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“It’s not always what you know, but who you know.”


Are you sick of hearing that age-old sentiment yet? I can’t blame you. Sure, it’s helpful if you have a huge network of professional contacts at your disposal who are willing and ready to put in a good word and help you land a job. But, if you don’t? Well, this advice is plain ol’ discouraging.


Today’s “Dear Kat” question is from a reader who has found herself in that exact boat:


“Dear Kat, I hear so much about the importance of having an ‘in’ at a company. I’ve been told that one connection alone can at least get you to the interview stage, which has proved to be challenging on my own. But, here’s the problem: I don’t have a lot of ‘ins’ at the companies I want to work for. Do you have any tips for finding one?”


It’s true—having a connection at a company that you want to work for can make all of the difference when you’re trying to wedge your foot in the door.


But, if you think you don’t have anyone who fits the bill in that regard, don’t count yourself out too early. There are a few things you can do to make that connection for yourself and (hopefully!) land an interview.


1. Ask Around

First things first, it’s important to determine if you really don’t have any connections you can lean on, or if you’re just assuming that to be true.


The best place it start is by talking about your career goals with your current network—including your family and friends. Sure, maybe you don’t know anyone who works at that company personally, but that doesn’t mean nobody in your network does.


Make sure to keep your connections in the loop on the places you’d love to work. While they probably can’t guarantee an “in” that would be willing to recommend you without ever having met you (people usually aren’t willing to stick their neck out for someone they don’t know!), you might be able to find someone to have a coffee chat with so that you can start forming a professional relationship!


The bottom line is this: Don’t write off your current network right away. You never know who they’re connected to!


2. Leverage LinkedIn

LinkedIn is another great place for you to turn when you’re searching for connections at a particular company. Of course, you’ll want to start by perusing your current network to see if anybody you’re already connected with is employed by the company you’re interested in.


If you find one? Great—reach out with a personalized message and a request to get together for a chat over coffee (you’re buying, of course!).


But, if not? Well, that’s just fine too—you’re just going to need to get a little more creative.


Second degree connections (those are people who are connected to the people that you’re already connected with) can also be useful. If you find one that seems suitable, see how you’re connected. If your mutual acquaintance is someone you know fairly well, don’t hesitate to reach out to that person to ask for an introduction!


Still no luck? Turn to some LinkedIn groups that you’re a part of. Is there anybody in those groups who works at the company you’re interested in that you could message? If so, striking up a conversation will be at least a little bit easier, as you already have some common ground.


By leveraging LinkedIn, there are plenty of ways you can get in touch with someone who works at your dream company. However, remember this: It’s going to take a little bit of time. LinkedIn is a tool for you to use to invest in building a relationship with that person. Sending a one-off message asking him or her to recommend you without ever meeting you is far too bold (and, ultimately, not smart).


3. Make Your Own “In”

So, let’s say you’ve gone through all of that and you still can’t find a decent connection to reach out to. Is now the time to throw up your hands and resign yourself to a life in that faceless pile of resumes on the hiring manager’s desk?


Not quite. It’s time to grab the reins and find your own “in”.


Yes, it definitely helps to have something in common—like a mutual connection, shared group, or even an alma mater—with someone you’re reaching out to. But, it’s definitely not a requirement.


If you find someone you think would be worth connecting with—by all means!—be a little bit aggressive and send an email or a friendly message to ask if you could get together for an informational interview.


Is it guaranteed to land you the job? Nope. But, it definitely can’t hurt, right?


An “in” at a company can be undeniably helpful. And, you might be surprised by the connections you have that could help you get your foot in the door!

Use these three tips to your advantage, and hopefully it’ll be just what you need to put your resume right at the top of the pile.

As the discussion on renewable energy sources becomes more and more of a daily occurrence, and new technologies continue to increase in reliability and ability to produce consistent power, it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction.  What was true just a couple years ago, may not be true today.  Today, let’s bust four myths about solar energy.


MYTH ONE: Solar powered devices only work during the day and not at night.


TRUTH: Most solar powered devices are able to store energy and harness enough from the sun during the day to be used throughout the night.


MYTH TWO: You can’t harness solar energy on a cloudy day.


TRUTH:  Yes, it’s true that energy production is not as effective on a cloudy day compared to a sunny day, but it does still gather energy.  Contrary to what many will say, solar panels actually work most efficiently when they are cool.  (I.E. places like San Francisco CA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, etc.)  The key isn’t that every day is sunny but rather the solar panels are positioned correctly so they can gather sun at the best times.  Let’s look at Germany for an example.  They get about as much sunshine as the state of Alaska, yet they are the world’s top solar panel installer, producing 31% of the world’s renewable energy.


MYTH THREE: Solar powered lights are dim and not bright.


TRUTH: This may have been true a number of years ago; however with today’s improved technology, the quality of light from solar powered lights is significantly better, making this former concern officially a myth now. 


MYTH FOUR: Solar power is expensive and not affordable.


TRUTH:  With advancements in solar technology the price of solar power has been quickly decreasing over the last few years.  That’s why over 60% of the solar panels in the US have been built in the past three years! (Source: Bloomberg, New Energy Finance &

The Energy Corridor's Blue Willow Books will host Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of
Lean In, in conversation with KIPP's Dr. Mike Feinberg at the Memorial Drive Church in the Sanctuary  on Friday May 12 at 7:00 PM.  


I must say I'm pretty pumped to have Sheryl to the energy capital. 


Sheryl Sandberg is an inspiration to so many.  Her TEDTalk on the ways women are held back at work started an amazing conversation  in 2010 which led her to write her first award winning book in 2013, Lean In, which started a movement around gender equality and a wonderful organization, Lean In that fosters mentoring of women around the world. Pink Petro is a proud partner to Lean In having been the first energy community to connect with the international organization to share its great work.

