Experience Energy™ Honors Global Leaders at the 2nd GRIT Awards

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"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.

Today, Experience Energy, the leading resource for diverse talent, careers, and culture in industry, celebrated the second-ever GRIT Awards, honoring 38 global energy leaders and two corporate winners at a celebration in Houston and online. Geeta Thakorlal, president of INTECSEA delivered the industry keynote and Crystal Washington, a workforce futurist spoke about the future of work in energy harnessing the power of digital.

The GRIT Awards, sponsored by NES Global Talent and Gapingvoid, were created to recognize women leaders in energy, and the men who advocate for their progress. Nearly 150 nominations poured in from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

"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.

The winners were split between six different categories: entrepreneurs, individuals, executives, international, teams and male champions along with three special recognitions. Below is a full list of the winners.

International:

  • Dionne Auguste; Operations Manager – NES Global Talent
  • Muhammad Imran Khan; Mari Petroleum Company Limited, Pakistan
  • Andrea Reynolds; General Manager Business Transformation London – Shell
  • Elizabeth Rogo; CEO/Founder – Tsavo Oilfield Services Ltd
  • Allison Selman; Integrity Management & Decommissioning Manager – Atteris
  • Sarah Jane Walker; Senior Integration Manager – Baker Hughes, a GE company

Executives:

  • Jaime Butler; Vice President of Permian – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Pam Darwin; Vice President Africa – ExxonMobil
  • Cherie Fuller; Vice President, Retail Power Market Management – EDF Energy Services
  • Michele Harradence; Senior Vice President, Gas Transmission & Midstream Operations – Enbridge
  • Susan Howes; Vice President of Engineering – Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC
  • Deanna Jones; VP Human Resources & Administrative Services – Marathon Oil Company
  • Janette Marx; CEO – Airswift
  • Julie Munn-Sims; Principal – KPMG LLP
  • Maria O'Connell; Vice President of Quality – Baker Hughes, a GE company

Entrepreneurs:

  • Katherine Culbert; Co-Founder and CEO – K and K Process
  • Kathy Lehne; President & CEO – Sun Coast Resources, Inc
  • Michele McNichol; CEO – Arion Blue LLC
  • Lindsay Sander; Principal – Sander Resources
  • Mary Van Domelen; President – Van Domelen International, LLC

Individuals:

  • Mystie Barrett; Process Specialist – Aera Energy LLC
  • Kara Byrne; Sr Proposal Manager – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Krista Caldwell; Mobility Manager – WorleyParsons
  • Cassandra Corley; Director, Information Technology - ConocoPhillips
  • Maitri Erwin; Manager – NV, South America – CNOOC Nexen Inc
  • Jessica Hernandez; Lead Manufacturing Specialist – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Rebecca Hofmann; Leader – Management Systems & Blockchain Strategy & Innovation – Equinor
  • Johanna Hoyt; Geologist III – Aera Energy LLC
  • Angela Knight; Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Alaina Sajatovic; Product Manager – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Afton Sterling; Regulatory Manager – Southwestern Energy
  • Andrea Wu; Principal Consultant – RS Energy

Male Champion:

  • Hugh Connett; Vice President Gas Supply and Trading – Chevron

Team: Paige PR

  • Paige Donnell; CEO
  • Kristen Quinn; PR Director
  • Natasha Wilson; Digital Strategist
  • Megan Anderson; Social Media Coordinator

GRIT Champions:

  • Innovation: Alyssa Volk, OFS Commercial Manager – Baker Hughes, a GE company
  • Growth: Women of Weatherford Network, Weatherford International
  • Transformation: Baker Hughes, a GE company

Winners were selected through a blind application review by four external judges. The judges included Tracey Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council, Jay Copan, Senior Vice President at the American Gas Association, Paula Glover, President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy and Melody Meyer, Non-Executive Director at British Petroleum, AbbVie, and National Oilwell Varco.

"The industry is working to build the workforce of tomorrow. Part of that transformation means pulling together the brightest minds and recognizing those who are changing the industry from within. The GRIT Awards accomplishes all those things,” said Vicki Codd, marketing director for NES Global Talent. “And we were thrilled to be involved.”

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 or http://www.pinkpetro.com

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