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Jennifer Lester
Crystal Washington knew the value of social media for corporate America early on. But when she approached her boss about utilizing it, he said to her, “You’re cute and you make us a s***load of money. Stick to what you know.”   She didn’t. And six months later she launched her own digital marketing firm.   Despite her former boss’s remark,… (Show more)
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Mary Johnson
Why waste a good crisis?  We didn't.    When Hurricane Harvey hit the city of Houston one year ago, Pink Petro HQ was in its path.   Our space wasn’t flooded, but the building that housed that space was so badly damaged, we couldn’t go back.    Thanks to the incredible outpouring of support from the Houston community — we found our way to… (Show more)
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Savannah Turner
The KPMG Global Chemicals Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the twenty-sixth edition of REACTION Magazine, KPMG’s signature publication for the chemicals and performance technologies industry, which you can download here. This edition takes a look at getting up to speed on the new mobility, provides an update on Brexit and… (Show more)
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Jennifer Lester
This week in our series Profiles in GRIT, we are chatting with Sylvia Garcia, the business development and consultant services manager for Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC), a global technical services consultancy company specializing in upstream exploration and production.   In addition to her role at OPC, Sylvia is in her second year as… (Show more)
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katie.mehnert
At a women in energy conference three years ago, Skyler Obregon, who was honored with a GRIT Award back in March, had an idea.   Vicki Hollub, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, gave the keynote address and spoke about the importance of mentorship, sponsorship and networks in building up women in the industry. It got her thinking: Weatherford should… (Show more)
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Jennifer Lester
When we first approached Geeta Thakorlal about speaking at the Experience Energy GRIT Awards in October, she was instantly drawn to the concept. After all, she’s always believed it takes grit and resilience to be successful in business and in life.   Then we told Geeta that GRIT was an acronym for growth, resilience, innovation and transition.  … (Show more)
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Rita Hausken
It’s 1995. My son is less than 12 months old, has already been hospitalized countless times for pneumonia and, now,  infected by Clostridium, a bacterium that is life-threatening for an infant. No medicine is helping him, and the medical staff is preparing me for the loss of a life unless a solution is found.   Earlier that day, I decide to… (Show more)
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katie.mehnert
Women have long battled the road to equal rights.  Passed by the United States Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. This was a landmark win shifting our society towards equality.   In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act barred discrimination in employment on the basis… (Show more)
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Mary Johnson
Last week, we told you about an exciting initiative we’re launching in collaboration with the Experience Energy GRIT Awards on Oct. 3 (get your tickets here!) — the Energy Diversity and Inclusion IndexTM. And you all have responded — in droves.   First, thank you for embracing this opportunity to take the pulse of the state of inclusion in… (Show more)
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Mary Johnson
Each year for the past three years, the New York Times has published something called the Glass Ceiling Index.   The index provides a look at the number of women and men in important leadership roles in American life. This year, the headline read: “The top jobs where women are outnumbered by men named John.”   At first, we saw the headline and… (Show more)
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Jennifer Lester
This week in our series Profiles in GRIT, we’re introducing you to Jerri Babin, the vice president of reliability and sales operational strategy for National Oilwell Varco (NOV).   NOV is the largest global manufacturer of oilfield equipment. It builds, repairs and services equipment for every segment of the upstream supply chain.  Jerri’s… (Show more)
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Anna Spadafora
Consolidation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf continues Companies on the NCS are transforming from smaller exploration companies into significant entities with complete life cycle activity including exploration, development and production, hereunder operatorship. On the contrary, international oil majors continue to divest and scale down its… (Show more)
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Mary Johnson
This. Is. It.   The deadline for the Experience Energy GRIT Awards is this Friday, July 20. That means you have just a few days left to nominate yourself or someone you know for this unique honor in the energy industry. (You can take care of that right here, right now.)   We think it's a pretty incredible opportunity. But don’t take it from… (Show more)
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