By - Jon Brown

Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & Gas
January 27-28, 2020 | Houston, TX

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Overview

Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in oil and gas as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth! You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network. 

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key oil and gas trends and skills for personal and professional development.  The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and a plentitude of networking opportunities. 

You’ll leave this event with practical strategies, insights and guidance on how to propel your energy career forward.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in energy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the influence of inclusion in shaping personal performance and leadership style
  • Participate in a discussion about how to advance as a leader in your organization
  • Review two executives’ journeys to the top of the oil & gas industry
  • Discuss the MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) program to improve workplace gender equality
  • Review the MARC Program in action with three executives who have participated in the program
  • Discuss key leadership components, including: leadership techniques at different level of management, leadership styles, developing leadership potential, and leading vs. managing
  • Address key oil and gas trends and their impact
  • Describe the lessons learned by a vice president at Shell and how those lessons shaped how she leads today
  • Discuss diversity, inclusion, equity, and the tools women can use to claim their voice within an organization
  • Explain how to effectively manage team dynamics, including: team-building, motivating and inspiring your team, managing conflict within your team, and navigating internal political dynamics

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and personal experiences

Agenda

Monday, January 27, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:05 p.m. :: Conference Introduction


1:05 – 1:15 p.m. :: Welcome from Chevron

Lee Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: The Influence of Inclusion

In this session, Ms. Shepherd will share her personal experience of how moments of inclusion shaped pivotal times in her life; forming her expectations for personal performance and shaping her leadership style.

Sunday Shepherd, Manager – Gulf of Mexico Exploration & Appraisal, Chevron


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Breaking Through Barriers to Land a Seat at the Table

Women in predominately male business sectors, such as the oil and gas industry, face some distinct challenges in advancing as leaders within their organizations. In this panel session, women will discuss challenges and strategies to make it to the top.

Correne Loeffler, Chief Financial Officer, Whiting Petroleum

Maria Henry, Vice President-Geology, Antero Resources

Claudia Jaramillo, Vice President and Group Treasurer, Schlumberger

Jennifer Stewart, Senior Vice President- Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Southwestern Energy

Candyce Fly Lee, Vice President and General Manager- Rockies G&P, Williams

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Healthy Imbalance

We are on a journey to find life balance. In reality, we often find our lives in some form of chaos.  How we perform in those situations differentiates us. In this session, Bonnie Black will share her experiences with navigating work and personal life.

Bonnie Black, Vice President, Permian Well Planning, Pioneer Natural Resources Co.


4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: Candid Conversations: Two Executives’ Journeys to the Top

Great leaders don’t just happen randomly or by sheer luck.  In this session, you will hear two senior-level executives share their inspiring personal stories of how they beat the odds to reach the highest levels of their organizations. A few of the points to be discussed include:

  • Leveraging opportunity and relationships
  • How self-perception and our view of the world around us impacts our opportunities for success
  • How women can develop their leadership capabilities at each stage of their career

Deanna Farmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Enable Midstream Partners

Angela Kouplen, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Information Officer, WPX Energy

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Engaging Men as Agents of Change

Many men around the world want to improve workplace gender equality, but don’t know where to start. This can be frustrating, especially when men feel left out. What they might not realize is that gender equality benefits men, too.

We believe it’s time to change the conversation. Built on years of rigorous research, MARC’s programming empowers men to recognize inequality and respond through effective partnership across gender.

According to Boston Consulting Group, 96% of organizations report progress when men are involved in gender diversity. With in-person engagements and tools to support on-going learning, MARC provides a holistic, collaborative platform for individuals and organizations to create real change.

Martha Feeback, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: The MARC Program in Action

In this panel session, you’ll hear from three executives that are active participants of the Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) program in their organization.  They’ll give their perspectives on the insights, strategies and skills they’ve gained from the program.  They’ll detail how the program has impacted their own leadership effectiveness and ways they have effected change in their respective positions.  You’ll learn about the success and measurable impact of the program to date throughout the organization as a whole.

