The GRIT Awards: This is getting BIG!

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We’re about 12 weeks away from the Experience Energy GRIT Awards celebration (register today so you won’t miss the festivities Oct. 3!), and we wanted to share with you all some exciting updates.


First, a HUGE shoutout to Marathon Oil and NES Global Talent, who have signed on as sponsors for the event. We are so grateful for your support. The GRIT Awards are dedicated to honoring energy’s unsung heroes — the women who lead and the men who advocate for their progress in energy. We love that the major players in our industry get that and want to do whatever they can to support it.

If you’re interested in a GRIT Awards sponsorship, click here for to find out more about our various packages.


We’ve got less than two weeks left before nominations close on July 20, and we have been overwhelmed by your response so far. To date, we’ve collected more than 50 nominations for energy leaders from Kenya, Pakistan, Australia and the U.S., and from companies such as ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, Schlumberger, KPMG, Aera Energy and Weatherford, to name a few. It is an eclectic, powerful and humbling group so far, and we can’t wait to see who else joins the mix.

Submit your nominations now until July 20, and remember: We aren’t just honoring women in energy; we are also looking for the men who champion inclusion and the teams that work hard to support diversity in the workplace.


We’ve got TWO incredible speakers lined up for the GRIT Awards experience on Oct. 3.

Geeta Thakorlal is the president of INTECSEA, a Worley Parsons company. Geeta began her career in Auckland, New Zealand, as a production technologist working in the manufacturing and chemicals industries before joining an engineering consulting and project delivery organization servicing the hydrocarbon sector, starting in Australia and transferring to the UK. She started in technical consulting and progressed to an operations director role and was promoted to regional director for the Europe, Africa and Middle East region. She joined WorleyParsons in 2011 and has held a succession of senior roles with WorleyParsons before her appointment as president of INTECSEA, a leading global business with expertise in design and engineering of subsea systems, pipelines and floating production systems.

Crystal Washington is a futurist, technology strategist, techie and author. She’s known for her ability to take complex web and social media topics and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners. Crystal also hosts a weekly technology segment on Houston’s Fox television affiliate and has appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine, Essence and She has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, Associated Press, and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe as a social media expert.

See why we’re excited?

Don’t forget to nominate yourself or someone you know. And we’ll see you on Oct. 3!