Emerging Leaders Program

Sponsored by: Siemens 

As the wind energy industry has matured, so have our events and members. AWEA educational events are attended by a very experienced group of wind professionals and executives with 2/3 of the WINDPOWER registrants having worked in wind at least 5 years with a significant portion for more than a decade. This high value audience presents an opportunity to use our conferences to help grow and groom the next wave of industry leaders.  The program also gives high potential staff the ability to attend and network with senior executives and each other.  

“Siemens is proud to sponsor the Emerging Leaders Program at WINDPOWER 2016. This is an exciting time for wind energy in the United States, and AWEA’s Emerging Leaders Program provides an opportunity to help develop the next generation of leaders.”    -  Siemens Wind Power

** Click here to meet our current WINDPOWER 2016 Emerging Leaders**

Key Features and Benefits of the Emerging Leaders Program:

Industry Leading Education:

  • The education program covers a wide range of topics during nearly 20 hours of presentations and panels within 5 education theaters on the exhibit floor: Power Station, Tech Station, Operations Station, Project Development Station, and the Thought Leader Theater. 
  • The Welcome & Opening General Session will feature business leaders, political guests, and keynote Steve Farber, best-selling author of The Radical Leap.
  • Over 100 poster presentations will be on display throughout the event including a designated time to connect with the poster authors to learn more about their work.
  • WINDPOWER 2016 will also feature 4 pre-conference seminars on Monday and each Emerging Leader may chose 1 seminar to attend complimentary:

               - Wind 101: Introduction to Wind Energy
               - Wind 201: Wind Development for Pros – Turning Ideas into a Wind Generation Asset
               - Community Engagement: How to Gain Immediate and Long-Term Success when
                 Developing a Wind Project
               - U.S. Offshore Wind Energy: Leveraging the Expertise of the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

Access to Product & Service Providers:

  • The exhibition hall is home to hundreds of companies working in all facets of the industry and features interesting technical and software demonstrations as well as pavilions for new technology, small and distributed wind, offshore, and energy storage.

Networking – With Each Other & Industry Leaders:

  • The networking potential at WINDPOWER is unmatched with thousands of wind energy professionals gathered in 1 spot for 3 packed days. 
  • WINDPOWER provides numerous activities that emerging leaders would find interesting and fun including an Opening Reception Monday evening, exhibit hall and poster receptions, the DISCOVER – New Orleans steamboat event (ticket required), Clean the World community service project, a golf tournament, and DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition activities.
  • Contact and biographical information of industry leaders who have volunteered as Mentors in the program will be shared pre-show, and a networking reception on Tuesday during the exhibition happy hour for all Emerging Leaders and Mentors will provide exclusive access in a more intimate setting. Mentors and Emerging Leaders will be identified by ribbons on their badges.
  • A meet & greet with AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan and other key AWEA staff will provide industry information and contacts within your national trade association.
  • An online AWEA Connect community is being established as a way for both current and past Emerging Leaders and Mentors to communicate and share information on an ongoing basis.

Industry Visibility:

  • Participants in the Emerging Leaders program will receive visibility in several ways before and during the show including on the WINDPOWER website, a mention during the Opening & General Session, and other potential presentation and/or interview opportunities for interested Emerging Leaders.


  • Reduced registration fee and access to the pre-conference seminar of their choice before the main conference begins.


Why Support the Emerging Leader Program?

The Emerging Leader program is a low-cost and high-value way to retain high potential employees:

  • Demonstrate you care about their ongoing education and career path development
  • Provide them with industry contacts and mentors, often identified by executives as a major factor in their success
  • Reward high performers by providing event attendance so they can benefit from all of the educational and networking opportunities
  • Establish a closer connection between them and your customers and suppliers, likely to reinforce their commitment to your company and the industry

“In addition to sponsoring the 2015 AWEA Emerging Leaders Program, Siemens recognized five of its distinguished employees by nominating them for participation in the program. Being an AWEA Emerging Leader provides not only employee recognition, but significant opportunities for mentoring, knowledge sharing and skill development.  For Siemens, the Emerging Leaders Program demonstrates our passion for our employees and their future in wind. That passion is our reason for sponsoring again in 2016.”    - Siemens Wind Power 

Nominate an Emerging Leader:

Identify the high potential staff at your company and nominate them to attend AWEA WINDPOWER 2016.  Emerging leaders must be first time attendees to WINDPOWER and are intended to be up-and-coming industry leaders and rising stars.  There are limited emerging leader spots available so we encourage you to act quickly to ensure your brightest next generation staff secure a spot early to participate.  

Emerging Leaders receive $50 off the prevailing registration rate PLUS a complimentary pre-conference seminar
(total savings of $150 - $350 depending on AWEA membership status).  

Contact conference@awea.org to indicate interest in the program and receive a discount code that can be used to register your emerging leaders.

Volunteer to be a Mentor:

If you have worked in wind energy for some time and have experience and knowledge that would benefit those newer to the industry, you’d make a great mentor!  

The only requirements are that you attend and register for WINDPOWER 2016, provide some biographical and contact information that will be shared with Emerging Leaders, participate in the on-site reception Tuesday during the exhibition happy hour from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, set aside 1 hour of time Tuesday – Thursday for small group discussions with emerging leaders, and be welcoming to these rising stars.  

Email conference@awea.org to indicate your interest in serving as a Mentor in the program for WINDPOWER 2016.