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.
Yun got his start in the solar industry in 2006 working for a local integrator designing and building residential and small commercial PV and solar thermal systems. Since then he has managed the design and implementation of hundreds of systems increasing in size and complexity. He has also held senior engineering and engineering management positions at DNV GL and SunEdison, where he became proficient in energy modeling, PV plant design, and design management of utility scale PV projects. He currently works with developers, municipalities, and utilities to accelerate the adoption of renewable and distributed energy resources on the grid.
Yun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a licensed mechanical and electrical professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with the USGBC.
Dr. Tauseef Salma is the Vice President of Global Chemicals at Baker Hughes, a GE company. Tauseef has over 20 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams in upstream sector of oilfield.
Tauseef holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas. She is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). She has served on the Advisory Board of Rice U for Professional Science Masters and Energy Advisory Board Univ. of Houston. She has served for over five years in leadership roles in two non-profit organizations, dedicated to education of children and professional mentoring and development.
An influential leader in the community, Susan has spent the last eight years of her career dedicated to outreach, education, political engagement and policy work in the oil and gas industry. Spanning multiple roles across two different organizations, she has gained a depth of experience within major oil and gas operating areas across the country, including the Wattenberg (CO), Delaware (TX), and Utica (OH) basins and many others across the intermountain West.
Her tailored grassroots outreach programs and strategic engagement initiatives have influenced policies at all levels of government. By working closely with town councils, county commissions, and state and national leadership to educate stakeholders about energy policy, communities and leaders have influenced critical programs and impacted decisions around operating practices as well as environmental stewardship.
Her work and leadership has earned both her and PDC recognition for their positive impact in the communities in which they operate. Their outreach efforts have encompassed school funding programs, strategic development initiatives, and thousands of hours of volunteer time in mobilizing the workforce to support these efforts.
In 2017, PDC Energy was recognized by COGA as the recipient of the inaugural “Large Company Community Impact Award”; later that same year, Susan was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s Top 40 Women in Energy. In 2018, Susan was recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of Colorado’s top 25 most powerful women.
Susan serves on multiple boards, including the advisory board of Western Energy Alliance, board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, the Boys and Girls Club Colorado Alliance, and the Denver advisory board for Kirkpatrick Bank. She is a committed leader and active member of multiple committees for industry associations, community organizations and other workgroups.
A native of Idaho, she studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. Susan lives in Denver with her husband, Brian, and their dog Penny.
Shelley has spent almost two decades in the energy industry – getting started as a natural gas pipeline engineer for Houston based CenterPoint Energy. During her career in energy she has held a variety of roles in strategy, finance, marketing and business development – both at CenterPoint Energy and Shell. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Global Energy Management. Beyond her passion for clean, sustainable energy, Shelley also devotes time as a board member of several non-profit organizations in support of education and women.
Prior to his role with the ETO, Hemminghaus served as the Chief of Staff for Marvin McDaniel, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer. In this role Roger led strategy development and stress testing, financial planning, and executive communications for the Corporate Services Organization.
Hemminghaus previously held leadership roles in Corporate Strategy working on the initial ROE study in 2012-13, HR to build the Workforce Planning and Analytics function, Staffing and Recruiting, and the Business Systems PMO. Roger has worked for Xcel Energy for 10 years. Previously he was a consultant for IBM.
Roger Hemminghaus was elected to the XPAC Board in 2014 and has served in the role of President since 2016. He previously represented the company in several public/private partnership boards focused on the development of STEM Education programs for entry utility workers (MN Energy Consortium (Chair), CO Energy Consortium (Chair), MN State Energy Sector Partnership, Smart Grid Advisory Committee).
Roger holds undergraduate degrees in Entrepreneurial Management and Information Systems from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (2003) and a graduate degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver (2012).
Roger lives in Arvada, Colorado with his wife, daughter, and dog where they enjoy outdoor pursuits and travel.
The mission of the recovery effort is to secure and deploy disaster resources to accelerate Houston’s recovery, strengthen Houston’s resilience, and enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Houston and its people. In announcing his appointment, Mayor Turner asked Odum to make bold recommendations and “get us out of our comfort zone.”
