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Women's Energy Network

Women's Energy Network

By WEN National
Women's Energy Network (WEN) is a membership organization that brings both women and men together through networking events, educational opportunities and community outreach. This podcast started with the Colorado Chapter in 2020 (Season 1) and moved to WEN Global in 2021. WEN is committed to continuing the goal of sharing knowledge, insights and leadership tips from across the energy sector.
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25. Leader of the Pack
In this episode our host, Ashley McNamee, dives into Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices with Kelly Bott, Senior Vice President, ESG, Land and Regulatory at PureWest Energy. Formerly known as UP Energy, PureWest came charging out of the gate with a robust ESG program, putting them at the head of the pack. Ashley and Kelly talk about what it's like to be an ESG leader in the oil and natural gas sector as well as what it takes to make a program work. Connect on LinkedIn: Kelly Bott: Ashley McNamee: Learn more about: PureWest: Women’s Energy Network: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
September 8, 2021
24. Stories of Leadership: From Pilot to President
Today’s episode features Kim Rodell, President of Upstream Petroleum Management and Chair of the Western Energy Alliance Board of Directors. The latter increases her badassery as she is the first female chair for the Alliance in more than a decade. Kim talks with Sally Hallingstad, WEN Marketing & Communications Director, about how she landed in the energy industry, even after going to school for criminology. Her experience spans multiple downturns, and we discuss a few tips on how to survive those as well as how to get over imposter syndrome. Episode Links Connect with Kim on LinkedIn: Upstream Petroleum Management: Women’s Energy Network: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
August 23, 2021
23. It's a Jungle Out There, sponsored by CU-Denver GEM Program
A recent Google search pulled up daunting statistics about job hunting, including one that states "In 2018, on average, 12% of candidates who applied for jobs were asked for an interview." What? Only a 12% chance? Do they not know how amazing I am?  Job hunting can be as miserable or as fun as you want it to be. In today's episode we talk to two leaders in job placement, Katie Wilson and Kim Pierce. Our discussion revolves around what the current job market looks like for O&G, the best ways to use your resources, and the importance of building and using your network. And we also threw in a few comments about when and why you should look at working with a recruiter during your next search. Can you say "broader network?" Thank you to the Global Energy Management (GEM) Program for supporting the WEN Podcast. If you are currently unemployed and/or looking for ways to build or improve your skills, check out their website to sign up for free courses, certificate courses, or even a masters in energy management! Connect on LinkedIn: Katie Wilson: Kim Pierce: Sarah Derdowski: Learn more about: Wilson Workforce Solutions: High Country Energy Search: GEM Program: Women’s Energy Network offers access to a Career Center as part of your member benefits. Visit us online to learn how you can join our network today: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
July 14, 2021
22. Crazy for Crypto
One evening while sitting around the proverbial campfire, a group of #WENCO women started talking about Bitcoin and whether or not Bitcoin mining is a real thing. This discussion sparked lots of questions, i.e. do miners really have to sit in a box 24/7? These women wanted answers and decided to record a podcast with someone they knew would have them. Meet Marty Bent with #GreatAmericanMining, a company whose mission is to mine bitcoin through the development of technology that solves real problems arising from vented, flared, stranded, or otherwise undervalued gas. Marty talks with hosts, Andrea Gross, Upstream Petroleum Management and Shawn Forbes, OG Directory about what Bitcoin is and why he believes it’s the top investment of the future.  Connect: with Marty on Twitter: @MartyBent with Andrea on LinkedIn: with Shawn on LinkedIn: Quick links: Learn more about Great American Mining: Bitcoin explained by The Skimm: Learn more about Women's Energy Network Colorado: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
