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How To Drive Faster Energy Innovation With More Women

12/1/2019 10:40:00 AM

It’s also the sector that needs the most rapid innovation, especially as the planet reaches yet another record CO2 level. And, a diverse workforce drives innovation the most. What will it take to get more women hired and promoted into leadership in the energy sector? Six ideas....

For an insider’s perspective, I spoke with Katie Mehnert, who foundedafter 20 years in the industry to dramatically shift it from its historic white male-wildcatter roots  to one that more closely resembles the population it serves today.HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Floodwaters surround homes on September 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. A

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Here are six ideas from our conversation:Katie Mehnert at oil and gas drilling eventKatie MehnertSafety and diversity go hand-in-hand: “The companies that care about diversity, sustainability, climate and safety are the companies that are going to win when it comes to the war for talent,” Mehnert told me.

“Your biggest challenge is your biggest opportunity.”Mehnert said, adding, “get people into the system so they can change the culture and the industry to clean energy.”“Companies need to look at the whole family…to make it easier for women to move up,”

Mehnert insisted, because the more the workplace accommodates the changes to the modern family unit and people’s increasing focus on work-life management, the more women will be likely to join and stay in the industry.Investors’ intense focus on environment, social and governance issues (ESG) are focusing energy leadership more on these issues

and, thereby, driving concerted efforts for meaningful change and looking for accountability.Women are key to cleaning up the industry. Read more: ForbesWomen »

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