Jennifer Lester

Lean In Energy unveils sneak peek of new mentoring platform

Blog Post created by Jennifer Lester Advocate on Oct 3, 2018

Experience Energy hosted the 2ndAnnual GRIT Awards on Wednesday, October 3rd live in Houston and  through social media. This year’s benefactor for the event was Lean In Energy, a 5013c non-profit.

The GRIT Awards recognize leaders who step up and get the job done no matter what. They are an inspiration to others. So it’s a natural fit that an organization like Lean In Energy would be its benefactor.

Lean In Energy is on a mission to empower women in energy to move boldly towards their ambitions, even if that means heading into unchartered territory.

Growth, resilience, innovation, and technology, the words that define GRIT, can be seen in each of the three methods that Lean In Energy uses to empower women: mentoring, awareness, and education. 


Empowering Women Through Mentorship


In the course of the past year, the leadership of Lean In Energy has worked diligently to create new and exciting opportunities for mentorship. These opportunities are innovative, utilizing technology to connect women to others who can help them grow in their personal lives and careers, build resiliency, and inspire others to grow as well. 


Lean In Energy connects women with peers who can challenge and encourage them to charge forward in their careers, counteracting any gender bias that they meet along the way. 


Pictured above:  Alyssa Volk, Global Programs Chair with Baker Hughes, a GE company speaks about the new program.


Lean In Energy has four components:


  • Communities are organized by region, function, discipline and unique special interest. These global groups are overseen by a Regional Group Lead based on what part of the world members are in. Within each region, women can join a member-run and led SIC focused on technology, engineering, sales, commercial, supply chain, finance, legal, etc. or a group for unique interests such as power generation, Blockchain, 4Ds, or women in hydraulic fracturing. These communities are for connections, networking and growing outside of mentoring.

  • Small Group Mentoring is a formal, structured mentoring program that runs for a period of six months for one mentor and up to four mentees. These groups are matched using Lean In Energy’s smart-matching algorithms that are based on applicants answers to profile questions.


  • Flash Mentoring provides members with one-on-one mentoring in a “flash” (a one-hour session to be exact). It is flexible, there’s no commitment, and it provides members a focused opportunity to gain knowledge across different departments, prep for an interview, build a stronger network, learn job-related skills, develop soft skills, or explore a new career path. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with mentors around the world while on business or personal travel. Flash Mentoring is available to all members, even if they are in a Small Group Mentoring Program.


  • The Executive Sponsorship Program:  This is an exciting program coming in 2019 and only open to corporate donors. The primary role of the Sponsor is to open doors for the talent and to introduce opportunities for exposure, to demonstrate to a different or higher-level audience what you can bring to the company. A Sponsor is able to attend those roundtable discussions that can make or break your career. Their authority allows them to speak to your strengths, make cases for your advancement, and be heard in your absence. Where a Mentor may help you envision your next position, a Sponsor will lever open that position for you.


Lean In Energy and the Future


Lean In Energy will continue to fuel women in energy to their bigger purpose. In addition to their mentoring programs, special interest communities and their executive sponsorship program, the organization regularly participates in public awareness of gender diversity and promotes female leadership in the workplace. And it will continue to grow its library of educational resources to help women build new skills and to educate everyone through research-based recommendations on how to advance gender equality at home and at work.


Pictured right above  Paul McIntyre, Board of Directors, Lean In Energy and Global Head of People at Worley Parsons


How to Become a Part of the Movement



Open enrollment for Lean In Energy starts soon.  When you register, you'll be assigned to a Regional Community first. Then you'll have the option to select the Special Interest Communities that you'd like to join. Next, you will receive an invitation to Lean In Energy Small Group and Flash Mentoring Programs. You can sign up for one or both programs.


Small group enrollment opens on October 29th for mentors and on November 26th for mentees and it closes on December 24th. The 6-month program will begin on January 28, 2019.


Flash Mentoring enrollment also opens on October 29th for mentors and November 26th for mentees. However, this is a year-round program so you can sign up anytime after enrollment opens.


Visit LeanInEnergy.Org today and join our mailing list. Once the new platform (web-based and mobile app) goes live on October 29th, individuals can become Lean In Energy Members, join Communities, enroll in one / both of theMentoring Programs.


Lean In Energy is an independent organization, affiliated with LeanIn.Org, which works closely with LeanIn.Org to further its mission and is licensed by LeanIn.Org to use the ‘Lean In’ name.


To sponsor, contact the organization at