HERWorld18 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.