Take a giant leap in your career at ACE — Guest blog

The AAPG Professional Women in Earth Sciences (PROWESS) would like to invite you to consider two career development programs being offered at the Annual Convention & Exhibition this year − a joint luncheon with DPA featuring Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and a special panel “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – Evolution of the Work Environment in the Oil & Gas Industry”, both detailed below.

 Why should you make these part of your convention experience?

  • Karen Harbert will bring us all up to date on energy policy discussion and how we need to work in the future for a secure industry.
  • The PROWESS panel will give you the opportunity to learn from a panel of women who have helped shape the current working environment for all employees and provide answers to your questions on how to balance it all!

Join us and take a giant leap in your career!

America’s Energy Realities and Opportunities  – (Division of Professional Affairs (DPA) and Professional Women in Earth Sciences (PROWESS)
Tuesday, 12 April
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 320
Fee: $45
Speaker: Karen Alderman Harbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute), Washington, D.C.

With energy constantly in the headlines, Karen Alderman Harbert will discuss the realities of America’s energy challenges and the solutions that will make our nation more secure and prosperous.

Harbert leads the Energy Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education and advocacy. Under Harbert’s leadership, the Energy Institute has evolved into a premier national and increasingly international organization truly dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda and transforming the energy and environmental debate into a widely supported plan of action. At the Institute, she was instrumental in formulating 88 specific policy recommendations that were presented to President Obama and the members of the 111th Congress. Harbert frequently testifies in front of Congress and provides analysis to the media, policymakers and industry leaders.

Panel: You’ve Come a Long Way Baby — Evolution of the Work Environment in the Oil & Gas Industry (PROWESS)
: Tuesday, 12 April
Time: 1:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 320
Moderators: E. Medvin and S. Shepherd
Gillian Apps will kick off this panel discussion with a talk entitled “Reservoirs and Sand Castles: One Woman’s Perspective on Managing Complexity.”

Apps will be joined by a panel of women of varying years of experience, from more than 30 to less than 10, who will share experiences from their early days and observations on industry careers. What challenges did these women face? What benefits exist today that did not exist 30 years ago? How has technology benefited working women, working mothers and dual-career couples? How have company cultures changed? Has anything gotten harder for women over time? We will explore these and other topics in the panel discussion. The PROWESS seminar will celebrate pioneering women in our industry, address opportunities for further evolution, and guide new generations of earth scientists in the challenging and rewarding (technical/leadership/managerial) career paths available
to them today.


  • Susan Longacre, Chevron Fellow Emeritus, retired
  • Gill Apps, Sedimentologist-stratigrapher in Global Technology R&D team, Unconventional Gas Resources, BP
  • Joyce Thomas, Vice President Operations, US Land, Baker Hughes
  • Thuy Rocque, Chief Petrophysicist, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Andrea Reynolds, Staff Geologist, Shell
  • Michelle Warner, Senior Geologist, ENI U.S. Operating Co., Inc.

Register today!

Guest bloggers: Evelyn Medvin (Core Laboratories), AAPG PROWESS Co-chair, and Sunday Shepherd (Chevron), AAPG PROWESS Co-chair

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