Careers in the energy sector aren't just for engineers or sales people. Students and young professionals with an economics background are invited to join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals from a range of energy fields, including government, academia, and private industry. The conversation will focus on uncovering pathways into the field, finding job opportunities during the pandemic, and setting yourself apart in the hiring process.
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Jazz Glastra, Associate Director for Career Development at Kenyon College
Shree Vikas, Director, Market Intelligence & Business Analysis, ConocoPhillips
Peter C. Balash, Associate Director, Systems Engineering and Analysis, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Beth Offenbacker, PhD, CPCC, Founder & CEO, Waterford, Inc.
A certified coach, she has extensive experience and expertise in talent management for the "Green" industry, specifically in executive and leadership coaching, team/organizational dynamics, learning strategy, delivery, technology, and measurement, in addition to career awareness and outreach, as part of building skilled workforce pipelines in response to organizational and industry needs. She also draws on her expansive skills and knowledge in leadership development, adult learning theory and practices, forestry, and conservation in leading individual/leadership retreats with a nature focus.
During her tenure at Waterford, Dr. Offenbacker has been consistently recognized for her strategic and creative vision in guiding the firm's work with its diverse range of clients. She has corporate, nonprofit, and public agency experience, and her expansive portfolio includes local, state, regional, national, and international projects. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on green career management and green leadership development and workforce issues. Dr. Offenbacker also is a Senior Vice President with MDL Partners, where she works with mid and senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals who are looking for a better environment, a new job, a career change, or career advancement.
A strategic talent management leader, Dr. Offenbacker co-designed and leads the Green Career Workshops for the global nonprofit Leaders in Energy, an 8,500+ member organization of clean energy and sustainability professionals in the US and 100+ countries. She serves as Director of Training & Development for Leaders in Energy, a volunteer position.
She resides in Arlington, Va., and is working towards her goal of visiting all 16 national parks in Germany over the next 10 years.
Michael D. Maher, Senior Program Advisor, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
His volunteer activities include serving on the alumni advisory board for Rice University's Center for Career Development, the dean's advisory board for Rice's School of Social Sciences, and the board of directors of the Association of Rice Alumni. Maher volunteers as a mentor for Rice students and recent alums, offering guidance as they plan a career, write resumes and prepare for job interviews.
He joined the institute in the summer of 2013 after a career at ExxonMobil of more than 30 years. Over the last decade, Maher coordinated public and government affairs for LNG projects in the U.S. and abroad; served as the public affairs manager for the Marine Well Containment Project, a joint venture aimed at providing the oil and gas industry with access to well containment equipment and technology for the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico; and held the position of upstream issue advisor on policy issues related to offshore drilling and production safety, natural gas, and U.S. LNG exports. He also held positions as a professional economist in corporate planning and as an analyst in natural gas planning and marketing in the U.S. Maher received a B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.
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