Odum has accepted no salary for this full-time appointment.
Odum is retired chairman and president of Shell Oil Company and executive committee member of Royal Dutch Shell. Odum directed a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind and biofuels. He was also CEO of InterGen, a global power development and generation company earlier in his career.
He began his Shell career as an engineer in 1982, and served in a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in both technical and commercial aspects of energy. In addition to running the business, his role involved engaging with public, private, media and non-governmental leaders on a wide range of energy policy issues. He was charged with establishing and advocating innovative, industry-leading solutions to the challenge of securing safe, secure and sustainable energy sources. He also led Shell’s major role in supporting New Orleans’ recovery after Hurricane Katrina.
Odum is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and board member of the National Urban League. In addition, he is a member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and co-chair of the $1 billion capital campaign for the University of Houston. He also serves on the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors for MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Odum earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.
Over the course of her career at Southern Company, Mouchet oversaw critical technical design, execution and support for the technology roadmaps for two multi-billion dollar power plants including the first nuclear power plant in the US in 30 years. Mouchet established a governance model over technology investment for multiple business units and led multimillion-dollar business cases that resulted in successful technology projects and increased revenue. A hallmark of her career with Southern Company was Mouchet’s ability to establish and develop new organizations in response to developing business drivers and emerging technologies. Her tenure at Southern Company includes a number of company firsts. Mouchet generated attention and focus for the first U.S. electric vehicle research center in her role as Georgia Power’s manager of electric transportation in the mid-1990s. She also launched Southern Company’s first national accounts organization to provide superior service to large commercial customers such as Wal-Mart and Marriott, which continues to be recognized as one of the top three U.S. programs of its kind.
Because of Mouchet’s track record and cyber security expertise, she was asked by Rausch Advisory Services, a company focused on services in Financial Accounting, Internal Auditing, and Information Security to serve on their Advisory Board. She is also on the board of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
In recognition of her technology leadership and business accomplishments, she was selected in 2012 as the CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and one of the “Fierce”-est Women in Energy by online industry newsletter FierceEnergy. Mouchet is sought after as a speaker, a panelist and facilitator across industries and featured in two popular business books, Leading with Honor and Thrive not just Survive.
Mouchet holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Georgia State University.
She is the Founder and CEO of Pink Petro™, the global community and career resource aimed at disrupting the gender gap in energy. Pink Petro has grown exponentially since its launch in 2014, with members in 120 countries and at over 500 companies. Forbes recently named Pink Petro one of seven Communities Where You Can Connect with Company Insiders. And in 2017, Katie launched Experience Energy℠ the only global careers platform for women in energy.
Katie spent 20 years in oil and gas and is an expert in driving cultural transformations through education and change management. Katie has held global leadership roles with industry giants BP and Shell in health and safety during periods of financial crisis, spills, divestment and globalization. Prior to Big Oil, Katie consulted with Duke Energy, Waste Management, Entergy and Enron. Her chaotic, imperfect corporate path drove her to build Pink Petro and help companies prepare for the looming talent shortage, end the gender gap and mitigate energy’s reputational crisis.
Katie has bootstrapped Pink Petro to 300% growth in less than three years. She has created multiple products and services to help companies shift their approach to talent and culture — the new T&Cs of energy — including her award-winning website with an audience of readers and contributors that is 60% female and 40% male. HERWorld Energy Forum, drew 7,500 attendees in 2017 — both in-person and online. Pink Petro TV gives members of her community access to exclusive content and professional development opportunities year-round. And, Experience Energy is the careers destination site for women and minorities globally.
Katie is a four-time World Major marathoner having completed London, Chicago, New York and Berlin. Her husband is an Associate General Counsel with Baker Hughes General Electric and they live with their 7-year-old daughter, a “Ninja-Neer” in the making, in the Energy Corridor.