Her latest book, is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.  This book speaks on how she found meaning and happiness after the sudden death of her husband, Dave Goldberg, in 2015. On a Facebook post last week, she told how the book's title was inspired by a conversation she had with a friend, Phil.

"A few weeks after my husband Dave died, I was talking to my friend Phil Deutch about a father-son activity that Dave was not here to do. We came up with a plan for someone to fill in so my son would not have to miss out. I cried, 'But I want Dave.' Phil put his arm around me and said, 'Option A is not available. So let's just kick the shit out of Option B,'" the post read.


Co-written with her friend, Wharton psychologist and award winning author Adam Grant, the book combines Sandberg's experience of grief along with Grant's research on finding strength in the face of adversity.


During her talk Sandberg will discuss with Dr. Feinberg what she and Grant learned about helping others in crisis, developing compassion, and creating resilient communities and workplaces.


Tickets are $26 and include a pre-signed copy of Sandberg and Adam Grant's book which releases on April 24, 2017. 


We hope to see you there!


EDITORS NOTE:  The event sold out with in a few days.  Thanks to our community - the Lean In Energy community for its awesome support.

1. Hurricane Energy announces discovery of largest undeveloped oil field in the UK.


Hurricane Energy’s stock soared 6% on news that the firm has located “The largest undeveloped discovery on the U.K. Continental Shelf", according to Hurricane Chief Executive Robert Trice.  However, there will be a significant investment required to start producing oil.  Initial estimates are in the neighborhood of $400 million, and after Hurricane raises the funds, they plan to start producing oil from the field in 2019.  This is great news for the UK and North Sea oil industry.  Like many in the oil industry they have struggled over the past few years due to the collapse in oil prices. 


2. Mexico locks in their oil prices for the next year.


Mexico is the world’s 11th-largest oil producer and has created the world’s largest commodities hedging program.  Last year they spent $1 billion buying put options to secure prices for its oil exports, and this year they are setting aside nearly $1 billion more to guarantee oil revenue at $42 a barrel. 


Mexican Deputy Finance Minister Vanessa Rubio announced their plans late last week and confirmed their plans to protect their exports and stabilize their currency.  Mexico has taken an aggressive approach on many fronts to strengthen its peso after it plummeted to record lows last year and early this year.


3. The Baker Hughes US oil rig count increased again last week for the 10th consecutive week.


Over the last year, OPEC countries and Russia have tried their best to keep oil prices high by mutually agreeing to cut production and supply; however, America’s energy industry and free markets have stifled these efforts. US rig count are up to 809 operating rigs, a 20 rig increase from the previous week, and an incredible 345 rig increase in the past 12 months.

When you think of networking, it’s easy to think of name tags, free hors d'oeuvres, and awkward introductions. But, in today’s digital society, there are plenty of other ways to meet new people and grow your web of professional contacts.


What’s one of the best ways? LinkedIn.


It’s a great platform for making connections and finding like-minded professionals—as long as you know how to use it correctly. And, that’s exactly what today’s “Dear Kat” question is all about:


“Dear Kat, I’ve heard so much about the importance of using LinkedIn to grow my network and build my professional reputation. But, honestly, I’m not too familiar with how to use everything, and I’m worried about doing something that only makes me look bad. Do you have any tips for making the most of LinkedIn?”


This is a great question, and major kudos to you for being proactive and getting informed about the best ways to use the platform before just diving right in!


While there are plenty of LinkedIn critics out there (and, in all honesty, some of them bring up some pretty worthy points), I’m still a firm believer that it’s a useful—perhaps even necessary—tool to build a strong network and reputation. So, let’s cover some tips you can use to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of LinkedIn.


1. Maintain an Updated Profile

Would you go to an in-person networking event and spit out an outdated elevator pitch or pass out an old, inaccurate business card? Probably not. So, why would you let your LinkedIn profile collect those cobwebs?


Think of your profile like your online resume—which means you want to keep it as up to date as possible, so that you can ensure it always sets the right impression of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.


Reserve some time every couple of months (or even every month, if you can swing it!) to give your profile a quick once-over and update any information that is no longer current. That way, you can rest assured that anybody who decides to glance at your profile is getting the most accurate information about you and your career!


2. Keep it Professional

Yes, LinkedIn is a social network at its core. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to treat it like you do Facebook, for example.


LinkedIn goes so far as to define itself as a “professional network”, which means you should plan to keep all communications on the platform strictly professional. If you wouldn’t say it in front of your boss or your colleagues, don’t plan to post it on your profile.


While it’s a great idea to share updates frequently and show that you’re active and engaged in the space, you should avoid getting too personal with what you post. By all means, share news of your recent promotion or that cause you volunteer with. But, your photos from your latest vacation to Barbados? Those are better suited for Facebook.


3. Send Connection Requests

Let’s refer back to our analogy of being at an in-person networking event. Would it do you any good to grab your plate of cheese and crackers and then stand in the corner with your head down? Probably not. In order to make the most of networking, you need to be proactive.


If you meet somebody you’re interested in keeping in touch with? Make sure you connect with him or her on LinkedIn after the fact! If you’ve never actually met the person, but admire his or her work and would like to start a relationship? Send a connection request—and make sure that you personalize the message that goes along with it!


With that in mind, it’s a good idea to personalize the message for every single request you send—rather than relying on the form letter that LinkedIn auto-fills for you. This doesn’t need to be anything complicated (you have limited characters, after all!). But, make sure you explain who you are, what you do, and why you’re interested in connecting.


