DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Women’s Energy Network (WEN) – North Texas Chapter will host the
organization’s Sixth Annual Leadership Conference, “Empower, Enable,
Enhance: Leading through Challenging Times” on Thursday, June 16th.
The half-day event will be held at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2200 Ross
Avenue, 39th floor. Conference registration will begin at
11:30 a.m., followed by a lunch and the afternoon program. A networking
reception will immediately follow the conference at 5:00 p.m.
The 2016 conference will feature several seasoned industry leaders who
will make individual presentations, including:
Keynote Speaker Donna Fujimoto Cole, President and Chief Executive
Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc.
and Opportunities to THRIVE not just Survive during this Energy Downturn”
Donna Fujimoto Cole founded Cole Chemical in 1980 at the age of
27 (with $5,000 from savings). At the time, she was divorced with a
four-year old daughter. Buyers at DuPont, Exxon, Monsanto and Shell
asked Ms. Cole to start her own business to help them satisfy their
federal government subcontracting goals. With the encouragement from a
mentor she formed Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. In 2015, Cole
Chemical exceeded $69 million in chemical sales and chemical supply
chain management solutions to a wide range of customers and industries.
Ms. Cole has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years.
She was inducted into the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Hall of Fame in 2009, selected as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential
Women by Houston Woman Magazine in 2010, and has been named a Top 10
Minority/Woman owned businesses in Houston by the Houston Business
Journal as well as Woman owned companies for over 15 years. In 2013, Ms.
Cole was selected as a Who’s Who of Asian Americans and received the
American Leadership Forum’s Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award.
Ms. Cole is a Co-founder of the Pantheon of Women, a production company
telling great stories about strong women and supportive men in film and
television. Through good role models and education, women and young
girls can empower themselves, lift up their families, help their
communities and even change their countries.
Keynote Speaker Gindi Eckel Vincent, Counsel
“Engaging Leadership: Reenvisioning the American
Gindi Eckel Vincent is an author, speaker, blogger and attorney
at Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Ms. Vincent writes and speaks nationally on brave leadership. Her first
book, Learning to Lead, was released in 2013. Her second book
regarding the life cycle of brave leadership is in progress, and she
regularly engages with working women across American on her blog,
gindivincent.com. In addition, Ms. Vincent has practiced law for almost
20 years, helping energy companies across the energy value chain solve
complex legal challenges, and is currently in house at ExxonMobil.
Ms. Vincent has served in numerous leadership roles including as
President of the Women’s Energy Network of Houston, on the executive
committee of Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and as Chair
of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Ms. Vincent has been recognized as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential
Women, one of Houston’s Top 25 Role Models, and Houston’s Outstanding
Young Lawyer. Ms. Vincent and her husband Bray are the proud parents of
Speaker Neena Newberry, President
Neena Newberry is an award-winning speaker, author, and executive
coach. Ms. Newberry launched Newberry Executive Solutions in 2008 to
focus on her passion for developing strong leaders, especially women.
She left a more than 16-year management consulting and human resources
career, and a role leading performance management and career planning
for 34,000 employees on Deloitte’s U.S. HR Executive Team – not knowing
the economy would tank just three months later, teaching her lessons
that would benefit her clients.
A recognized expert in her field, Ms. Newberry has appeared over 50
times on CBS, ABC, and Fox News, and in Fortune Magazine. She
received two Leadership Excellence Awards in 2016 with Sysco Corporation
for the results achieved through her program, WOW!
Women On the Way to Peak Performance ProgramSM,
and four Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2014.
Ms. Newberry is grounded in years of practical experience developing
business strategies, improving business operations and developing strong
leaders. The result: rave reviews from Fortune 500 clients such
as AT&T, Marriott, PepsiCo, Shell, and Sysco, and organizations like the
United Way and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Ms. Newberry’s
Up. Step Up. Step Out. — written up by Southwest Airlines
President Emeritus Colleen Barrett — will be available for purchase at
the conference. Other tools and resources are available at www.newberrysolutions.com.
Executive Industry Panel
Moderated by Karen Potter,
Senior Manager, Deloitte
Panelists: Michele Fleischacker,
Jill Wertheimer Lampert, Teresa A. Fairbrook, and Leta McKinley
Karen Potter brings nearly 20 years’ experience in business
development with the last 15 years in professional services. Her early
career in technology led to her founding a services company which she
grew to more than $7 million in annual sales prior to it being acquired
in 2000. Ms. Potter joined Deloitte Consulting in Chicago in 2001 in a
National role within the Strategy & Operations area. After successfully
establishing a self-sustaining market channel and strategic software
alliance, Ms. Potter joined Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services group
in 2005. Her primary focus was global anti-corruption consulting and
investigative services coordinating many significant world-wide
engagements for top clients of Deloitte.
Ms. Potter transferred to Texas in 2012 and was asked to lead the charge
within Deloitte’s Growth Enterprise Services Group as well as advance
the sales culture for the Central & North Texas offices.
In 2013 & 2014, Ms. Potter received an award from the Austin Chapter of
the Financial Executives Institute for “above & beyond” contribution and
outstanding chapter achievement. She is a frequent speaker on the topic
of “Effective networking” and “Driving the Complex Sale” and a former
Dale Carnegie professor.
