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Jeannette Jones cartoonHERWorld18 speaker Jeannette Jones has been in the oil and gas industry for 28 years. Her career has spanned from engineering, compliance to integrity, to 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. She’s also a huge advocate for keeping more women in the industry — because the more women stay, the more they will move up the ladder in energy.

 

Read our interview with Jeannette below. And don’t forget to register for HERWorld18 — tickets are selling FAST!

 

Q: Tell me about your first job in energy. How did you get interested in this sector?

 

I love to find ways to improve things.  It is why I became an engineer — to fix or solve the problems.  These engineering problems inevitably present themselves as drilling and completion plans adjust to market conditions. Over the past thirty years, I have tried to do it better, more efficiently. 

 

Q: Our theme for HERWorld — and really for 2018 as a whole — is about GRIT: growth, resilience, innovation and transition. What does GRIT mean for you?

 

When I hear grit, I don’t think of clenching my teeth and getting through it.  Rather, grit to me means having character to get to the finish. Our character is who we really are, even when no one is watching. Our character determines how we respond to the situations and circumstances of life.  Success or failure depends on how we respond to those events or circumstances.

 

Q: What excites you about energy now? And what are the biggest challenges the industry is facing, in your view?

 

The industry’s strong focus on energizing the world, protecting the environment, and keeping the public safe makes me proud to be a part of it. 

 

Q: What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

 

It is not necessary to have all of the qualifications needed for the promotion.  Accept that I don’t have to be perfect before I advance. Develop confidence, optimism, hope and resilience in myself first, and it will flow to those around me next.

 

Q: What’s been the biggest personal challenge you’ve faced in your career?

 

I had to influence without authority.  I had a huge project to deliver and I needed to gain support and help from key people over whom I had no direct authority.  This took my leadership and communication to a new level.  It was very rewarding and has assisted me in other roles where winning support and agreement, making compromises and finding common ground were needed.

 

Q: What are your thoughts on the state of women in energy now, in 2018? What excites you about our progress, and what continues to hold women back?

 

This is an exciting time in energy.  We are seeing more and more diverse and inclusive companies where women are being recognized and advanced.  But, we need to get women to stay in this industry. If we get women to stay, more women will get into those higher positions. 

 

 

Q: Tell us something about who you are outside your career. Any driving passions that define you?

 

I love to travel to see new places and meet new people.  I love to photograph as well.  Since I may only see a country once and meet people once in my lifetime, I take thousands of photos. That way I can look at a picture and recapture in my mind the memory that the photo captures.  

1. Libya stops oil production and exports from key ports.

 

Libya’s oil exports from the Mellitah terminal will be disrupted after protests disrupted production last week at the key El-Feel deposit.  According to Bloomberg, crude loadings at Mellitah, the export terminal for El-Feel, will be significantly reduced after force majeure was declared on deliveries from the deposit on Feb. 23. Because of protests over pay and other benefits.  Force majeure is a legal clause protecting a party from liability if it can’t fulfill a contract for reasons beyond its control.

 

2. Shell issues warning of liquefied natural gas shortage in the near future.

 

In its second annual LNG outlook, Royal Dutch Shell warned the world could be grappling with a shortage of liquefied natural gas within a decade due to underinvestment in new projects.  In their outlook, Shell reported the market for LNG grew by 29 million tons last year, 30% more than previously expected. 

 

The need for natural gas is expanding as the world looks to use it as a bridge energy until renewable energy options are more affordable and abundant.  LNG will play a major role as many nations seek to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and Shell has put everyone on notice that unless supply increases, the demand may overwhelm current producers. 

 

But aside from the warning, Shell's report is great news for an industry that hopes to see a huge amount of LNG capacity come online in the next few years, including from the United States, where five LNG export terminals are expected to start up by the end of 2019.

 

3. IEA says U.S. will overtake Russia as top oil producer by 2019.

 

Early this week the International Energy Agency (IEA) said the United States will overtake Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer by 2019 at the latest, as the country’s shale oil boom continues to upend global markets.

 

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said at an event in Tokyo the United States would overtake Russia as the biggest crude oil producer “definitely next year”, if not this year.

 

“U.S. shale growth is very strong, the pace is very strong ... The United States will become the No.1 oil producer sometime very soon,” reported Reuters.

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Geopolitical uncertainty is on the rise. Volatile oil and gas prices, shifting alliances in the Middle East, shocks to the European Union (EU) such as Brexit, the expansion of China, the Trump administration in the US, and the rise of nationalism and opposition to free trade — all these developments and more are increasing stress levels across the business world. Traditionally, the chemical industry has been more reactive than proactive about dealing with geopolitical disruptions. However, chemical companies would do well to consider appointing a Chief Geopolitical Officer (CGO) to help them address uncertainties in an increasingly turbulent world.

 

Join Rohitesh Dhawan, Director, Geopolitics Center of Excellence, KPMG in the UK, and Andrew D. Bishop, Deputy Director of Research, Eurasia Group, who will be discussing these issues on this webcast.

 

To read Rohitesh’s article, please click here.

 

Read Rohitesh Dhawan's WEFLIVE Story: When Geopolitics ‘Gets Real’ for Global Business here.

 

This webcast is a must for C-suite executives and directors who operate within the chemicals sector.

Tyra Metoyer cartoonTyra Metoyer, a Louisiana native, grew up in the oil patches of Texas and Louisiana. While she credits opportunity, not destiny, with securing her first oil and gas industry job at Texaco, maybe it was both.   

 

Tyra earned an internship with the energy giant through a program called INROADS, which focused on placing minorities in business and industry to prepare them for community and corporate leadership.

 

Tyra, one of our speakers at HERWorld Energy Forum on March 8 (Get your tickets here!), was the first non-business or engineering major to land an internship in INROADS/Houston. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Tyra went to work there full time.

