Oilwoman Magazine

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (January-February 2024)

U.S. Energy Media wants to welcome readers to another year of OILWOMAN Magazine and wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year. It’s hard to believe that we celebrated three years of publication with the Nov/Dec 2020 issue and that Publisher, Emmanuel Sullivan, made the bold decision to start OILWOMAN, the companion publication to the long-established OILMAN Magazine, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. We want to thank our readers and advertisers for their ongoing support in helping us make it through these challenging times to continue bringing you the stories by women, for women, and about women, who are influencing our industry and bringing about the changes and innovations we need to move forward in the energy transition.

Our cover story feature with Salina Derichsweiler is particularly noteworthy because Derichsweiler is not only representative of a woman who has made a successful professional transition from the oil and gas side of the energy industry to the renewables side, but she is also a member of the Iñupiaq group of Indigenous people (the name “Iñupiaq,” meaning “real or genuine person” – inuk “person” plus -piaq “real, genuine.” Source: Alaska Native Language Center). As an Indigenous woman, she is a part of the least represented minority group in our industry. It’s important that we listen to her story and learn how we can attract more Indigenous people to the industry – while acknowledging, as she reminds us, they are not a monolithic group – so that we can have the benefit and value of their unique perspectives and experiences.

On an interesting side note, the publisher recently shared the end of the year analytics for 2023 in our subscriber newsletter and regular columnist Angela McKane’s disabilities feature had four of the top 10 most-read stories, highlighting just how important it is, not only to include all forms of energy in the mix, but all people. We’re thrilled that McKane has agreed to join us again this year to share her conversations with people in the industry of various unique abilities and perspectives.

Here’s to an even more diverse and inclusive industry as we go forward into the new year!

Author profile
Rebecca Ponton
Editor-in-Chief - 

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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