Our Team
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Meet our team of talented and passionate professionals who know parity is possible.

Katie Mehnert

CEO and Founder

Katie Mehnert is the Founder and CEO of Pink Petro™, the first and only global social learning community for women in energy aimed specifically at disrupting the gender gap.  Pink Petro has a growing list of international accolades including members in 120 countries and over 500 organizations.  In 2017, Katie launched Experience Energy, a careers platform geared at closing the gender gap across the sector.

Katie has 20 years of delivering change, learning, and culture transformations in both management consultancy and corporate leadership roles.  Katie is bringing human capital solutions to the energy industry as it faces #TheFutureofWork and its next frontier after the current downturn. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Katie held global leadership roles inside industry giants British Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell in Health Safety and Environment.  Katie has also worked with Duke Energy, Waste Management, Entergy, Enron, and a few venture start-ups.

Katie serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement and is an executive council member of Ellevate Network. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Communications, Rice University’s Executive Energy program and The Center for Houston’s Future.

Katie is a four-time World Major marathoner having completed London, Chicago, New York and Berlin. She and her husband, Mark, Associate General Counsel with GE Oil and Gas, have a six-year old "Ninja-Neer" in the making, Ally.


Linda Smith

Director of First Impressions & Chief Administrative Evangel 

Linda has 40 years of experience in the energy sector in various leading roles supporting senior executives in high profile international business environments.  Linda keeps our tight ship running.  Her role as Director of First Impressions and Chief Administrative Evangel enables Pink Petro, our growing startup to thrive. 

We like to think Linda is a our "get it done well and done now" team member.  Linda loves to lift others up and keeps our virtual global office on its toes.  She hails from Des Moines, Iowa and brings a mix of cajun and sassy Texan to the team.


Kat Boogaard 

Content Guru

Kat is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer who has found a real passion for helping women build careers and lives they love. Most of her content is career, productivity, and self-development related, and her advice has been published by Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Business Insider, Time, and Mashable. She's excited to bring her voice and expertise to the Pink Petro team!

When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, you can find her reading, baking, talking her husband into yet another DIY home renovation, or spoiling her rescued terrier mutt.