 

Her entrance into the Texaco workforce was in the company’s White Plains, N.Y., headquarters where she worked in corporate communications as part of the team tasked with responding to the many letters that were sent to Texaco’s then CEO about allegations from a discrimination lawsuit.

 

In addition to appreciating the exposure to the intricacies of strategic communications and opportunities to work with senior-level executives so early in her career, she credits the nearly five years she spent at Texaco with providing the foundation for her professionalism and passion for the oil and gas industry.

 

“In my first real job, I was mentored by women and men who were committed to my personal and professional growth,” she recalls.  “I still draw on many of those lessons and relationships more than 20 years later.”   

 

Moving back to Texas

 

During a major Texaco reorganization in the late 1990s, Tyra took a position in the Houston public and government affairs department.  She eventually left Texaco and worked in a variety of positions outside of the industry.

 

Then, one of her Texaco mentors introduced her to the American Petroleum Institute, one of our HERWorld18 sponsors. She subcontracted at first, which led to her own contract with API and eventually a full-time position.

Tyra now serves as the Manager of External Mobilization for API and leads four national programs:

 

  • Energy Nation, an industry employee education and advocacy program
  • STEM and Education outreach and programming
  • Workforce of the Future Initiatives
  • Outreach to Non-Traditional Allies, which include women, minorities and a range of communities that haven’t traditionally been connected to the industry

 

Part of Tyra’s role is to introduce people to the energy industry and share the benefits and opportunities that are available in natural gas and oil. She has noticed that many people either have no idea about the different opportunities or they have a negative bias toward the industry that is usually based entirely on myths.

 

“The better job we do to connect more people and be a lot more inclusive, then the better it makes us as an industry and a nation,” Tyra says.

 

Tyra is a long-time champion of GRIT — growth, resilience, innovation and transition — our theme of HERWorld18.

 

“Anybody who accomplishes anything has to overcome obstacles and challenges, and that takes GRIT,” she says. “GRIT allows you to take a position, stand up for yourself and your values, and not be afraid to be the only one. GRIT is about earning your seat at the table and sitting in the chair to do the work that is required. I am clear that my success in this industry is almost entirely about grit and grace. Most of us need a lot of both.

 

An obligation to embrace “different”

 

Tyra believes that one of our challenges in the energy industry right now with diversity and inclusion is to make spaces that welcome new and different ideas — no matter who presents those ideas.  In order to not only attract and retain that workforce, we must challenge our ways of thinking, knowing and doing – and we must value and embrace difference. She admits that’s a tall order, but it’s not just an oil and gas industry challenge.   

 

“The fourth industrial revolution, which in many ways is already here, will continue to introduce disruptions in the form of constantly evolving technologies and will offer tremendous opportunities to embrace change.  These will be major disruptions to ‘business as usual,’ and we need to capitalize on that,” Tyra says.

 

When it comes to women in energy, Tyra is happy to see so many remarkable women “at the table,” but she feels strongly that we can’t make it an “us vs. them” situation. It can’t be men vs. women or whites vs. minorities, etc. Everybody has a role to play. 

 

“It’s not just one group’s problem,” she says.

 

Sometimes women shy away from helping other women in the industry because they don’t want to be viewed a certain way.  This happens with other groups too, but all of us need to be intentional about the roles we can play as champions, sponsors, and as the people with seats at the table who can welcome others in.

 

“How do we make energy a destination where all people want to come and work?” Tyra says. “My champions and mentors have been doing that for me for nearly 30 years.  I have found spaces to be my authentic self and thrive in an industry that is ripe for people with GRIT — all of which keeps me keenly aware of my responsibility to pay it forward.”

Allison Lami Sawyer cartoonAllison Lami Sawyer, co-founder and former CEO of Rebellion Photonics in Houston, started early. 

 

Named to both Forbes and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists in 2014 and 2012, Allison helped to manufacture and commercialize hyperspectral video technology and advanced detection algorithms for the real-time monitoring of gas leaks on oil rigs, refineries and pipelines.

 

“Our cameras see and quantify gas leaks before they explode,” Allison says.

 

Now, at the ripe age of 33, she is excited to try new ways to make a difference.

 

“I am running for office in the Texas House of Representatives,” Allison says.

 

Raised by a single mother in Alabama, Allison has been living in Houston for more than a decade after obtaining her bachelor of science in engineering physics from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her master of science in nanotechnology from the University of Leeds in the U.K.

 

Allison traveled to Houston with the intention of starting a company in nanoscale physics while earning her master of business administration in finance and entrepreneurship at Rice University.

 

That is when she met Dr. Robert Kester.

 

“We were both graduate students at Rice,” Allison says. “He had invented a camera using biofluorescence imaging to study chemical reactions inside the body. While that was handy for research, there was only a market for maybe 50 cameras or so a year. So I said there is a bigger market for this: Oil and gas companies could use this technology to help stop explosions from happening.”

 

Allison recognized that oil and gas companies had been using antiquated technology to detect and address gas leaks.

“But old timers who worked in the field knew there were leaks because they could smell them and see the fireballs,” she says. “Corporations went on stating that because there were no alarms, there were no leaks.”

 

Allison and Robert created Rebellion Photonics in 2009 to, as Allison puts it, “turn the lights on and see all the little monsters.”

 

“We essentially show companies what they don’t want to see,” she explains. “When we go into a facility with our cameras, it is not surprising to get 1,000 high alarms within a week.”

 

Still, some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world — most notably in North America and Asia — hire Rebellion Photonics, now a more than $5 million company with nearly 40 employees, to bring leak rates down nearly 90 percent within one quarter.

 

Rebellion Photonics, #671 on the 2017 Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing companies, was also able to raise $10.4 million in private equity funding and more than $5.5. million in government grants in an industry where just 1.5 percent of funding goes to companies with female CEOs.

 

However, in November of last year, Allison passed the reins to Kester to serve as CEO so she could work full-time on her political campaign.