Panelists will include:

Ryder Booth, Initiative Montana Product Owner, Chevron

as well as an executive from ConocoPhillips and others.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Succeeding as a Leader

Oftentimes, succeeding as a leader takes a different skill set than those of our original roles. This panel session will discuss:

  • Leadership techniques at different levels of management
  • Leadership styles
  • Developing leadership potential
  • Leading vs. managing
  • Key leadership qualities

Beth McDonald, Vice President Permian Strategic Planning & Field Development, Pioneer Natural Resources

Pippa Zimmerman, Vice President of Operations, BPX Energy

Patti Leigh, Vice President Strategy & Commercial Services, Chevron Supply & Trading

Allison Woolston, General Counsel, Caerus Oil & Gas

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Key Oil & Gas Trends & Their Impact

The oil and gas landscape is rapidly changing. Traditional centers of demand are being overtaken by fast growing emerging markets. The energy mix is shifting, driven by technological improvements and environmental concerns. More than ever, the oil and gas industry needs to adapt to meet those changing needs and demands.  In this session, we’ll look at current key areas of change and what the short-term and long-term future of oil and gas will look like.


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Learning into Leadership

Donna has spent almost 30 years working in various wells, production, and business support roles in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the US. She will share her insights on the necessity of getting outside your comfort zone, acquiring new skills and being recognized for them. She’ll discuss some of her own successes and failures and how the learnings shape how she leads today.   

Donna Birbiglia, Vice President- Wells, Performance and Planning, Shell

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Claiming Your Voice at the Table

Today’s business environment requires organizations to better reflect the diversity of our society. However, research shows that U.S. companies still struggle with gender equality. Join us as we discuss tools that women can use to not only claim their seat, but more importantly, to claim their voice at the table.

Marian Cabanillas, Health Plan CEO, South Texas, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: PANEL: Effectively Managing Team Dynamics

Managing teams can be one of the most difficult aspects of leadership. This panel will address various aspects of team management, including:

  • Team-building
  • Motivating & inspiring your team
  • Managing conflict within your team
  • Navigating internal political dynamics

Crystal Heter, Segment President- Natural Gas Transportation, Tallgrass Energy Partners

Sneha Chanchani, Subsurface Manager- CO2 Storage, BP

Lauren Miller, Vice President, Human Resources and Community Investments, QEP Resources

5:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop


Pre-Conference Workshop

Upstream 101

Monday, January 27, 2020 

Overview

Upstream operations include exploring, drilling, producing, optimizing, and abandoning oil and gas wells and facilities. There are diverse specialty operations during each phase of the process. This workshop will cover the basics of each phase to give participants a general understanding of the procedures required to develop oil and gas fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss methods and techniques of exploration
  • Describe the drilling and completion process
  • Recognize types of artificial lift and troubleshooting production problems
  • Identify natural drive mechanisms and assess application of enhanced recovery
  • Recognize appropriate parameters to optimize costs
  • Describe well abandonment and decommissioning tasks and considerations

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

 

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Workshop Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


Exploration

  • Geology, Geophysics, and Petrophysics
  • Land Rights and Permits
  • Assessment and Risks

Drilling and Completion

  • Surface and Bottom Hole Locations
  • Casing Design and Completion Methods
  • Well Control, Barrier Analysis, and Drilling Fluids

Production and Artificial Lift

  • Inflow Performance and Testing
  • Types of Artificial Lift
  • Stimulation Techniques

Enhanced Recovery

  • Natural Drive Mechanisms
  • Secondary and Tertiary Methods
  • Project Implementation

Cost Optimization

  • Assessment of Fixed vs Variable Costs
  • Leasing vs Owning
  • Effect of Oil Price Environment

Well Abandonment and Decommissioning

  • Annual Estimate of Decommissioning
  • Changing Regulations
  • Rig-less Methods for Well P&A, Deep vs Shallow Facility Removal

Summary & Conclusion

Instructor

M.K. (Val) Lerma, Engineering Manager, InterAct

Val Lerma has 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is a California registered professional petroleum engineer. Upon graduating with her BS PTE Magna Cum Laude from University of Southern California, Ms. Lerma worked for Chevron as a drilling foreman, drilling engineer, reservoir engineer, and development planning engineer for various L.A. Basin and Ventura onshore and offshore fields. She subsequently spent 15 years with Troy Consulting working on production, reservoir, and drilling engineering projects for PXP, Chevron, Aera, Venoco, Santa Fe Resources, USC, and others in the L.A. Basic, San Joaquin Basin and Ventura fields.

Ms. Lerma worked for Orchard E&P, LLC and Orchard Petroleum, Inc. As Engineering Manager, she managed drilling programs at Belridge, Sac Basin, Lost Hills, and Belgian Anticline, including service bid requests and evaluation, AFE and drilling program preparation, ongoing efficiency analysis, and troubleshooting. She also evaluated properties for acquisition.

She then served as President and was on the Board of Directors (2008-2012) of Orchard Petroleum until the company was sold.

