Women in Hydro Mentorship

The Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program application process is closed for the 2020-2021 mentorship cycle.

The National Hydropower Association is pleased to support the Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program, which provides an opportunity for women to connect, generate new friendships and networks, and share experiences in a supportive environment that highlights the powerful contributions women from around the world make in the hydropower industry.

The goal is to create a meaningful connection where the mentor and mentee become collaborators in each other’s success. The mentor brings her life experience and a willingness to listen, give counsel, and provide network connections that support the mentee. The mentee brings her growth and development goals, opportunities, and challenges with a willingness to openly discuss them. This program is open to all women from around the world involved in the hydro industry, including agency, stakeholder and tribal representatives.


“The feedback about women’s experiences in this mentorship program has been overwhelmingly positive and illustrates how critical women-to-women mentorship is.”

-Nora Rosemore, Minnesota Power, Chair of the Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program Steering Committee.

A volunteer steering committee, passionate about mentorship and supporting women in the hydro industry, match the applicants into traditional or reciprocal mentorship pairs. Each mentorship pair is unique and adapts to a relationship style and meeting format that works best for them, meeting once a month for eight months, October to May.

The initiative is also supported by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA), and Midwest Hydro Users Group (MHUG).