That's what you really want to know, right?. HERWorld Energy Forum is just a few short weeks away. You're getting registered. You're nominating your colleagues, friends and mentors for our first-ever GRIT awards. And you're getting excited. But the curiosity is taking hold: Who can you expect to see at HERWorld18?
We've already told you about our keynote speakers: Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL; Melody Meyer, a board member of NOV, BP and AbbVie and 37-year veteran of Chevron; Pratima Rangarajan, the CEO of OGCI Climate Investments; and Kate Sherwood, the senior director of grid modernization for 3M. They are amazing women, and we can't wait to hear them live.
Now we have even more speakers who are joining the jam-packed agenda for HERWorld. You can meet some of them below, and we will continue to update this post as more join in!
Galina Antova is the co-founder and chief business development officer at Claroty. Prior to co-founding the company, she was the Global Head of Industrial Security Services at Siemens overseeing the development of its portfolio of services that protect industrial customers against cyber attacks. While at Siemens, she was also responsible for leading the Cyber Security Practice and the Cyber Security Operations Center providing managed security services for industrial control systems operators. Previously, Galina was with IBM in Canada in various roles in the Provisioning and Cloud Solutions business. She holds a BS in Computer Science from York University in Toronto, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
John Baffes is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group. He is currently managing the Commodity Markets Outlook, a World Bank quarterly publication focusing on commodity market analysis and price forecasts. John has worked in several units within the World Bank, including Latin America, South Asia, East Africa, evaluation and research. He has published numerous chapters and articles in various academic journals in the areas of economic development, agricultural economics, resource economics, and applied econometrics. John is also teaching an executive MBA course on Applied Econometrics for Commodity Markets.
Carol is one of the Department of Energy's most senior executives and works closely with members of the Secretary of Energy and Under Secretaries Offices. With the Department of Energy, Carol led multibillion-dollar technical programs; ran the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy field operations office, which at its peak was responsible for approximately $7 billion of grants, research and construction; and was a key contributor on two multi-agency energy policy reviews. Prior to the Department of Energy, Carol worked for 25 years for BP, where she held roles in operations management, strategy development, financial management and policy development.
Aimee leads the engineering, geoscience, and land teams at Aera Energy focused on leveraging and integrating technology across all field assets. Prior to this position, Aimee served as vice president of engineering for the Belridge Asset, the fifth largest oilfield in the nation. She was responsible for reservoir development and recovery optimization and led Aera’s Development Design and Implementation Teams and Centers of Process Excellence. Aimee joined Aera in 2000 as a Reservoir Engineer for the Midway Sunset Field. She later led Aera’s Belridge and West Coast reservoir teams as manager of technology.
Andrew is CEO of Data Gumbo. For busy executives tasked with making / saving the company 100s of millions of dollars Data Gumbo adds your company to an Industrial Blockchain which results in the company being more profitable and you being recognized as an industry leader. Prior to Data Gumbo Mr Bruce was COO for MHWirth responsible for global operations. Bruce was founder of the NOVOS project at NOV. Mr Bruce holds a patent jointly on Rig Automation. Andrew earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of IADC and SPE.
Luke's corporate career spans 25 years in management of industrial businesses, which began at Enron Energy Services, prior to his joining GE Power Systems in 1998. In 2001, Luke transferred to GE Transportation as the general manager of business development. In 2003, he was named president of GE Transportation-China, based in Beijing. In 2006, Luke became the general manager of GE Energy’s control solutions business, where he executed a successful turnaround strategy focused on profitable growth. In 2009, Luke joined GE’s electrical transmission and distribution business as the Smart Grid general manager, where he became a consummate customer advocate and change agent for the industry.
Angie Gildea — Principal, Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Practice, KPMG
Angie is a Principal in KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Advisory practice and serves as a Global Lead Client Partner for a Fortune 20 client and the Americas lead for KPMG’s Global Energy leadership team. Angie has 20 years of diverse management consulting experience and specializes in transformation programs related to disruptive and emerging technologies facing multinational clients in the Energy sector. She has extensive experience working with field operations and petrotechnical functions, and has been a frequent guest speaker on the topics related to digital oilfield, corporate strategy, talent management, and emerging technologies. Angie holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. A mother of two young children, she resides in Houston, TX with her family.
