Female Leaders In Energy (FLIE)

With funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), USEA supports the Female Leaders in Energy (FLIE) initiative through the Indo-Pacific Energy Market Investment and Modernization (EMIM) partnership. The FLIE partnership aims to advance the professional development of early- to mid-career level women working in energy sectors across Southeast Asia.

Through a 2-year mentorship program, conferences, and technical workshops FLIE will:

  • Empower, encourage, and guide female participants in setting targeted professional goals to advance their energy careers;
  • Build confidence and leadership skills in the next generation of female energy leaders in Southeast Asia;
  • Strengthen female participants’ professional network;
  • Improve female participants’ industry and job function knowledge and skills; and
  • Provide female participants with opportunities for career development, public speaking, and project management.

APPLICATION DEADLINE—JULY 31

FLIE Mentee eligibility requirements:

FLIE Mentee applicants must be citizens and residents of the following emerging markets: Indonesia, Laos, Fiji, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in the energy industry.
  • A track record of leadership and achievement in a professional career or otherwise.
  • Professional working proficiency in English (written and spoken).
  • Be willing to commit to the duration of the program from September 2021- September 2023.


FLIE Mentor eligibility requirements:

FLIE mentor applicants must be residents of the United States.

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the energy industry.
  • A track record of leadership and achievement in professional career or otherwise.
  • A willingness to devote 1-3 hours monthly, with an additional 5-10 hours quarterly to interact with mentees.
  • Be able and willing to speak at initiative events:
    • Speak on a panel at the opening conference in June 2021.
    • Speak on at least one panel on a technical topic.
    • Host a meeting at organization during executive exchange in Summer- Fall 2023.
    • Host a mentee in a 2-week job shadow in Summer- Fall 2023.
  • A mentorship program with quarterly virtual meetings.
  • A specially designed learning and development program to advance the professional development of early- to mid-career level women working in energy sectors across Southeast Asia.
  • Six technical workshops.
    • Held in November 2021, March 2022, July 2022, October 2022, January 2023 and April 2023.
  • Mentees are expected to complete a Capstone Project, which could include an original research paper, developing a training program, or other projects.
  • Network building opportunities.

An additional opportunity for a fully funded week-long study tour to the United States OR a two-week job shadow opportunity in July - September 2023 are available for a small select group of mentees (if COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted).

May 1 - July 15, 2021
FLIE Mentee and Mentor applications open.

June 2021
Launch event. A virtual half-day conference.

July 15 – August 13, 2021
Applications reviewed and mentees and mentors are selected. Successful applicants will be notified by August 13, 2021.

September 2021 – September 2023
Successful applicants  take part in the two (2) year program.