DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For decades, the oil and gas industry had been led almost entirely by a male workforce. The Dallas Petroleum Club approved its first female resident voting member in 1989, which wasn’t too long ago. Since that time, the face of the industry has begun to slowly evolve into a more diverse workforce. With the advent of the U.S. Shale Plays and a retiring workforce looming on the horizon, women’s roles in the industry have become increasingly critical for companies to keep up with the demands of projected industry growth.
Research conducted by Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY shows that having more female leaders in business can increase company profits. However, according to a 2016 American Petroleum Institute report, women in the industry are projected to account for only 290,000 of the job opportunities,16% of the total through 2035. Thanks to diversity initiatives, STEM programs and individual mentorship programs, the female talent pool is growing. Women are becoming aware of the career prospects in the industry and their leadership numbers should continue to increase.
These top women in their fields in the North Texas Oil & Gas Industry have set an example of leadership, blazing the way for other women to become a successful part of the industry.
The following WEN co-founders and members are honorees in the Nancy and Jake L. Hamon Oil and Gas Resource Center Exhibit: Jamie Bryan, Alissa Eason, Diana S. Frazier, Christina Kitchens, Kimberly Lacher, Bradleigh LeBlanc, Jill McMillan, Peggy Tibbetts, Virginia Urban, Debra Villarreal, Giuliana M. Vural, Cathy Willenborg, Tracey K. Henderson and Grace K. Weisberg.
The exhibit will run during March in conjunction with Women’s History Month at The Nancy and Jake L. Hamon Oil and Gas Resource Center located on the 5th floor of the Dallas Public Library. Garage parking is behind the Library on the corner of Wood & Akard.
The exhibit is sponsored by Petro Harvester and co-sponsored by WEN North Texas. If you are interested in becoming a member of WEN-NT for $100 a year, or renewing your existing membership, please visit www.wennorthtexas.org.
The first networking luncheon of 2017 in Fort Worth will be held March 9, 2017 at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club starting at Noon. Networking is a powerful tool for today’s professional women. Networking allows women to enrich their professional lives while learning to live a happier, more balanced life. WEN North Texas looks forward to assisting you in continuing the important conversations that support you in improving your life.
Diana Frazier will be presenting "Guard Them or Lose Them - An Introduction to Mineral Management" on March 21, 2017 at the Dallas Petroleum Club starting at Noon. A question-and-answer session will follow this timely presentation.
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 above events, contact Jamie Lavergne Bryan, Winstead PC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thank you to our generous 2017 WEN North Texas Sponsors:
Sidley Austin LLP
Gold Level Sponsor
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Denbury Resources Inc.
Silver Level Sponsor
Bronze Level Sponsor
BDO USA, LLP
Locke Lord LLP