 

After having volunteered with Child Advocates, fighting for foster kids in the Houston system, Allison says it was just too shameful to see kids in Houston living in third-world conditions. 

 

“We also are the only top 10 economy in the bottom half for school funding,” she adds.

 

Allison says she would like to help modernize textbooks and curricula, especially in science and mathematics.

“I got to where I am purely based on education,” she says. “We, in Texas, expect people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But without an education, you don’t have bootstraps to begin with.”

 

If she wins the Democratic primary in March, she will be running against Sarah Davis, the Republican incumbent for District 134, in November’s general election.

 

“If you think about it, running for office is somewhat similar to being a CEO,” Allison says.

 

“A CEO’s job is to go and get the message out, especially for a startup, when you are essentially saying the status quo does not work and it is time to take a chance on something new,” she adds. “It’s no different running as a Democrat in Texas.”

 

The mother of a 3-month old son with her husband of 13 years still also makes the time to serve on the board of Rebellion Photonics.

 

“I find women especially have very small dreams, dreams that they could most definitely accomplish,” Allison says. “That means they are not dreaming big enough. Why not go and try something that you will probably fail at?”

 

“In Alabama, we were raised to be perfect little girls who were never sent to the corner. But it’s just not possible to be perfect and unsullied and do anything big,” she continues. “I think women will surprise themselves if we can just teach our girls to be courageous enough to dream big.” 

Emma Wild cartoon

Emma Wild is head of the Upstream Advisory Practice at KPMG in the UK, and she embraces uncertainty. That’s what first drew her to the oil and gas industry. It’s what sustained her after a move to Houston early in her career. And she believes our collective response to uncertainty will determine the future of O&G.

 

Emma will speak at HERWorld Energy Forum in Houston on March 8 (Get your tickets here!). Until then, read our interview below to learn a little bit more about this woman making some serious waves in energy.

 

Q: Tell us about your first job in energy. How did you get interested in this sector?
I began my career as a graduate reservoir engineer at Santos in Australia.  I had a degree in Chemical Engineering but was more attracted to subsurface O&G because of the need to deal in uncertainty. You can’t see, touch or measure the reservoir; you can only estimate how big it could be.

 

Q: Tell me about your role now? How has your career brought you to this position?  

I lead upstream O&G for KPMG in the UK. Working in an accounting firm is a strange place for an engineer to end up! I built a range of technical and then commercial experience in various locations around the world to get here.

 

Q: Our theme for HERWorld — and really for 2018 as a whole — is about GRIT: growth, resilience, innovation and transition. What does GRIT mean for you?

GRIT is about building the energy company of the future. I think all four themes are important and, in many ways, interrelated. But I would say that innovation and transition are absolutely key to be successful in our rapidly changing world.

 

Q: What excites you about energy now? And what are the biggest challenges the industry is facing, in your view?

That every norm is being challenged, and the impact of energy transition on the oil and gas industry. Attracting and retaining talent when we are competing with more “trendy” places to work such as tech startups. The O&G industry needs an image makeover!

 

Q: What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

 Lead and develop your team so that ultimately they don’t need you anymore.

 

Q: What’s been the biggest personal challenge you’ve faced in your career?

Moving to Houston as a young engineer expat not knowing a single person. I was quite naïve and gravely underestimated how difficult it would be.  But I made a success out of it and now describe my time there as one of the best experiences of my life!

 

Q: What are your thoughts on the state of women in energy in 2018? What excites you about our progress, and what continues to hold women back?

I am pleased that gender diversity is now a top priority for the CEO in many organizations, but so much more needs to be done to eradicate unconscious bias in middle management.

 

Q: Tell us something about who you are outside your career. Any driving passions that define you?

 I love to cook and am happiest when entertaining friends over good food and wine. And I love to travel. My husband and I are heading to the Philippines at end of March.

1. U.S. looking into the largest ever oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history will take place a little over a month from now for waters in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to an announcement from the Trump Administration, the official date is on March 21st.  It is part of President Donald Trump’s America First Offshore Energy Strategy, which promises to expand fossil fuel activity to lower imports and create jobs.

 

The draft program, which is set to replace President Barack Obama’s leasing plan through 2022 (which restricted drilling in the Arctic and other federal waters), realizes the White House’s promise to encourage the American fossil fuel sector, even as the international community is looking to move more toward renewable and alternative energies in the fight against climate change.

 

2. Saudi Arabia reveals it's in talks with 10 other nations on its nuclear energy ambitions, asks for fairness from the U.S.

 

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister requested the U.S. to give his country the same rights as other nuclear nations as it pushes to process its own nuclear fuel, saying that it's currently in talks with 10 other countries should America refuse.

 

Saudi Arabia plans to construct 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 to 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. It has invited U.S. firms to take part in the program but acceptance from Washington requires a country to sign a peaceful nuclear cooperation pact. Known as a 123 agreement, it separates civil and military nuclear facilities and aims to block the steps from nuclear fuel production to potential bomb-making applications. Countries like India have already signed up to such agreements with the U.S.

 

3 India is on the rise for oil demand.

 

Traditionally, everyone has been fixated on China and the pace of its oil demand and imports growth, but lately, India has grabbed the global spotlight after its oil imports rose to record highs amid strong economic growth and fuel demand. Projections of India’s long-term energy and oil consumption are also optimistic, and India is already a major oil demand growth driver.

 

Recently in India, high refinery runs and expanding refining capacity pushed crude oil imports to a record 4.93 million bpd in January 2018, up by double digits compared to both December 2017 and January 2017, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research & Forecasts.

Holly Hanbury-Brown cartoonHolly Hanbury-Brown’s desire to protect the environment has been a driving force in her life since she was young. Her parents, originally from Australia, are very conscious about their impact on the environment and passed that on to her. She recalls reading the works of Laurie David, an environmental activist, as early as age 14.