Just think—you wouldn’t march up to someone at an event, ask for their business card without introducing yourself, and then turn around and walk away, would you? You need to build some rapport first, and that same rule holds true on LinkedIn.


4. Join Groups

So, maybe you want to use LinkedIn to meet new people. But, you’re left with one big question: Where are you supposed to find these people? Doing random searches seem inefficient, and you want to be able to find professionals that you already have something in common with.


LinkedIn groups are a great way to do this. There are groups for almost everything—for professionals in your industry, people from your alma mater, or even people who share a common interest or passion.


Find a few groups that interest you and then engage in some conversations there. It’s the perfect way to meet some new people that you already share some common ground with!


5. Be Authentic

Yes, you want to put your best foot forward and establish a positive reputation on LinkedIn. But, that doesn’t mean you should be phony or disingenuous.


Much like on your traditional resume, don’t embellish or blatantly lie on your LinkedIn profile. That will only come back to bite you.

Additionally, when it comes to offering recommendations or endorsing other people’s skills, only do so for the people you’ve actually worked closely with—and thus, can truly speak to their skillset and experience.


Dishing out loads of half-hearted endorsements in the hopes of those people turning around and boosting your own skills will ultimately only make you look like a LinkedIn spammer. And, that’s not exactly the message you’re trying to send.

LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool for solidifying your professional reputation and growing your web of contacts—as long as you know how to use it effectively. Put these five tips to work for you, and you’re sure to use the platform to its full potential.

When you think about it, it makes sense.  The tide comes in and out multiple times per day, it’s always moving and water is much denser than air (creating more force on the turbines)… so why aren’t we lining the ocean floors with Tidal Barrages, Tidal Fences and Tidal Turbines??


Not so fast…


Even through there seems to be great potential here, we’re not there quite yet.  Yes, there are a few great things about tidal energy and power:


Tidal energy is a renewable energy source. Compared to fossil fuels and nuclear reserves, which will run out at some point (theoretically), the gravitational pull from the sun and moon aren’t going away any time soon. 


Tidal power is environmentally.  From what we can tell, it doesn’t emit any climate gases and takes up relatively little space.


Tidal currents are very predictable.  The tide comes in and out on well-known and well-documented cycles.  That means it’s easier to construct the system with right dimensions, knowing what kind of powers the equipment will be exposed to.


Tidal power is effective at low speeds.  As I mentioned earlier, water is much denser than air.  832 times more dense to be exact.  That’s what makes it possible to generate electricity at low speeds.


However, here’s why tidal power is still a fraction of total power production:


We don’t know what we don’t know.  Yes, I mentioned it’s environmentally friendly.  It doesn’t emit climate gases.  But we still don’t know the full environmental impact yet, so we’re playing it safe.


It’s too close to land right now.  As of now, tidal power plants need to be constructed close to land in order to take advantage of the stronger tidal currents.  They’re still working on technology to harness weaker tidal currents, at locations further out to sea.


And last, but not least, it’s too expensive.  Money seems to always be the problem!  Rough projections estimate tidal power will be commercially profitable around 2020.  Not too far away… but not here yet. 


So should we be using tidal energy?  Yes and no.  We’ll have to wait and see.


1. Beijing closes last power plant and finalizes the switch to Natural Gas.


Beijing has become China’s first city to convert all of its power plants from coal-fired plants to Natural Gas.  This goal was set back in 2013, and is now in its final stages.  This is part of China’s plan to, "make our skies blue again"


Chinese leaders continued, "We may not be able to control the weather, but we can adjust our behavior and our way of development…Blue skies should no longer be a luxury, nor will they be."


2. Flat oil prices are putting a strain on oil-producing economies.


It’s been almost six months since OPEC agreed to mutually cut supply in an effort to boost oil prices globally.  And even though we’ve seen prices rise slightly over the last few months, we’re still hovering around the $50 mark, and that’s far from the $100 per barrel prices of 2014.  With the cuts not having the effect they anticipated, OPEC countries are finding themselves in a tough situation.  Do they break ranks and maximize production or do they agree once more to lower supply in hopes that this recent plateau will trend up once again?  Current prices are far from the comfort zone these oil-producing countries would like and if prices continue to stay flat, they’ll be forced to make a decision eventually. 


3. Saudi oil minister praises says that US relations are the best they’ve been in years. 


Last week Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States have never been better.  He confirmed that both his country and the US are committed to confronting Iranian aggression.  During his visit to Washington he stated this new improvement in relations is attributed to the new administration’s willingness to collaborate on many issues that are of mutual interest, "It has brought it to yet a higher level than it has ever been, and there is alignment on all of the major issues between the two governments, and it's been, I think, further helped by the personal bond that was created between his royal highness, the deputy crown prince, and President Trump,"


Falih's positive comments are a welcomed change from the recently rocky relationship between Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration, due to a questionable multilateral deal with Iran.  President Donald Trump has quickly proven he will put pressure on Iran.  Recently his administration put Iran "on notice" and imposed sanctions on entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program.

You’re sending out resume after resume. You’ve filled out so many online applications, you feel cross-eyed. You compulsively refresh your inbox day after day, and still there’s nothing but radio silence.


It’s frustrating, right? All you want is to land a job with an employer who will appreciate and value your skills and expertise. But, you’re not hearing anything back. And, if you ever do finally get a response? It’s usually one of those “Thanks, but no thanks,” form letters.


A job hunt that’s seemingly so fruitless and impersonal can be isolating, discouraging, and disheartening. However, know this much: You aren’t alone. Pretty much every job seeker has been there before—including the submitter of today’s “Dear Kat” question:


“Dear Kat, I’ve been putting my all into my job search, but it just keeps dragging on and on. I’m to the point where I feel like it will honestly never end. Do you have any tips for staying positive, even when my hunt for a job seems completely hopeless?”


