Invenergy Blog: June 11, 2018
Promoting Women in Renewable Energy
Meghan Schultz, Invenergy’s Senior Vice President of Structured Finance, is a true energy industry leader and role model. Since joining Invenergy in 2008, she’s made significant contributions to growing the renewable energy market. She is a member of Invenergy’s Management Committee and leads a team that raises billions of dollars in capital for wind, solar and natural gas projects every year.
Meghan has also been integral to promoting the inclusion and advancement of women at Invenergy as well as within the broader energy industry. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Meghan was recently awarded the 2018 Leadership Award by Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) at the annual WRISE Luncheon at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Windpower Conference.
“Her passion is surpassed only by her effectiveness in really bringing about change,” said Karen Conover, WRISE Board Member, about Meghan. Karen went on to applaud Meghan for the key role she has played in reviving the Chicago Chapter of WRISE in 2011—which has now grown to be one of the largest chapters in the country—and her continued commitment through fundraising and engagement opportunities.
Karen also recognized Meghan’s initiative to raise attention to inclusion and gender equality at Invenergy. In 2015, Meghan took the lead to establish the Invenergy Women’s Network (IWN), which promotes the development and advancement of women at Invenergy. Today, IWN has numerous programs to recruit, develop and retain female employees; from mentorship, to scholarship fundraising, and speaking events.
Celebrating her 10-year anniversary at Invenergy this year, Meghan says that the company didn’t always look the way it does today. She took some time to share her perspective on her efforts promoting women within the company, industry and the broader community:
I strongly believe in the value of an inclusive workforce and providing a culture where all voices are heard and valued. It leads to better decision-making, more innovation, and most importantly, a place where employees are excited about coming to work every day.
The work that WRISE does is extremely important in promoting this type of culture, and as a company, we have a responsibility to do the same. We’ve made significant strides in hiring women at our company—in 2017, 48% of new hires at our headquarters office in Chicago were women—and we look forward to continuing work towards the advancement of women throughout the organization.
IWN has been an important part of elevating our company’s culture by providing programming, resources and opportunities for both the women and the men at Invenergy to network and share strategies to help them become stronger employees and managers. IWN has worked to increase awareness about the unique issues that woman face in the workforce.
At a company level, Invenergy recently held training and workshops on inclusion, unconscious bias and growth mindset as another important step. These are ongoing efforts that I’m proud our company is embracing and building upon.
I am grateful to be part of a company that has not only provided me with tremendous professional growth opportunities, but has also allowed my voice to be heard. I want to make sure every current and future employee has the same opportunities.
This is the second notable award Meghan has been the recipient of recently. In December 2017, she was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list. Invenergy is proud to have Meghan as a business leader on our team and as a champion of inclusion and gender equality in our company and industry.