North Texas Chapter: 11th Annual Leadership Conference

North Texas Chapter: 11th Annual Leadership Conference
WEN North Texas 11th Annual Leadership Conference, "Evolution: Resiliency in a New Energy World "

Please join us for the Women's Energy Network - North Texas 11th Annual Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Dallas Petroleum Club. The conference will offer an afternoon of education and networking with a focus on relevant topics affecting women in energy. 

Walk-in registration and networking will begin at 11:30 AM, to be followed by a speaker luncheon at 12 PM, additional speaker presentations, and a panel discussion. The conference will conclude with a networking reception and Wine Pull from 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM. In partnership with The Foundation for the Women’s Energy Network, proceeds will benefit the WEN North Texas Charitable Funds.

The registration fee includes attendance at the luncheon, all conference presentations, and the networking reception. Charity Wine Pull tickets will be sold during the conference and at the networking reception.

We are excited to present the following speakers and panelists at this year’s conference. (More information and speakers TBA.)

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: “Using ESG to Drive Performance and Value in Energy”

Greg Englert, CIA
Partner, Risk Advisory Services and ESG Practice Leader | Weaver

Greg Englert, CIA, has more than 17 years of professional services experience focused on providing business risk insights and advisory services. His leadership in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advisory services includes providing insight into ESG reporting and disclosure, ESG frameworks and data analysis. He has deep experience helping global and publicly held companies, as well as pre-IPO and newly public companies, with optimizing their risk and compliance functions and solving internal control environment challenges. He has led a range of internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 compliance, controls transformation, enterprise risk management and process improvement projects.

Technical Presentation: “Hitting the Moving Target of Change”

Jen Hartwig, MBA
Engineer, Business Unit Coordinator | Denbury

Jen Hartwig has 16 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. The breadth of her career has been spent in Carbon Dioxide, Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2 EOR). She began working at Chevron Corporation in 2005 as a Facilities Engineer. In 2008 she joined Denbury and has served in a variety of operational roles, from engineering to management.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Ms. Hartwig is considered a subject matter expert in Decision and Risk Analysis, power markets, and economic analysis. She has previously served on a non-profit Board for the Dallas Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, which was rebranded to Ladies Professional Golf Association. She also provides mentorship through the LSU Athletics Letterman’s Club to current student-athletes.

Keynote Speaker: DEI Title TBA

Dannetta English Bland

Chief Diversity Officer | University of North Texas System
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director | Women’s Energy Network Global Board of Directors

Dannetta English Bland serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the University of North Texas System. She is a thought leader and subject-matter expert who works collaboratively with campus and system Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) leaders, as well as with campus HR leaders, to refine and accelerate the important work of DE&I. She develops strategic DE&I initiatives and provides updates to the UNT System Board of Regents and all levels of system and campus leadership. Dannetta joined the UNT System in July 2021 after spending nearly 17 years at Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services firms.

While at Deloitte, Dannetta held a variety of leadership roles including her appointment on Deloitte’s National Diversity & Inclusion team and Deloitte’s Black Action Council.  In her final role at Deloitte she served as the leader of Deloitte’s Next Generation Greenhouse in Houston, Texas. She was responsible for developing and implementing immersive, digital, and interactive lab experiences that helped clients with their most challenging business issues.

Dannetta boasts a wealth of experience advising Fortune 500 and private companies on DEI initiatives and talent strategy, cultural and workforce transformation, as well as executive transition and alignment.  She is frequently invited to speak on topics related to DE&I, diversity on corporate boards, STEM and others. 

Dannetta is an active leader in the community and enjoys volunteering and working with local nonprofits to make an impact in the lives of others.  She serves on the national board of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) as its inaugural DE&I National Director and is a lifetime member of the University of Houston Alumni Association and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Dannetta has also previously served as the founding Board Chair of the WEN Foundation, as well as on the University of Houston Accounting Advisory Board, the regional board of NABA and INROADS, and on the Houston Urban Debate League Advisory Board.

Private Equity Financing: Q&A with Jill Lampert and Deena Roubal, Moderated by Teresa Garza

Jill W. Lampert
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer | NGP

Ms. Lampert joined NGP in 2007 and serves as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of NGP. Since taking her current position, NGP has significantly grown its capital commitments. To support this growth, Ms. Lampert has built out the infrastructure to support the increased number of investors and entities and associated complexities as well as the demands for enhanced reporting from both investors and regulators. In her role, Ms. Lampert oversees financial reporting, tax, accounting and other administrative functions such as technology, marketing, human resources, and support operations. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.

Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources from 2007 to 2010, where she was responsible for managing the complexities presented by global investments, including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication, financial reporting and accounting oversight. Prior to NGP, Ms. Lampert held other financial, accounting and operational roles after beginning her career at Arthur Andersen.

Ms. Lampert is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her B.B.A. in Accounting in 1988 from The University of Texas at Austin.

