David Feldman

Pink Petro Takes a Trip to the White House

Blog Post created by David Feldman Champion on Feb 3, 2016



Pink Petro had the opportunity to be a part of EICNETWORK.TV's annual webcast series focused on women and girls involved in science, engineering, and technology (STEM).

Founder and CEO of Pink Petro, Katie Mehnert was invited to co-host the annual event with Dr. Knatokie Ford, who works tirelessly to raise visibility and improve the image of STEM fields at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

After being introduced, Katie discussed Pink Petro and the purpose behind its creation.  Pink Petro is an online social media site, dedicated to help connect and unite women who work in the energy business.  Members include engineers, researchers, lawyers and accountants, all connected and working within the energy business.  Katie brought on and included several members of Pink Petro to share their experiences and discuss women in STEM careers.

First to talk was Chaitali Dave, Director, EPC, and Fabricated Equipment & Logistics with Phillips 66.  Ms. Dave works within the procurement department in support of all capital projects.  Katie asked about the common misconceptions of women who work in the industry.  Ms. Dave replied that a misconception she has faced and overcome is that many women coming out of the engineering field do not have the ambition or drive to be more than engineers.

Nadine Tribur, Instrumentation/Electrical Department Manager, S & B Engineers and Constructors joined the webcast.  She is also a member of Pink Petro and  offered the advice for women to start early if they are inclined to enter into a STEM career.

Dr. Christyl Johnson, Goddard's Deputy Director for Technology at NASA and Research Investments, Dr. Ashanti Johnson of the University of Texas at Arlington, Linda Mills, Executive Vice President and Terry Roberts, President and Founder of Cybersync, Inc, and Whitehawk, Inc were also included in the panel featured in this year's session.

Katie believes the arts are necessary to include as a part of STEM education. "Art drives creativity, creativity spurs innovation, and innovation is what creates new industries, new versions of industries and new industries drive new economic opportunities for everyone, " she said. Pink Petro was an integral part of this webcast, featuring engaging conversation and important views of women who work in STEM careers.

See the full video broadcast here: