SPE Online Education
Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workforce during the Energy Transition
Recorded On: 02/24/2023
The energy transition is a reality that can only progress by having the right mix of experienced and technology-savvy professionals of all ages in the workplace.
By 2016, the Big Crew Change, a phenomenon discussed in the energy industry for more than 10 prior years, has passed. The Big Crew Change referred to the large age gap in the energy workforce when most engineers and geoscientists were either over 55 years old or under 35 years old. The focus of the discussion was that the Baby Boomer generation was reaching retirement age, and, consequently, the industry needed to attract younger generations to fill the gap. Fast forward to 2023, a large generational diversity can be observed in the energy workforce, including Gen Z, millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists. Generational diversity in the workforce is unavoidable! Professionals from different generations working together bring challenges to the workplace due to their unique values, communication, management, and work style preferences.
In this panel, a group of professionals discuss their experiences and perspectives on working in a generationally diverse workforce. The panel intends to highlight some effective ways to bridge the different generational approaches to work so that individuals of all ages feel valued for their unique capabilities and can thrive in their professional paths.
This webinar is categorized under the Management and Leadership technical discipline.
All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Med M. Kamal, Catalina Leal Isaza and Emily Turkel and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Med M. Kamal, Catalina Leal Isaza and Emily Turkel.
Med M. Kamal
Medhat (Med) M. Kamal is a Chevron Fellow Emeritus, and an Honorary Member of SPE (current SPE President, 2022-2023). Kamal has over 45 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering. He is the lead author and editor of SPE Monograph 23 “Transient Well Testing”, and has published over 35 technical papers.
He holds B.Sc. degree from Cairo University in Petroleum Engineering and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He served on the boards of Mid-continent, Gulf Coast, Dallas and Golden Gate sections of SPE. He also served on the SPE International Board of Directors (2007-2009) as Regional Director of Western North America. He has won several SPE awards including the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the Formation Evaluation Award, the Distinguished Service Award, North and East Texas Regional Service Award and the Texas Petroleum Engineer of the Year Award.
Catalina Leal Isaza
Catalina Leal Isaza is a visionary leader with over 15 years of experience specializing in Engineering, Operations, Project Management, Strategy management and Quality Management. Most recently she has acted as the product quality director for Oilfield and Industrial Chemicals at Baker Hughes where she has championed the planning and implementation of improvement initiatives for the product line. Catalina is passionate about corporate social responsibility, sustainability and utilizing both financial and non-financial factors as part of overall company strategies. She started her career in the Oil and Gas industry as a field engineer in Colombia and has had the opportunity to lead multi-functional teams in a variety of geographical locations, which has made her appreciate the value of diversity. Catalina holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), an MBA from University of St. Thomas (Houston) and is a certified six sigma black belt.
Emily Turkel works on Government and Regulatory Affairs at Calpine, with a focus on carbon capture and storage, integrating environmental justice concerns into project development, and market design and regulatory policy, particularly as it pertains to generation resource planning and resource adequacy. Previously, she evaluated land-based carbon removal solutions with Carbon180 and conducted research on various legal and environmental issues impacting farmers and ranchers. She holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, class of 2021.
Patricia E. Carreras
Patricia E. Carreras is the general director of the energy consulting company Blue Moon Strategies. She has more than 25 years of international experience leading and advising majors and independent energy companies on field development planning leveraging reservoir simulation. Additionally, she is a public speaker, mentor, and coach on topics of sustainable development, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and cross-cultural effectiveness. Carreras has worked based in the USA, Mexico and Argentina.
She is an active member of SPE, currently serving as 2022–2023 chair for the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee. She is a past member of the SPE Business Management and Leadership Committee (BMLC). She is the chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS) Continuing Education Committee, which received the 2021–2022 SPE GCS Outstanding Committee award under her tenure. Carreras received the 2020–2021 SPE GCS Exemplary Volunteer award. She volunteers as a mentor for different organizations.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. She successfully completed the Business Sustainability Management training from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in 2022.
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