DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dr. Steffen E. Palko, co-founder of XTO Energy Inc., will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club, 777 Main Street #4000. Christi Craddick, Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of WEN on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2200 Ross Avenue. Registration for both events will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon from noon-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Palko will discuss how young professionals in the energy industry should begin to prepare themselves to become company leaders and managers at the April Fort Worth Luncheon. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.
Dr. Palko is the co-founder of XTO Energy Inc., which became the largest producer of natural gas in the United States in 2009. He served as the company’s president from 1986 to 2005, and he was instrumental in the growth of the company, which was sold to ExxonMobil in 2009 for an estimated $31 billion in stock. As a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, XTO Energy Inc. focuses on global development and production of unconventional resources. Dr. Palko earned his Doctorate of Education from Texas Christian University, where he has served as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Educational Leadership, since 2009.
“WEN North Texas is very excited to have Dr. Steffen Palko as our speaker for the April Fort Worth luncheon,” said Diana Frazier, 2014 WEN North Texas Chapter President. “We look forward to his presentation on preparing the future leaders and managers of the energy industry.”
Christi Craddick will present an energy production and regulatory update for the State of Texas at the April Dallas luncheon. A question-and-answer session will follow her presentation.
Craddick was elected statewide by the people of Texas in November 2012 to serve a six-year term as Texas Railroad Commissioner. From 2002 to 2011, Craddick served as the chief political and legal advisor to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Tom Craddick, the first Republican Speaker in over 100 years. Craddick is an attorney specializing in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation, and environmental policy. She formerly served as president of a grassroots advocacy firm specializing in coalition building in the public policy arena and development and implementation of issue strategies.
“WEN North Texas is honored to welcome Christi Craddick as the featured speaker for our April 2014 luncheon in Dallas,” said Frazier. “Ms. Craddick’s unique position as Texas Railroad Commissioner and her experience as an attorney in the energy industry will provide our membership with great insight into the latest energy and regulatory issues facing the State.”
Craddick earned both her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves the community as an active member of a number of organizations, including the State Bar of Texas, The University of Texas Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Council, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
The cost for WEN North Texas members to attend is $35. For prospective members, the price is $50. Please register online at http://www.womensenergynetwork.org. Payment can be made by credit card through the online registration portal or the day of the event by cash or check payable to Women’s Energy Network North Texas.
For more information about the event, contact Whitney Randolph, OneWest Bank, at Whitney.Randolph@owb.com.
For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas Chapter, visit www.wennorthtexas.org and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking on Join Today! on the North Texas Chapter’s home page.
The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 2,000 members nationwide. For more information, please visit the WEN North Texas Chapter website at www.wennorthtexas.org.