First, I won’t deny that it can be tough to keep your chin up during a long job search. Constant rejections (or, worse, not hearing anything back at all!) can be a real blow to your ego. However, allowing yourself to spiral into a cycle of negativity won’t do you any favors in the end.


So, implement these four tips, and you’ll be able to keep moving forward—and eventually land a brand new gig!


1. Take a Moment to Vent

Staying positive doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to take a breath and recognize the fact that you’re frustrated. You’re discouraged (and you have every right to be!), and sweeping those feelings under the rug will likely only lead to a larger blowup later down the line.


So, go ahead and take an hour to vent to a friend or just be in a generally sour mood about your empty inbox or your latest rejection letter. Getting those negative emotions out will help you move on to the next steps with a clearer focus and a refreshed attitude.


2. Switch Up Your Approach

When your job search isn’t going well, it’s tempting to project all of the blame on the employers—after all, they’re the ones who don’t recognize what they’re missing out on, right?


However, it’s important that you also take some time to analyze your own approach and determine what you could do differently. You don’t want to keep doing the same things and expect different results.


Do you need to start tailoring your resume for every job you apply for (yes, that’s something you absolutely should be doing!). Do you need to brush up your LinkedIn profile? Do you need to write a more attention-grabbing cover letter?


Jot down some things that you could adjust in your job search, and then give it a go! It’ll give you a renewed focus and sense of excitement—and maybe even help you make some progress.


3. Get Out of the House

You’re throwing yourself wholeheartedly into your job search—which means you spend hours upon hours parked in front of your computer.


This might seem like a surefire way to be as productive as possible. But, in reality, you’re running the risk of burning yourself out and potentially even missing out on some other opportunities and beneficial connections.


You need to make a concerted effort to get yourself out of the house on a frequent basis. Join a book club, head out to a networking event, or sign up for an industry association. Taking a break from your computer monitor for a little bit will instantly boost your mood. Plus, you never know who you’ll meet (and what other connections and potential opportunities they have!) when you’re out and about.


4. Ask for Recommendations

A fruitless job search is enough to send your self-confidence plummeting to an entirely new low. So, it’s time to figure out how you can boost that back up again—while simultaneously benefitting your chances at employment.


The best way to do that? Ask for some recommendations! Whether you want to beef up your formal reference list or request some additional recommendations on your LinkedIn profile, asking the professional acquaintances that are in your corner to tout your skills and accomplishments is a surefire way to lift your spirits.


And, the best part? It also elevates your professional reputation—thus upping your chances of catching a hiring manager’s attention and finally landing a new job.

A long job search can be frustrating (and that’s putting it lightly). But, allowing a foul mood to overwhelm you will only slow you down in the end. So, take a deep breath and implement these four tips. You’ll be ready to pick your chin up, dust yourself off, and keeping moving forward in no time!

When we think of electric vehicles or hybrids we often think of something like the G Wiz.  And let’s be honest… those aren’t the best looking cars on the road.  They have limited range, and absolutely no horsepower!  But the simple fact is this:  That’s not the case anymore. 


Tesla has entered the market and proven that an electric car doesn’t have to be an ugly car.  And it can have some pick-up and go as well.  The fundamental advancement in the last few years that has made this possible is the technology in batteries.  Tesla uses lithium batteries (similar to the battery in your laptop) and these new batteries provide large amounts of power for acceleration and also last approximately as long as a normal tank of gas at this point.  That means you’re not stuck around your neighborhood.  You can take your electric car on road trips!


Yes, batteries still need to become cheaper and quicker to charge, but research and development in this area is generating improvements at an unprecedented rate.  Countries like Denmark and Israel have are already started developing a full infrastructures prepared to handle an all-electric car future – each getting the power from renewable resources.  Denmark will use wind power and Israel will generate solar power from the desert sun.


As electric cars become the new wave of the future, they’ll start getting more powerful and less ugly.  In fact, it’s already happening!


Compete or Collaborate?

Posted by katie.mehnert Champion Mar 16, 2017

After a fantastic week and HERWorld18 forum last week, I've been in Europe this week attending the IADC and SPE Drilling Expo.  Under the extraordinary leadership of the Trustee of the Girls Network UK and former BP Drilling leader, Oonagh Werngren, last night we had a standing room only crowd in our special diversity session to cover off the work we've been doing with the World Economic Forum to put a spotlight on the gender gap and to discuss what companies are doing about it. Big thanks to Vice President of Drilling, Leigh-Ann Russell with BP for her leadership on putting together a great conference.  


Leaders from BP, Shell, Chevron, Total Transocean, NOV, and Baker Hughes held poster sessions to talk through the 7 elements of the 2016 Davos Call to Action.  


And the room was full of women (AND) men talking about what more we could (and need) to do to attract and retain women.  The audience was engaged and talking about the actions we are (and can) take to drive the needed cultural changes forward.


It was refreshing to see companies in the same room talking about things we often view as competitive.


I've been talking (a lot) about collaboration, inclusion, and the nextGen and era of energy and what that will look like. Last night was a prime example where industry can come together to make a difference.  


I spoke about that in my opening remarks -- the need for industry to come together to solve this problem. And, our industry needs to go beyond ourselves.


The gaps are real.  


The past 2 years have been a bloodbath.  We've walked out decades of talent and left the next generation with the challenges (and rewards) of pushing the boundaries of innovation, new ways of working and embracing technology to drive a new culture.  And I believe they are up for it, but as leaders we simply need to go beyond seeing each other as competitors in the war for talent.




