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Less than a third of corporate board seats are now held by women, despite evidence that has shown that gender diversity in boardrooms can lead to higher credit ratings and improved stock performance. Statistics show the oil and gas sector continues to struggle to boost the number of women it has in leadership positions.
With little progress in the area amid increasing calls for gender diversity, what can oil and gas companies do differently?
Four female leaders joined Hart Energy for an extraordinary discussion on gender diversity:
- Hillary H. Holmes, Partner and Capital Markets Global Co-Chair, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Josetta Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Chevron
- Shelly Lambertz, Chief Culture Officer, Continental Resources
- Jennifer Simons, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Parker Wellbore
All four speakers, who are also honorees of Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas Investor Influential Women in Energy program, will be recognized at the 5th Annual Influential Women in Energy luncheon and networking event on Friday, April 29 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Houston. For more information on the luncheon and these extraordinary women visit HartEnergyConferences.com/Women-in-Energy.
Hillary Holmes is a partner in the global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Capital Markets practice group. She advises corporations, banks and private equity firms on long-term and strategic capital raising. She also counsels boards of directors, special committees and financial advisors in M&A transactions and complex situations. She regularly advises companies on obligations under federal securities laws, corporate governance and ESG issues.
Josetta Jones is Chevron’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, a role she assumed in February 2021. Prior to this role, Jones was managing counsel, intellectual property, where she was responsible for the Intellectual Property Law Group. She joined Chevron in 2002 as a patent attorney in the Intellectual Property Law Group and served for six years as chair of Chevron’s Law Function Diversity Council. She has served as a role model volunteer with Techbridge Girls since 2003 and was a member of Techbridge Girls’ California Advisory Board. Jones was named Best Bay Area Counsel – Diversity Champion by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times.
Shelly Lambertz has served on the Continental Resources board of directors since May 2018. She is currently serving as the company’s executive vice president, chief culture and administrative officer. Lambertz’s financial, management and human resources experience, as well as her knowledge regarding the company and its operations, qualify her to serve on the board. Before joining the company as an employee, she served as the COO at Hamm Capital, a family investment and advisory firm based in Oklahoma City, from August 2011 to October 2018. Lambertz also serves as director of the Harold Hamm Foundation. From 1999 to 2005, Lambertz was the executive director of the YWCA in Enid, OK. From 1996 to 1998, Lambertz was director of human resources and business development adviser for Hamm & Phillips Service Co. She began her career working for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Simons serves as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Parker Wellbore. She was appointed general counsel and corporate secretary on April 1, 2018, after serving as the general manager of the company’s Atlantic Canada division based in, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Prior to her operations management role, she served in various legal counsel roles since joining the company in 2010. Before joining Parker, Simons represented clients in energy and real estate-related transactions and dispute resolution.
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