 

Holly moved to California to attend Santa Clara University, where she earned a degree in communications. After college and some time spent producing empowering media for girls, her first role in the energy industry was with Green Charge Networks. When she joined Green Charge in 2014, she was one of only 10 employees working for this small startup.  Green Charge has since grown to over 50 employees and is now an industry leader in commercial energy storage.

 

Making the move to Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, a Daimler company

 

In 2016, Holly began her current position at Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, where she leads marketing and communications. Mercedes-Benz Energy focuses on providing sustainable energy storage systems and solutions for homes, companies and utilities. These storage systems accumulate solar power during the day and store it for use overnight and for backup power. Mercedes-Benz is one of the first large and recognizable brands to enter this segment of the energy market, and Holly is excited to be a part of it.

 

Energy storage is a fast-paced industry that certainly requires GRIT — growth, resilience, innovation, and transition — which is our theme for the third annual HERWorld Energy Forum on March 8. Holly will be one of our speakers at the event. (Get your tickets here!)

 

 “This industry is not for the faint of heart. In this arena, a passion for clean energy is what drives you and gives you the GRIT to forge through,” Holly says.  

 

Energy storage is growing exponentially as new and innovative solutions surface. Holly believes you must be resilient to keep up.  She feels that the ability to form partnerships among multiple organizations to transition to clean energy is critical.

 

Excited about the future

 

Yes, it takes GRIT to make it in the energy storage industry, but Holly is very excited about what the future holds as she and others continue to make strides toward more clean energy. She sees people all around her who are full of passion and drive to keep the environment at the forefront of the energy industry. She loves the pace of change: Even though it is fast, it is creative and innovative.

 

And despite the challenges with legislation, Holly is hopeful that more states will provide incentives like California’s SGIP program for clean energy.

 

Women in the industry

 

Holly frequently travels to trade shows and other events for Mercedes-Benz Energy. While this experience has allowed her to see many of the new and innovative changes, she’s also witnessed one thing that has been very slow to change: Energy is still a male-dominated industry.

 

But Holly has proven time and again that she has the tenacity to overcome stereotypes and demonstrate knowledge and skills on par with her male counterparts. She recognizes that you must be willing to step outside of your comfort zone to keep moving forward.  And she appreciates that women are progressing past the boundaries — with GRIT and determination.

 

“I would like to see more gender equality at the board level, though,” she says. “Female board members are important, and we need more of them in energy. But I am excited when I meet women who have been in the industry for a while — especially when they tell me that they see progress taking place.”

 

Holly is thankful for new startups with female co-founders that implement a more gender-balanced structure in their companies. She often looks to female veterans in the industry for motivation and guidance.  The progress of women in the energy industry makes this an exciting time — for all of us.

Pratima Rangarajan cartoonTransition is familiar territory for Dr. Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of the newly formed investment company OGCI Climate Investments.

 

Pratima, a speaker at our HERWorld Energy Forum on March 8 (Get your tickets here!), is a chemical engineer by training. She studied it in undergraduate school at MIT, and later earned her Ph.D. from Princeton. She started her career in the chemicals industry and watched it transition out to Asia. Her work as a research scientist landed her a job at NBC-Universal, helping the company develop new technologies.  

 

While at NBC-Universal, she had the opportunity to watch the media transition from centralized TV and movies to a distributed and interactive model of consuming media via YouTube, game consoles, iPads, iPods, etc. It was an exciting time and there were many lessons that she carried over to the energy industry as it undergoes a major transition.

 

Pratima moved to the energy industry about 10 years ago and has held a variety of roles in renewable energy: She was the general manager for GE’s Onshore Wind Product Line and for GE’s Energy Storage startup. She also served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology and Research at Vestas Wind Systems. As a renewables leader, she had been passionate about working on a more sustainable energy ecosystem.

 

The same passion led her to take the role of CEO for the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)’s investment arm, OGCI Climate Investments (CI). CI is charged with investing $1 billion over the next 10 years in both technologies and business solutions that could have a real impact on the greenhouse gas footprint of the energy and industrial ecosystems.  

 

“It is quite simple: In order to satisfy the energy and materials needs of a growing population, we are going to need oil and gas for a long time to come,” Pratima says. “So we need to make this form of energy as sustainable as possible. This is the same for our industrial systems, whether we are making cement or shoes!”

 

We’ve made it doom and gloom, and we haven’t given people the simple messages where they can take charge and make decisions,” she adds. “I say to myself: We had the creativity to get here; we should be able to change the course of the future. And as long as we’re doing practical things, I think we can make significant progress.”

 

We're pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Audi Central Houston Experience Energy GRIT Awards.  

 

From the classroom to the field, conference room to the board room, we received nearly 200 nominations across the globe.  This year we will be proud to honor energy professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, and of course, our male champions.  Diversity is bigger than the Energy Capital.  It goes beyond gender and extends to different parts of our industry and includes a wide range roles, backgrounds, and people.  

 

Nominations were submitted from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and the Middle East.  

 

I'm so proud to call this industry mine.  Our big thanks to those who put forward these deserving finalists.  

 

Our winners will be announced live on International Women's Day, and our 3rd birthday, March 8 at HERWorld18.  Join us for the day to celebrate our industry and learn from experts in person in Houston, in person in Denver, host your own experience, or just watch the awards via Pink Petro TV on Facebook at 5:00 PM CST.  In person seats are expected to sell out, so don't delay if you want to come in person!

