Our powerful, global event last week wasn’t just a unique opportunity to learn about how the energy sector can “shift” into a new era. It was also the latest glaring proof that conferences everywhere — focused on business, technology, and much more — should stop booking “manels.”
One of the excuses organizers often use is that they couldn’t find women who had the unique expertise they were looking for.
This makes no sense, and the HERWorld Energy Forum proved it.
Want to talk Blockchain? Listen to the amazing Rebecca Hofmann. 3D printing? Laurie Markoe. Helping small business owners take the first steps toward modernizing their technology? Mary Lyke. Fracking? Bethany McLean. Entrepreneurship? La Donna Finnels-Neal. Digital transformation? Zhanna Golodryga.
The list goes on and on and on.
In fact, our speakers site serves as a who’s who of amazing women speakers — not just for the energy sector, but well beyond.
And this was not confined to Houston.
While I had the honor of serving as emcee at our “hub” in the energy capital, simultaneous events took place in Denver, London, and watch sites around the world, featuring women speakers.
If Pink Petro founder Katie Mehnert and her team could make this happen in energy — a sector that lags behind others in gender metrics — then event organizers in any sector can. (See Katie and HERWorld speaker Leslie Shockley Beyer, president of the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association, quoted in this Bloomberg piece about the lack of adequate female representation at certain other events.)