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.
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.