This war for people isn't a game to play inside industry.  It's one that exists
on the outside.  We've been too insular, too long.  And...our fledging reputation as an industry no one understands nor fully appreciates is steadfastly becoming irrelevant to the nextGen. 

Our mindset around the talent gaps and in particular gender and diversity need to extend outside energy.  This war is with Silicon Valley and Wall Street....the very (sexy) consumers and industry we enable. We need to make the case for energy as a career, very clear.  And with women (and millennials) it's about meaning.  How does MY work help and WHY does it matter?  


It is for this reason I launched Pink Petro two years ago and Experience.Energy last week.  We need to put a spotlight on what we do and a real focus on how to solve the problem.  As unsettling as it sounds, we need to push the communications boundaries in pursuit to educate and inspire the next generation.  And we need to look outside to STEM feeder talent pools where we may not have recruited previously.  Additionally, the war for talent after this down cycle is going to be exacerbated by the lack of hiring we didn't do in the 90s after the last downturn and we only have ourselves to hold to account. 


Lest we forget what we do is risky.  It requires competence, skills and experience.  Those things don't happen overnight. It's going to take time to build our talent base and we need new solutions and ways to execute. 


My opinion is it's time we take a view that we need to collaborate...not compete for resources.  We need to aim higher and tell the story we've never told....about the industry that has quietly powered modern man (and woman) kind.  We need to inspire the next wave of talent around the environmental and social challenges (climate and energy poverty) and show them we matter, they matter and we need them to lead us into this next era.


I'd love to know what you think.

Last week my daughter likes to say it, "epic".  


Thousands of you participated in your locations and connected with us at the main stage in Houston.  We made a few exciting announcements I want to share with you.


Pink Petro launches careers site for women in energy


 The gender gap in the energy industry is atrocious, and we want to do something about that.  In 2015, Pink Petro launched an online private social community to bring together women in energy. What did we learn? We now know that the entire energy sector is plagued with a diversity talent crisis.  We also know that energy is an often misunderstood line of work, yet it brings such amazing economic and development opportunities to the workforce and supply chain.  Experience Energy is a talent platform to bring candidates and companies (of all sizes and needs) together to get at the gender diversity gap.  Come Experience Energy today.


Pink Petro launches bigger offering with Pink Petro TV


Together with Linda Lorelle, of Lorelle Media, Pink Petro will co-produce Pink Petro TV.  This innovative and informative online channel will feature the voices and faces of energy.  We'll cover the business, technology, workforce and supply chain.  We'll talk tech, dispel the myths, and show the human side of energy that most don't get to see.  We'll step into some of the world's largest companies and classrooms and learn more energy and how it fuels our economy and daily lives.


Linda Lorelle is a two-time Emmy award winning journalist having anchored NBC KPRC news for nearly 17 years. To learn more about Pink Petro TV or to sponsor, connect with us today.


Take the Lead Women in Energy!  Pink Petro launched leadership parity initiative.

International Women’s Day 2017 marks the official launch of the collaboration between Pink Petro and Take The Lead Women, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing, developing, inspiring and propelling women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.  Gloria Feldt brings a rare combination of frontline leadership with experience of 20 years in the West Texas oil patch. People magazine called her "The Voice of Experience." Vanity Fair named Feldt one of America's "Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers."  Pink Petro is launching a fully online 7 week personalized leadership course, Take the Lead Women in Energy.  Sign up today and receive a $275 discount. ($950 discounted to $675.00)


Thanks for joining us at HERWorld17 - we're already getting started on HW18!

1. Oil prices drop to three month low despite OPEC cuts.


Brent crude has fallen to $51.02 per barrel on Monday, March 13, 2017.  This is the lowest level since November 30th.   U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) is also down to its lowest level since November, coming in at $48.07 per barrel.  Although OPEC and Russia reached an agreement to curb production, U.S. drillers continue to add oil rigs.  The latest reports from Baker Hughes showing eight weeks of consecutive growth.  Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Ayers Alliance Securities in Sydney stated, “Supply appears to be outpacing demand, putting the focus back on the glut…  OPEC is unlikely to react until prices get down to about $40 a barrel.”


2. Massive onshore oil discovery in Alaska.


Approximately 1.2 billion barrels of oil have been uncovered on state land in Alaska’s North Slope.  This is the largest onshore discovery in the U.S. in three decades.


Spanish oil conglomerate Repsol and its privately-held U.S. partner Armstrong Energy released news of their discovery last Thursday, and accompanied that with predictions that production could begin as soon as 2021, leading to as many as 120,000 barrels of output per day.


 “The interesting thing about this discovery is the North Slope was previously thought to be on its last legs. But this is a significant emerging find,” Repsol spokesman Kristian Rix told CNNMoney.


“This is also great news for the State of Alaska,” Alaska Governor Bill Walker applauded. “We must all pull together to fill an oil pipeline that’s three-quarters empty.”


3. Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, receives standing ovation at energy industry conference in Texas on Thursday evening.


With over 1,200 in attendance, Prime Minister Trudeau discussed the Keystone XL pipeline, combatting climate change and Canada’s role in the oil and gas industry.  He touted Canada’s willingness to supply US demand, and referencing Alberta’s oil sands reserves stating, “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there,” He emphasized, "The resource will be developed. Our job is to ensure that this is done responsibly, safely, and sustainably… Nothing is more essential to the US economy than access to a secure, reliable source of energy. Canada is that source."


While he agreed with building the Keystone XL pipeline, he was adamant that at border tax would hurt both U.S. and Canadian economies.