Lisa Hamil, CPL, has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in both land and land administration. Having worked in the DJ Basin for more than 14 years, she has witnessed the rapid change in technology and the impact those changes have had on landowners and the surrounding communities. Lisa is the founder and partner in Energy360.us, a nonprofit deigned to educate consumers about all forms of energy using an unbiased and well-researched approach. She currently teaches the “Life Cycle of Oil and Natural Gas” Certificate Program through the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Colette recently served as commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served since October 2007, and led as chairman from 2011 to 2015. As chairman, Colette oversaw an agency with jurisdiction over 450 utilities and approximate annual revenues of $5 billion.
Holly leads marketing and communications for Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, a Daimler company providing solutions to support the transition to e-mobility. Previously with Green Charge, she was responsible for marketing energy storage systems for demand charge management to commercial and industrial customers. With a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University, Holly is passionate about empowering others to create a sustainable energy future.
Danielle leads a team of 12 other professionals with responsibility for providing critical guidance on the legal, risk and compliance aspects of the business, balancing the dual imperatives of company performance and corporate integrity. Danielle also helps lead C&J’s internal and external communication activities and steer the organization’s employee engagement and development initiatives. Prior to joining C&J, Danielle practiced corporate / transactional law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., representing public and private companies and investment banking firms, primarily in the oil and gas industry.
Claire Johnson — president, CBJ Energy
Claire is a senior operations executive with a proven track record in creating and managing successful businesses and products and driving operations in the clean energy space including founding SunEdison in 2003. She is currently President of CBJ Energy, a financing, operations, and business development energy solutions firm. At Department of Energy, she guided the deployment of $11 billion in economic stimulus funds for clean energy while championing policies to expand the impact of public investment through public-private partnerships.
Deanna joined Marathon Oil in January 2014. She most recently served as vice president of human resources and chief commercial officer for Newfield Exploration Co. Prior to that, from 2008 until 2010, she served as Human Resource director, Reservoir Production Group of Schlumberger. Between 2006 and 2008, Deanna held the position of vice president, North America for Schlumberger Information Solutions and was responsible for leading software, information and the company’s related infrastructure organization in the U.S. From 2003 to 2006, she served as vice president of Personnel for Schlumberger Information Solutions, and was responsible for leading all human resource-related activities for Schlumberger's world-wide workforce.
Jeannette has been in the oil and gas industry for 28 years. Her career has included engineering, compliance & integrity, acquisitions & mergers, planning, and management to senior leadership roles. Her current role is Engineering Manager for Noble Midstream where she is responsible for large capital project work. She’s been a strong advocate for the industry to ensure pipelines and communities coexist safely and recently participated in the COGCC flowline rule-making efforts. Jeannette has BS degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining from Colorado School of Mines. She has been a nominee in Denver’s Top Women in Business, Top Women in Energy, and Who’s Who in Energy.
Ana Kopf — Manager, Supplier Diversity & Diversity Outreach, Shell
Ana joined Shell Exploration & Production as a Human Resources Analyst in 1993. In 1999, Ana transferred to Equiva Services LLC, where she helped develop HR policies and programs. Ana moved to Southern California as the HR Manager of the Shell Los Angeles Refinery in 2003. In January 2006, Ana moved to The Netherlands to become the HR Manager, Standards & Delivery, and later the Vice President HR Standards & Compliance. Ana returned to Houston in August 2011 as the Regional Recruitment Manager for the Americas. Most recently, Ana served as the HR Project Manager for the Shell-Motiva Separation. She led HR work streams in the successful Integration of 1800 employees to Shell and Separation of 2200 employees to Motiva and was the HR Integration Lead on the Business/Function Project team.
