WEN Foundation: The "GET BACK ON TRACK" Symposium (Virtual)

WEN Foundation: The "GET BACK ON TRACK" Symposium (Virtual)

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 21-22, 2021 (4:00 pm CST start)

Derailed?: Identifying and Addressing the Internal and External Barriers to Women’s Success in the Energy Industry After COVID

It’s time to get back! Back on T.R.A.C.K. that is, with some Tenacity, Resiliency, Adaptability, Community and Knowledge – and have fun doing it! Do you want to learn real, actionable steps to deal with career barriers specific to women? How about earning CPE/CLE* credit? How about a bit of networking while sipping a fancy cocktail delivered right to your front door?

Women in every industry across the world felt like the train of their life and career had jumped the tracks the moment COVID hit. Yet, for many women in the energy space this upheaval isn’t completely new. We have been facing struggles with childcare, nerve-wracking downturns, and uncertainty about the future of our industry off and on for decades. The challenges of COVID exacerbated the pre-existing barriers to women’s success, as manifested in unequal pay and stress at home and work.

The “Get Back on Track” Symposium will conveniently occur over two successive evenings to fit into your busy schedule:

Tuesday, September 21 - How Did We Get Here?

Learn from a moderated presentation and discussion with experts in the field of equal pay legal issues and gender diversity barriers, as well as female executives who support women’s success every day.

Christine Selph, Global Communications Leader, and Nhu Fabros, Managing Director, both with Deloitte, will present a fascinating Deloitte study on external post-COVID women’s issues.

Christine Selph is Director, Global Communications at Deloitte. In her role, she leads the development and promotion of signature research and thought leadership for Deloitte, including the annual “Global Millennial and Gen Z survey,” the inaugural “[email protected] global outlook” and the “CXO Resilience survey,” released at the World Economic Forum in Davos each year. Christine has been with Deloitte for 12 years and has worked in a variety of communications roles, including executive and corporate communications, and public relations. Prior to Deloitte, she worked for a digital media company in London and at CBS News in New York and Chicago as a writer and field producer. She has a Master’s degree in international and public affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross, and a certificate in French from the Sorbonne in Paris.

Nhu Fabros is a passionate and experienced corporate executive with over 25 years’ of global experience in talent, business transformation, leadership and organizational strategy, and communications.

As the Managing Director of Deloitte’s global diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) team— ALL IN—she leads a team of talented professionals dedicated to developing DEI programs and strategies to foster an inclusive work environment across Deloitte. She chairs the Inclusion Committee on Deloitte Global’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Nhu furthermore is a strategic advisor on DEI and succession planning for Deloitte’s Global Clients & Industries group, and regularly works with Deloitte firms to advise on DEI and talent matters.

Nhu’s recent prior experience includes serving as the Talent and Communications leader for Deloitte Private globally, the Strategic Priorities Leader and Talent Executive Sponsor for Deloitte Canada’s Tax Practice, and the leader of the Office of Deloitte US’s Tax CEO.

Lindsey Bruner, Vice President, Project Development at Cyrus One, will discuss the practical aspects of getting equal pay for women.

Kara Byrne, Commercial Leader North America and Inclusion, Equity & Diversity Advocate at Baker Hughes, will provide an energy industry D&I perspective on the continuing importance of diversity in the workplace and associated challenges.

Kara Byrne is currently the Valves Commercial Leader in Turbomachinery & Process Solutions product company of Baker Hughes as well as the President Elect of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN). At Baker Hughes, she is responsible for leading the North America Commercial Team for the Masoneilan, Consolidated, Becker and Mooney valve product lines. Kara has more than 15 years of experience in the energy industry working in the various commercial, engineering, and supply chain roles.

