Lina Y. Bell is the director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. In this role, she works collaboratively with students, faculty, alumni, staff and the corporate community on initiatives and activities that support a shared respect for all in the Rice Business community. Prior to the D&I position, Lina provided leadership for the Executive MBA program at Rice Business.
Lina’s career in academia has taken her to several locales on the East Coast – graduate school and career start at Columbia University in New York, counseling and undergraduate admissions at The George Washington University in D. C. and MBA recruiting and “Blue Devil” fever at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina. While Lina enjoyed the experiences of living in various cities for many years, one of those milestone birthdays caused her to reflect on life choices. As a result, she realized that there was no better place to be than in her hometown of Houston!
Lina serves on the Rice University Council for Diversity and Inclusion and is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Leadership Houston Class XXIV, the Houston Area Urban League, and was recognized as a leader in Who’s Who in Black Houston (2008). In addition, she has held positions on the boards of the Executive MBA Council and ROBWEC (River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange).
Wanda Bell is presently the sole proprietor of WJB Management Consulting, an entrepreneurial endeavor utilizing her professional and academic experience in energy, management, logistics and policy.
Prior to graduating in May 2008 from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Ms. Bell worked for JPMorgan Chase and Co. in Capital Markets, managed a commodities operations group at Morgan Stanley and was a senior analyst on the risk side of the physical business at Hess Corporation. It was at Hess she made the transition to the logistics side of energy as a marine coordinator, scheduling 6 Oil in New York Harbor and managing refinery supply.
Ms. Bell is the founder of the non profit, Women’s Network for Energy, Environment and Transportation, Inc., which is dedicated to providing quality networking, mentoring and educational opportunities for women in the aforementioned industries.
Ms. Bell has also studied energy, environment and transportation policy and management in France, Brazil and Spain.
Dipka Bhambhani is the inaugural Director of Communications for the United States Energy Association, which represents the U.S. on the World Energy Council.She creates and guides the internal and external communications strategy for the public/private organization, positions the brand and its executive director by working closely with journalists, industry organizations, the U.S. Energy Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development on the country’s global and domestic energy projects.
Dipka is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of journalism experience, working in all mediums of the communications field. She has written for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the Associated Press, the former Knight Ridder newspaper chain, McGraw-Hill Platts, and she has worked as a broadcast producer and reporter for Clean Skies News and ABC7 in Washington, DC. She is currently invited to contribute to The New York Times, PRWeek magazine, and The Daily Caller.
An active member of a number of media and energy groups, Dipka was a member of the White House advance team for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where she was a special adviser to speakers, and has been a regular guest lecturer for the National Journalism Center as a Hatton W. Sumner Research Fellow. As a member of the National Press Club’s Board of Governors, she served as chairman of the Events Committee, presidential advisor on the Speakers Committee, and in 2006, she became the Washington Press Corps liaison to the Embassy of India.
Dipka is a certified language specialist for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the U.S. Department of Defense Language Institute. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish with a certificate of Spanish literature, culture and history from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Santiago, Spain. She also earned a graduate certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in carbon capture and sequestration.
Jennifer Hohman is a dynamic and energetic leader who aims to lead, guide, and manage business operations, programs, and projects to ensure revenue generation, profitability and customer satisfaction with a forward looking and innovative high performance team. She has over 20 years of experience in business operations, program management and directing problem solving and solution engagements in a digital world. With her visionary and goal-oriented approach combined with extensive strategic planning and leadership experience, Jennifer currently serves as and IT Director in ConocoPhillips Lower 48 Business Unit.
Karina Izaguirre is a Sr. Human Resources and Organization Development Leader with 20 years of experience in oil & gas and other industries. She previously has worked for Solvay Polymers, Coach USA, TMK IPSCO, Halliburton and recently joined EthosEnergy as their Global HR Leader for People & Organization Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Houston Clear Lake and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and also a Certified Senior Professional Human Resources through HRCI. Karina volunteers her time as a mentor as well as supporting Human Resources, women and leadership development programs and groups. She is a proud mom of 3 kids who keep her busy with soccer and boy scouts. In her free time, Karina enjoys watching live bands on date nights with her husband of 17 years.
