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2019 Women In Energy Leadership Initiative: Taking Your Seat At The Table May 1-2, 2019 Houston, TX

May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm





This is more than a conference – it’s an initiative to fuel change. Sound bold? It is!

Female employees are undeniable assets to energy companies. According to a Peterson Institute for International Economics report, women leaders can add 6% to the bottom line, which can make a real difference in an industry that seems to rise and fall with the seasons. Still, women who join the industry know there is an uphill battle in upward mobility that awaits them. Just look at the statistics. Eighty-nine percent of the industry’s leaders are men. If there was ever a doubt, that sobering fact backs up what is commonly known – this is a male-dominated industry.

Through this initiative, our goal is to bring smart women – and men – to the table to move the diversity lever forward. We focus on straight-talking, inspiring and results-based sessions.

Below are some of the topics we’ll be discussing this year – brought to you through the experiences of some of the most powerful – and insightful people in our industry.

This year’s topics include:
-Communicating Powerfully
-Personalizing Leadership: Defining your leadership attributes, building on your strengths and closing gaps
-Stop Beating Yourself Up! And Move Toward Achieving Authenticity
-Struggles and Successes in the Rise to the Top
-In Leadership, Rewarding And Recognizing Those Who Are Not Like You
-Influencing Without Power
-Internal Politics and Making Your Best Deal
-Find a Mentor – Maximize Your Potential
-How Your Own Unconscious Bias Is Shaping The Way You View The World… And Walk Through It
-A Case Study About The Transformational Program At Chevron Through Men Advocating Real Change (MARC)
-The Mechanics of MARC: Building a Game Changing Diversity Program for Your Organization

Here’s the bottom line, “Men or women is not the main issue. What is more important is how we create the right culture and process that can inspire and motivate humans to work and engage with integrity, trust and commitment to achieve success.” EY Oil and Gas Gender Diversity Survey

So, join us for Kinetic’s 2019 Women In Energy Leadership Initiative…and take YOUR seat at the table.


Day One, May 1, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome
Jen Holmstadt, Senior Project Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc.


8:40 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Communicating Powerfully
Pamela Beall, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MPLX GP LLC


9:30 -10:15 a.m. Stop Beating Yourself Up! And Move Toward Achieving Authenticity
There are times during our careers that we beat ourselves up and doubt our abilities more than our supervisors and peers would ever do. This negative attitude will reflect on your work when you try to solve problems. The negative self-talk and a feeling of being out of control with your tasks can make your career implode. It is time to take control of these negative self-talk discussions and develop better skills to manage your overstretched life and move your career forward. This presentation will share lessons learned from an engineer with over 30 years of experience that balanced her career and family life.
Connie A. Determan, Vice President – Environmental, Kiewit Corporation


10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Morning Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Let’s Talk. An Interactive Discussion with Kimberly A. Harriman, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, New York Power Authority
To get to the highest level in your field, there will be struggles. But because of (and through) these struggles, you will inevitably develop strategies for success. This interactive discussion begins with Ms. Harriman sharing her own story through her “battles in the trenches,” but ultimately this is a collaborative forum that encourages candid discussions to highlight the unique challenges women face in the energy industry.
The goal of this open discussion is to address these issues, grow as women in the energy field, support each other…and to continue moving the lever forward.


11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Group Lunch


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: Personalizing Leadership: Defining Your Leadership Attributes, Building on Your Strengths and Closing Gaps
Melody Meyer, NE Director at British Petroleum, AbbVie, and NOV; Sr Advisor at Cairn India; Trinity University Trustee; NBR Board


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Negotiation: Contracts, Internal Politics and Making Your Best Deal
Whether your role requires negotiation of third party contracts or your negotiations are strictly internal, Janet Peyton, a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, will offer strategies for negotiating the best deal for your company and for yourself. Janet has over twenty years of experience negotiating contracts for energy clients and building a career in a field historically dominated by men. She will address classic negotiation skills as well as tips about conveying authority and confidence in negotiations.
Janet Peyton, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP


