Experience Energy Names GRIT Awards & Best Energy Workplace Finalists

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Haben Girma, author and first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law to keynote with an all-star industry speaker lineup

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"It is time the energy industry and our people socialize the great work we do in service for modern society," Katie Mehnert, CEO Experience Energy

Experience Energy, the leading resource for diverse talent, careers, and culture in the energy industry, announces the finalists in the annual GRIT Awards and Best Energy Workplaces.

The GRIT Awards, sponsored by Medallia and Gapingvoid, were created to recognize women leaders in energy, and the men who advocate for their progress. Nearly 200 nominations poured in from across the world from oil and gas, utilities, and alternative energy companies, academia and non-government organizations. Best Energy Workplaces were added in 2019 with the aim of recognizing energy employers of choice. The program will be October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas and portions will be broadcast online.

The event will feature keynote speaker and White House Champion for Change, Haben Girma, the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation. She travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion and has been featured in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, People, The Wall Street Journal, and the Today Show.

The program will also include five-time member of the U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Team, Mike Royal with Occidental Petroleum, Rich Jahr, Chief Customer Officer of Air Liquide, Kristine Bird, Vice President of Human Resources, Nalco Champion, Eduard Erbiceanu Head of Energy for Sodexo Energy & Resources, and D&I strategist Arquella Hargrove.

The 2019 finalists include:

  • Melody Bechberger, Geologist, ConocoPhillips
  • Karen Blackburn, GCBU Asset Integrity, Project Quality & Technical Safety Supervisor, ConocoPhillips
  • Bethany Clarkson-Morgan, Upstream Assurance Lead, BP
  • Vicki Codd, Marketing Director, NES Global Talent
  • Karen David-Green, Senior Vice President Stakeholder Engagement, Chief Marketing Officer, Weatherford International
  • Tana Deshayes, Advisor to SVP of Human Resources, Marathon Oil Company
  • Shanta Eaden, Director, IT PMO and Diversity Lead, Weatherford International
  • Emily Fisher, Geologist, Aera Energy
  • Kelly Fortner, Country PSL Operations Manager - India, Halliburton
  • Chloe Grabowski, Assistant Project Manager - Process Engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Paul Greenwood, Project Executive HR, ExxonMobil
  • Carrie Hackenberger, Operations Manager, American Petroleum Council
  • Johanna Haggstrom, Director of Technology, Halliburton
  • Christine Harris, Associate Vice President/Regulatory Compliance Practice Leader, HDR Engineering, Inc
  • Sonia Hernandez-Cordon, Principal Geologist, Equinor
  • Kimberly Hill, Director, Land and Commercial Services, Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Tina Hunton, Analytics Innovation Project Manager, ConocoPhillips
  • Valentina Kretzschmar, Director, Wood Mackenzie
  • Monica Krishnan, Technology Manager, Chevron
  • Josh Lowrey, Chief Executive Officer, Galtway Industries
  • Michele Mendoza, Executive Assistant, Worley
  • Victoria Parisi, Senior Staff Petroleum Geochemist, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Christine Piela Cox, Geologist, BP
  • Tiffany Polak, Development Director, Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Manika Prasad, Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Ramon Quintero, Senior HSE Advisor, ConocoPhillips
  • Diana Ramberansingh, IT Manager - Enterprise Application Services, ConocoPhillips
  • David Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, National Oilwell Varco
  • Sarah Renko, Production Operations Control Center Supervisor, Marathon Oil Corporation
  • Amy Rhodes, Greater Kuparuk Area Light Oil Development Supervisor, ConocoPhillips
  • Emeliana Rice-Oxley, Vice President, Exploration, Upstream, PETRONAS
  • James Scheel, Sr. VP Northeast Gathering & Processing, Williams Companies
  • Georgina Scorer, Director, Unconventional Reservoirs Excellence, ConocoPhillips
  • Tracie Slone, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Marathon Oil Company
  • Melissa Sowell, Manager, Community Relations, Halliburton
  • Kirsten Torr, FERS Houston CoE Manager, Halliburton
  • Mishu Ullah, Managing Consultant, NES Global Talent
  • Tina Unachukwu, Director, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
  • Bill Way, Chief Executive Officer, Southwestern Energy

Best Workplaces Finalists

  • Aera Energy
  • Choice! Energy Management
  • Crestwood Equity Partners
  • FTP Power LLC dba SPower
  • The Global Edge Consultants LLC
  • Liquid Power Specialty Products, Inc.
  • Halliburton
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Southwestern Energy
  • Sunnova Energy Corporation


  • BOLD: Black Organization for Leadership & Development, TechnipFMC
  • Diversity Network of Alaska (DNA) - ConocoPhillips
  • The Colorado Petroleum Council
  • e.DOT T, Equinor
  • Geoscience WIN, ExxonMobil
  • LGBT + Allies ERG, Aera Energy
  • Oil & Gas Trafficking Advocacy Group (OTAG)
  • Marathon Oil Women’s Group
  • She Persisted, University of Utah Energy
  • The Wise Network Australia

Winners are selected through a blind application review by six external judges and will be announced live on October 10, 2019. To view the full agenda, support or attend, visit here for more information.

"We believe it's important to recognize those who embrace growth and innovation as the industry undergoes a massive transformation. It is time the energy industry and our people socialize the great work we do in service for modern society," said  Katie Mehnert, founder and CEO of Experience Energy, a division of Pink Petro.

About Experience Energy: 

Experience Energy is the leading resource for diverse talent, careers, and culture in industry. Made with love by Pink Petro™, Experience Energy is obsessed with building inclusive workforces and helping candidates connect to meaningful careers. Both brands have a unique digital reach globally in oil and natural gas, power and utilities, LNG, renewables, and nuclear. To experience energy, visit http://www.experience.energy

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