In Colleen's role with HDR, she directs the engineering activities and technical staff for industrial client projects, including managing the QA/QC and risk assessment processes. Prior to joining HDR in 2012, Colleen spent nearly 20 years working for various engineering, procurement, and construction firms involved in the engineering design, construction, commissioning, and operation of power generating facilities around the world. Colleen served on the Society of Women Engineers Board of Directors for four years, including a term as Society President and is currently is a member of the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) Executive Board.
An engineer with 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, Dawn graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada as an Airforce Officer and began her engineering career in Alberta, Canada. Before her U.S. assignment, she worked overseas in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and West Africa. Dawn joined Noble Energy in 2011 as an Operations Engineer for the DJ Basin. In 2013, she joined Bonanza Creek as a Production Engineer and is currently the Director of Subsurface and Development.
Dena serves is responsible for all operations and maintenance team management and regulatory efforts at Sterling Energy. She heads the Safety Committee and leads all engineering and construction efforts working with business development to meet customer needs. Prior to joining Sterling Energy, Dena served as the Director of Natural Gas Economy Operations at Encana Natural Gas Inc., where she was responsible for marketing, business development, engineering, sales, contract management and operations in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2016 she was named one of Denver Business Journal’s Top Women in Energy.
Shelley is responsible for finding and investing in integrated renewable energy plays across North America, the Caribbean and the Southern Cone in Latin America. Prior to this role, Shelley helped grow the renewable energy business for Shell’s energy trading and marketing arm, Shell Energy North America. Shelley has spent almost two decades in the energy industry and has held a variety of roles in strategy, finance, marketing and business development. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Global Energy Management.
At INTECSEA, Brian is responsible for all consultancy, engineering and execution support services associated with floating hulls, subsea and pipeline systems. He has over 25 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management of subsea, pipelines and field developments within the oil and gas industry. Brian also has extensive experience in leading engineering and project execution programs for various offshore project developments and environments including Deepwater, Arctic, environmentally sensitive, remote and technically challenging arenas.
As the manager of external mobilization for the American Petroleum Institute, Tyra leads the Energy Nation program, which is an education and mobilization program for employees of the oil and natural gas industry; workforce of the future, STEM, and education initiatives, as well as outreach to non-traditional allies. Tyra has worked in oil and gas, higher education, nonprofits, and for a range of clients as an independent consultant for more than 12 years. Prior to working as a consultant, Tyra was the director of communications at the Texas A&M University System and director of university relations at Prairie View A&M University, where she managed communications, media relations, web content, marketing and brand activities.
Marie is the CIO of Colonial Pipeline, which consists of more than 5500 miles of underground pipe and above-ground storage tanks and pump stations that transport refined petroleum products across 13 states. Prior to joining Colonial Pipeline, Marie was the VP & CIO of Southern Company Operations and Southern Nuclear. At Southern Company, Marie established a dedicated team focused on cyber security to protect and mitigate security risk for Southern Companies’ generation and transmission assets. Leveraging her expertise in cyber security, Marie is creating a Security & Information Governance Team at Colonial Pipeline. She is recognized in the energy industry for her technology leadership, cyber security expertise, and overall business executive experience.
Laura Noble — managing partner, The Noble Law Firm
Laura is managing partner of The Noble Law Firm, a firm that has represented thousands of employment law and sexual harassment cases. Laura created The Noble Law Firm in 2009, with the goal of providing exceptional employment law representation to individuals and companies. She is a former New York City prosecutor and workplace incident investigator with over 20 years of diverse legal experience including civil litigation, negotiation, counseling and consulting. And she is an advocate for updating federal and state laws regarding sexual harassment to be defined for modern times.
In Meghan's role at Sunnova Energy Corporation, a leading U.S. residential solar provider, she works closely with company and industry leaders, nonprofits, state and federal policymakers, and regulators to craft and implement policies that provide a more stable, sustainable business environment for solar electricity generation. Prior to working at Sunnova, she served as the Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity for nearly five years. Before that, Nutting worked as a legislative director for New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, and as a press secretary for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.