2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Networking Break


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Influencing Without Power
In a world of multifaceted, expansive organizations, the power to influence an organization is critical. Authority isn’t what it used to be, you may be the boss, but your title isn’t going to drive business results. Sometimes your credibility and impact can be diluted when you work in a team, collaborate across boundaries or rely on multiple partners and stakeholders.
Personal influence is an essential leadership skill.
Influence is the ability to personally affect others’ actions and decisions. It could simply be about compliance, about getting someone to go along with what you want them to do. But to truly make an impact, you need a genuine commitment from others to accomplish key goals and tasks.
That commitment ensures you have succeeded in influencing people so that they’ll support you and your initiatives.
Manasi Pandya, Senior Director HR & Organizational Development, Crestwood Midstream Partners


3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Taking Your Seat At The Table: Fireside Chat With Energy Leaders
Leslie Duke, President, General Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Mentorship Kick-off
Caroline Burda, Senior Environmental Manager, Kiewit Energy US


4:45 -5:00 p.m. Final Thoughts and End Of Day Wrap Up


5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception


Day Two, May 2, 2019

7:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast Begins


7:15 – 8:15 a.m. Speed Mentoring. Like Speed Dating, Only More Fun!
Led By, Caroline Burda, Senior Environmental Manager, Kiewit Energy US
Get up early and start your day off with a positive dose of networking! During this fun session, you will have the opportunity to connect with fellow participants and discuss those burning questions you have related to your career! We will pair you face-to-face with mentors and provide you a basic script to help ensure success of the 10-12 minute touch points. If you don’t connect with the right folks during your spin around the room, you’ll be able to connect with others that morning – and the remainder of the conference – to ensure your success in the program!


8:30 a.m. Morning Kick-off
Jen Holmstadt, Senior Project Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc.


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. In Leadership: The Importance of Rewarding and Recognizing Those Who Are Not Like You
Miranda Jones, HSE Manager, Global Operations Organization-Gulf of Mexico, BP


9:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Your Unconscious Bias Is Shaping The Way You View The World.. And Walk Through It
Being willing to take responsibility for the impact you have on your life can be challenging. This autobiographical session focuses on tips and tricks to hold yourself accountable and shape the life you want.
We will discuss:
Bias vs. Perception
How do you navigate the concept of bias at home and at work, and how does bias impact the choices you make every day? This session focuses on implicit and explicit bias, and how these both shape our perception and our actions.
Perception Checking
How do you check your perception? By using a simple tool to determine what is actual vs. created by your own internal feelings and bias. We all have them- it’s time to learn how to control them.
Angela Baylis, Director of Training, Southern Cross


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Morning Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Men Advocating Real Change. The Transformational Journey at Chevron
Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) is committed to achieving workplace gender equality through effective partnership with men. Gender inequality negatively impacts the success of organizations, men’s relationships with colleagues, the time men spend with their families, and even men’s personal health. This is why men must be part of the solution. MARC is an initiative of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business. Through MARC, Chevron employees are learning about themselves and their organization and looking at everything with new lenses. This will be a discussion of the systems and processes that were in place at Chevron before the program– and how (with the help of this program) it is all changing. Without spoiling the punchline, simply put, it has been a game changer inside one of the world’s largest energy companies.
Hugh Connett, Vice President, Gas Supply and Trading, Chevron


11:45 a.m. Final Thoughts and It’s a Wrap!


Lunch On Your Own


Workshop Begins 1:15 p.m.

This is a supplemental offering. Cost $295

Workshop: 1:15 – 4:00 p.m.  The Mechanics of a Game Changing Inclusion Program: Design and Build Systems and Processes That Really Work
Kat Hoffman Earth Scientist, Energy Technology Company, Global MARC Director, Chevron

Now that you’ve heard what a game changer Chevron’s inclusion program is, you may be asking yourself, how can my organization do that? In this workshop, you’ll learn how Chevron designed and launched its program to help men become influential role models and act as agents of change to create an inclusive workplace.

This workshop is led by, Kat Hoffman, the leader of Chevron’s internal program and one of the founding members of the company’s initiative. Kat will take us through the step-by-step mechanics to help you create an impactful program in your own organization and walk through the measurable results of Chevron’s program to date.

Our Speakers

Angela Baylis, Director of Training, Southern Cross
Angela is currently the Director of Training for Southern Cross, after serving as the Director of Marketing & Employee Development. Angela’s professional background is in curriculum development and adult training. She received her degree from Miami University in Political Science.

Pamela K.M. Beall, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MPLX GP LLC
Ms. Beall began her career with Marathon as an auditor and held positions with the Corporate Risk and Environmental Affairs and Domestic Funds organizations before transferring to USX Corporation as general manager, Treasury Services. She was vice president and treasurer at NationsRent, Inc. and OHM Corporation, and served on the boards of directors of System One Services, Inc. and Boyle Engineering.