Lucky Ogutu Okudo runs an energy consultancy company, Gill Gordon Group that primarily works in the fields of market entry, stakeholder engagement, risk mitigation through strategic counsel and practical assistance to companies operating and investing in Kenya. She is the CEO & Founder of Women in Energy & Extractives Africa (WEX); a Sub-Saharan focused non-profit organization working to empower and sustainably develop the livelihoods of women affected by the energy & extractive industries. Their mandate is carried through tailored programs directed at capacity building, skill trainings, educational drives at all levels, community engagement and sourcing funding for rural women entrepreneurial groups. With a broad membership of over 1200 women across Africa, WEX holds 3 chapters: Women in Oil & Gas, Mining & Renewables. She additionally, serves on the board of Association of Women in Extractives industry in Kenya (AWEIK). WEX Africa is a partner organization to Pink Petro and a part of the Women Investing in Self and Energy (WISE) program that brings together women in energy across the world.
Jillian Sherburne is a globe-trotting marketing and communications consultant for the energy industry and social impact organizations. She has lived and worked in the Netherlands, UK, Australia and US helping clients, startups and corporations manage culture, change and strategic partnerships. She has been a supporter of Pink Petro since its inception, serving on the leadership team and as community manager. Her oil and gas background also includes roles with Shell, Deloitte and Southwestern Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.
A New Orleans native, Jillian has witnessed the positive impact our industry has on ‘global’ communities. Jillian is UK Chair for the World Petroleum Council and mentors young professionals in leadership development. She has served as a STEM Ambassador, directed speaking events for the Offshore Technology Conference, and served on the Board of the Women’s Energy Network. In her spare time, Jillian advises several Hague-based NGOs and global mobility networks, advocating for bridging global gender and diversity gaps.
Alyssa Snider has been with Shell since 2002. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University. She has performed various HR Generalist and HR Management roles in Shell – Chemicals, Deer Park Manufacturing, HR Services, Trading and UA/Projects & Technology. Her current role is the Organizational Effectiveness Advisor for the Motiva Norco and Convent Manufacturing sites. She enjoys helping the business move forward by supporting their HR agenda, with a particular passion for Leadership and People Development.
Alyssa and her husband Erik have two young girls and live in Gonzales. She enjoys playing golf, serving at her church, creating crafts, and cooking new recipes.
Terry Stringer is the President of EnSource Global, Corporation. Terry’s passion is for people and seeing them succeed. Whether she is working with Fortune 500 executives, professional young women, individuals on the mission field in Africa, or African American and other minority youth, she is using people-centric methods to inspire them towards extraordinary results. Her passion extends to STEM to energize the next generation to prepare them for careers, particularly in the energy industry. Her former role was Director of Ethics & Compliance and Organizational Effectiveness with El Paso Corporation. Terry has a Business degree from Baker College, Flint, MI, and a B.S. in Business with honors, from the University of Phoenix. She is Advisory Board Chairperson and past president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Houston Chapter and an Executive Member of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). She is a member of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBA), the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Society of Corporate Compliance Professionals and the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable. She was named to Biltmore’s Who’s Who in 2012 and was named as a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society in 2015. She has served on the Advisory Board of Southern Methodist University’s Women in Motion program.
Mallory Vachon is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University’s Center for Energy Studies. Dr. Vachon’s research interests lie at the intersection of energy, labor, and public economics, with a focus on the labor market impacts of natural resource booms. Specifically, her research has examined the impact of resource booms on migration, earnings, social insurance programs, and the sales and income tax base. In addition, she has presented on energy and labor market matters at academic conferences, invited speaking engagements at academic and government institutions as well as industry groups. She is a member of several organizations, including the American Economic Association (AEA), the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), the Southern Economic Association (SEA), and the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) serving as a board member of the South Louisiana Chapter. Dr. Vachon received her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Economics at Syracuse University.