Deena Roubal
Chief Financial Officer | Pearl Energy Investments

Deena Roubal is the Chief Financial Officer of Pearl Energy Investments. Deena brings more than 20 years of fund audit, accounting, and controller experience to the team. Prior to joining Pearl, Deena spent ten years as Area Controller of Investor Accounting for HBK Capital Management. She has also spent time with Akanthos Capital Management as a Portfolio Controller and as an Audit Manager for Deloitte, where she focused on audits of mutual funds, hedge funds, investment advisors, and broker-dealers.

Deena holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Teresa Garza

Partner, Business Tax Services | Weaver
President | Women's Energy Network North Texas

Teresa Garza, CPA, has more than 10 years of public accounting experience with a focus on tax planning and compliance for partnerships, corporations, and S corporations in the upstream and midstream energy markets. She serves a variety of industries, which include private equity, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and professional services. Teresa is highly skilled at delivering advice and consultation regarding complex tax matters, such as subchapter K, provision for income taxes, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, entity formation, as well as international and multi-state filing requirements.

Teresa is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas, Kansas and Missouri. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas chapter, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE). In addition, Teresa holds several leadership roles at energy-related professional organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS), Texas Energy Council (TEC) and the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). She previously served on the boards of the Fort Worth Petroleum Accountants Society (FWPAS) and Women’s Finance Exchange (WFE). Teresa graduated with a Master of Science in taxation and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of North Texas.

 Energy Panel

Karen L Potter
Managing Director | Deloitte Services, LP
Advisory Council Member | Women’s Energy Network North Texas

Karen Potter brings over 20 years’ experience in client relationship development with the last 15 years in professional services. Karen transferred to Texas in 2012 to lead Deloitte’s Growth Enterprise Services Group and North Texas marketplace with a focus on serving Oil & Gas Industry sector. 

In 2013, Karen received an award from the Austin Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute for “above & beyond” contribution and outstanding chapter achievement. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of “Effective networking” and related sales training as well as a former Dale Carnegie professor. Karen is also a certified Business Chemistry trainer and educator for Deloitte’s relationship development skills training and on-boarding curriculum.

Karen serves on the Board of the Women in Energy’s Network North Texas Chapter, American Heart Association/Go Red for women and is actively involved in the Network of Executive Women, Financial Executive Institute Dallas Chapter and many other civic activities.

Karen currently resides in the North Dallas Texas area with her husband Wayne and their two English Mastiffs, Bailey & Buddy.

AJ Akaydin

CFO | Sammons Infrastructure, Inc.
Advisory Council Member | Women’s Energy Network North Texas

AJ Akaydin is the Chief Financial Officer of Sammons Infrastructure, Inc., a Dallas-based holding company, which owns and manages renewable energy, mitigation banking, and other infrastructure projects in North America. Akaydin has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking with a focus on power and energy industries. 

Prior to joining Sammons Infrastructure in 2017, Akaydin served in various financial leadership positions at Vistra Energy Corp. (NYSE: VST), an independent power producer and retail electric provider, and Murchison Oil & Gas, Inc., a privately-held exploration and production company with operations in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. Akaydin spent the first 8 years of her career in the investment banking industry, 5 years at Citigroup’s New York and London offices, and 3 years at the Dallas offices of Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank.  Akaydin’s transactional and management experience spans across various segments of the power and energy industries including upstream oil & gas, pipelines, refineries, conventional and renewable power generation, transmission, and energy storage. 

Akaydin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University at Istanbul, a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master of Engineering degree in Operations Research from Cornell University where she was a Fulbright scholar. Akaydin is a CFA charterholder.

Ann Vandenberg

Senior Landman | Dorchester Minerals, L.P.
Owner | Vandenberg Management & Consulting, LLC
Advisory Council Member | Women’s Energy Network North Texas

Ann Vandenberg is an accomplished landman with extensive and diverse experience in the energy industry. Ann is currently a Senior Landman at Dorchester Minerals, L.P. (DMLP), a publicly traded partnership owning producing and non-producing crude oil and natural gas minerals, leasehold, royalty, overriding royalty and net profits.  Ann is also Owner and Manager of Vandenberg Management & Consulting, LLC.  Ann was previously a Senior Landman at Petro Harvester Oil & Gas, LLC and was a key team member that developed the land department.  Ann gained much of her broad experience in her 22 years at Dale Operating Company/Dale Resources, L.L.C., a small independent exploration and production company, where she began with the company performing oil and gas accounting and regulatory, and then later became a landman and established the land department over which she presided for more than 15 years

Ann is a past President of the Texas Energy Council, an energy-related nonprofit organization whose members include DFW-ALTA, TIPRO, ADAM, SIPES and IPAA-North Texas.  She was featured in D CEO magazine’s “The Rising Stars of Oil and Gas” and has been a radio guest on The Jacki Daily Show.  In addition, she is Past President and current Board Advisor of the Women’s Energy Network, North Texas Chapter, which she co-founded in 2009.