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Inspiring Business Women

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Stephanie Sirtstephanie sirt

Company name: Emerson Automation Solutions

Title: Global Senior Director, EPC Business

 

What does your company or organization do?

Emerson provides equipment and solutions to enable customers to automate and optimize processes.

What is the primary function of your role?

I develop and drive the strategy across EPC partner customer accounts and manage the executive-level relationships.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

I enjoy making a difference and helping people be more successful. I enjoy the camaraderie of the oil and gas/energy industry.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is beating the odds and learning to balance career, home, volunteer, ministry and personal objectives. It is possible to have it all, in measured amounts.

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

Stay focused on your vision and goals — don’t be distracted by things that won’t matter and just take you off track.

Be open to coaches and mentors but ignore the critics. Know the difference between the two categories. Never take the haters personally.

 


Anna Tallent

Company name: Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Title: Assurance Partner

 

What does your company or organization do?

EY is a professional services company. The company provides assurance, auditing, technology and security risk, enterprise risk management, transaction support, merger and acquisition, actuarial, and real estate advisory services. It also offers employee benefit plan, taxation, and entrepreneurial services. The firm serves clients in the automotive, energy, chemicals, financial, health, real estate, retail, consumer products, and entertainment industries. EY was founded in 1894 and is based in New York, New York with additional offices in the United States, Middle East, Australia, Europe and Asia.

What is the primary function of your role?

I am an assurance partner at the EY San Antonio office and have more than 17 years of professional experience in public accounting with a “Big four” firm, providing audit and advisory services to various multinational public and private companies with a business mindset focused on client service and quality.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

In my role, I get the opportunity to work with driven individuals that strive toward disrupting the market with innovative ideas. It has been fascinating to experience the technological advancements within the energy industry while serving my clients. Opportunities for continuance learning is an aspect of being part of EY that motivates me every day.

What is your greatest achievement?

There are a number of achievements that have contributed to who I am today:

• Earning a track & field scholarship at a university in the U.S., ultimately leading me, as a foreign student, to start a career in public accounting in Texas.

• Getting an opportunity to work in London, United Kingdom, on a global rotation for two years opening my horizons further to diverse ideas.

• Being accepted into the EY partnership to further grow.

• Raising two girls to, what I hope to be, resilient and confident women.

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

I encourage women to continually communicate their long-term goals to counselors and mentors to ensure, that as opportunities arise, they are considered for those projects or roles. In addition, I would empower women to not be reluctant to take on projects or roles that might stretch them beyond their previous experiences. A motivation to learn and strive through collaboration will assist in bridging that gap. Do not be afraid of taking a leap of faith.

 


Heidi GillHeidi Gill

Company name: Urban Solution Group

Title: CEO

 

What does your company or organization do?

Urban Solution Group provides comprehensive mitigation plans and products for oil and gas development in urban areas. Our flagship product is our patent-pending sound walls. At Urban, we pride ourselves on making technical decisions through a social lens. Every operation and community is different, and we partner with operators to understand the nuances of the surrounding community and proactively mitigate with innovative products to ensure operational success for our customers.

What is the primary function of your role?

As the CEO of a startup, my primary function is everything! We are all hands on deck. I have an amazing team — my job is to support them and provide an environment they can thrive in. Currently, I oversee our teams for field operations, manufacturing, sales and engineering while I actively secure funding and plan for company growth and market expansion. I also support our mitigation consulting and strategy work for our customers.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

I have a huge passion for sustainable oil and gas development in the United States. I believe in the resource we provide and access to affordable energy — for everyone. I also believe we can have socially compatible oil and gas development in Urban areas — the tools and the technologies exist. What I enjoy the most is helping operators be successful in social compatibility while we resource oil and natural gas in urban areas.

What is your greatest achievement?

Founding Urban! From designing our patent-pending sound walls to raising capital to manufacture those walls and building our team, I am extremely proud of how far we have come in such a short time. I founded Urban in 2017. We are fully funded and currently have our walls on 14 locations in the DJ Basin and are getting ready to expand into other basins. We are no longer a concept; we are recognized as a leader in our space with the safest product on the market.

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

No matter what it is, if you want it, you are going to have to fight for it — every day. If you are not willing to advocate for yourself, no one is going to do it for you. It takes grit and determination, but if you believe in it enough — never let anyone stop you.

