Introducing ALLY: the online community of the energy workforce

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New social and jobs platform brings the industry together for equity, environment and the emerging energy economy

“We need ALL forms of energy and ALL people working together for a more diverse, reliable, clean energy ecosystem,” says ALLY CEO Katie Mehnert, who also serves as an ambassador to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Equity in Energy program.

People from across the energy industry -- from major corporations to startups, consultancies and more -- have come together to launch a new online home for the energy community. ALLY Energy, which officially launches this week, is the platform for sharing ideas, expertise, career opportunities and much more.

As the entire world turns to the energy sector to power a financial recovery and lead the way toward a low carbon future, ALLY will serve as an indispensable centerpoint.

“We need ALL forms of energy and ALL people working together for a more diverse, reliable, clean energy ecosystem,” says ALLY CEO Katie Mehnert, who also serves as an ambassador to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Equity in Energy program. “ALLY is the talent hub tackling some of our world’s greatest challenges around energy poverty and climate change.”

The launch comes six years after Mehnert founded Pink Petro and its associated job site, Experience Energy, which have led the fight for diversity and gender equity across the sector. A sexist comment from a fellow passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight inspired her to leave a career as a health and safety executive in the oil industry and create an agency focused on inclusion and culture change. The company grew rapidly and has hosted multiple annual global conferences, putting many women and minority leaders as well as male allies in the spotlight as they provide insight in guiding the energy transition.

“Pink Petro humanized energy,” Mehnert posted recently on LinkedIn. “It encouraged voices, faces and channels to emerge to share stories we needed to hear and see. It encouraged hard truths and dispelled myths. It recognized the many women and men in an industry so misunderstood and unfairly vilified”

“Microcommunities like ours are the future. It’s time now to retire Pink Petro and launch ALLY,” Mehnert says. The name is inspired in part by Mehnert’s daughter Ally. “ALLY is about bringing everyone together to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

Mehnert is also the founder of Lean In Energy and author of Grow With The Flow: Embrace Difference, Overcome Fear And Progress With Purpose.

ALLY Energy works with oil and gas, power and utilities, renewables, and associated service companies. Professionals can sign up here. Employers, schools and groups can sign up here.

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