In March, women across the nation from the Energy and Maritime industries visited Houston for the Women With Energy Summit. Afterwards, the founders of Women Offshore and Sea Sisters talked shop and sea stories. Listen below.
On March 27th, in downtown Houston, the Offshore Energy Center (OEC) Society and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum & Education Center hosted the Women with Energy Summit. Energy and maritime executives shared their expertise during this dynamic event. Women (and men!) connected during the networking breaks. The Women with Energy Summit was also a fundraiser for the OEC Society and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum & Education Center. The Offshore Energy Center is based in Houston, the world’s energy capital. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center is docked at Pier 19 in Galveston, less than an hour from downtown Houston.
Sea Stories with Sea Sisters’ Founder, Elizabeth
After the Women with Energy Summit, Ally Cedeno (pictured right), the founder of Women Offshore, met with Sea Sisters‘s founder and editor, Elizabeth Siminstad (pictured left). Elizabeth started working on the water in January, 2010 on an oceangoing tugboat in Seattle, Washington. In her first four years working on the water, Elizabeth was the only female on board. Eventually, she found herself in Valdez, in a fleet rich with diversity. That’s when she had the idea of Sea Sisters. “There was at least one woman on almost every one of the dozen or so vessels in the fleet at any given time. The effect was one of pleasant balance, and it was revelatory. It was around that time that I decided to take a shot at an idea I’d had for a while: Create a website built by women, where we could gather and encourage each other, and tell our stories of what it meant to be a woman on the water.”
Founded in 2016, Sea Sisters is an online community to inspire young women and stand as proof that many women are actually at sea making a living. Sea Sisters shares stories and career options on their website to address how to get started, what barriers can be encountered along the way, and how to get documentation in order.
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The Women Offshore Foundation is an online organization and resource center for a diverse workforce on the water. Its mission is to propel women into meaningful careers through access to a worldwide community and professional development resources, while raising awareness amongst industry leaders and decision makers about issues affecting women on the water. Contact Women Offshore today: email@example.com.