 


Alex Moczygemba

Company name: Valero Energy Corporation

Title: Director, Feedstock and Secondary Cost Accounting

 

What does your company or organization do?

Valero is the premier manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of quality transportation fuels and petrochemical feedstocks.

What is the primary function of your role?

I am responsible for oversight of the accounting for all crude and feedstocks into the refineries as well as the costs to move products. Simply put, I oversee the cost of goods sold line item on the income statement.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

I have been in oil and gas my entire career. The industry is dynamic, technologically-advanced, and crucial to the well-being of our society — not just in the sense of fuels for transportation, but inclusive of all petrochemical products ranging from asphalt to plastics to cosmetics.

I enjoy my position for the team environment, intellectual challenge, and professional development that it provides.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is being a “working mom.” Those two simple words mean something different to everyone. To me, it means I am a Christian woman dedicated to my family, my husband, myself, and a career that I believe in. My health, welfare, and personal and professional development are dependent on my attitude when I wake up every single morning and the choices I make throughout the day. I choose happiness, and I constantly ask myself, “Who do I have to be and what do I have to do in order to have the things that are most important to me?”

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

My advice is to set clear, yet dynamic, goals. The goals you have in the first phase of your career will be very different from those in the next phase. It is okay for them to change! Take the time to set them, review them, achieve them and change them according to what phase you are experiencing in life. Also, don’t doubt yourself. Often times women don’t challenge themselves to level up. My advice is to accept the challenges that will push you to LEVEL UP!

 


Jane Gimler

Company name: Ingleside Chamber of Commerce

Title: President/CEO

 

What does your company or organization do?

The Ingleside Chamber of Commerces provides opportunities to build relationships in order to help our local businesses and the community prosper.

What is the primary function of your role?

I’m a key representative and advocate for business owners and employers in our community.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

The diversity of our Chamber from big industry to local shop owners makes our community unique. Being able to be in the middle of the growth in Ingleside and San Patricio County is really remarkable and special.

What is your greatest achievement?

In my role, I’ve had the opportunity to bring together the Chamber and its members and the community of Ingleside to the forefront in discussions across the region. Having the opportunity to be transparent in our efforts to benefit and grow our business community has given me great personal fullfillment.

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

Be true to yourself and don’t let anyone tell you “you can’t.”

 


Glynis Holm Strause - Kenedy Office, ConocoPhillips.Glynis Holm Strause

Company name: ConocoPhillips

Title: Stakeholder Relations Advisor – Eagle Ford

 

What does your company or organization do?

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent exploration and production company based on production and proved reserves. The company embraces its role in responsibly accessing, developing and producing oil and natural gas to help meet the world’s energy needs.

What is the primary function of your role?

As stakeholder relations advisor in the Eagle Ford, I am the “face of ConocoPhillips” in South Texas. I serve as a liaison between local stakeholders and the company, primarily in four counties — Bee, DeWitt, Karnes and Live Oak. Stakeholders include anyone impacted by our work including elected and appointed officials, local and regional government entities and organizations, Chambers of Commerce, land and mineral owners, and educational institutions.

What do you enjoy most about your position and/or industry?

What I enjoy most about my position is:

• Representing ConocoPhillips during interactions with stakeholders,

• Learning about how we can help address issues in the community,

• Coordinating with subject-matter experts to answer stakeholder questions,

• Enhancing the ConocoPhillips brand within the Eagle Ford by making sure the communities know that we care about them, local issues, the environment and the future of the region.

What is your greatest achievement?

In 2016, I was the proud recipient of the Individual Lifetime Achievement SPIRIT award, a prestigious internal award recognizing my work in education, the community and across the company. ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance hosted a luncheon and I was able to take my son as my guest. I was very honored by this award and after 35 years working in higher education, I’m pleased to have spent the past seven years at ConocoPhillips.

Do you have advice for women interested in a similar role or industry? What can prepare them to be successful?

Listen, take notes, act, follow up — that is my job in a nutshell. Listen to the stakeholders, take notes and confirm you’ve understood their comments or concerns. Take action to answer any questions or resolve any concerns as quickly as possible. Follow up with others who are involved in the response to ensure everything has been addressed. Finally, and this is a step people often miss, go back to the initial requestor and confirm they’re satisfied with the response. Coming full cycle to close the loop is critical to effective stakeholder relations management.

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