June 2, 2021
21. What the ESG?!?
This episode answers the who/what/why/when of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how it’s not a trend and is in fact a practice that is here to stay. Have you heard about ESG but aren’t really sure what it is? Is your company starting to look at implementing ESG but you aren’t sure where to start? Or why? Have you ever wondered who actually reads the multi-page ESG reports? If you answered yes to these questions, start listening now! Guests Ashley McNamee, Alvarez & Marsal and Sarah Bartlett, SUREnvironmental are experts in their fields but make the daunting process of implementing ESG sound...doable. Connect on LinkedIn with: Ashley McNamee: Sarah Bartlett:: Sally Hallingstad: Learn more about: SASB: TCFD: Women's Energy Network:  *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
May 5, 2021
20. Your Network is Your Net Worth
How does one get red wine stains out the carpet? In this episode, our National President-Elect, Kara Byrne, dives into Maggie Teliska’s story of how joining WEN has benefited her in many ways, from finding an incredible network of peers to landing her dream job. Connect with: Maggie on LinkedIn: Kara on LinkedIn: Quick links: Learn more about Career Center: Learn more about Women's Energy Network: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
April 7, 2021
19. Making DEI a part of our DNA
Today's episode features Brittany Ramos (Orion Strategies) interviewing WEN's newly appointed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Director, Dannetta English-Bland (Deloitte). From beginning to end, this episode is true ear candy as Brittany and Dannetta take a deep dive into the ways WEN is weaving DEI into its DNA through #OneWENForAll. In addition to providing great content about WEN's DEI initiatives, there are unforgettable quotes throughout, including what HOPE means to Dannetta. Take a listen - we promise you won't regret it. Connect with: Dannetta on LinkedIn: Brittany on LinkedIn: Quick links: Learn more about #OneWENForALL: Learn more about Women's Energy Network: *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
March 17, 2021
18. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
Same podcast, new name! Formerly known as the WENCO Watercooler, this is the first of many episodes of the Women's Energy Network (WEN) Podcast. We are excited to share stories, knowledge, leadership tips and more through this platform.  "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." -Albert Einstein To kick us off, we gathered WEN National Presidents to share with listeners how WEN National came to be (past), what is on the agenda for members this year (present) and where they see WEN in five years (future). Take a listen as Jeannie, Erin, Jana and Tara share the WEN story and inspire all of us to grab a friend and join the WEN community!  Connect with: Jeannie Gardner, Shell (2016-2017) on LinkedIn Erin Magee, Jackson Kelly, PLLC (2019) on LinkedIn Jana Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis (2020) on LinkedIn Tara Meek, Williams (2021) on LinkedIn Helpful links: Become a Member of WEN Volunteer with WEN *Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW*
February 17, 2021
17. Hey 2021 - let's DO this.
In April 2020 we hosted a happy hour that featured four speakers addressing mental health, physical health, career health and financial health. This episode takes time to check in with three of the hosts from that spring event - Susan Nagl, Caley Van Cleave and Christian Ofner. Each woman took the time to remind us of what's important as we head into the holiday season and ultimately, 2021. Take a listen and let us know - are YOU ready?!? Episode links: Susan @ The Unconventional Group: Caley @ Iridium Consulting Company: Christian @ RBC Wealth Management: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
December 2, 2020
16. Confident Leadership w/Anna Conrad, ILS
Anna Conrad, is the founder of Impact Leadership Solutions, a consulting firm that offers a variety of services from Executive Coaching to Leadership Development Programs. In this episode, Anna shares three challenges that women leaders face today, as well as hot tips on what it takes to be a confident leader. The most important one I heard? “Never Stop Learning.” Want to hear more? Join us for Anna’s webinar, ‘Confidence from the inside out”, on Wednesday, December 2 at 11:30 AM (MT). Click on the link below for more details and/or to register! Episode links: WENCO Workshop: Find Anna on LinkedIn: Impact Leadership Solutions: Anna’s Books:| WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
November 18, 2020
15. Stories of Resilience featuring Frances Koncilja
“Resilience is being a hard ass, but with a dose of humor and a bigger does of caring for others.” This episode is special, as it features one of four stories we heard from our keynote speakers during our virtual Annual Luncheon on Friday, October 30. Frances Koncilja, former Commissioner for the PUC and a 2020 Top Women In Energy recipient, shares a story about where she got her resilience before giving us a challenge to implement. If you like what you hear, consider making a $50+ donation to our Kelly de la Torre Scholarship Fund, forward your receipt to and in return we will send you the link for the recording of the virtual event. Additional storytellers Chip Rimer, Whiting Petroleum, Sha-Chelle Manning, Cimarex Energy and Crystal Heter, Tallgrass Energy. In addition, you will be introduced to our 2020 scholarship recipients, both of who are outstanding representatives of the award. Episode links: Find Frances on LinkedIn: Find Jessica on LinkedIn: Donate to the Kelly de la Torre Scholarship Fund: Email your receipt: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
November 4, 2020
14. The Ultimate Comeback w/Margot Timbel
With an undergrad in Geological and Geophysical Science, Margot Timbel started her career with Amoco and never looked back. She retired after more than 35 years in the oil & gas industry, but like many leaders of our industry, it wasn't long before she jumped into her next project. In this episode, we learn about Margot’s career trajectory, helpful tips for any career and her post-retirement passion project, Comeback Yoga. Her calm demeanor combined with insight into the oil & gas industry makes this episode a must-listen. Enjoy! Episode links: Find Margot on LinkedIn: Comeback Yoga: Comeback Yoga Breakfast (10/28): WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
October 22, 2020
13. #LeadershipGoals w/Ward Polzin
