Chris Beckett has served as CEO of Pacific Drilling since April 2008 and as a member of the board of directors since March 2011. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry.
Prior to joining Pacific Drilling, Chris led the strategic business development and planning group at Transocean Ltd. from 2004 to 2008. From 2001 to 2004, he served at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he provided strategic and operating advice to global energy companies and governments. And from 1990 to 2001, he worked for Schlumberger Limited in a series of international management roles with increasing responsibilities.
Beckett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exploration geophysics from University College London and an MBA from Rice University.
Melissa Calhoun is currently senior director of talent management at Halliburton. In this capacity, she is responsible for the employee development cycle with oversight of corporate HR functions including talent selection, technical and non-technical competency programs, learning and training governance, leadership and succession, performance management, and organizational development and effectiveness. Her experience spans 20 years in the oil and gas industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions at the district, regional and global level beginning as a field engineer in the Gulf of Mexico and progressing through roles in operations, business development, and engineering management. Most recently, she was director of program management responsible for new product development for one of Halliburton’s global product service lines. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has completed all of Halliburton’s business and leadership development programs in partnership with The Mays Business School Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. She currently serves as chair of the University Advisory Board for Halliburton Foundation, Inc. and on external advisory boards for Halliburton Engineering Global Programs and the College of Human Resource Management both for Texas A&M, as well as on PESA’s HR committee. Melissa has been married for 15 years and is the proud mother of 3 children.
Gail Combs Oglesby is a seasoned, results oriented professional with 30 years of HR experience in small and large organizations in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, software, financial services, and oil and gas. She is known for being the go-to person by employees, managers, and executives for all issues related to the management of human capital. Gail earned her undergraduate in Organizational Behavior and a Master’s in Human Resources, Organizational Development both from the University of San Francisco. She also holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Coast University.
John has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh. John is currently Vice President – Human Resources at Southwestern Energy Company, a position to which he was appointed in May 2015. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President and General Manager – Strategy, Performance and Innovation; Vice President and General Manager – Midstream Services; Vice President – Economic Planning & Acquisitions; as well as other management roles within the Company. Prior to joining Southwestern Energy in 1993, John held various engineering positions with Conoco Inc. in its Midland, Texas office. John is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and is a member of several energy industry organizations including SPE, SPEE, AAPG, IPAA, and TIPRO.
John has been married to his wife, Melissa, since 1987 and they share four children. John serves on the board of the Triangle Education Foundation, which focuses on developing future leaders with character and integrity within the membership of Triangle Fraternity, a fraternity of engineers, architects, and scientists. He has previously served as Chairman of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). John also serves as the Chairman of Child Legacy International, a non-profit organization which helps build viable and sustainable communities through clean water, medical care with a focus on mother and child health, and vocational training programs in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Merve Gol is currently in her last semester at the C.T. Bauer College of Business where she will graduate with a Master’s of Science degree in Global Energy Management. Ms. Gol moved to Houston to attend this program in 2015 after working in the oil and gas upstream industry as a petroleum geologist in Turkey. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Geological engineering from Akdeniz University.
Ms. Gol is passionate about the energy industry, and has spent the last year interning for Shell Pipeline as a project control consultant through Turner and Townsend Inc. She is interested in continuing her work as an energy consultant upon graduation. She is also passionate about building relationships, and has been coined the “Networking Queen” amongst her classmates.
Ms. Gol serves on multiple boards while managing to balance her school and work demands, including the Bauer MBA Society, the Bauer Energy Club and the Association of Industry Analyst. She is also an active member of the National Association of Women MBA (NAWMBA), Prospanica, Houston Geological Society, Young Professionals in Energy and Your Professional Future Club at Turner and Townsend. To that end, Merve has volunteered for the Make a Wish Foundation, Super Bowl 51, the Asian Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Council and the Network of Executive Women to name a few.
Ms. Gold was the 2017 recipient of the SURE Incubator Fellowship award. She is multilingual, speaking English, Turkish and German.
Madison Gray is a Process Engineer at Fluor in Sugar Land, TX with 2.5 years of capital project experience. Madison graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management. Since joining Fluor, Madison has worked in the Energy and Chemicals business line on a variety of projects ranging from feasibility to detailed design. Madison has also taken on voluntary leadership roles supporting Fluor’s young professional group, Graduates Advancing to Professionalism (GAP), serving on the Steering Committee as the Social Chair, President, and Advisor. GAP has approximately 200 members and seeks to “bridge the gap” for new graduates and help make the transition between the educational and corporate environment by familiarizing young professionals with Fluor culture, goals, and procedures.
Karen Griebe is a Director of Compensation & Benefits who works closely with executive leadership to deliver an array of effective and competitive plans and programs while staying focused on the company’s Total Rewards philosophy and overall corporate strategy. After spending her entire 20 year career in Human Resources, Karen has extensive experience with health/welfare/retirement plans, wellness programs, short and long term incentives, retention plans, market analysis, and job evaluation.
Karen likes to stay active within the Human Resources community by serving on the American Cancer Society Wellness Committee, sitting on the Fidelity Investments Client Panel, participating in roundtable discussions with peers, and attending various seminars on the latest topics and trends in the Comp and Benefits world.