Katie has grown a powerful social media presence and become a sought-after contributor, expert and thought leader in energy. She has been featured or cited by
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Ms. Jones most recently served as vice president of Human Resources and chief commercial officer for Newfield Exploration Co. Prior to that, from 2008 until 2010, she served as Human Resource director, Reservoir Production Group of Schlumberger. Between 2006 and 2008, Ms. Jones held the position of vice president, North America for Schlumberger Information Solutions, and in that role, was responsible for leading software, information and the company’s related infrastructure organization in the U.S.
From 2003 to 2006, she served as vice president of Personnel for Schlumberger Information Solutions, and was responsible for leading all human resource related activities for Schlumberger’s world-wide workforce from its London office. During the period 1993 to 2003, she worked in a variety of managerial assignments of increasing responsibility for Schlumberger in Canada and the U.S.
Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary, Canada; and has completed executive business courses in human resources at the University of Michigan and in finance at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ms. Jones serves on the board of directors of Communities in Schools of Houston.
Ana graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish and in 1993 with a Master’s Degree in Management. After an internship with Shell Oil Company, Ana joined Shell Exploration & Production as a Human Resources Analyst in 1993. Her initial assignments included providing HR support to onshore domestic operations in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado and Alaska. In 1999, Ana transferred to Equiva Services LLC, where she helped develop HR Policies and Programs and provided HR support to the Corporate Centers of the joint companies. Ana moved to Southern California as the HR Manager of the Shell Los Angeles Refinery in 2003.
In January 2006, Ana moved to The Netherlands to become the HR Manager, Standards & Delivery, and later the Vice President HR Standards & Compliance when she took on the role of Functional Compliance Officer for Human Resources. During this time, Ana was an active Girl Scout volunteer and served as leader for the Cadette/ Ambassador/Senior troop at the American School of the Hague. She was presented with the Outstanding Leader Award, Girl Scouts USA Overseas – North Atlantic for her work on the overseas committee and commitment to Girl Scouts in the Hague.
Ana returned to Houston in August 2011 as the Regional Recruitment Manager for the Americas. In this role, she oversaw the Recruitment of Interns, Graduates, Experienced Hires, Operations & Crafts, Recruitment Operations and Marketing for the US, Canada and Brazil. Ana joined the Board of Directors for the INROADS South Central Region in 2012 and was appointed Chair in 2015. Since 2015, she has also served on the INROADS National Board of Directors. INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. They rely on leaders like Ana to facilitate leadership development sessions as part of their ongoing learning and development. In 2016, Ana received the INROADS Frank C Carr Servant Leadership Award for her continued support and commitment of the INROADS South Central Region.
Most recently, Ana served as the HR Project Manager for the Shell-Motiva Separation. She led HR work streams in the successful Integration of 1800 employees to Shell and Separation of 2200 employees to Motiva and was the HR Integration Lead on the Business/Function Project team.
Ana is married with two children, Ashley and George. Her free time centers around family activities, swimming and scouts. She enjoys reading, baking, and traveling.
Colette is a member of Reed Smith’s Energy and Natural Resources Group president in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded policy maker in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for aterm that expired in June 2017.At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, enforcement, ratemaking, infrastructure development, and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she served since October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015.
As Chairman of the PSC, Colette oversaw an agency with jurisdiction over 450 utilities and approximate annual revenues of US$5 billion. She was charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable retail electric service. During her tenure, Arkansas led the South and Southeast in comprehensive energy efficiency programs, and electric rates were consistently among the lowest in the nation. These appointments culminated in nearly ten years of regulatory experience in key leadership roles.
Colette is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she focused on pipeline safety, reliability, resilience, fuel diversity, and workforce development. She has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on a range of energy issues.
Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, Colette served as chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General and as a member of the governor’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Her previous employment includes service as a consumer protection and civil litigation attorney, and as a senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid fraud before serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and Special Judge of the Pulaski County Circuit Court.