Often the idea is thrown around that if the US can become energy independent, this will stop foreign countries and dictatorships such as Iran and Saudi Arabia from sponsoring terrorist activities against the US.  While the premise and idea seems logical, it’s only half of the story.  And until you consider all the facts and ramifications, making a blanket statement like this is “uninformed”.  Here’s why:


1.  Long-term planning maybe… but in the short term (Next few decades), this is definitely not a feasible option to stop terror sponsoring countries.  Nearly two-thirds of our oil is imported, with the Middle Eastern countries making up a large portion of that.  With our own economy so dependent on international trade and imports such as crude oil, punishing them punishes us.  Think of it this way… If you’re at the beach relaxing with your family and your child acts up.  Would you send them to the car, and say, “come back when you’ve calmed down.”  Or would you say, “We all have to leave now.  Let’s pack up and go home.”  In one of these scenarios you get to stay at the beach.  In the other, you don’t!  You would never punish yourself, to teach your child a lesson.  (At least that’s not how Nanny 911 teaches us to do it


Slapping an immediate ban on all countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia is similar to our beach example.  It is self-sacrificial and self-sabotaging to try to end our reliance on foreign oil and cut all ties immediately, in the hopes that this would someday lower Iran’s oil revenues.


2.  With the rate China and India’s economies are growing, and the demand for oil, the US is quickly losing its strangle hold on the market demand.  If you don’t believe me, here’s a link.


India’s oil demand is set to outpace China’s demand for the third year in a row!  With such a growth in demand for oil globally, OPEC countries will still have a market to sell – even if their biggest customer takes their ball and goes home.  Will it make a dent?  Yes.  But, you’d be naive to believe there isn’t other money out there, up for grabs. 


So that leads you to the question – If cutting them off won’t help stop terrorism, then what will? 

To be perfectly honest, that’s a question I don’t have an exact answer for.  My initial thought is that terrorism is probably best fought with direct and decisive military action — not self-sacrificing, multi-decade schemes to lower oil prices.


Maybe I'm wrong.  What are your thoughts?


There are no ifs, ands, or butts about it: Rejection plain ol’ sucks. And, that fact rings true for absolutely everybody—even the people who seem to react like it doesn’t phase them in the slightest.


But, unfortunately, rejection is also an inevitable part of life—particularly your professional life. Whether you get turned down for the job you wanted, passed up on for that promotion, or are coping with a discouraging industry downturn, rejection is an unpleasant reality that you need to learn to deal with.


Deal with it? You and I both know that’s a lot easier said than done. That’s exactly where this week’s “Dear Kat” question comes into play:


“Dear Kat, I understand that rejection is a normal part of life and that it can even be something that you can learn from. But, as much as I hate to say it, I’m terrible at dealing with rejection. I always take it too personally. I really want to be able to swallow my pride and extract some value from that less-than-desirable situation. Do you have any tips?”


First of all, you’re right in describing rejection as a “less-than-desirable” situation. Ultimately, nobody enjoys getting that dreaded, “Thanks, but no thanks.”


Unfortunately, after you’ve been turned down, there isn’t a lot you can control about the actual situation. But, you can control how you react to it. So, here are a few tips to make the most of it and bounce back even better than before.


1. Take a Minute

It’s important that you realize that positively coping with rejection doesn’t mean you can’t recognize the fact that it sucks. Getting rejected stings—and nobody’s asking you to paste on a smile, bottle up your emotions, and pretend that getting shot down makes you feel great.


Instead, give yourself a minute to process. Take a deep breath and vent a little if you need to. Ultimately, keeping that frustration to yourself won’t do you any favors, and you’re entitled to the chance to press pause and pull yourself together.


2. Don’t Assign Blame

In pretty much any negative situation, it’s human nature to start pointing fingers and assigning blame—either to yourself or other people.


Maybe you’re beating yourself up into thinking that if you would’ve just answered that one interview question better, you would’ve been able to land the job. Or, maybe you’re placing blame on the company—who you’re now convinced was always planning on hiring internally.


However, playing the blame game won’t accomplish much in the end. So, resist the urge to assign fault to someone and instead move onto the next step.


3. Reflect and Analyze

You don’t want to point fingers. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a chance to reflect on the situation and determine what you could’ve done better.


Should you have been better prepared for that job interview? Should you have put in more work to prove that you’re ready for that promotion? Could you have done more research or communicated your goals better?


Regardless of your specific situation, make sure you give yourself adequate time to replay the circumstances and pinpoint some areas where you could improve.


Remember, this isn’t about replaying the blooper reel, highlighting your faults, and blaming yourself for your own misfortune—that’s not the point. Instead, your goal is to get a grasp on the things you could’ve done better so that you can use that information to improve in the future.


4. Make Changes

It’s not enough to just reflect on what you could’ve done better. You need to go the extra mile and put some steps into place to ensure that you actually implement those actions in the future.


Should you have sat down and practiced for that interview? Do that next time. Should you have done more thorough research into the company’s mission? Don’t skip that for your next job interview.


In some cases, there’s really nothing you could’ve done better. For whatever reason, things just didn’t work out in your favor (it happens to the best of us). If you find yourself in that boat, I know how frustrating it can be to feel so helpless. But, in those moments, your best bet is to move directly onto the final step.


5. Move On

Rejection is painful, and it can be tempting to hold a grudge. You promise yourself that you’ll never apply for a job with that company again, you’ll never put yourself out there for a promotion again, and so on and so forth.


But, ultimately, the only person that really hurts is you. So, after you’ve taken some time to process and vent a little frustration, it’s time to take a deep breath, let bygones be bygones, and just let it go.