 

The Finalists:

 

  • Aimee Lafluer, Process Evaluations Engineer, Shell 
  • Amy Bowe, Director, Upstream Consulting, Wood Mackenzie 
  • The Anadarko Stakeholder Relations Team 
  • The BP HR Resourcing Team
  • Dana Pasquali, Product Line Leader - Cyber Security, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
  • Dena Lund, Executive VP of engineering and operations, Sterling Energy
  • Elijio Serrano, Senior Vice President and CFO, TETRA Technologies, Inc
  • Elise Knudsen, Major Capital Project HES Advisor, Chevron
  • Erin Larner, Process Supervisor, Aera Energy
  • Erin Reuber, L48 Exploration Appraisal Manager, ConocoPhillips
  • Flor Dimassi, CEO, GlobalSpeak Translations
  • Jack Gerard, CEO, American Petroleum Institute
  • Jay Copan, Executive Director, World Gas Conference & Special Advisor to the President, International Gas Union, 
  • Jaime Glas, CEO, Hot Stuff Safety Wear
  • Jennifer Walsh, Head of Communications, Covestro, LLC
  • Jerri Babin, Vice President Sales Operational Strategy, NOV 
  • Julia Reinhart - Vice President of HR, Valero
  • Kaitlyn Bunker, Senior Associate/Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute 
  • Katherine Stokes, Executive Director, West Texas Energy Consortium
  • Lameka Ross, HR Advisor, Aera Energy
  • Linda Ibrahim, VP - International Tax, Vantage Energy
  • Lindsay Alaniz, Exploration Strategy and Portfolio Coordinator, ConocoPhillips
  • Lisa McAlister, Learning Advisor, Aera Energy 
  • Maria Angela Capello, Executive Advisor, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Marti Powers, External Relations Manager, Shell 
  • Marwa Abdelhamid Hassen, Technical Manager - HQ, Schlumberger 
  • Michelle Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer, SVP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, DistributionNOW 
  • Mike Adams, Co-Founder, Norwell EDGE 
  • Monica Baistrocchi, Area HSE/PESQ Manager - Continental Europe, Halliburton
  • Monica Suman Krishnan, Technology and Deployment Manager, Chevron 
  • Myriam Gateault, Process Control Technology Engineer, Covestro LLC
  • Nooshin Yazhari, Managing Principal, Optimum
  • Paige Donnell, Founder and CEO, Paige PR
  • Patricia (Pat) Guillory, Chief Financial Officer, Gulf Copper Manufacturing Corp.
  • Sara Ortwein, President, XTO Energy Inc., an ExxonMobil subsidiary
  • Sarah Castro, Senior Associate Director, IPAA
  • Sharon Rich, Manager of Engineering, INTECSEA, a Worley Parsons company
  • Skyler Obregon, Regional Compliance Counsel for US and Canada, Weatherford
  • Souzi Weiland, Learning & Development Manager, Southwestern Energy Company
  • Suganthi Subramaniam, Malaysia IT Country Chair, Shell
  • Susan Morrice, Co-founder and Chairperson for Belize Natural Energy 
  • Sylvia Garcia, Consultant Services Manager, OPC USA LLC
  • Tameka Ramsey, Manager, Global Compliance & Ethics, ConocoPhillips
  • Tina Harmon-Carmona, Information Specialist, Aera Energy LLC
  • Tina Peters, Owner, Mallard, Inc.
  • Tracee Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council 
  • Ugochi Akwiwu, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company
  • Vera Verdree, PhD, Sr. Global Competence Manager, Baker Hughes GE
  • Victoria Shterengarts, Head of Directorate, Gas Marketing and New Markets Business Development at Rosneft

Who is taking advantage of the opportunities? Who is holding back, worried about the inherent risk? Our sponsor, KPMG, spoke with 200 senior-level investors to create this new, comprehensive report...

 

 

Margins are tight, forcing key players to seek out new ways to improve efficiency and returns on investment, and new revenue streams.

 

At the same time, customers expect more from suppliers. They are demanding increasingly green energy options that are both consistent and made available at a reasonable price.

 

Governments, meanwhile, are struggling to adapt or reinvent their energy policies to help the industry meet this demand, maintain a healthy energy sector and address the challenges posed by climate change.

 

There are plenty of opportunities to be found. The renewables revolution offers technology-driven energy generation and distribution, consistently and at an increasingly reasonable price. The energy sector itself is undergoing consolidation in some countries while in others, new, smaller and more agile providers are stepping onto the stage at a steady pace.

 

And with this activity comes a stream of renewable energy M&A activity and growth, as developers, utilities and investors alike strive to stay ahead of the curve. Who is taking advantage of the opportunities? Who is holding back, worried about the inherent risk?

 

KPMG spoke with 200 senior-level investors in renewable energy to find out where they’re looking for the next big opportunities.

 

Highlights from the new KPMG report include:

  • Deal volumes in the renewable energy sector have increased every year since 2010 and continue to climb. In 2017, there were 406 deals globally, worth EUR40.1 billion.
  • Respondents expect Germany to see the biggest rise in M&A activity in the next 12 months, ranking it the western European country where they are most likely to invest. This is attributed to its stable regulatory landscape and continuous development plans for renewables.
  • China is attracting similar interest, based largely on its deep pockets and long-term renewables strategy. The government plans to invest 2.5 trillion Yuan (US$377 billion) in renewable power generation as part of its 13th Five-Year Plan on Energy Development, increasing installed capacity to 680GW by 2020.
  • In terms of sub-sectors, 43 percent of respondents say offshore wind will see the biggest rise in M&A over the next 12 months, followed by hydropower (39 percent), photovoltaic solar (16 percent), and thermal solar (1 percent), while smaller scale technology like biogas remains under-represented.

 

Download the full report here. https://home.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/02/Renewables-report-full-year-data-2017.pdf

Download key messages infographic here.https://home.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/02/2017-full-year-data-key-messages-infographic.pdf

A special announcement from one of our generous HERWorld sponsors:

 

The Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School is proud to partner with Pink Petro to offer to a few lucky energy professionals the opportunity to attend, FOR FREE, HERWorld 2018 (full-day forum) on March 8, 2018.

 

This partnership is in recognition of the hardships many oil and gas professionals have experienced during the recent downturn.  We know many of you were “right-sized” during this period and are currently “in-transition” looking for a new job. 