Colette is an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, an effort co-led by the
U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, formed under the auspices of the International Clean Energy Ministerial. She has also held previous appointments to the National Petroleum Council and served as Chair of the Department of Transportation’s Joint Technical Advisory Committee for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. A native of Arkansas, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
In her ten years with the Department of Energy (2008-2018), Carol led multi-billion dollar technical programs; ran the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy field operations office which at its peak was responsible for approximately $7 billion of grants, research and construction; and was a key contributor on two multi-Agency energy policy reviews.
Prior to the Department of Energy, Carol worked for 25 years (1983-2008) in the energy industry for BP. With BP she worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and spent ten years living and working in Europe.
In her career at BP she held roles in operations management, strategy development, financial management, and policy development. She began her career as a refinery environmental engineer in Ohio. Her last role at BP was in London as Vice President, Policy and Strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the business case for an $8 billion investment to launch that new division.
Carol holds a BS in Engineering from Purdue University with a specialization in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Carol was an Arotech (NASDAQ:ARTX) Board member (2016-2017) as well as the Nominating Committee chair and an Audit Committee member. Carol completed the Kellogg Business School Board Director Development Program.
She currently serves as an Ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, a women in clean energy organization.
Carol previously served as a member of the California Fuel Cell Board, the European Union Hydrogen Initiative Advisory Council, and was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy Freedom Car and Fuel Partnership Advisory Board.
Danielle reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and provides strategic advice to the Company’s management team and Board of Directors through her technical competence as a corporate/transactional lawyer, understanding of the business and organizational needs, and knowledge of the governance requirements. She balances the responsibility for ensuring the company operates lawfully at all times with a pragmatic view to risk analysis with full consideration of the business fundamentals and implications of legal advice.
In addition to directing the Company’s corporate governance, compliance and risk management activities, Danielle also helps lead C&J’s internal and external communication activities and steer the organization’s employee engagement and development initiatives
Prior to joining C&J, Danielle practiced corporate / transactional law at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. from 2007 through 2011, representing public and private companies and investment banking firms in numerous capital markets offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the oil and gas industry. She also counseled clients with respect to corporate governance, compliance, SEC disclosure / reporting, and general corporate matters. Upon graduating from Tulane Law School in 2006, Danielle served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Tucker Melancon, United States District Court – Western District of Louisiana, from 2006 to 2007.
Colleen served on the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Board of Directors for 4 years, including a term as Society President and is currently is a member of the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) Executive Board. She is also a member of ASME, where she has worked on several committees, and of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, serving on their board of directors in 2014. A registered professional engineer in three states, Colleen a holds B.S. in mechanical engineering technology, an M.S. in water resources and environmental engineering, and an MBA.
Formerly, Halliburton’s Senior Director of Corporate Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, she was responsible for providing strategic direction for the Corporate Internal Communications, Community Relations teams, and for leading Companywide efforts to increase diverse hiring and promote inclusion throughout the Company. She also managed the President’s Leadership Excellence Program (PLEP) and Business Leadership Development programs for Halliburton’s high potential talent and served as Vice President of the Halliburton Foundation.
Being the first person to hold the position as Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion she was instrumental in shaping the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy and objectives.
Ms. Patman has experience in all areas of Human Resources, and she has held a variety of positions in the U.S. and internationally, including a five-year assignment leading Human Resources for the Eastern Hemisphere Operations, based in Egypt and, later, Dubai.
Ms. Patman holds a Master of Science degree in global human resources management from the University of Liverpool in London.
Cindy is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Pink Petro. She has been recognized as one of Houston’s “50 Most Influential Women” by Houston Women’s Magazine, Top Women in Energy by Houston Business Journal two years in a row, and one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” by the National Diversity Council in 2014. Mrs. Patman was also awarded the inaugural Women in Energy (WEN) networks’ inaugural “Spirit of WEN Award” and Diversity Journals’ “Women Worth Watching.” She is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events related to diversity and professional development for women.
Prior to Data Gumbo Mr Bruce was COO for MHWirth responsible for global operations.
Mr. Bruce was founder of the NOVOS project at NOV. Mr Bruce holds a patent jointly on Rig Automation.
Mr. Bruce earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of IADC and SPE.