As 2021 National President Elect she brings educational, leadership and industry programming to all twenty chapters of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), which is currently at ~6,000 members across North America. WEN is an international organization of professionals who work across the energy value chain with a mission to provide networking opportunities and foster the career and leadership development of women who work in the energy industries. Her board position with WEN directly helps her role as Global Chief of Staff and Operations Leader for the Baker Hughes Women’s Network, where she is currently helping to empower the local Women’s Network Chapters across the company drive a culture fueled by the Baker Hughes employees and values: Grow, Collaborate, Lead, and Care.

 Ashlee Grant, Partner at BakerHostetler, will discuss equal pay from a legal perspective.

Ashlee Grant is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Ashlee’s practice includes representing management in both federal and state court litigation and arbitration proceedings involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She also handles wage and hour claims and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as claims of breach of contract and tortious interference with contracts in connection with employee confidentiality, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

Ashlee also provides advice and counseling to employers on labor and employment matters, including hiring and firing decisions, employee leave, and wage and hour matters. She also has a depth of experience drafting employer policies and agreements such as executive employment agreements; employee confidentiality, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements; separation and severance agreements; and employer policy handbooks. She is a focused, dedicated and organized advocate for her clients, placing high value on her enthusiasm and attention to detail.

Wednesday, September 22 - Let’s Get Back on Track!

Participate in a training on mental fitness, hosted by the esteemed Dimension Leadership Group, where we will learn to thrive and lead through uncertain and turbulent times with greater tenacity, resiliency, and adaptability for your peak performance. WEN Foundation speakers will also touch on the importance of community and knowledge:

Deb Ryan, Head of Low Carbon Market Analytics at S&P Global Platts

Deb is the Head of Low Carbon Market Analytics for S&P Global Platts. She provides insights about energy transition and existing low carbon markets including oil and gas. oil and gas economics, reserves, regulation, public opinion, and energy transition.

As a thought leader and noted voice in the energy industry, Deb was named as one of Ally Energy’s “Top Energy Voices” for her “Voice in Sustainability” in 2020 and in 2019 was included in the 40 Top Women in Energy by the Denver Business Journal.

For over 9 years, Deb has served in leadership positions at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where she currently serves as the North American Regional Director on the International Board of Directors. She is also the current Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE). Originally from Australia, Deb is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and Texas.

Corlis Simmons, Educational Consultant

A native Houstonian and advocate for STEM Education, Corlis is dedicated to nurturing youth and mentoring women to success. She earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston and held positions as a Telecommunications Engineer and National Account Manager for AT&T for 17 years. As a network designer for Fortune 500 Companies and government agencies, she also relocated to Chicago and then Denver. After a short break, she accepted a position as Director-Agent’s Compensation at AIG-American General in Houston.

Challenged to create more balance and time with two school-aged children, she left the corporate sector and earned teaching credentials at University of Houston-Clear Lake and became a science and math educator for 11 years. During her teaching tenure she earned a M.S. in Educational and Instructional Technology. While teaching, she led efforts for annual Science Fairs, set up a live link to the USS International Space Station with NASA for a science lesson. Other endeavors included working as the National Camp Director for Exxon Mobil Summer Camps for Youth and Texas A&M AgriLife Services writing science curriculum for military children, with a focus on integrating robotics into classrooms.

Corlis enjoys volunteering for the Foundation of FWEN Scholarship Committee and serves as a Board Member for Brazoria County Women’s Center (Domestic Violence Non-Profit Agency) and other community initiatives.
Mary Lou Fry, Legal Manager at Equinor

In her role as Legal Manager, Equinor REN, Mary Lou Fry represents the Equinor U.S. Offshore Wind business.  She was formerly  the lead attorney for the team providing legal support to the Equinor U.S. upstream development and production business and was a member of the US Onshore Management team.  Prior to joining Equinor in May 2011, she served as the General Counsel for Torch Energy Advisors.  Before Torch she was in the legal department at Shell and was an attorney at Mayer Brown.  Ms. Fry has participated in WEN activities since its inception over 25 years ago and has served on several WEN committees and speaking opportunities. She also served on the board of the Houston Bar Association Oil and Gas Section, is involved in several other industry and community organizations and recently was nominated to become a Trustee at Large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. She received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Thank you to our event sponsor!