 

If you are currently unemployed and would like to attend HERWorld 2018, please tell us in 250 words about your recent experience and why you would like to attend. All entrants will be notified on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

 

HERWorld 2018 Houston Mainstage: 4 seats available – CLICK  HERE TO ENTER

 

HERWorld 2018 Denver: 5 seats available – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

 

India invests in oil, signifying an all-electric future isn’t here yet.

 

In a speech on Monday, India's prime minster Narendra Modi announced that Indian energy businesses will be buying into oil concessions abroad.  Coming less than a year after India’s minister announced the goal for India to offer only electric vehicles in India by 2030, this is a significant sign that perhaps the dreams of electric vehicles and alternative energies are not yet realistic; something for oil traders and electric vehicle enthusiasts should take into consideration.  During a visit to the UAE this week, the announcement was made that the Indian state-owned ONGC Vinesh, Indian Oil Corp., and Bharat PetroResources would be purchasing a 10% stake in an offshore Abu Dhabi oil concession.

 

U.S. shale production is surging.  Highest daily production since 1970, with continued growth expected.

 

The latest surge in U.S. oil output has vaulted the U.S. to the top of the producer pile.  Last week's numerous releases from the U.S. Department of Energy showed daily oil production above 10 million barrels a day for the first time since 1970.  The one-week jump was 332,000 barrels a day!

 

What does this mean?

 

I suppose the big thing is, bragging rights. Although they aren’t there yet, the U.S. is close to becoming the world's largest producer of crude and condensate.  It's pretty much on par with Saudi Arabia's combined output, and if they continue to grow as they are expected, Citigroup is saying the U.S. will catch up to Russia's 10.95 million daily barrels by the end of the summer.

 

The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway!

 

This isn’t oil related, but it’s definitely something to know about and enjoy over the next couple weeks.  They’re underway, but if you haven’t tuned in yet, you haven’t missed everything.  There are still a ton of fun events. 

 

The question then becomes how do I know when and how to watch everything.  Here is a helpful link that will tell you everything you need to know:  LINK TO CBSSPORTS

 

No matter what country you live in, these games are a great way for countries to come together and compete, have fun, and build relationships that will last into the future.

Claire Johnson cartoonClaire Broido Johnson, founder of SunEdison, has spent more than two decades creating companies and divisions within companies and developing clean energy projects. 

 

She said the clean economy, including clean energy, is the only way for a future.

 

“Investors and particularly early stage investors have only been paying attention to clean energy beyond hydropower and geothermal in the last 30,” Claire said. “It’s been exciting to help solve huge environmental problems by introducing solar, wind, energy storage solutions and more.” 

 

Since 2011, Claire has been the president of CBJ Energy, a leading financing, operations and business development energy solutions consultancy in Baltimore. In that role, she has helped to create, manage and grow successful businesses and products in the clean energy space.

 

Having grown up outside Chicago, where acid rain had devastating effects on water environments and more, it’s what Claire always intended to do.

 

“The climate changes we see today have been driven in large part by how we use energy,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of the solution – not part of the problem.”

 

Claire helped to create her environmental science and public policy undergraduate major at Harvard University before obtaining her master of business administration from Harvard Business School. In between undergrad and grad school, she worked at the International Energy Agency, Deloitte & Touche, and Enron.  

 

Then, in 2003, she and her business partner, Jigar Shah, co-founded SunEdison — what would become one of the largest solar energy services providers in North America.

 

“At one point, we had 7,200 employees and more than $10 billion in revenue,” Claire said.

 

They sold the company in 2009 to MEMC. Then Claire served as energy-efficiency advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and became the Acting Program Manager for the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs within the Department of Energy.

 

“We were responsible for hiring nearly 90 people overnight and delivering $11 billion of the economic stimulus package without any waste, fraud or abuse to over 2,400 municipalities,” Claire said.

 

Shortly after her work with the U.S. government, Claire founded CBJ Energy in 2011 to begin consulting with a variety of companies, as well as financiers, contractors, developers and building and land owners, to complete projects such as retrofitting commercial buildings and installing ground-mounted solar.

 

Her clients have included technology and building optimization company Katerra, solar developer Power52 Energy Solutions and home energy solutions company Next Step Living.

 

“Clean energy is mainstream now,” Claire said. “Solar and wind — which can have a huge impact on climate change — are everywhere and are here to stay.”

 

It is a relatively simple concept that Claire said she wishes were not so politicized.

 

“Even if it is as simple as looking at your own backyard and figuring out how to reduce your own energy use, it’s worth doing. Make sure that where you live is energy efficient. Buy solar power via community solar programs or put solar on your roof. Recycle. We have to collectively solve this problem”

 

Claire said it’s not only important for women to raise their voices but also for the men working within the largely male-dominated energy industry to listen.

 

“Clean energy is an interdisciplinary field,” Claire said. “But — and more so with older generations — there is this assumption that women do not know as much as men do when it comes to finance and engineering. I would tell women starting in the industry to take as many finance courses then take finance-oriented positions with profit-and-loss responsibility — because she who holds the money holds the keys to the business.”

 

Claire said she one day would like to create a larger, more inclusive energy company to help solve climate risk problems in the world today.

 

“I love building and working with teams of people to empower and enable them to be successful,” she said.  

Luke Clemente cartoon“The pursuit of diversity requires not just the embrace of the form, but the substance of diversity,” says Luke Clemente, a former GE executive turned entrepreneur.

 

Some companies mistakenly believe diversity is a check-the-box proposition: Do we have African-Americans on our team? Hispanics? Asians? Women?  Then we’re good to go.

 

Luke calls that “faux diversity,” and it means from the outside in, such companies look diverse, like the photos typically found in college brochures that strive for a mosaic appearance. But in actuality, faux diversity is no diversity at all. While the members of the team may look different, they may not think differently or, worse, feel secure in thinking and expressing themselves differently. Faux diversity falls far short of the essence of true diversity.

