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Together we are better

Blog Post created by katie.mehnert Champion on Mar 21, 2018

Last week, two bold, incisive female reporters from Bloomberg published a story on some of energy’s biggest events of the year.

 

They attended parts of CERAWeek in Houston. Then they attended HERWorld18. And they documented their experiences in a story that shines a light on the persistent gender gap in energy.

 

To those two reporters, I want to thank you — for being brave enough to tackle a big issue in a powerful industry. For being thoughtful enough to notice we need more voices and that all voices matter.  

 

I also want to thank the members of the Pink Petro community. I’ve always known this community is unrivaled in its passion, connection and support, and I’ve been inundated with phone calls and emails reminding me just how powerful we are when we come together. You have shown me that you stand behind everything we do, and you have reminded me why we do it.

 

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why changing the statistics around women in energy has to be so hard. 

 

That’s not to say I don’t understand change is a struggle. As all of you know, my family was hit hard by Harvey — as so many of our families were. That storm forced us to embrace a new normal, and I fought that new normal, hard. I cried for the things I’d lost, for what I’d have to rebuild. And I fumed when I thought of all the missteps that led us to this epic natural disaster.

 

But in a crisis, there’s no time for any of that. I had to wipe away my tears, stiffen my spine and get to work — because this city needed help, and all hands on deck. It was a crisis, and — like it or not — crisis puts our values in stark relief and our shortcomings on full display.

 

Energy, too, is in a state of crisis. Not the crisis of years past, but a crisis of talent and culture. We’re facing a talent shortage, like competing industries, as the bulk of our industry veterans approach retirement. We need innovative people and new ideas to fill those gaps in a fast-moving world. And we need a culture that will embrace transparency, authenticity and inclusion to keep those people where they are.

 

While I’m grateful to Bloomberg for seeing the value in HERWorld and Pink Petro, I also know the value CERAWeek and its organizers bring to the industry. We don’t have to live in a world where its one or the other. The new world order for capitalism is collaboration.  We are both committed to making this industry better and stronger. So let’s support each other at every step of the way.

 

Together we are better.  Now, let’s all get back to that work.

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