As I (Sally) mention in the intro, Ward Polzin, CEO at Camino Natural Resources, is one of the kindest, most authentic leaders I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His approach on leadership is one that is rare in the oil & gas sector and in my opinion, should be emulated more. With a degree in engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Rice University, Ward was able to develop his career from the field to the C-Suite through a variety of experiences. Our discussion includes valuable leadership tips, including why it's important to hire people smarter than you, as well as insight into which basin he thinks is best. I truly believe that every listener - regardless of gender, skill or sector – will glean tips from this episode. Enjoy! Episode links: Find Ward on LinkedIn: Camino Resources: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
October 7, 2020
12. Say What?!? w/Brittany Ramos & Amber Vineyard, Orion Strategies
In this episode, Brittany Ramos and Amber Vineyard with Orion Strategies take time to chat about the good, bad and downright ugly parts of communication. Whether it's online or in-person, everyone's styles are different. So how do you "read the room" and adjust? This energetic episode has great nuggets of info on how to navigate communication in your personal, professional or community life. In addition. you'll learn the difference between spaghetti vs waffle brain. Intrigued yet? Take a listen and make sure to let us know what you think! Episode Links: Orion Strategies: Find Brittany on LinkedIn: Find Amber on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
September 30, 2020
11. The Oilfield Impact, sponsored by QEP Resources
Undoubtedly, we live in a world with very mixed feelings about the US oil and gas industry. Sometimes, those conversations mute the positive impact the industry has made on the rural and urban communities in which we operate. And it’s not just the companies in the industries. Employees in the industry are some of the most generous people you will ever encounter. Enter today’s guest, Rex Korslien. I had the pleasure of working with Rex at Whiting before he moved over to QEP Resources. He is now a Superintendent with QEP based out of Watford City, North Dakota. In this episode, sponsored by QEP Resources, we dive into the type of leadership Rex has developed, how passion for the industry keeps him motivated during a downturn and most importantly, why The Bakken is the place to be. Fun fact: Rex is a man of many talents, including volunteering his auctioneer skills on the side, which you get a taste of in this episode (17:15). Episode links: QEP Resources: Find Rex on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
September 2, 2020
10. Affordable energy - we’re all in this together, sponsored by Great Western Petroleum
Jennifer Gremmert is the Executive Director for Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), a nonprofit that leads a network of industry, state and local partners to support, stabilize and sustain Coloradans to afford their energy needs. In this episode, sponsored by Great Western Petroleum, Jennifer talks about her passion for the nonprofit sector and how the energy industry continues to support EOC, even during these unprecedented times. She also shares how she has personally been resilient by staying motivated to help others, and her advice on how to handle a leadership transition within an organization. #CommittedtoColorado #WENCO2020 Episode links: Great Western Petroleum: Energy Outreach Colorado: Find Jennifer on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
August 19, 2020
9. How to be a Mamasan w/Diana Hoff
Diana Hoff is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Antero Resources, a leading producer in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays of Appalachia. Diana brings more than 30 years of upstream oil and gas engineering and operations experience combined with stakeholder engagement and environmental mitigation implementation. In her current role, she manages an annual budget of up to $1.3 billion, spanning Civil Engineering, Construction, Drilling and Completions, and Production including measurement and analytics. She is truly a Mamasan. In this episode, Diana shares how she broke the “typical” mold of a corporate career path (5:50), the biggest challenges she’s encountered at different levels of her career (10:20) and how to build a great working culture (34:55). This episode is full of so many good nuggets; we hope you enjoy! Episode links: The Unconventional Group: Find Diana on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
August 5, 2020
8. Embracing the Suck w/Nick Williams
Life is a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, and it’s how we handle the ride that makes us the people we are. Are you one to close your eyes and hold on for dear life or do you take the ride with eyes wide open and embrace the fear, knowing you’ll make it to the end? Today we get to speak with Nick Williams, father of three, a salesman with Leam Drilling Services and one of the most resilient and positive men I have ever met. In this episode, Nick talks about how he’s embraced challenges of our industry (14:16), the genesis for starting Down for a Cure (29:00) and how you can support it (31:40) as well as his personal tips for being in sales regardless of your industry (38:32). Episode links: Drive for the Cure fundraiser: Find Nick on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
July 15, 2020
7. BLM - it’s not just a land thing w/Kathy Dawson
On May 25, 2020 our country saw the murder of George Floyd through a video that showed the world how easy it was for someone in power to take the life of another. This video showed the reality that many BIPOC Americans live every day of their lives and ignited a fire under people to fight harder for equality and real, sustainable change. I found myself in a position of uncertainty - a feeling I abhor. Uncertain if I was being supportive of Black Americans and if I wasn’t, uncertain of how I could be. This episode captures only a portion of how my coworker, Kathy Dawson, has helped me to open my eyes and ears to a part of our world that needs major change. Normally this is the part where I would give highlights of our conversation and tell you where in the track you could find it; however, in my mind, this episode is worth the full listen so I’m skipping the CliffsNotes. After talking with Kathy, I was inspired to learn even more about the history of Black Americans and the Black Lives Matter movement, and have included a few of the links I’ve found below. I hope that like me, this episode inspires you to educate, listen and support our fellow BIPOC Americans. #blacklivesmatter -Sally Hallingstad, WENCO Chapter President Website: Black Lives Matter, Videos to Watch: Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man, Documentary to Watch: “13th” on Netflix, Book to Read: White Fragility, Kathy’s Favorites: Authors: Michael Dawson, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and Dr. Tony Evans Inspiring Movie: “Hidden Figures”, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, RATE AND REVIEW!
