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Can women speed up the energy transition?

Valentina Kretschmar, Wood Mackenzie Director of Corporate Research, asks whether the lack of diversity in oil and gas companies’ boardrooms is holding back the energy transition. There’s no doubt that those in the business of discovering, producing and distributing hydrocarbons are worried about the...

She persisted

It's done. Vicki Hollub closed the deal yesterday on Anadarko Petroleum, one of the most dramatic business transactions the oil industry has seen in recent years. For months, media organizations have called me to get my personal opinion on this...

Blue Oceans Crush Red Oceans: Why I Formed a Business and Not a Charity

I grew up in Middle Class America during the Reagan Administration.  It was a time when civics and free enterprise were prolifically taught in junior high and high school. A proud Gen X die-hard rubix cube and Pacman nerd, I was the Type-A first born child of three girls.  Latchkey...

Why ‘one and done’ doesn’t cut it

This month Civil rights attorney Cyrus Mehri unlocks a new view on gender diversity that may have the answer to the next presidential election in America. Mehri is most known for his success in some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in...

Why I Leaned Out

I'm a big fan of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. I read it on a flight to London in 2013 and it was a game changer. She started the conversation and left me in stitches. The one takeaway I got from...

Why Big Oil Should Embrace Activists Like Greta Thunberg

Originally published in Newsweek. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg and other young environmental activists are taking the world by storm. Their efforts are becoming a profound movement. We know this not only because monumental figures including former President Barack Obama are singing their praises. We...

Oxy shows “Moxy”

This week the world woke up to a big headline.  Oxy showed "moxy" (misspelling intended) and outbid Chevron for the Permian's pearl, Anadarko.  It was a bold move by Vicki Hollub, CEO, and one I applaud her team for having the grit to do.  When called about...

The ITC fire is out, but the heat is still on

Ever since fire broke out at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park on March 17, people have been asking questions. Most questions are typical in the immediate aftermath of an incident that reeks havoc on an entire community. Questions about the cause, the...

Fearlessness, curiosity, and staying uncomfortable

Wisdom at HERWorld from leading women in energy tech The HERWorld Energy Forum serves double duty in a big way. It’s a chance for energy leaders -- who just happen to be women -- to have their voices heard on the profound shifts...

From damage of Trump tariffs to ‘fraud’ of energy independence, leading women assess oil industry

Corporate tax cuts helped some businesses in the energy sector, but President Trump’s trade war with China is causing significant damage. The unpredictability of the Trump administration has also effectively shut down capital markets, causing problems even worse than onerous tariffs. And the idea of “energy independence,” touted for decades by...