It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we announce the 6th edition of the Women in Energy symposium to be held on May 17th, 2019 in The Hague.
For several years women and men have joined our mission to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion (D&I) themes in the energy industry. Our purpose is to solidify a D&I culture on the work floor and make steps towards equality. By connecting people, we aim to create a support network of professionals in the energy sector for sharing experiences, mentorship and sponsorship. Our overarching theme for this year’s edition will be:
“Women in Energy: Shape the future”
The oil and gas industry went through substantial changes over the last few years. Significant reductions in the price of renewable energy technologies, coupled with a political commitment to reduce CO2 emissions following the Paris Agreement, led to an increased focus from oil and gas majors towards adapting their traditional business models. Renewables are gaining more prominence in the energy mix whereas the optimisation of energy usage has seen an increased deployment of Artificial Intelligence and cloud technologies. As companies adapt to the energy transition, employees need to adapt as well, by developing relevant skills to maintain their employability.
During the event, we would like to address how the changes in the energy sector will affect future employability, talent retention and opportunities they create for women.
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The program will start with two opening talks where speakers will share their experience and views on energy transition and digitalisation, setting the scene for an in-depth panel discussion engaging panellists from different companies and institutes. Plenary presentations and a round table discussion will be complemented by interactive workshops, tailored towards empowering women and men to thrive in their careers, with ample time left for networking activities.
Our aim is to engage panellists and participants in an interactive discussion around:
- Cultural influence, gender perception and generation differences influencing women’s career development;
- Career shift, from subsurface domain knowledge to hybrid, and how to not get stuck in the career ladder;
- Leveraging gender traits in career development and progression; and
- Need for diversity to drive innovation.
Our speakers and panellists are:
- Marit Brommer, Executive Director of the Int’l Geothermal Association (IGA)
- Daniel Jeavons, General Manager Data Science at Shell
- René Peters, Business Director Gas Technology at TNO
- Ellen Kroijmans, Director of Global Project Office at SBM Offshore
- Mandy Brussaard, Senior Energy Advisor at BMC Advies