Ms. Beall rejoined Marathon in 2002, as manager, Business Development for Marathon Ashland Petroleum1. She was named director, Corporate Affairs in 2003 and appointed director, Business Development in 2005. She then served as organizational vice president, Business Development – Downstream for Marathon Petroleum Company LLC2 in 2006. Ms. Beall was named vice president of Global Procurement for Marathon Oil Company in 2007, vice president of Products, Supply and Optimization for Marathon Petroleum Company in 2010, and vice president, Investor Relations and Government and Public Affairs in 2011. She was named president of MPLX GP LLC in 2014, and executive vice president, Corporate Planning and Strategy in 2016. She assumed her current position in 2016.

Ms. Beall graduated from the University of Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In 1984, she received her master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Beall is a licensed certified public accountant in Ohio (non-practicing). She attended the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in 2003.

Ms. Beall is a member of the boards of directors of the general partners of MPLX LP and Andeavor Logistics LP. She also serves on the board of directors of National Retail Properties, Inc., the board of trustees of the University of Findlay, and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs.

Kimberly A. Harriman, Senior Vice President of Public & Regulatory Affairs, New York Power Authority
Kimberly is responsible for Community & Government Relations, Environmental Justice & Sustainability, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, and Market Issues. Kimberly also served as Chairperson for the Canal Management Committee, effectuating an organizational integration of over 400 employees and 500 plus miles of assets. In addition to her many responsibilities at NYPA, Kimberly is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Hydropower Association (NHA), a nonprofit national association dedicated to promoting the growth of clean, affordable U.S. hydropower.

Kimberly has worked in the energy field for over 15 years, both in government and in private practice, representing the public and clients on a range of energy-related issues. She came to NYPA from the Department of Public Service where she served as General Counsel responsible for an in-house legal team that represented the Department and Public Service Commission in State and federal regulatory and civil court proceedings regarding regulation of the electric, gas, steam, water, telecommunications, and cable industries.

Before assuming the General Counsel role, she served in roles of increasing responsibility within the Department of Public Service, including as an Assistant Counsel on major rate and siting cases, prudence proceedings, and major policy cases. In addition, Kimberly served as an Administrative Law Judge presiding in major utility rate cases and other proceedings involving regulated utilities. Kimberly also served in Governor Patterson’s administration as an Assistant Secretary for Energy where she assisted in the development of State and federal policy on a variety of energy issues affecting New York, including on-bill financing and energy-based economic development programs.

She was selected as one of Diversity Journal’s “Woman Worth Watching in 2017”. She resides in the Albany area with her husband Wes and their children Emma, Nathan, and Abigail.

Caroline Burda, Senior Environmental Manager, Kiewit Energy US
Caroline is a senior environmental manager at Kiewit Energy US. She is currently managing environmental construction requirements for large energy infrastructure projects including US LNG development. Prior to her current position, Caroline supported HES permitting and compliance for large capital projects at Jordan Cove LNG and Chevron Pipe Line. She brings 10 years of experience supporting projects and operations in the energy industry as a consultant and operator.
Caroline studied Marine Science at Eckerd College (BS) and rotated offshore supporting oil and gas exploration before completing her MS degree in Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University.

Hugh Connett, Vice President, Gas Supply and Trading, Chevron Supply and Trading
Hugh Connett is Vice President of Gas Supply and Trading, responsible for Chevron’s global marketing and trading activities for natural gas, including LNG, as well as Chevron’s LPG/NGL businesses.
Prior to being named to his current role in 2018, Hugh was president of Chevron Pipeline & Power business unit. In this role, he was responsible for providing technical, commercial, operational, and energy management support services that allow the pipeline and power functions to more effectively deliver expertise to the enterprise.
Previously, Connett served as President, Chevron Power and Energy Management for six years with a focus on improving the power reliability and energy efficiency of Chevron operations worldwide. He managed a portfolio of gas-fired and renewable power facilities, including wind, solar, and geothermal. He previously served as Vice President – Strategy, Technology and Commercial Integration Center of Excellence & Business Services with Chevron Downstream & Chemicals. In this capacity, he was responsible for the oversight of the processes and associated business systems architecture for the Value Chain Optimization and Trading and Risk Management functions across Global Downstream operations.
Connett joined Texaco in 1996 managing the company’s gas supply and midstream assets with the Texaco Star Center, and has served in various commercial and project management roles with Global Supply and Trading, Bridgeline Holdings joint venture, Global Gas and Downstream organizations. He previously served as a Reservoir Engineer with Mitchell Energy.
Connett graduated from Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Liberal Arts in 1982.