Karen graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in History and has been a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) since 2008.
Linda Head oversees the Office of Workforce Education and Corporate Partnerships at Lone Star College (LSC), serving as Associate Vice Chancellor.
Her responsibilities in Houston cover related activities at the six LSC campuses and in partnership with 100’s of corporate and healthcare business partners. Lone Star College serves over 90,000 students, 6,000 employees and 5,500,000 square feet of physical space.
Linda has spent her community college career developing a trained workforce for businesses and industry by developing a highly trained talent pool. Under her leadership and direction, Lone Star College embraces a comprehensive, transparent, collaborative approach to develop competency-based workforce programs designed through a strong partnership of industry advisors and fellow educators, validated by labor market intelligence. This insures that LSC delivers the associate degrees and certificate programs that prepare citizens in the Houston area for today’s careers providing the opportunity for a career pathway from entry-level to leadership roles in healthcare, emergency services, oil and gas, manufacturing, IT and others. In addition to AAS and certificate career program development, she leads over 9,000 non-credit students and instructors at 14 locations, student job placement, adult basic education, English as a Second Language, the Lone Star Corporate College, and the development of workforce international projects. Three years ago she & her team led the master planning for over $3M in workforce training facilities, marketing workforce programs, and the workforce student advising team.
Her professional career began in Houston in 1980 working as a college recruiter, office automation specialist then corporate trainer for Tenneco Oil.
Her career with LSC started in 1986 as a college professor where she was promoted to a variety of administrative positions to include department chair and academic dean and has been in her current role for nine years.
Bonnie Houston is a Senior Vice President in Human Resources and Administration at National Oilwell Varco (NOV). She is responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy in support of NOV’s business plan and strategic goals. Bonnie has primary responsibility for all global human resources functions including leadership development, organizational development, performance management, talent acquisition, talent review, succession, benefits, and compensation. She also leads the physical security, travel, and fleet teams at NOV. Prior to this role, Bonnie was Director of Organizational Development at NOV with responsibility for global talent and learning.
Bonnie joined National Oilwell Varco in 2005 as part of the Company’s Next Generation Program, and has since held various roles in HR, spending the first part of her career in HRIS and project management. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and then from Rice University with a Master’s of Business Administration. She currently serves on the Partners’ Advisory Council for Harvard Business Publishing.
Debbie Logan is a corporate talent management executive with over 25 years’ experience advising and leading organizations in succession management, leadership assessment and development and organizational effectiveness.
Over the last 10 years, Debbie has worked in the oil and gas industry for Halliburton as the Head of Talent Development and most recently as Head of Talent Management for Phillips 66. Prior to being in the oil and gas industry, Debbie has held other talent management leadership positions across a variety of industries, and also has owned her own talent management consulting practice.
Debbie has proven experience in advising CEO’s and senior leaders across the globe on integrated talent management strategies to increase human capital performance; creating succession management processes that produce stronger leadership pipeline readiness and bench; and developing large-scale leadership learning curriculums that increase leaders’ capability and confidence.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Debbie is also a certified Executive Coach, holds numerous talent and organizational development professional certifications, and has served on various talent management advisory boards.
Newhouse Consultants was founded to help clients accelerate results through talent+technology. Developing strategy, technology and agility for clients in energy, healthcare, manufacturing, service and public sectors, Newhouse Consultants brings expertise, experience and innovation.
Newhouse serves as Executive Director of the Global Talent Innovation Network. The network, a group of Chief Talent and Learning Officers from Global 500 firms, was convened to identify and share leading edge enterprise talent and learning practices.
Prior to founding Newhouse Consultants, Bob served as Vice President of Learning & Development for Noble Corporation, a publicly traded, global offshore drilling contractor. Under Bob’s leadership, Noble built its Simulation Learning Center, a 30,000 sf state-of-the-art facility focused on creating the crews of the future. Uniquely, the Noble Simulation Learning Center was conceived to bring leadership and technical training together into an integrated simulation-based learning environment.
At Resources Global Professionals (RGP), Bob was Director of the Human Capital and Supply Chain Management practices, comprised of over 100 professional consultants serving clients in energy, manufacturing and service sectors.
Prior to RGP, Bob spent ten years with APQC, focused on strategic development for Fortune 1000 clients, as well as the Education, Government and Healthcare sectors. Bob was Director for the APQC Education Institute, which brought business quality improvement methodologies to education institutions.
Bob holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, appointed to the INPO National Nuclear Training Accrediting Board, and holds board positions with The Council on Recovery, KIPP Academy and Houston Achievement Place.
Jo-Ann Paul is an IT Program Manager with over 25 years of Oil & Gas and Energy experience. She has worked for large corporations such as Amoco, BP, and Exelon Nuclear.
At BP she was responsible for developing their first Global SAP Delivery Program which delivered millions in IT savings. The delivery team comprised of over 100 individuals across the globe, and included partnership with 3rd party IT vendors.
