Sadly, however, major power players from the oil and gas industry seldom make the cut. I get it. The words OIL and GAS aren't cool. And while I've said it before, I'll say it again: women are game changers in energy -- we will and are solving climate issues, energy poverty and all the things that come with the challenges of our sector.
But it was particularly thrilling this month to see the National Diversity Council release its list of the top 50 most powerful women in oil and gas. I’m proud to say that nine of them are members of the Pink Petro community.
Laurie H. Argo is the senior vice president at Enterprise Products. She’s spent 18 years in the energy industry and previously served as president and chief executive officer of OTLP GP, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enterprise.
Shelbie DeZell is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hilcorp. She’s been with the company for 14 years and held management positions with responsibility over finance, financial reporting, tax, risk, investor relations and planning.
Zhanna Golodryga is the senior vice president of services, and chief information officer at Hess Corporation. She spearheaded a large-scale migration to the cloud at Hess. Before that, she served as vice president and CIO at BHP Billiton Petroleum.
Myrtle Jones is the senior vice president of tax at Halliburton. She has more than 30 years of experience in international and domestic tax compliance and strategic tax planning. In 2016, the National Women’s Council honored her as Houston Woman of the Year. Halliburton is a global corporate founder of Pink Petro.
Castlen Kennedy is the vice president of public affairs at Apache Corporation. According to her corporate profile, she’s just 38 years old and previously served as served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Elizabeth Killinger is the executive vice president of NRG Retail at NRG. She’s been with the company for 15 years and is spearheading the company’s “Era of Personal Power,” helping introduce new products that “push the energy industry into the future.”
Christina S. Sistrunk is the president and CEO at Aera Energy. She’s worked in Houston, New Orleans, the Netherlands and the Arctic and, during an assignment with Shell, worked on improving the company’s approach to drilling in Alaska. Christina is also spoke at HERWorld this year on how she thinks we'll end the gender gap. Aera Energy is a corporate global member of Pink Petro.
Melanie Trent is the executive vice president, general counsel, chief administrative officer and company secretary at Rowan Companies plc. She’s got a degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has been with Rowan since 2005.
Marguerite Woung-Chapman is the senior vice president of land administration/computer assisted drawing services (CAD), general counsel and corporate secretary at EP Energy Corp. She’s also a member of the company’s executive committee, which guides EP Energy’s strategic direction and management.
The National Diversity Council used a variety of criteria to solidify what the organization calls “a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the oil and gas industry”: These women contribute directly to the business growth or strategic direction of the organization. They have a track record of accomplishments, and — closest to my heart — they are role models and active mentors for the next generation of women in the industry.
There had to be a reason they were drawn to the work we’re doing at Pink Petro.
I love to see women in the energy industry get the recognition they deserve. Every award and accolade is a step forward, not just for the individual executives on the list but for all of us in oil and gas. Congrats to each and every one of the 50 women on this list. It’s an honor well-deserved — and long overdue.