HOUSTON—Unconscious bias, limited talent pools and noncommittal top-level executives could derail the quest toward more diversity in the oil and gas industry, but companies have taken steps to overcome these challenges as they recruit qualified candidates or grow their own.

These were views shared by panelists speaking during a forum proceeding Hart Energy’s 25 Influential Women In Energy’s Luncheon on March 4. The conversation took place as the industry faces the task of recruiting talent as some workers retire and attracting people to an industry perceived by some as unappealing for a variety of reasons.

Diversity in the workforce is being championed as a way to not only help bring in more qualified workers but also bring diverse perspectives and voices to the industry.

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