Is that the easiest thing to do? I won’t lie—no, not always. But, you’ll be much better off if you can simply learn from the experience and then leave it in the past. After all, that’s where it belongs. You’re onto bigger and better things!


All of us struggle to accept rejection—it can be a brutal slap in the face. However, it’s also inevitable. So, the next time you find yourself in that frustrating spot, remember these five key tips. Put them into action, and you’ll bounce back even better than before!

The energy is building, and you can feel it in the air. The second annual HERWorld Energy Forum will kick-off tomorrow, and with it the launch of, the newest and ONLY online jobs platform focused on creating a diverse energy workforce in the oil and gas industry.  Coinciding with International Women’s Day, thousands of professionals, executives, students and many others from all across the oil and gas industry will gather and participate in this momentous event.

HERWorld 2017

Though hosted at the Jones Graduate School of Business on the campus of Rice University, HERWorld 2017 will also by simulcast globally to over 15 locations across the world. Women and men will meet together to discuss this year’s theme, “The Next Era of Energy: Lean in, All in, and Join in.” 

The perfect opportunity to learn, network, and grow professionally, HERWorld 2017 is a time to celebrate the contributions of women in oil and gas, while at the same time blaze a path showing the benefits that come from a diverse workforce.  

Katie Mehnert, the CEO and Founder of Pink Petro said of HERWorld 2017, “[HERWorld] is an opportunity to bring the energy industry’s gender gap to a global stage, and our conference will elevate the conversation to the highest levels of the business world.”

Co-emceed by ABC-TV anchor Gina Gaston and Editor-in-Chief of the Houston Business Journal Giselle Greenwood, this year’s conference offers a spectacular variety of speakers and topics.

Here’s just a sample of the subjects to be discussed:

  • Leaning into the Energy Transition
  • All in: How First Work Cultures Are Failing Us
  • The Impact of Digital Technology and The Fourth Industrial Revolution on Energy
  • Navigating Your Career in a Downturn
  • Join in: Owning the Energy Conversation

Mark your calendar to participate and attend. Keynote speakers include s Jeffrey Hayzlett, chairman of the C-Suite Network; Josh Levs, UN gender advocate and former CNN correspondent; Vicky Bailey, chairman of the United States Energy Association; and Christina Sistrunk, CEO of Aera Energy, just to name a few. 

The future is bright for women in the energy industry, and Pink Petro is leading the way!

HERWorld 2017 - The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. For more details on how to attend please visit the HERWorld website here.

Never before has there been a job website specifically tailored to women in the energy industry. Once again, Pink Petro leads the way to encourage the promotion and inclusion of women and diversity in oil and gas by creating a tool to encourage corporate diversity at all levels and in all job types. is a means for women across the world to access jobs and advance their career, and also a platform for employers in the energy industry to find the phenomenal talent they’ve been looking to add to their team. By bringing women and energy companies together, is helping to close the gender gap in the oil and gas industry, and also facilitate the success of companies as they promote qualified women in the workforce. 

Come for the live debut of at the 2017 HERWorld Energy Forum on March 8th, 2017.


“Your network is your net worth.” It’s a catchy saying you’ve probably heard before. And, yes, the sentiment holds some water. You know that your professional network is a key part of how you advance in your career and elevate your reputation.


But, what do you do if you feel like you don’t have much of an existing network behind you? Sure, you have a few contacts you’ve met over the years, but you wouldn’t quite consider it a full-blown “network”—and now you’re eager to build up a web of people that you can rely on for everything from advice to job leads.


This is exactly what today’s “Dear Kat” question covers:


“Dear Kat, I see so much advice about the importance of growing a professional network—and I get it. But, here’s my problem: I have no idea how to actually go about building my network. Talking to strangers can be awkward, and I’m not sure how to start forming relationships with these people. Any tips to share?”


First, rest assured that pretty much everybody (yes, even the most polished and self-assured people among us!) feels awkward about networking. It can often be a somewhat forced and unnatural exchange, which is enough to make anybody feel uneasy.


However, that doesn’t mean you can skip it altogether. Building, growing, and maintaining your professional network is still crucial—awkward or not. So, here are some tips that can help you do just that.


1. Change Your View

So many people have a very formal view of networking. In their minds, it’s a quick conversation (filled with a few inevitable and uncomfortable pauses and some uneasy sips of your cheap wine) when you need to spit out your elevator pitch, sell your skills, fork over your business card, and then move on.


But, networking doesn’t need to fit into this “speed dating” sort of mold. When you think about it, all it really involves is a conversation—and you can strike those up anywhere (no name tags or lukewarm chicken skewers required).


Don’t be afraid to flip the script and change your perspective of networking. Whether you want to attend a formal event or simply strike up a chat with someone in line at the grocery store, it all counts. You don’t need to be so hard on yourself by convincing yourself that only very specific situations qualify as “networking”.


2. Join Industry Groups

Joining groups is a great way to meet people in your same field or industry. And, considering the fact that they’ve already gone ahead and joined that group, you can assume that they’re open to making new connections too.


Do a quick search to find out what groups and associations exist that you could be a good fit with (hey, you’ve already done it—you’re part of Pink Petro!).


Whether it’s a national or international group that only corresponds online or a local chapter that meets in person, it’s an easy and natural way to connect with people that you already share some common ground with.


3. Get Out There

Of course, industry groups and associations are great. But, that’s not the only way you can find people who have similar interests or aspirations.


If you want to stick to sitting behind your computer, consider checking out relevant Twitter chats or LinkedIn groups that you can join. If you’re eager to get out there and shake some hands? Join a book club or a recreational sports team. Really, anywhere you can interact and discuss a common passion or topic is great!


