As a recent college grad, Welter left her high-paying job and chic city apartment to train full-time for a tryout with the Mass Mutiny woman’s football team. After four seasons she won her first championship ring and earned her first football paycheck: for $12.
After moving to Texas, she helped lead the Dallas Diamonds to four national championships, studying for her PhD in sports psychology as she rode the bus to away games. She escaped an emotionally abusive relationship. At one point, she was living in her car. But on the field as well as off, “Dr. Jen” is known for popping right back up after taking a hit—even if it it’s a tackle from a 300-pound defensive lineman. Because when the Dallas Diamonds folded, Dr. Jen made the cut as a running back for the men’s arena football team, the Texas Revolution.
After a season as coach for The Revolution, Jen saw an opportunity to make NFL history. With characteristic determination and spirit, she went all in… and the 5-foot-2 woman who was once told she was too small for tennis became the first female coach in the NFL. Her story is a primer on overcoming the odds and a testimony to the change that one trailblazer can affect.
With Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL, Welter mixes examples from her own life in sports with practical advice on making an outsized impact—with humor, passion, commitment, and grit.
Jennifer Welter is a football coach and former player. She conducts football training camps for women and girls, and makes presentations to organizations and conferences including Intel, MGM, S.H.E. Summit, and many others.
Melody Meyer joined both BP and AbbVie as a Non-Executive Director in May 2017. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity University and on the board of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Ms. Meyer is engaged as a Senior Advisor for Cairn India Limited and President of two companies, Melody Meyer Energy LLC and Women with Energy LLC.
Melody retired from Chevron after 37 years of distinguished service with extensive leadership expertise in global upstream operations, strategic and business planning, major capital project execution, capital allocation, and in delivering superior financial results. From 2011-2016, she was President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production. Previously, she was President of Chevron Energy Technology Company, Vice President U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Vice President U.S. Mid-Continent strategic business units. She held key international leadership assignments as the Operations Engineering Manager in Tengiz, Kazakhstan and Operations Manager in Angola. She has extensive experience working on complex fiscal environments in 17 countries, with a focus on creating advantage from change during three new country start-ups, three merger integrations, managing crisis and risk, mega-capital project execution, and reducing cost and driving efficiencies across diverse asset classes.
Ms. Meyer graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Science and attended Dartmouth Tuck Executive Education program in 1997.
Ms. Meyer was Executive Sponsor of the Chevron Women’s Network and formed Women with Energy LLC to continue to advocate for the advancement of women in energy. Ms. Meyer was recognized as a Trinity Distinguished Alumni, with BioHouston Women in Science and the ASME Rhoades Petroleum Industry Leadership Awards.
Dr. Pratima Rangarajan is the chief executive officer of the newly-formed investment company, OGCI Climate Investments.
Jointly funded by 10 Oil and Gas majors, OGCI Climate Investments (CI) intends to invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CI plans to enhance the impact of the investments via strategic partnerships and with others working on low emissions technologies and solutions.
Before joining OGCI Climate Investments, Dr. Rangarajan was the General Manager for GE’s Onshore Wind Product Line and the General Manager for GE’s Energy Storage startup. She had previously held the role of Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology and Research at Vestas Wind Systems. Pratima has a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a BS in chemical engineering from MIT. She is based in London.
is the senior director of grid modernization at 3M, where she leads the team enabling customers in the energy market to improve their operations, through the implementation of data-enhanced products and solutions. Ms. Sherwood previously spent over a decade in the solar and energy storage industries, where she held leadership roles with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, SolarCity, Recurrent Energy, and SunPower. Prior to solar, she spent over a decade in finance, marketing, and strategy consulting with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture. Ms. Sherwood holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS cum laude from George Mason University.
She’s also running for Texas State office in 2018.
She is highly regarded as one of the company’s leading experts in the Upstream sector of the industry, and she currently serves as the account lead with one of the largest global energy companies. Angie has also served as the Talent Strategy lead responsible for defining the strategy, hiring, and reskilling of Accenture’s North America Energy practice. In addition, Angie also served on Accenture’s Strategic Pursuits team responsible for identifying and structuring complex application outsourcing solutions for oil and gas clients.
Ms. Gildea is active in the local community. She serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Trees of Hope, an organization serving Star of Hope, Houston’s largest homeless shelter. Angie is also a former member of the Junior League of Houston.
Angie holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. She resides in Houston, TX with her family.
Brian also has extensive experience in leading engineering and project execution programs for various offshore project developments and environments including Deepwater, Arctic, environmentally sensitive, remote and technically challenging arenas. Brian has a strong background in technology and strives to implement the latest industry capability to enable projects and enhance operational performance.
Brian holds a Diploma in Engineering Management, from Bristol University England and both a BA and MA honors degree in Engineering from Cambridge University England.
In 2003, Claire co-founded SunEdison, at one point the word’s largest solar energy services provider. At its peak, SunEdison had an asset value over $10 billion and more than 7,000 employees.
After founding SunEdison, Claire served as the acting program manager for the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (OWIP) within the Department of Energy. Also at the DOE, she served as an energy-efficiency advisor to the Secretary and — leveraging the Recovery Act — guided the deployment of $11 billion in economic stimulus funds for clean energy while championing policies to expand the impact of public investment through public-private partnerships.
Throughout her rich career, Claire also enjoyed tenure at Hannon Armstrong investment bank, GE Capital, Deloitte and Touche, and the World Bank.
He has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth, an AB from Dartmouth College and, as an organizational psychologist, a PhD from the University of Georgia. A U.S. Navy veteran, he previously worked in the strategy practice of Accenture and the public-sector practice of CGI.
