Gratitude: Giving Thanks in One Hell of a Year

Blog Post created by katie.mehnert Champion on Nov 21, 2017

2017 has been one of the most challenging years of my life.  


This year and the few that have preceded it have tested many of us —  big time.

I suppose change — really, really big change — is like that. It rattles you, throws you off. If you survive it, you don’t get back on track — you get on a new, more successful track.

But you’ve got to survive it first.

It all comes down to our theme for the HERWorld Global Energy Forum this year: The New Energy Playbook — GRIT.

GRIT stands for growth, resilience, innovation and transition. I am in the thick of transition. It took resilience to get here and that resilience will see me through. I’ve got my eyes trained on growth and, best of all, innovation as we head into 2018.

There’s a reason that I’m coming through these challenges stronger than I was before, and that’s because of you. All of you. This community of energy leaders around the world is the most amazing community in the world. When I have doubted myself, you have reminded me of my power, passion and purpose. When I have struggled with how to be strong when I felt anything but, you reminded me that authenticity is paramount and vulnerability isn’t a bad thing.

In the United States this week, we are celebrating Thanksgiving, a time of year when we give thanks.  Thinking about what I’m grateful for this year made me realize: I’m grateful for this community and everything it represents.

We are creating a new future for the energy industry, and that mission is critical. I truly believe that inclusion is going to transform energy for the better, and we simply cannot get there alone. It takes all of us, working together, to get where we need to go. And the fact that you all believe as strongly as I do keeps me going, day after day. No matter how tough things get.

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey. I couldn’t do any of this without you, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support.


Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your families.


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