 

Luke posits that “our DNA may be hard wired to resist diversity. We see strength in numbers, which is what drives conformity as a group survival skill. On the other hand, group-think could get us killed. So there’s a tension in our DNA: We have to work together and conform to survive, but on the other hand, if we abandon our individuality and independent thinking and become one mind, group survival is also threatened.”

 

Luke spent the past 25 years managing industrial businesses, first for Enron Energy Services and then for General Electric. 

 

Luke has always been a champion for diversity.  He was previously a co-chair of the GE Women’s Network at GE Grid Solutions. He is also the father of two daughters, both of whom are early in their careers and who continue to stun him with tales of blatant sexism, not just by members of the old guard but by new recruits eagerly embracing the prevailing culture.

 

He’s also seen firsthand what happens to a company that doesn’t embrace diverse perspectives and encourage a collaborative approach.

 

Enron was very much a boys’ network and hyper-competitive. It was running fast and loose with the rules,” Luke says.  It had a “conform or be gone” culture that failed to embrace the benefits of diversity that can serve as a counterweight to group-think. Although women were present in key roles, “a true embrace of diversity and openness was not valued at Enron. Had a more inclusive culture been allowed to develop, it could have served as a counterbalance at Enron and made it stronger.”

 

Luke believes that "while bad culture doesn’t always kill a company, it is always a detriment to optimizing its performance." When a company’s employees think the same, the company suffers. Innovation stagnates, and the best members of the team leave to find a better home for their talents and passions.

 

“Successful organizations have to evolve, mature and develop, but some corporations can’t make that transition. What you’ll see then is good people leaving, and often, those people go on to create their own communities, their own tribes,” he explains. “Pink Petro is a perfect case-in-point — a startup founded when one energy industry veteran decided to step away from the corporate giants and change the status quo,” he says. 

 

“Pink Petro is a tribe — a tribe of people coming together and sharing a common set of values. And they’re trying to change the world,” he says. “Tribes come into existence, and tribes die, namely the ones that fail to adapt.”

 

So Luke’s message to the disenchanted employees of stale companies: “do something about it.”

 

“When my daughters lament challenges at the office, I tell them point blank: ‘You either figure out how you’re going to survive in that tribe, work to change the culture of the tribe or change tribes. Better yet, if you’re not happy, aim to start your own tribe that reflects your core values,” Luke says. “I could also give them the cheap advice to emulate the powerful people in their companies. But if they do that, the culture won’t change and decay will begin to set in. That’s not diversity. It is neither good for their internal well-being nor for their organizations.”

At Pink Petro, we are blessed to work with some amazing companies — organizations that value women and inclusion as much as we do. 

 

In the past month, we welcomed a few more to the mix. They are: 

 

 

There are a whole host of benefits that come with a Pink Petro corporate membership. You can download the full list here. Some highlights include: 

 

  • Unlimited employee access. No matter how big your team, they can all take advantage of everything Pink Petro has to offer, including invitations to exclusive professional development opportunities. 
  • A spot on our Global Community Councila cross-industry community to connect industry to resources and best practices (depending upon your membership level). 
  • Access to our thriving community — more than 8,000 strong and growing — via website, members-only app, and our experiences, which you can attend live or on-demand
  • Dedicated social promotions, giving your brand exposure via our powerful social channels that generate more than 200k views per month and 500k impressions
  • Access to accomplished coaches, mentors and experts via our monthly Coach’s Corner program and other offers available both live and on demand via Pink Petro TV

 

Interested? Click here to apply!

HERWorld globalOur agenda for HERWorld18, taking place on March 8, International Women's Day, is packed full of topics critical to energy and its global workforce.

 

Plus, our esteemed speakers will be laying the foundation for the new energy playbook, with stories of growth, resilience, innovation and transition. You don’t want to miss the experience everyone  in energy will be talking about!

 

KEYNOTES:

In both Houston & Denver, Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, will offer examples from her own life in sports along with practical advice on making an outsized impact — with humor, passion, commitment and grit.

 

Melody Meyer, president of Melody Meyer Energy and board director for BP and NOV, will keynote our presentation of the first-ever GRIT Awards, honoring the women who lead and the men who advocate for their progress in energy.

 

In Denver only, you’ll hear from Jeannette Jones, engineering manager of Noble Energy, who will dig into what it means to get gritty about energy. And Luke Clemente, an entrepreneur and former GE executive, will talk about growth opportunities — for your company and your career.

 

Plus, we’ll have remarks from Colette Honorable, former FERC commissioner and partner at Reed Smith; Angie Gilder, partner at KPMG; and Lia Fields, engineering technician for Halcon Resources and board member of WOGA and Lean In Energy.

 

To be announced soon! A welcome message from a VERY special guest.

 

PANELS:

 

The Energy Transition: A New Future Awaits Us

In both Houston & Denver: This panel will focus on the new future of energy.  What companies are leading the way in the fight against climate change and making investments into the next generation technologies?  This panel of companies and entrepreneurs across industry lend their thoughts.

  • Speakers in Houston: Pratima Rangarajan, CEO OGCI Climate Investments; Claire Broido Johnson, president of CBJ Energy and founder of SunEdison; Holly Hanbury-Brown, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas LLC
  • Speakers in Denver: John Baffes, senior economist, World Bank; Meghan Nutting, VP of government affairs, Sunnova Energy; Susan Peterson Sturm, digital leader, ABB; Jen Martin, senior planning analyst and Women’s Initiative Leader at Encana

 

Resilience and the Race to Reinvent

In both Houston & Denver: The last few years in the global energy value chain have proven that the rigid falter and the resilient survive. Is your company resilient?  What does it take to build a resilient and healthy workforce, culture and community in the face of crisis and change? 

  • Speakers in Houston: Aimee Blaine, SVP of engineering, Aera Energy; Deanna Jones, chief human resources officer, Marathon Oil
  • Speakers in DenverTO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 

Using Innovation to Unlock Opportunity

In Houston: This panel will focus on energy innovation. With new technology and discoveries every day, energy companies are pushing the limits of what we thought possible. But the scale of the challenge that remains presents one of the most demanding tasks ever undertaken.