Marvin was appointed to his role by Mayor Sylvester Turner in September 2017 after the historic damage Houston suffered as a result of Hurricane Harvey. In announcing his appointment, Mayor Turner asked Odum to make bold recommendations and “get us out of our comfort zone.” Odum is retired chairman and president of Shell Oil Company and executive committee member of Royal Dutch Shell. Odum directed a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind and biofuels. He was also CEO of InterGen, a global power development and generation company earlier in his career.
In her role, Cindy is responsible for the strategic direction of the Human Resources function for Orica, a global company explosives company based in Melbourne, Australia. Formerly Halliburton’s Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, she was responsible for providing strategic direction for the Corporate Internal Communications, Community Relations teams, and for leading company-wide efforts to increase diverse hiring and promote inclusion throughout the company. She also managed the President’s Leadership Excellence Program (PLEP) and Business Leadership Development programs for Halliburton’s high potential talent and served as Vice President of the Halliburton Foundation.
John Reed, managing principal, Quinn Reed Associates
John has been a Managing Principal since 2005 at Quinn Reed Associates. He is designated as a Master Executive Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, a Master Corporate Executive Coach by the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches and a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. He has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, an AB from Dartmouth College and, as an organizational psychologist, a PhD from the University of Georgia. A U.S. Navy veteran, he previously worked in the strategy practice of Accenture and the public-sector practice of CGI.
Tauseef has over 20 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams in upstream sector of oilfield. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas. She is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). She has served on the Advisory Board of Rice University for Professional Science Masters and Energy Advisory Board University of Houston. She has served for over five years in leadership roles in two nonprofit organizations, dedicated to education of children and professional mentoring and development.
Allison is the CEO/Co-founder of Rebellion Photonics, which has the world’s only Gas Cloud Imaging cameras that see and quantify gas leaks before they cause explosions or unnecessary emissions on oil rigs, refineries, pipelines, and chemical plants. Sawyer has a BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado – Boulder, a Masters in Nanotechnology from the University of Leeds, and a MBA in Finance from Rice University. She was named to the Forbes and Inc. Magazine ’30 under 30’. Sawyer and Dr. Robert Kester founded Rebellion Photonics in 2010. Rebellion won a R&D100 in 2012 and was named ‘Start-up of the Year’ in 2013. The company has raised $10.4M in private equity funding and over $5.5M in government grants.
Kate is the senior director of grid modernization at 3M, where she leads the team enabling customers in the energy market to improve their operations, through the implementation of data-enhanced products and solutions. Ms. Sherwood previously spent over a decade in the solar and energy storage industries, where she held leadership roles and built new businesses with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, SolarCity, Recurrent Energy, and SunPower. Prior to solar, she spent over a decade in finance, marketing, and strategy consulting with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture. Ms. Sherwood holds a MBA from The Wharton School and a BS cum laude from George Mason University.
Anna has worked in the field of Supply Chain Management for over 18 years. She specializes in developing complex sourcing strategies for a myriad of commodities and services. She has worked in the power generation, airline and oil and gas industries. She has previously worked at Marathon Oil, Apache, Linn Energy, Bonanza Creek and is currently the Construction Category Manager at Xcel Energy. Anna is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to Denver from Houston in 2011. Anna holds a Bachelor of Administration in International Business from the University of Regina in Canada. Anna currently serves as the Secretary on the Executive Board of Directors at the Women in Oil and Gas Association of Colorado. She is passionate about advancing the interests of women in the workplace and she is thrilled to be involved in HERWorld18!
Emma leads the Upstream Practice in the KPMG UK firm, with over 20 years of international experience within the oil and gas sector, as well as financial services. Prior to KPMG, she gained industry experience through various senior technical and commercial roles at Santos, RISC ltd, and Bank of Scotland. Emma graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honors degree in Chemical Engineering and has lived and worked in the U.K, Australia, and the U.S.A. She is passionate about gender diversity and draws upon her personal experiences to support the development of future female leaders in the sector.