Oilwoman Magazine

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (January-February 2023)

At U.S. Energy Media, we hope that the new year is off to a good start for you all!

With our November/December 2022 issue, we were excited to have celebrated two full years of publishing OILWOMAN Magazine, and bringing you interviews and insights from top women leaders in industry.

This issue’s cover story interview is no different as I had the pleasure of talking to Lori Davis, president of Rig-Chem, LLC, a Houma, Louisiana, company that specializes in wellbore clean-out chemical solutions.

The expression, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” evolved from the Greek philosopher Plato’s work, Republic, in which he wrote, “Our need will be the real creator.” And, in some ways, that’s the story of Lori Davis and her rise to president of Rig-Chem. As a young, single mother with a small child, Davis needed a job to support herself and her son, and that necessity fueled her desire to be independent and self-sufficient, and to succeed in a male-dominated industry where there were not a lot of women in the early 1980s. She eventually joined her father at Rig-Chem, and later she and her sister purchased the company, where she now oversees the business as its president.

Energy is a multifaceted sector and this issue includes stories with women from across the spectrum – from the woman at the top of a small oil field service company, that competes with the majors, to a woman working on a coker unit in a U.S. refinery to women in Kenya learning new skills through a waste to energy initiative – all connected by the energy industry that powers the world. It also illustrates how diversity encompasses more than just gender; it’s also knowledge, experience and expertise.

We wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2023 and look forward to bringing you more conversations with women who are helping shape and guide the industry into the future.

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Rebecca Ponton has been a journalist for 25+ years and is also a petroleum landman. Her book, Breaking the GAS Ceiling: Women in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry (Modern History Press), was released in May 2019. For more info, go to www.breakingthegasceiling.com.

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