The important part is to put yourself out there. You won’t meet new people if you don’t.


4. Know Your Colleagues

Yes, the main purpose of networking is to meet new people. But, sometimes it’s far too easy to get so focused on making external connections that we completely forget to get to know the people in our own office.


Don’t overlook the importance of networking with your own co-workers—whether you work closely with them or not. You’re already starting with something big in common (you work for the same place!), and your colleagues can be incredible connections now as well as when you move on from that company.


So, don’t neglect your own co-workers. Forming solid connections with them is ultimately just as important.


5. Follow Up

Imagine that you just met someone at a networking event or a conference. You two had a great discussion and exchanged business cards. Now what?


This is where so many people’s networking skills fall short. Remember, networking is about relationships—not one-off conversations. That means you need to put in the work to keep that connection warm, rather than letting it fizzle as soon as you both rip off those sticky name tags.


Put that business card to good use! Send an email letting that person know how much you enjoyed talking with him or her and that you’re looking forward to staying connected. You can also send a LinkedIn request (with a personalized message, of course!) to stay in touch on that platform.


Whatever you do, don’t assume that the simple act of shaking hands is enough to build your network. It involves a little more than that.


6. Keep in Touch

In a similar vein, you can’t look at networking as building a stockpile of contacts—you don’t just add endless people to your network and then let them collect dust.


While it’s important to reach out soon after meeting, you also need to make every effort to keep in touch with that person. Send the occasional email with an article you think she’d find interesting. Or, send along some well wishes when you see on LinkedIn that he moved to a new job or landed a promotion.


They’re little things that won’t require much elbow grease on your part. But, they’ll go a long way in making sure that you have a valuable network of real connections—rather than tons of people that you interacted with briefly only once.


A solid network is key. But, that doesn’t mean that building one is effortless. Fortunately, it’s something you can definitely handle—as long as you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort! Apply these six tips, and you’re sure to grow your own web of professional contacts.

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After receiving thousands of views on the series of articles about working offshore, the Offshore Oil and Gas PEOPLE articles have now been compiled into a convenient book format.


Working on an offshore drilling rig is something most people will never get to experience in their lifetime. It is like no other workplace in the world and only those who have worked offshore can appreciate the diversity of people, cultures and roles that are represented in their remote “office”.


Offshore Oil and Gas PEOPLE is an overview of what it’s like to work on an oil rig, and the role everyone plays in getting the job done safely and on time. The saying “Time is Money” is the mantra that everyone works to offshore with wells costing up to one hundred million dollars to drill. With such big money at stake it’s easy to see why it is such a high-pressured environment to work in.


This handy guide can serve as a pre-deployment induction manual for all new starters in the industry so they know what to expect when they get to a rig for the first time. There are lots of rules and regulations when working offshore and knowing what to expect before you disembark from the chopper that very first time will help make your introduction to the industry that much easier.


For people wanting to get into the industry, this book explains the many roles that can be explored; from an entry-level no-experience-needed role to those that are highly specialized and found nowhere else in the world. This hi-tech and fast-paced industry has something to offer anyone looking for a challenging career beyond the 9 to 5 grind of city life.


This book is also an informative guide for family or friends of offshore workers who up until now have had no idea what their loved ones actually do when they are at work…and also for those who already work offshore and have no idea what the rest of the people on the rig actually do!


You can order it here on and download it directly to your Kindle reader.


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The book is also available in print format – either in economical black and white, or if you like color pictures then it’s also available for a limited time in a full color version on


There’s also a handy iBook version that you can download from the iBook store and read on your smart phone while you’re driving – or flying – to work!


Any comments or feedback are welcomed and if your company finds it useful as a pre-deployment induction manual for new starters then it’s possible to custom design it to suit your company’s needs. Please contact the author for further details.




Amanda Barlow is a wellsite geologist in the offshore oil and gas industry with a field-based geology career spanning over three decades. As well as being a recreational marathoner who has run over 40 marathons in 16 different countries she is also a published author of two books: “Call of the Jungle – How a Camping-Hating City-Slicker Mum Survived an Ultra Endurance Marathon through the Amazon Jungle” and also “An Inconvenient Life – My Unconventional Career as a Wellsite Geologist”. You can connect with her through the Pink Petro community, Linkedin or through her Facebook page

La. State Sen. Hewitt to Give Local Opening Address


sharon hewittBATON ROUGE, LA – For immediate release


On Wednesday, March 8, the LSU Center for Energy Studies will serve as a local co-host for the HERWorld Energy Forum 2017, an innovative learning event that will address key issues and new developments in the energy industry and serve as an inclusive platform to recognize the contributions of women to the energy sector.

Hosted by Pink Petro, a social media organization that connects women professionals in the energy industry, the event will be live-streamed from Rice University to several participating universities and organizations on International Women's Day 2017. The agenda includes panel discussions and presentations on workforce development, diversity, innovation, technology and policy.


Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt will provide the local opening address. Her topic will be “Women Working in a Man's World.” Hewitt, a Lake Charles native and long-time resident of Slidell, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from LSU. As an engineering executive, she managed major deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell.


Sen. Hewitt currently serves as vice-chair of the Senate Transportation, Highways & Public Works Committee and is a member of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the state budgeting process, as well as the Governor’s Advisory Commission for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control.


As a member of both the Select Committee on Women and Children and the Louisiana Policy and Research Commission, Sen. Hewitt advocates for policies that will improve the lives of women and children throughout the state.


Please note: Preregistration is recommended; registration at the door will require a smartphone and electronic form of payment.



All registrants receive a 12-month membership to Pink Petro.


Contact Marybeth Pinsonneault