Month: July 2017

Let’s Talk About Boundaries

“The word boundaries is scary,” mused the executive consultant sitting next to me. “Perhaps there’s a less emotional word you can use.” We were chatting about how best to frame the workshop that I had developed for women in masculine professional environments. Sitting there, on the coast of a peaceful wind-swept Greek island, that word  still managed to register a subtle blip of discomfort. Answers vary… Comments on appearance. Questions about marital status. Inquiries regarding the bearing of children, or lack thereof. Being requested to take the notes. Cursing. Being asked to cover weekends for your coworkers with families....

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A Seafaring Viking Queen

Many of us are no doubt familiar with the Vikings – early medieval seafaring warrior traders from Scandinavia – and their colorful history. The lore of the Vikings has gained popularity in recent years as a result of the critically acclaimed series of the same name, where among other things, shield-maidens – Viking Amazons – feature prominently. Who can fail to be impressed – if not a little frightened – by Katheryn Winnick’s portrayal of the semi-mythical Lagertha? An actual Viking seafaring woman… However, here I would like to bring to the reader’s attention the seafaring Viking noblewoman associated...

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A Pioneer: Captain Mary Parker Converse

Since I am a historian, this blog will center in on the prominent women throughout history that have made contributions to the maritime community. As I am a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, I felt it only fitting for Kings Pointer and Captain Mary Parker Converse, to have the distinction of being the first woman mentioned. A writer, a poet…and a sea captain… Born in 1872 into a modest family, Mary Caroline Parker had a very interesting childhood that saw experiences of poverty, love and the power of friendship. She learned the value of hard work from...

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So What Are The Challenges, You Ask?

This article was published in BP’s July 2016 issue of Horizon Magazine. I’ve been with BP since 2002. Since then, I’ve held field-based roles in Colorado, New Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and Angola, and spent extensive time in the field in West Texas, Republic of Georgia and Alaska. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m still learning every day. When asked what challenges I’ve faced, I have several observations to offer. We can safely say that women are not yet a common presence throughout much of our industry. Even in 2016, there will be people at field locations in...

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Workshops for Women in the Field

WomenOffshore has great news! Two Piers Consulting has an upcoming workshop in Houston, Texas! Our friends over at Two Piers Consulting are hosting their next workshop for women in the field and it’s right around the corner! WomenOffshore is excited to showcase another offering to support our readership The Dynamic Navigation workshops were created as the founder of Two Piers, Erica D’Eramo, struggled to find resources to help her be a more effective employee offshore, as well as, in the field as a young engineer. As her career progressed and she took on leadership roles that shifted and changed her challenges.  Yet, she...

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