Women In Energy - Oil and Gas Investor - 2021

Influential Women In Energy 2021

The talented women featured in the program this year have risen to the top ranks of their energy companies, providing leadership and inspiration to all. This is the fourth year that we have identified these role models, based on dozens of nominations we received from the industry. In fact, we named 27 honorees this year instead of our usual 25—a true sign of the breadth of exceptional talent in this industry.

It has been a trying year since Hart Energy last honored the Influential Women in Energy. When we honored the 2020 class, we were able to gather with more than 1,000 luncheon attendees in a downtown Houston hotel. There were guest speakers, speeches and networking opportunities galore.

We can’t wait to honor the 2021 class in a similar way, but COVID-19 has put that in-person celebration on hold until Nov. 29. That doesn’t mean we are delaying our celebration though. This year we set up a special on-demand streaming celebration that you can still view at hartenergyconferences.com/ women-in-energy.

The virtual celebration includes our always special video tribute to the honorees, their stories and more. We also feature several industry panels hosted by our own women in energy on the Hart Energy editorial staff. They have in-depth discussions with our 2021 honorees on the issues of the day for the industry.

The talented women featured in the program this year have risen to the top ranks of their energy companies, providing leadership and inspiration to all. This is the fourth year that we have identified these role models, based on dozens of nominations we received from the industry. In fact, we named 27 honorees this year instead of our usual 25—a true sign of the breadth of exceptional talent in this industry.

Among them are CEOs of both producers and service companies, capital advisers, association heads, technology leaders, analysts, marketing executives and energy transition experts. This year, we feature the first international representative to our honorees, Sheila Al-Rowaily, CEO of Wisayah Global Investment Co. & Investment Management Co., an Aramco subsidiary, based in Saudi Arabia.

Some of our honorees loved oil and gas from the start because they grew up in families that were already involved in the industry. Others started out on a different career trajectory, but through unexpected events or meeting influential mentors, the lure of the energy industry grabbed them. Either way, the industry is better for it, as studies continue to prove that greater diversity in the workforce enables corporations to thrive. They become more creative and innovative because diverse viewpoints can inform analysis in new ways.

Executives have learned that women bring to the table the same training, talent and grit as their male colleagues. As honoree Starlee Sykes, senior vice president, Gulf of Mexico and Canada, with bp pointed out, “When it comes to being a woman in the oil and gas industry, it can be hard, because you stand out as you are usually the only one in the room. But equally as much, because you stand out, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference.”

Articles from this issue

Women in Energy 2021 Pinnacle Award Winner: Martha Burger

Martha Burger, president of Oklahoma City University and former Chesapeake Energy executive, was honored as Oil and Gas Investor’s 2021 Influential Women in Energy Pinnacle Award recipient.

Women in Energy Op-ed: Despite Gains, Diversity Remains Work in Progress for Sector

Realizing the benefit of having diversity of thought to help drive innovation, profits and efficiency among other areas, companies and industry organizations have formed initiatives to encourage women to seek out careers in oil and gas. 

Women in Energy: Allyson Anderson-Book, Baker Hughes

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Allyson Anderson-Book, vice president of energy transition at Baker Hughes based in Washington, D.C.

Women in Energy: Bernadette Johnson, Enverus

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Bernadette Johnson, senior vice president, power and renewables, at Enverus based in Centennial, Colo.

Women in Energy: Beth Hickey, Energy Transfer

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Beth Hickey, executive vice president, gas pipelines at Energy Transfer based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Christine “Chris” LaFollette, Akin Gump

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Christine “Chris” LaFollette, partner emeritus at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Emily Santoni, Opportune LLP

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Emily Santoni, chief marketing officer at Opportune LLP based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Jean Ann Salisbury, Bernstein

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Jean Ann Salisbury, senior analyst, natural gas and midstream, at Bernstein based in New York City.

Women in Energy: Jennifer McCarthy, Alta Resources

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Jennifer McCarthy, president and COO of Alta Resources LLC based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Jill Evanko, Chart Industries Inc.

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Jill Evanko, president and CEO of Chart Industries Inc. based in Ball Ground, Ga.

Women in Energy: Katie Pavlovsky, Deloitte

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Katie Pavlovsky, principal, U.S. energy, resources and industrials industry leader, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Kellie Metcalf, EnCap Energy Transition

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Kellie Metcalf, managing partner at EnCap Energy Transition based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Leslie Beyer, Energy Workforce & Technology Council

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Leslie Beyer, CEO of Energy Workforce & Technology Council based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Liese Adams Borden, Hunting Plc

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Liese Adams Borden, chief human resources officer for Hunting Plc based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Lindsay Grider, Tailwater Capital

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Lindsay Grider, head of investor relations at Tailwater Capital based in Dallas.

Women in Energy: Marcia Backus, Occidental Petroleum

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Marcia Backus, senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Occidental Petroleum based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Mari Salazar, BOK Financial

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Mari Salazar, senior vice president and manager of BOK Financial’s Energy Financial Services Group based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Marie Merle Caekebeke, Schlumberger

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Marie Merle Caekebeke, director of ESG performance and engagement at Schlumberger based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Melanie Little, Magellan Midstream Partners

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Melanie Little, senior vice president of operations and EHS&S at Magellan Midstream Partners based in Tulsa, Okla.

Women in Energy: Melinda Faust, Detring Energy Advisors

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Melinda Faust, managing director at Detring Energy Advisors based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Pamela Roth, EOG Resources

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Pamela Roth, vice president of government relations at EOG Resources Inc. based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Sarah Karthigan, Exxon Mobil

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Sarah Karthigan, data science manager at Exxon Mobil based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Sarah McLean, Shearman & Sterling

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Sarah McLean, partner and co-head of the U.S. private equity group at Shearman & Sterling LLP based in Austin and Houston.

Women in Energy: Sheila O. Al-Rowaily, Wisayah Global Investment

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Sheila O. Al-Rowaily, CEO of Wisayah Global Investment Co. & Investment Management Co., an Aramco subsidiary, based in Saudi Arabia.

Women in Energy: Starlee Sykes, BP

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Starlee Sykes, senior vice president, Gulf of Mexico and Canada, for BP based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Sylvia K. Barnes, Tanda Resources

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Sylvia K. Barnes, principal at Tanda Resources LLC based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Tracy Dick, Diamondback Energy

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Teresa (Tracy) L. Dick, executive vice president, chief accounting officer and assistant secretary at Diamondback Energy.

Women in Energy: Whitney Eaton, TGS

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Whitney Eaton, executive vice president of compliance and ESG at TGS based in Houston.

Women in Energy: Zainub Noor, Halliburton

Today’s featured 25 Influential Women in Energy honoree is Zainub Noor, technology director at Halliburton based in Houston.