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Letter from Katie: Companies need to step up their game

Blog Post created by katie.mehnert Champion on Oct 23, 2018

Today I'm at the Wall Street Journal's Women in the Workplace forum  to discuss the 2018 results of the latest survey. (Spoiler alert: it's not good.)  Our friend Sheryl Sandberg says it's time for companies to Lean In.

 

I couldn't agree more.  But there is good news for energy.

 

The industry is shifting and collaboration is the name of the game.  A few weeks ago ExxonMobil, Chevron and Oxy joined the OGCI, a big win for our climate.  Equinor, BP, Shell and Total joined forces to create human rights supplier assessments.  And despite the rapid speed of innovation pressuring the industry, CEOs now see technological disruption as more of an opportunity, says Regina Mayor with KPMG's CEO Outlook.   (It's about time, huh?) . 

 

So a shift is happening.  Tech has created a business, geo-political, and social tsunami.  I think this is good for us and I hope the workforce will shift too. 

 

We're more than doing our part.  This month we honored 38 difference makers at our 2nd GRIT Awards and released the results of the Energy Diversity & Inclusion Index assessing inclusion and belonging with our partners, GapingVoid.  We welcomed two new members Anadarko  and Wood Mackenzie and we are keeping the profile high, socializing the much needed inclusion to drive the energy transition.

 

 

The other good news is women in energy are owning their voices, stories and taking the stage.
 
I am honored to join these phenomenal women at the 8th annual KPMG Global Power & Utilities conference in Brussels.  And we'll have plenty of diverse voices and faces to bring to the great conversations we'll have at HERWorld19 on March 7-8, 2019.  Stay tuned this week as we begin to announce our awesome lineup and allow you to pre-register for seats.  We expect another sell-out and thousands watching.
 
Seeing is believing.  The shift is happening but there's more work to do, especially when it comes to workforce and culture.  Thanks for coming along for it with us.
 
Katie 
 

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