  •  SpeakersAllison Lami, chairman of the board, Rebellion Photonics; Brian McShane, senior vice president, INTECSEA Americas; Marie Mouchet, chief information officer, Colonel Pipeline

 

Growth While Managing Risk: New Opportunities of Expansion

In Houston: As we look to the future, it’s not necessarily the ability to scale your business as much as it is knowing “where” and “when” to scale your business and how to manage risk. Where are the growth opportunities and risks in your organization and career?  What new mindsets are needed to drive the industry through this growth?

  • Speakers: Emma Wild, energy practice leader, KPMG UK; Kate Sherwood, senior director of grid modernization, 3M Electrical Markets Division; Colleen Layman, Vice President, HDR Inc.Galina Antova, cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur, Claroty

 

Communication in the Digital Age of Transparency.

In Houston: In this #MeToo and #TimesUp world, the social age is unraveling truths and fake news and changing how we engage and more importantly, share and use our voices. This panel will include external media, industry, legal and other experts to talk about how communication and information are changing the way companies do business, manage employees and drive advocacy. 

  • Speakers: Danielle Hunter, executive VP, general counsel and chief risk & compliance officer, C&J Energy Services; Dr. John Reed, PhD, executive coach, industrial psychologist and author; Laura Noble, managing partner, The Noble Law Firm; Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization, Energy Nation

1. Iraq launching military operation to secure oil route to Iran.

 

Iraqi forces are readying military forces to consolidate control of an area near the Iran border that will be used for the transit of Iraqi oil to Iran.  According to Reuters, the operation to secure the Hamrin mountain range could start this week.  There has been turmoil in the region since Baghdad refused to acknowledge the area’s independence. 

 

Since Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery, they have had the threat of two armed groups in the area that pose significant threats to the operation. 

 

2. Rex Tillerson weighs in on situation in Venezuela.

 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson again brought up the fact that the US is considering drastic action against the Venezuelan government during his trip to Argentina this weekend.  He stated that the US is still open to the idea of imposing restrictions on oil imports and exports from Venezuela in his address.

 

"Obviously, sanctioning the oil or in effect prohibiting the oil to be sold in the United States, or for the United States as well to sell or provide oil to Venezuela, or refined products, is something we continue to consider," he said.

 

Later, he called the situation in Venezuela "quite dire," and added that there would be a fine balancing act to establish the right solution that will not impose too many costs to the people of Venezuela, yet pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

 

"One of the aspects of considering sanctioning oil is what effect will it have on the Venezuelan people, and is it a step that might bring this ... to a more rapid end?" Tillerson said. "Because not doing anything to bring this to an end is also asking the Venezuelan people to suffer for a much longer time."

 

3. Lake Tahoe leading the way to 100% renewable energy.

 

The world-famous Lake Tahoe ski and recreation resorts in California announced they will be the first ski facilities in the US to operate on 100% renewable energy – a goal that when completed is expected to cut their carbon footprint in half!

 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the parent company is partnering with electric service provider Liberty Utilities to identify and develop new renewable energy generation, storage, and efficiency projects to benefit the two Lake Tahoe resorts as well as the entire Olympic Valley area.

 

The President and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, said: “Solar power has come down in cost so much that it’s accessible now.  It’s a purely economic decision. And it’s also about how we operate sustainably long into the future”.

 

This weekend I learned that Eileen Campbell, friend, mentor, leader, wife, and cancer advocate passed away last week due a short battle with cancer. 

 

I met Eileen years back when she became the first woman officer of Marathon Oil.  Eileen had true grit in everything she did.  She was tough woman with a generous soul and heart to fight cancer.  While at Marathon, she worked tirelessly to make the workforce a more diverse place.

 

After she retired, we met for a long lunch one day back in 2015 after I launched Pink Petro.  She told me it was a "kick*** killer idea" and she would love to be a speaker at our first HERWorld forum. I admired her so much for her wisdom and all she did for so many in industry.

 

From Eileen's obituary:

 

Eileen's career began after graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Political Science in 1980. She first worked in Washington, DC as a lobbyist for the New Jersey Department of Education. Eileen and her husband Doug moved to Houston in 1984 when she assumed the position of Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers. 

 

In 1991, Eileen became the Manager of Government Affairs at Marathon Oil Company, where she spent the rest of her career as a groundbreaking female executive until retiring in 2013. As the first woman in the company's history to achieve the position of Officer, Eileen held the posts of Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Public Policy. During her 22 years at Marathon, she impacted countless lives as a colleague, mentor and friend.

 

As a survivor of breast cancer since 2005, Eileen's experience with the disease fueled an unparalleled commitment to community involvement in the fight against cancer. She served as the President of the Board for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Greater Houston and as the Chair of the Board for The Rose, a Houston area non-profit dedicated to providing breast health care and mammograms to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to these passions, Eileen served on the Board of Directors for TDECU, Chairman of the Board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and on the Board of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston. In recent years, Eileen worked alongside her daughter, Kathleen, as the Chief Administrative Officer at Decode Digital, a digital advertising agency founded by Kathleen in 2013.

 

Eileen's generosity, compassion, intelligence, and energy are famous amongst all who know her. One way she demonstrated her deep, abiding love for friends and family was by hosting numerous showers, receptions and events at her home where the door was always open. Eileen cherished and nurtured her many friendships unconditionally. Just as Eileen "never met a stranger," she delighted in connecting people and building bridges between friends, colleagues, and family members with new acquaintances.

 

FLASHBACK TO HERWorld16

 

Watch Eileen @ 27:00 at the PinkPetro HERWorld16 Energy forum. 

 

Hear her views on why we need to read the newspaper more and get our news less from Facebook and Twitter.

 

We will miss her.