate.
I'm not a member; may
I come to events?
You are welcomed and encouraged to attend any open WCEE
event. Your attendance will be accommodated at the non-member rate. Any event
limited to members only will be so designated in the events promotional
material or posted online in the event description. For more information on
upcoming events, click
How do I get more
There are a number of ways to get involved. One of the best
ways is to host or contribute to a Brown Bag group event. Contact any Special
Interest Group co-chairperson or board member by phone or email if you have an
idea or a topic you would like WCEE to cover. Board member contact information
can be found on the website by clicking the "Board of Directors"
button. If you or your organization is interested in hosting an event, view the
Special Interest Groups webpage
for more information or to contact a co-chairperson.
What does it mean to
get more involved?
Introduce yourself to others at events and meet members who
have interests similar to yours. Call an Special Interest Group co-chairperson
with a suggestion for an event or pass along information about a speaker you
feel is of particular interest to WCEE and WCEE members. Attend a monthly board
meeting or volunteer to host an event at your organization. Submit an article
to the newsletter committee and get published! By getting to know the
organization and utilizing the networking platform created for WCEE members,
getting involved will come naturally.
The rewards of membership accrue quickly
if you reach out for them.
The Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE)
fosters the personal and professional growth and leadership abilities of its
members, focusing on women, energy and the environment. WCEE is a nonpartisan
group that was founded in 1981 to provide educational and networking
opportunities for Washington-area professionals in the energy and environmental
fields. 2011 marks WCEE's 30th anniversary of strengthening the energy and
environment connection through leadership support, professional development and
An important part of this mission is to encourage women to
be leaders in these professions. Our activities provide great opportunities for
our members to grow professionally. In other words, WCEE is an organization
committed to supporting you.
Our programs provide access to information, ideas,
decision-makers and leaders in an open forum and supportive environment. We
encourage your personal involvement and dialogue of energy and environmental
topics that are of interest to our membership base.
Your network is only as good as you work it! WCEE membership
is the platform to provide opportunities for involvement. Some of the member
Networking: Use each WCEE event as an opportunity not only
to learn from the speakers, but to make your own contacts in the community.
Mentoring: Get to know other members of WCEE. There are many
great professionals in the group you can learn from and many who would be happy
to have the opportunity to learn from you!
Information: Find out the latest topics and issues with
regards to the energy and environment field in Washington area by getting to
know the people who are making things happen every day.
How do I become a
The WCEE membership fee is a small investment with high
returns. Annual membership rates range from $40 for students to $90 for
professionals. The benefits include invitations to all brown bag Special
Interest Group meetings, the Woman in Leadership series, social events, and
inclusion in the WCEE Membership Directory. As a member you will receive the WCEE
newsletter containing information on upcoming events, member profiles, and
Membership begins by reviewing the membership page of the
The WCEE membership fee is a small investment with high
returns. Don't let your membership lapse. This year marks WCEE's 30th year
anniversary! Be a part of WCEE history and continue to strengthen our energy
and environment network.
How do I utilize my
network and meet other WCEE members?
Get involved! WCEE hosts 2 to 3 events per month and meeting
other WCEE members is easy. Besides becoming a member or hosting/attending an
event, the WCEE monthly happy hour event is one of the best ways to get to know
others in the WCEE network. The WCEE Happy Hour generally occurs towards the
end of the month. Locations change each month and members are encouraged to
attend this informal, social gathering. The bottom line is to stay active in
WCEE and your network will follow.WCEE Website Info
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