After leaving BP in early 2015, she took on a 10 month consulting engagement at Halliburton leading one of their divestiture IT workstreams.
In 2016 Jo-Ann switched industries and started working in HealthCare. She is currently leading an IT Integration Program at McKesson Specialty Health. She has found the transition between industries to be seamless, because of her transferrable Project Management and Leadership experience.
Jo-Ann has an MBA from Howard University, and a Project Management Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jo-Ann recently completed her first Marathon – the Chevron Houston Marathon. She says the best leaders are those that lead by example. She has publicly shared her Marathon journey to show how she tackle challenges. Over 18 months she went from being a “couch potato” to finishing a Marathon. She says it took discipline, determination and a willingness to learn and make mid-course corrections.
DJ Rao is the Head of Total Rewards focused on providing leadership on Compensation, benefits and Mobility domains for Weatherford globally. He moved to Houston 2 years ago after working in Mumbai, Dubai and Paris over the last 20 years.
He has experience in managing the rewards function in Energy, Banking and Manufacturing companies. In the last two years his key priority was to managing Compensation spends in line with revenue decreases that impacted the Energy business.
He is an Engineer by training, has a Master’s degree in Human Resources along with CCP, GRP and CEP certifications.
Amy Roddy was appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Services of Pacific Drilling in May 2016, responsible for providing overall strategic human resources leadership as well as corporate communications efforts. She previously served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications.
She joined Pacific Drilling in 2011 and has more than 13 years of industry experience, including time at Transocean Ltd., where she held management positions in investor relations and corporate planning. Prior to joining Transocean, Amy worked as a process engineer for Fluor.
Roddy holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as a Master of Engineering Management and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Stephanie Rogers is a Managing Director at Accenture and leads our Southwest Talent & Organization Practice. She specializes within the Energy, Chemicals, Mining and Utilities industries. She has focused on many aspects of our Talent & Organization practice with much of her time dedicated to global business transformations, HR and Talent strategies, Culture Change, and Learning and Capability Development. Additionally, Stephanie is one of our thought leaders in the Workforce of the Future, Robotics, Innovation and Design Thinking Methods, Contingent Labor Management and Leading and Managing Change across generations. She has also worked extensively in the operations space driving change and improvement programs. Stephanie has worked in the US, EALA, and APAC with her tenure at Accenture. She has a BBA from Southern Methodist University.
Aaron has been Vice President of Human Resources for Diamond Offshore Drilling since February 2015. Diamond Offshore is a $2.4B company and provides offshore oil and gas drilling services through a global fleet of rigs and its 3,400 employees. In this role, Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing the HR strategy for the company as well as leading all worldwide compensation, benefits, talent management, learning and employee relations programs. He also works with the Board on significant matters concerning pay, benefits and performance practices. Aaron leads an international team of 70 HR professionals based in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Scotland and Australia. Before this role, he was a Corporate Director of HR for Diamond overseeing all non-US locations as well as companywide HR projects around performance management and compensation. Prior to Diamond, Aaron was a Group HR Director for Dean Foods with responsibility for a 5,000 employee group across the U.S. Southwest and Mountain regions. Earlier in his career, he held several HR leadership positions with Honeywell in their Mergers & Acquisitions group as well as Oil & Gas and Aerospace divisions. Aaron holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & History from Trinity College (CT) as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is also SPHR and GPHR certified.
Joseph Triepke founded InfillThinking.com in 2016 to provide market intelligence to business leaders in oil and gas. Joseph has more than a decade of oilfield research experience, mostly from working at large financial institutions. Now he writes independently for subscribers of Infill Thinking, delivering high caliber coverage of important oilfield trends. Joseph holds a degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is an alumni of Citadel, Guggenheim Securities, and Jefferies.
Bill Way is President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Energy Company. He was named Chief Executive Officer in January 2016, and has held the President of the Company title since December 2014. He joined Southwestern as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2011. Prior to joining Southwestern, he was senior vice president Americas of BG Group plc with responsibility for E&P, Midstream and LNG operations in the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Bolivia, Canada and Argentina. From 1981 until 2007, he held various senior technical and leadership positions at ConocoPhillips.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of directors for the Mays MBA Program and International Programs Board at Texas A&M University; the board of directors for the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston; as well as the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Country.
Mike Williams is the Office Business Leader for Mercer’s Health and Benefits Practice in Houston. He has the accountability and responsibility for practice-wide client service quality and execution. In addition, he frequently engages directly with clients as a senior strategist to ensure that their benefit programs integrate and evolve with their total compensation strategies to drive business-focused HR results.
With more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the employee benefits field, Mike’s consulting competencies include strategy development, risk management, administration optimization and communication campaigns. He has also collaborated with a diverse set of industry stakeholders on a variety of provider contracting initiatives and related financial metrics to transform healthcare sourcing at the client level.
Based on strong technical expertise, Mike defines a client’s strategy, develops solutions to implement the strategy and communicates the necessary business case for execution. He has worked with clients in various industries with both domestic and international operations and has extensive experience in the oil and gas, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.
Mike holds a BBA, Finance, from The University of Texas at Austin and the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.