July 1, 2020
6. Rare Approaches for your job hunt w/Caley Van Cleave
Oil prices are down, wells are being shut-in and jobs are being taken away. Right now, it’s hard to think about what will happen next week, let alone next month. It’s a difficult time to stay positive and focused on the future. Enter Caley Van Cleave, VP of Business Development & Recruiting at Iridium Recruiting, who brings her five key tips on how to stay focused...on YOU. In this episode, Caley dives into tips on how to handle job loss (7:15), that it’s okay to job hunt when you have a job (11:50), the importance of developing your “soft skills” (23:38), how to make your resume stand out (31:56) and the upside of the current virtual networking experience (39:27). Episode links: Iridium’s “Rare Approaches” coaching videos: Find Caley on LinkedIn: Dress for Success Denver: Join a WENCO Peer Group: WENCO: PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
June 17, 2020
5. WHY Wyoming?
Rocking WW Minerals LLC was co-founded by Whitney Wickes in August 2018. I was curious about her decision to move her company from Denver to Wyoming in June 2019.  In this episode, Whitney will tell you how she hires her amazing co-workers Jamie and Austin (7:29), how Wyoming is unique (15:43), their desire to make a family-based business (22:54) and why you should just move there already (31:10). Ultimately it comes down to opportunity and quality of life. So what are you waiting for? #wyoming #thatswy #wyominglife Episode links: Rocking WW Minerals, LLC: Make Oil Great Again Hats: Oilfield Helping Hands: Find Whitney on LinkedIn: Find Jaime on LinkedIn: Find Austin on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
June 3, 2020
4. Building the "A" Team
Ahna Mee and Jackie Haney were introduced through a mentor program in 2012; little did they know that nearly a decade later, they would have transacted in excess of $100 million in deals. What is even more impressive is the respect they have developed and partnership they have strengthened over the years. In this episode, Ahna and Jackie talk about how they met (7:33), the key steps to building the A Team (16:29) and how it’s ok not to agree on every part of your business (26:17). Episode links: Union Rock Partners: Find Ahna on LinkedIn: Find Jackie on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
May 27, 2020
3. What the F@&K did he just say?
Though you may not agree with everything he says, David Ramsden-Wood has become notorious for being a disrupter of the oil & gas industry through the #hottakeoftheday platform. Whether you read his daily news or his book, “What the F@&k is Wrong with Everybody Else?”, you know that David has an engineering background, a big mouth and active fingers - he’s truly a triple threat.  In this episode we hear David talk about tips of how to prepare as jobs begin to go away (14:48), what to do if you’re in a position of voluntary layoffs (27:33), why he wrote a book (34:50) and the valuable lessons he’s taken away from his oil & gas career (50:40). We hope this episode - and the book - inspires action and provides you tips on how to prepare during this unprecedented time.  Episode links:  Rocking WW Minerals, LLC:  #hottakeoftheday:  Find DRW on LinkedIn:  Buy his book:  WENCO:  PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
May 20, 2020
2. What’s YOUR personal brand?
If you find yourself looking for the next opportunity, whether it be expanding your career or your skill set, we highly encourage you to take a step back and look at your personal brand. Today’s guest, Waverly McDaniel, is a marketing expert who recently founded her own agency, Type 7 Creative. In this episode, Waverly talks about how to craft your personal brand (3:54), the importance of having all of your information completed on LinkedIn (6:57) and how the Enneagram test can help you define your brand (9:22). Episode links: Sponsored by Latitude Field Services: Type 7 Creative Agency: Free Enneagram Test: WENCO: PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
May 12, 2020
1. The Extroverted Engineer
Engineers typically get a bad wrap for being introverted and siloed by their technical skills. Deb Ryan, P.E., is a reservoir engineer by trade, but defies this norm daily and is one of the most friendly, outgoing engineers you will meet. Which has only benefited her throughout her career. By diversifying her skill set, she has made herself more marketable in the energy industry. In this episode, Deb talks about when she first realized she needed to diversify (13:11), the value of understanding other roles in the energy industry (24:20) and the need to have strong skills (32:47). Episode links: Find Deb on LinkedIn: WENCO: PLEASE RATE, REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE!
April 28, 2020