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May-June 2024

Come With Me Offshore… As An Assistant Driller

Come With Me Offshore… As An Assistant Driller

As the planes whiz by in the background, I find myself firmly planted in the seat at the gate just before boarding, a routine familiar to many of us who must fly to our next point of transit before reaching our final destination: The offshore platform accessible only by helicopter....

The Case for Compassion

The Case for Compassion

I watched my boss hurriedly hit the mute button. We were onboard a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), floating in the Atlantic Ocean, and dialed into a large international call with operations leaders from around the world. “Welp, I messed that one up! Yikes.” He chuckled and shook his...

The Rise in Gray Market Oil

The Rise in Gray Market Oil

A new, four billion dollar a week gray market is casting a shadow across energy desks around the globe. The sanction-skirting gray market trading for crude, intermediates and finished products has increased seven-fold in the past 24 months and now accounts for approximately 15 percent of global waterborne crude and...

OILWOMAN Cartoon May-June 2024

Oilwoman Cartoon May/June 2024

One of designer Daniela Groza’s creations in silver for Auzi. Photos courtesy of Auzi.

In Conversation With Dec McLaughlin, Founder At Auzi

In conversation with Dec McLaughlin, Founder at Auzi (fashionable hearing aids) and Co-Founder at Foras (showcasing Scottish startups to the world). Angela McKane: Dec, hi! Thank you so much for making time to speak today. As a fellow Scot, I’m going to jump right in and ask if you could...

Noela Oliveira Garza built a successful career as a surveyor after following in the footsteps of her father, Horacio Oliveira. Photos courtesy of Noela Oliveira Garza.

Noela Oliveira Garza Surveys the Landscape

As a landman, I have always given the Reader’s Digest version of what I do as “part genealogist and part detective,” so it resonated with me when I came across the following explanation on the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado site, describing a surveyor as “part archeolog[ist] and part private...

Chapter 2 – Arlene Chow Dig Deeper: My Leadership Journey

Chapter 2 – Arlene Chow, Dig Deeper: My Leadership Journey

During my years in BP Alaska, I had three different jobs. I went in as Infrastructure Manager, and almost immediately faced my first challenge. There was an earthquake and a volcanic eruption, the snow turned black, and it became completely dark, with temperatures dropping to -60°F with wind chill. I...

Oilwoman Magazine

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (May-June 2024)

Women in male-dominated industries, such as energy, face myriad challenges, some of which are internal, such as our inner critics, possibly telling us we can’t do this or we don’t belong here. (Who among us isn’t familiar with imposter syndrome?) The whole premise in creating OILWOMAN MAGAZINE has been to...

Finding The Purple Unicorn: Boardroom Myths, Half-Truths and Cold Hard Facts

Finding The Purple Unicorn: Boardroom Myths, Half-Truths and Cold Hard Facts

In my 40-year career in energy and heavy industry, I rarely had contact with the board directors who could block our investment projects or dismiss our CEO. Three years ago, I began a new career with Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a women-owned boutique that finds exceptional executives to refresh corporate...

Latin America’s Energy Miracle

Latin America’s Energy Miracle

Recent oil discoveries in Guyana, considered one of the most impoverished countries in South America, position this small territory as one of the world’s leading producers of crude oil and boost its economy as one of the fastest growing in the world for the coming years. The Caribbean country’s current...

Q&A With Suseela Veerappan, Senior Business Systems Analyst

Q&A With Suseela Veerappan, Senior Business Systems Analyst

Rebecca Ponton: Please tell us about your current role and what you do. Suseela Veerappan: I hold a pivotal role as a senior business systems analyst at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), the largest oil and gas industry player in the U.S. Since joining the company in May 2016, I’ve been...

At the 2023 Coastal Bend Women in Industry Conference, Cheniere women gathered to share their career experiences and the different pathways within the company. Left to right: Bianca Hinojosa, Amy Quintana, Jana Russell, Jessica Muennink, Julie Konning, Alexis Gutierrez and Jaime Abarca.

Alexis Gutierrez, Production Operator, Cheniere Energy

 Coming out of high school, Alexis Gutierrez was accepted at four of Texas’ major universities. She had plans to begin her studies to become a pharmacist but, after her first semester, realized that wasn’t the path for her. She decided to switch gears and go into the workforce, eventually building...

Dawn Buckingham, M.D.

Ninth-Generation Texan Leads The General Land Office

Before she was a surgeon, she was a volunteer firefighter. Her favorite song is “A Few More Rednecks” by the Charlie Daniels Band. She loves to fish, drives a red Ford F250 (diesel, she specifies), is responsible for restoring the Alamo, and, by the way, manages the 13 million acres...

3 Ways Technology is Going to Shape the Oil and Gas Industry Free to Download Today

Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.