Mary Johnson

Coming May 1: Energy in the Age of Inclusion — Pink Petro's next big experience

Blog Post created by Mary Johnson on Apr 11, 2018

Energy in the Age of Inclusion eventWhat will the global push for inclusion mean for energy? 

We'll be digging into that very question at Pink Petro's next big experience: Energy in the Age of Inclusion, to be held May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Central at the Queensbury Theater in Houston. (To register, click here!)

Disruption and inclusion power each other: With more women and minorities in energy has come an influx of new perspectives. That fuels innovation in a fast-changing global business climate and gives energy a fighting chance in a challenging economic environment. At the same time, the potential of technology to transform energy is drawing fresh, diverse talent into our industry, building a new generation of energy disruptors who are poised to reshape the future of everything from oil and gas to renewables. And they represent a profound shift from the energy executives of years past.

 Our afternoon will feature two panel discussions: 

  • How Technology is Driving Inclusion, which will offer a look at the cultural shifts taking place alongside energy innovation.
  • Energy Disruptors, which will highlight industry game changers and the many ways their work is changing the future of our industry.

Here's a sneak peek at a few of our stellar panelists: 


Mike Adams - Norwell Edge


Mike Adams is the co-founder of the Norwell EDGE eLearning platform. He gained much of his industry experience working on the ground on remote exploration projects in East and West Africa. His experiences allowed him to see first hand the challenges faced in emerging markets in accessing oil and gas training. With the full support of Norwell Mike developed the EDGE platform, working closely with eLearning and education experts from around the world. He brought in technology that had been successfully utilised in other sectors to make training more affordable and accessible, and applied that to the oil sector.


Alma Del Toro Blue Bull Energy



Alma Del Toro is the founder and president of Blue Bull Energy LLC. She created Blue Bull to incubate her vision of an energy company that develops business as much as communities. Alma has 17 years of experience with BP, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, where she held several leadership positions and acquired deep operational and commercial knowledge. Alma earned a law degree from the Universidad de Colima in Mexico and a master degree in ethics and international business from DePaul University in Chicago.




Jessica Higgins - Gapingvoid


Jessica Higgins is the chief operating officer of Gapingvoid Culture Design Group. She is a public speaker, data scientist, published author and leads the design and management of her organization. She is an expert in the field of Lean Six Sigma with specialty in systems design for sustainable growth. She holds a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, a Juris Doctor in law, a Masters in Business Management, and a Bachelors degree in behavioral psychology.




Nicole O'BrienNicole O’Brien is the president of Synergy Crude Resources, LLC, a niche provider of brokerage and consulting services to global crude oil and condensate companies, with a focus on USGC crude export markets and focused value-add services. Prior to this, Nicole was the manager of crude supply and trading at Valero Energy Corporation. Nicole is passionate about promoting opportunities and advancement for youth, literacy, minorities and women.  She currently works with Girls Inc of San Antonio, Millennials Matter, and the Crude Oil Association San Antonio. 



Elizabeth Rogo

Elizabeth Rogo is the founder and chief executive officer at TSAVO Oilfield Services and the chair of the Nairobi section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She began her engineering career with BJ Services (USA) before moving into international positions in operations, business development and management for Baker Hughes and Weatherford. Elizabeth was lauded as the first woman country manager (Kenya) and regional area manager (Eastern Africa) in Weatherford Sub-Sahara Africa region. Elizabeth has a bachelor of engineering degree from Dalhousie University (Canada) and a bachelor of science degree from Mount Saint Vincent University (Canada).



Brittany Schaefer

Brittany Schaefer is a vice president at Medallia, a global software company providing customer experience management solutions to over a thousand of the world’s best-loved brands. Prior to Medallia, Brittany held senior sales leadership positions as head of the oil and gas enterprise team for Salesforce, Chef Software, CA Technologies and Symantec. A Houston native, Brittany supports causes with the Assistance League of Houston, BARC, The Children’s Assessment Center, SPCA and also led a team for LLS Light the Night. She's been a member and involved in PESA, Association for Women in Computing, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, the Executive Women’s Forum and UPWARD. 



 David SkinnerDavid Skinner is CEO of KCA, a management consultancy specializing in the oil and gas, health care and technology industries. Prior to KCA, David was a founder and CEO at Decision Strategies (DSI), a high-end strategy consulting firm specializing in the energy, technology and pharmaceutical industries. At DSI, David worked with global 1000 boards and executive teams to create game-changing strategies, identify new market entries and evaluate options for significant growth resulting in over $400 billion worth of projects and transactions. David is also an internationally known lecturer and author of the bestselling book “Introduction to Decision Analysis,” now in its third edition. On the faculty of Rice University since 2004,  teaches strategy and decision-making at the Jones School in the EMBA program. Through this teaching position, David has helped over 30 student led companies get started, acquired or merged.



Our panels will be followed by a reception with bites and beverages. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lean In Energy, the global mentoring community for women, created in collaboration with Pink Petro and LeanIn.Org.



Huge thanks to our generous sponsors for their support: Norwell Edge, Medallia, Marathon Oil, KCA and Arion. For information on a sponsorship package, click here to download our event brochure


Get your tickets today!