Ms. Potter currently resides in Georgetown, Texas with her husband Wayne.
Michele Fleischacker has more than 20 years’ experience in the
Energy Industry, including four years as a Mechanical Engineer, managing
Capital Projects in an integrated Oil & Gas company. Ms. Fleischacker’s
experience also includes more than 16 years of transforming business
processes and enabling Energy companies with large and innovative
enterprise-wide application integration, including divestiture and
merger transactions. Ms. Fleischacker’s industry experiences come from
Global Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Oil & Gas Companies and Power
With an Engineering background, Ms. Fleischacker has the ability to
direct programs with much analysis, reason and creativity. She is well
known for her ability to consistently separate symptoms from issues,
analyze client complex business requirements and initiate cost-effective
solutions that best suits the needs for the business users and
Jill W. Lampert is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of
NGP Energy Capital Management (NGP), a premier investment franchise in
the natural resources industry. Founded in 1988, NGP has invested $10
billion in over 300 transactions in energy and natural resources. Ms.
Lampert is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and the Investment
Since taking her current position in 2010, NGP has raised over $10
billion of new capital commitment. To support this growth, Ms. Lampert
has built out the infrastructure to support the increased number of
investors and entities and associated complexities as well as the
demands for enhanced reporting from both investors and regulators. In
her role, Ms. Lampert oversees financial reporting, tax, accounting
oversight as well as all other administrative functions including
technology, marketing, human resources, and support operations.
From 2007 through 2010, Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer
and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources where she was
responsible for creating and managing a private equity platform
including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication,
financial reporting and accounting oversight. Ms. Lampert has held other
financial, accounting and operational roles since beginning her career
at Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Lampert is actively involved in several financial and energy
organizations, and she is a frequent panelist and lecturer at industry
functions. Ms. Lampert was awarded the “2012 CFO of the Year” by the Dallas
Business Journal. She currently serves on the board of the Dallas
Ft. Worth Private Equity Association (“PECFOA”) as well as the Southern
Steering Committee of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity
(“WAVE”) and is an advisor to the FEI Energy Special Interest group.
Ms. Lampert is on the board of Rebellion Energy, a privately owned Tulsa
based E&P Company. She has also been involved with many non-profit
organizations and is a founding board member of the Global Adaptation
Institute – now the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and The
Birthday Party Project. She currently serves on the University of Texas
McCombs MSF Advisory Board, the Risk and Audit Committee of the Parish
Episcopal School, and the Finance Committee of the Jewish Federation of
Greater Dallas. She has served as an advisor to the Naveen Jindal School
of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and as the chair of
the Temple Emanu-el Audit Committee.
Teresa Fairbrook in March 2016 was appointed Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer of Pioneer Natural Resources. She is
responsible for providing leadership and accountability for all aspects
of human resources, ensuring consistency and quality across Pioneer’s
Ms. Fairbrook joined Pioneer in 1999 as an HR Generalist and has held
various positions in the Company since, including Compensation Manager,
HR Director, Compensation & Employee Relations Director and HR
Department Director. In January 2013, she was appointed Vice President,
Human Resources. Prior to joining Pioneer, Ms. Fairbrook was in human
resources at Dal-Tile Corporation in Dallas, Texas, where she held a
variety of roles in employee relations, recruiting and benefits. In
1996, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St.
Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in Human
A Certified Compensation Professional, Ms. Fairbrook is involved in
industry-related organizations, including E-27 (an oil and gas industry
peer group focused on human resources, compensation and benefits) and
served as the past Chairman of the E-27 Committee. Ms. Fairbrook
oversees the Company’s diversity and inclusion efforts, actively
supporting Pioneer’s family-friendly workplace culture.
Leta McKinley has been a Vice-President, Controller and Principal
Accounting Officer of Sunoco LP and Sunoco GP LLC – General partner of
Sunoco LP since March 2014. Ms. McKinley is a CPA with 25 years of
financial experience in both private and public companies. She
previously served as Controller, Water Management US, for Rockwater
Energy Solutions where she managed a staff of up to 50 employees. Ms.
McKinley’s prior experience includes several years in public accounting
at KPMG, LLP and Grant Thornton.
Conference prices, which include lunch and the networking reception, are:
$80 – Members
$100 – Nonmembers
Members and nonmembers can register for the event by visiting the
chapter’s website, www.wennorthtexas.org.
For more information about the Women’s Energy Network – North Texas
Chapter, visit www.wennorthtexas.org
and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North
Texas Chapter by clicking on Join today! on the North Texas Chapter’s
The Women’s Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women
professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and
community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership
development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 1,000
members nationwide. For more information, please visit the WEN North
Texas Chapter website at www.wennorthtexas.org.
2016 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SPONSORS
Dallas Petroleum Club
Freeman Mills PC
2016 WEN North Texas Sponsors
Sidley Austin LLP
Gold Level Sponsor
Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Silver Level Sponsor
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Bronze Level Sponsor
BDO USA, LLP
for Women’s Energy Network
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