He is a Founding Fellow and Contributing Author of the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School. His book ‘Pinpointing Excellence’ (www.pinpointingexcellence.com) for example is popular with leaders who use it as a guide to evaluate and select top quality coaches.
He has 30 years of management, executive coaching, executive assessment, leadership development, organization change and alignment, and strategy consulting experience globally in the biotechnology, chemical, construction, education, energy, entertainment, environmental services, federal government, financial services, food and spirits, healthcare, legal, manufacturing, not for profit, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail and technology sectors.
John helps successful people excel further, working with senior leaders, boards, executive teams, entrepreneurs and other high impact professionals. A partial client list includes AGCO, AIG, Aker Solutions, AstraZeneca, BASF, Benteler, Black Hills Corporation, British Petroleum, Calpine, Cameron, CBRE, Central Intelligence Agency, Children’s National Medical Center, Clock Spring Company, Comfort Systems USA, ConocoPhillips, Diageo, Dover Industries, EastWest Bank, ExxonMobil, Hines, ION Geophysical, IvyExec, Jones Lang LaSalle, KIPP Schools, Lloyd’s Register, Memorial Hermann Health System, MILE Saudi Arabia, NASA, NRG, Occidental Petroleum, Oil States International, PetroChina, Pink Petro, PSC, Raytheon, Recall, Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, Seyfarth Shaw, Stepan Company, Sunbelt Steel Texas, Texas Children’s Hospital, The Brock Group, The Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas, The CapStreet Group, The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, The March of Dimes, The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Thomson Reuters.
His organizational psychologist license is granted via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards by the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. He is a member and the 2013-14 President of the Society of Psychologists in Management and a member of the Society of Consulting Psychology. He teaches MBA courses as an adjunct professor and contributes as a keynote speaker and writer.
He volunteers in the community with particular interest in education and in helping disadvantaged children. He has a history of board service, for example as the 2016-17 board president of an inner city school, the Nehemiah Center. He belongs to Kiwanis International and also supports Deerfield Academy, Dartmouth College, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the United Methodist Church.
John and his wife have four children.
Linda Lorelle is best known as a two-time Emmy Award winning journalist who anchored the evening news for nearly 17 years at Houston’s NBC affiliate, KPRC-TV. Linda is also a two-time winner of the prestigious national Gracie Award, given by the American Women in Radio and Television, as well as numerous other local and national awards. These days the Stanford graduate is an entrepreneur, running her multimedia production company, Lorelle Media, known for its masterful video storytelling. In 2016 the company and its client, Shell Oil Company, were honored with the IABC Bronze and Silver Quill Awards, for the documentary “After the Storm: Deepwater’s Journey”, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “Not only did their team deliver above and beyond expectations,” said Shell Executive Producer, Kiran Husain,“they set a new standard for corporate storytelling.” Through original reporting and short and longform documentaries, Lorelle Media takes video production to another level, creating compelling, original content for clients who understand the value of owning their story. Linda also uses the art of storytelling to coach CEOs and executives who want to brush up on their presentation skills. As a partner in the communications and public affairs firm, Outreach Strategists, clients look to Linda and her partners for all aspects of strategic communications, public affairs, media training and business networking, as well as Linda’s services as a keynote speaker, panel moderator and emcee.
Linda is passionate about helping others and is extremely involved in supporting numerous organizations. As a result, her contributions to the Houston community have been recognized in recent years through a variety of awards: M.D. Anderson’s Loving Hearts Caring Hands Award, the Houston Treasure Award, the Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award and the Chron’s and Colitis Gold Key Award, among others. Linda was named a Woman of Distinction in 2010 and was inducted into the first class of the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Her current board positions include Memorial Park Conservancy, Cristo Rey Jesuit and the National Business Development Association. Linda’s passion for children and education led her to found the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund with her husband, Lou Gregory, 25 years ago. The LLSF targets high school juniors with average grades from challenging backgrounds, and provides them college scholarships, life skills training and support to succeed on campus and in the workforce. To date, the LLSF has awarded more than $4 million in college scholarships to more than 300 Houston area students. The organization is extremely proud to have received the Diversity Award from the City of Houston in 2015 and 2016.
After helping so many others navigate the college process, Linda and Lou recently went through the process themselves. Their 22-year-old daughter, Lindsey, is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business where she received her degree in Entrepreneurial Management. Linda is combatting the “empty nest syndrome” by keeping busy with her many work and charitable commitments, and she hits the ballroom dance floor as often as possible!
Tyra is a highly skilled, results-oriented strategist, communications professional, training specialist and events manager with more than 20 years of experience. Currently, her work is focused on long-term workforce development, strategic partnerships, grassroots advocacy, employee engagement, and industry STEM/education initiatives. She has worked in oil and gas, higher education, non-profits, and for a range of clients as an independent consultant for more than12 years. Her demonstrated leadership in grassroots coalition building was cultivated through experience in state and national political campaigns.
Prior to working as a consultant while matriculating as a full time graduate student and fellow, Tyra was the Director of Communications at the Texas A&M University System and Director of University Relations at Prairie View A&M University, where she managed communications, media relations, web content, marketing and brand activities.
A Louisiana native, she holds a master’s degree in community development from Prairie View A&M University, a bachelor of journalism degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at Texas A&M University. Her research interests are in the areas of the higher education policy and underrepresented minority and women’s persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., has served as a Group Writing Coach for Posse Houston, founding board member of National Urban League Young Professionals, past member of a number of non profit boards, and very active in her community as a member of several national scholarship review boards and a trustee of the Mt. Rose Church Board of Directors.