Ms. Lerma currently serves as Engineering Manager of InterAct, an engineering consulting firm in Ventura, CA. InterAct’s clients include independent as well as major operating companies, utilities operating gas storage facilities, government agencies, and local businesses requiring petroleum engineering expertise.

Ms. Lerma also has her MBA from California Lutheran University and her MS PTE from University of Southern California. She spent seven years teaching graduate and undergraduate Drilling Engineering at University of Southern California through the Distance Educational Network for worldwide students and served on the University of North Dakota Curriculum Advisory Board. She has participated in PTTC and SPE seminars and technical meetings, authored several technical papers, and served on the SPE and API board of directors in Ventura. She has taught classes for EUCI, utility companies, regulatory agencies, and numerous private corporations.


Post-Conference Workshop

Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of Negotiation

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Workshop Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing 

Overview 

By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career.  Research reveals that men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications.  Convinced that negotiation requires bluffing, steamrolling, and playing hardball, many women avoid negotiating whenever they can.  Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities, or more help at home, women are hesitant to ask for what they want. They pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer.  

By mastering a few basic principles, planning carefully, and practicing, anyone can become an effective negotiator. Using a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, videos, and group discussion, we will explore the internal and external barriers that can prevent you from asking for what you need and deserve—and show you how to overcome your socially imposed reluctance to negotiate.  In this workshop, you will learn to: 

  • Evaluate the economic value of your work 
  • Set the right targets for your negotiations 
  • Employ best practice negotiating strategies that have been shown to work especially well for women 
  • Explore ways to maximize your bargaining power 
  • Rehearse and practice your negotiations beforehand 
  • Acquire techniques to manage the anxiety often felt when negotiating 
  • Recognize many more opportunities to negotiate 

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint, video, group discussion, and interactive exercises will be used in this workshop. 

Workshop Instructor

Sara Laschever 

Sara Laschever is an author, editor, and cultural critic who has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers.  She is the co-author of two groundbreaking books about women and negotiation, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change and Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want.  Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Harvard Business ReviewVogue, Glamour, and many other publications.  Sara is frequently cited in the media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success. She lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences. She is a founding faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and the Academic Coordinator for the WIN Summit, a global women’s conference focused on women and negotiation. 

Speakers

  • Donna Birbiglia, Vice President Wells, Performance and Planning, Shell

  • Bonnie Black, Vice President, Permian Well Planning, Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

  • Ryder Booth, Initiative Montana Product Owner, Chevron

  • Marian Cabanillas, Health Plan CEO, South Texas, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas

  • Sneha Chanchani, Subsurface Manager- CO2 Storage, BP

  • Deanna Farmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Enable Midstream Partners

  • Martha Feeback, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

  • Maria Henry, Vice President-Geology, Antero Resources

  • Crystal Heter, Segment President- Natural Gas Transportation, Tallgrass Energy Partners

  • Claudia Jaramillo, Vice President and Group Treasurer, Schlumberger

  • Lee Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron

  • Angela Kouplen, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Information Officer, WPX Energy

  • Candyce Fly Lee, Vice President and General Manager- Rockies G&P, Williams

  • Patti Leigh, Vice President Strategy & Commercial Services, Chevron Supply & Trading

  • Correne Loeffler, Chief Financial Officer, Whiting Petroleum

  • Beth McDonald, Vice President of Permian Strategic Planning & Field Development, Pioneer Natural Resources

  • Lauren Miller, Vice President, Human Resources and Community Investments, QEP Resources

  • Sunday Shepherd, Manager – Gulf of Mexico Exploration & Appraisal, Chevron

  • Jennifer Stewart, Senior Vice President- Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Southwestern Energy

  • Allison Woolston, General Counsel, Caerus Oil & Gas

  • Pippa Zimmerman, Vice President of Operations, BPX Energy

Location

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

806 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002

Reserve your room:

please call 1-713-237-1111

Click here to book online.

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of January 26 – 28, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$199.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to December 1, 2019.

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, January 10, 2020
Standard RateAttendees
Leadership Conference for Women in Oil & GasUS $ 1295.00 US $ 1495.00

This event has the following workshops:

Upstream 101US $ 595.00
US $ 695.00
Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of NegotiationUS $ 595.00
US $ 695.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and both workshops and pay US $ 2,295.00 per attendee (save US $ 190.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and any 1 workshop and save US $ 95.00 per attendee

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Any organization wishing to send multiple attendees to these conferences may send 1 FREE for every 3 delegates registered. Please note that all registrations must be made at the same time to qualify.

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 27, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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