Diversity in Oil and Gas — How to Break the Glass Ceiling?

Dr Carole Nakhle, CEO of Crystol Energy and President of Access for Women in Energy, moderated a panel discussion on diversity in the oil and gas industry co-organised by SPE Foundation, Chevron and Wintershall Dea on 25th March 2021.

While women make up 22% of employees in the oil and gas industry worldwide (Catalyst, 2020), gender gap increases with seniority. Entry-level positions are comprised of 27% women, 17% are at senior and executive-level positions and just 1% of oil and gas CEOs are women.

It’s clear the oil and gas sector still has some way to go before truly being diverse, particularly when it comes to attracting and promoting women. However, there are clear steps companies can take to play their part in creating a more inclusive future.

Dr Carole Nakhle discussing diversity in the oil and gas industry, along Kimberley McHugh from Chevron; Lina Serpa from BP; Gretchen Haskins from HeliOffshore and Flight Safety Foundation, and Janne Lea from Wintershall Dea

Dr Nakhle was joined by a great line-up of speakers who shared their insights and ideas to break the glass ceiling in the search for equity and inclusion in the oil and gas sector, including: 

  • Kimberley McHugh, Vice President of Wells at Chevron;
  • Lina Serpa, Vice President, Wells Solutions at BP;
  • Gretchen Haskins, Board Director of HeliOffshore and Flight Safety Foundation; and
  • Janne Lea, Vice President, Reservoir Management – Development and Engineering at Wintershall Dea Norge AS


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