Connie A. Determan, Vice President – Environmental, Kiewit Corporation
Ms. Determan, V.P., has more than 30 years of experience with environmental strategy, CERCLA/RCRA, negotiating with regulators, risk communication, environmental management systems, compliance audits and due diligence. She has worked extensively with community work groups/panels that addressed technical issues and resolutions. She has been involved with designing and implementing technical advisory committees, among regulators, community members, private industry and interested parties. She has also successfully mitigated differing views with more than 50 participants requiring attention.

Her role as Environmental Compliance Officer at Kiewit includes:

• Developing environmental programs to ensure corporate compliance
• Leading the implementation of environmental policies and practices
• Coordinating pollution reduction and waste minimization
• Developing a compliance audit program to evaluate environmental performance
• Keeping necessary parties abreast of environmental legislation and regulations
• Raising environmental awareness at all levels of the organization
• Reporting to senior management on environmental affairs
• Training all levels of staff on environmental regulations/updates
• Negotiating environmental orders with regulatory agencies
• Coordinating activities with other departments, Equipment, Safety, and Quality
• Developing and managing environmental compliance budget
• Facilitating in the development of the Corporate Sustainability Program

Ms. Determan received her M.S. in Civil Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines in 1987. Ms. Determan is active in the Omaha community, which includes the Executive Leadership of the American Heart Association Go Red, Advisory Board Member of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Volunteer of the Year at Notre Dame Convent. She has been married for over 30 years to Rod (a structural engineer) and two children (Steven – just graduated from college and Sarah who will graduate in May with a Mechanical Engineering degree).

Leslie Duke, President, General Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Leslie leads a regional workforce of more than 500 employees in Houston and Austin, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She joined Burns & McDonnell in 1999 as a project manager and structural engineer in electrical transmission and distribution, and went on to lead the practice in Houston and become a vice president in 2007. In 2010 she opened the firm’s regional office in Dallas-Fort Worth, where she served as general manager, before returning to Houston in 2012 as regional manager. She became a senior vice president in 2014. Duke earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and structural engineering from Texas Tech University.

Kelly Dunn, Director, Supply Chain US Pipeline Projects, TransCanada
As Director, Supply Chain U.S. Projects, Kelly Dunn is responsible for Supply Chain support of capital spend in TransCanada’s U.S. Gas and Liquids business units.
Ms. Dunn is a dynamic leader with 20 years of diverse, cross-industry experience in end-to-end supply chain, contract negotiations and management and supplier management. Before joining TransCanada, Ms. Dunn worked for both CB&I and Bechtel in various corporate, field and leadership roles.
Ms. Dunn is focused on driving culture change by identify high-value opportunities, improving customer service levels, and strengthening team capabilities to drive bottom-line results.

Jen Holmstadt, Senior Project Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc.
Jen Holmstadt has 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant. Jen began her career using geomorphic methods to remediate large contaminated rivers. Her background in contaminated site cleanups led to Jen working as a geomorphologist on the Kalamazoo River oil spill response, responsible for finding submerged oil on the river bottom using her understanding of riverine depositional processes. Jen served as a geomorphologist, field lead, and GIS lead on that project for three years.
Jen transitioned into designing and implementing geohazard risk assessment programs for the oil and gas industry as well as transportation and municipal infrastructure. She has implemented risk assessment protocols for thousands of miles of transmission pipeline for midstream operators traversing myriad environmental settings.

She has an M.S. degree from Michigan State in Geomorphology, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Jen was born and raised in the big town (population ~350) of Nelson, WI. She and her family now reside in Minneapolis, MN.

Kat Hoffman, Earth Scientist, Chevron North America Exploration and Production, Global MARC Director, Chevron
Kat Hoffman is a senior earth scientist working for Chevron Corporation in Houston, TX. She currently works in the Mid-Continent Business Unit on the CO2/Waterflood base assets team. In the past she has worked in the San Joaquin Business Unit and the Energy Technology Company (ETC), in a variety of technical areas including steam flood asset development, integrated interpretation and modeling, and frontier exploration. Kat joined Chevron in 2008 after graduating from Indiana University with a master’s degree in biogeochemistry.