Dimensions Leadership Group 

Alison Valli is the co-founder of Dimensions Leadership Group, a leadership development and training firm founded in 2016.  Alison has over 20 years of experience in P&L responsibility and leading and developing talent within Fortune 500 companies.  She earned her corporate acumen in fast paced retail and merchandising environments.  Alison's teams have consistently been top performers, regularly achieving award-winning performances for both revenue and profit in all organizations for which she's worked. As a leadership development consultant, executive coach, and workshop facilitator, Alison powerfully synthesizes and shares this expertise with clients to build leadership effectiveness, to motivate, to drive for results, and to build high performing organizational teams.  Alison received her executive coaching certification through the World Association of Business Coaches (WABC); she is certified in all DiSC (Wiley) Assessments; and she is experienced in 360-degree feedback.  

Alison earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in both Human Resource Management and Finance.  She also holds a BA from Bucknell University in both Economics and Philosophy where she was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Alison is active in community service and currently serves as President of Little People of America of Western PA, an organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families; she is also a member of CHADD and the International Dyslexia Association and enjoys advocating for individuals and families affected by ADD and Dyslexia.  

Shirley Wulf is Co-founder and Principal of Dimensions Leadership Group (DLG).  Shirley provides tailored learning and coaching to help leaders build thriving, successful teams and organizations.  Shirley’s work with leaders focuses on the critical communication and behavioral skills to create courageous, compassionate, and connected leaders.  She believes that better leaders create better workplaces, and in turn, better families, and better communities.  Shirley synthesizes over 25 years of experience in developing and leading successful teams with Roche Pharmaceuticals, a global Fortune 500 company, over a decade of developing teams and leaders as a consultant and coach, and her passion as a life-long learner to support her clients in achieving their goals.

Shirley is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), holds ACC accreditation through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is one of the first coaches certified in Positive Intelligence in the United States.   Shirley is an Authorized Partner in The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, Everything DiSC® suite of products (Wiley), PXT Select® Assessments (Wiley), the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) through Korn Ferry, Conversational Intelligence® (Judith Glaser), and she is experienced in 360-degree feedback.

Shirley is actively involved in philanthropy and has held numerous leadership and board positions with several philanthropic organizations.  She currently volunteers for SPARCC, an organization for abused women and children.  

Plus, enjoy a virtual cocktail party and networking session as our guest speaker, Sean Beck, Xochi Houston bartender, Master Sommelier for H-Town group, and celebrity mixologist, teaches us how to create a special libation.

Register for the Get Back on Track Symposium today for only $25 ($50 after 8/1/2021). Foundation 100 members registration is $25. The cocktail kits are an additional $35, but the first 100 registrants, receive their kit for free!

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic kits are available but the deadline to order a cocktail kit is September 13, 2021.

*Note: CPE & CLE credits are subject to final approvals.

CPE promotional materials: https://ops.deloitteconference.com/wenvirtualsymposium [ops.deloitteconference.com]


Foundation 100 Members- $25
Early Bird- $25 until 8/01/2021
Regular- $50 after 8/01/2021

Cocktail Kits:

$0 for first 100 registrants
$35 after 100 registrants

Registration Deadline:
September 20

Thank you to our event Sponsors!

Recordings Prohibited:
WEN prohibits attendees from recording the presentation, speaker, and/or content. The presentation is property of the speaker and/or organization and is not to be removed from the event without prior written consent. The Board may and will take remedial action against any individual, member, or any program participant in the event of non-adherence to this policy. Such action may range from a private or company-led warning, to suspension of WEN membership for a stated term or a prohibition on attending future WEN events.

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9/21/2021 4:00 PM - 9/22/2021 6:30 PM
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