Before taking on her current role in 2018, Kat served as a Learning Solutions Specialist in the Enterprise Technical Learning department, providing instructional design and integrating new technologies, models and best practices that support adult learning into Chevron’s technical training and learning plans.

In addition to her technical responsibilities, Kat serves on the Women’s Network Executive Committee as its global MARC director. She is the primary contact and subject matter expert for the MARC initiative at Chevron, responsible for engaging Women’s Network site leaders globally to encourage and support the program’s deployment enterprise-wide. She also leads the team that develops and maintains the MARC toolkit that local teams leverage to execute MARC programs.

Miranda Jones, HSE Manager, Global Operations Organization-Gulf of Mexico, BP
Miranda Jones started her career with Western Refining in 1996. In 2000, she joined BP in the L48 North America Gas business unit where she held roles in Operations and HSE. In 2008, Miranda joined Crestwood Equity Partners, where she led the VP HSE, Regulatory, and Land. She served on the Executive Leadership team while growing the business from a single state $1B asset to a diverse midstream company that operated across all North America. She was responsible for developing and implementing a benchmarking HSE Management System and setting the tone for a culture based on Safe Reliable Operations, Compliance, and Environmental Stewardship.

Miranda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University. She is married to her college sweetheart, Derron and they have three children ages 28, 23, and 15.

Melody Meyer, NE Director at British Petroleum, AbbVie, and NOV; Senior Advisor, Cairn India; Trinity University Trustee; NBR Board
Melody Meyer started her career with Gulf Oil in Houston. Gulf Oil later merged with Chevron where Melody remained until her retirement in 2016.

During her career with Chevron, Melody had key leadership roles in global exploration and production, working on international projects and operational assignments. In 2004 Melody became the vice president for the Gulf of Mexico business unit, and in 2008 became president of the Chevron Energy Technology Company. From 2011 Melody was president of Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, responsible for the financial and operating performance of the upstream assets in nine countries in Chevron’s Asia Pacific region. Melody was the executive sponsor of the Chevron Women’s Network and continues as a mentor and advocate for the advancement of women in the industry. She was recognized as a 2009 Trinity Distinguished Alumni, with the BioHouston Women in Science Award, was the ASME Rhodes Petroleum Industry Leadership Award recipient and in 2018 as an Influential Woman in Energy.

Melody Meyer has spent her entire career in the oil and gas industry. The breadth, variety and geographic scope of her experience is distinctive. Her career has been marked by a focus on excellence, safety and performance improvement. She has expertise in the execution of major capital projects, creation of businesses in new countries, strategic and business planning, merger integration and safe and reliable operations.

Melody brings a world class operational perspective to the board, with a deep understanding of the factors influencing safe, efficient and commercially high-performing projects in a global organization.

Manasi Pandya, Senior Director HR & Organizational Development, Crestwood Midstream
Manasi Pandya is the Senior Director, HR & Organizational Development at Crestwood Midstream Partners. She joined the company in 2016. Manasi brings 10+ years of experience in Human Resources experience supporting the Oil & Gas industry. Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Manager, HR for Precision Drilling where she was responsible for leading all human resource related activities for Precision Drilling’s US & Canadian workforce. She gained her foundational HR experience with various HR related roles at Schlumberger in the US.

Manasi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Houston.

Janet Peyton, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Janet practices in the area of data privacy and security, and assists clients with both preventive data security as well managing compliance issues in the aftermath of a data breach. Her experience includes auditing and evaluating clients’ data security policies, drafting website privacy notices and internal corporate privacy policies, negotiating cloud computing agreements from both the vendor and customer perspective, and compliance with breach notification laws. As a transactional intellectual property lawyer, Janet also has significant experience with technology-related transactions, such as sophisticated IT procurement contracts, enterprise software licenses for corporate licensees and buyers, and transition services agreements in the contexts of stock or asset purchase agreements. She holds the CIPP/US certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Janet chairs the firm’s transactional intellectual property practice group. She has substantial experience assisting clients with the strategic management of large U.S. and foreign trademark portfolios for retail, manufacturing and professional services companies, as well as institutions of higher education. She was the 2013 recipient of Chambers USA’s Women in Law Award for “Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year” and is a past chair of the Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section.


May 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am
May 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
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