The 2020 Women Offshore Conference will take place virtually over Zoom. Attendees will receive a virtual program 48-hours before the conference with links to each session and will be able to re-watch the recorded sessions for up to 6-months after the conference.

All times listed below are in Central Daylight Time (GMT -5)

Friday, October 9th

1000-1015 – Welcome Remarks by Ally Cedeno, Founder of Women Offshore, followed by an Inspirational Message from Captain Sandy Yawn, Bravo TV’s Below Deck Mediterranean

A Fort Lauderdale native with over three decades of yachting experience under her belt, Captain Sandy is one of the most respected captains in the industry. Sandy knew she wanted her career to revolve around the ocean from a very young age and was not discouraged when she discovered yachting to be a male-dominated field. Knowing the difficulties that come with leading an entire team while providing 5-star service, she makes it her mission to know everything and every department on the boat. As the crew travels around the island of Mallorca this season, Sandy attempts to keep the mood light, often joking with the crew. Still, she is not afraid to crack down on insubordination and be the tough boss she needs to be, in order to provide guests with the best charter experience.

1015-1100  – Small Group Discussions, Part I

In small group discussions, get to know members of the Women Offshore Community as you are asked to solve an issue facing female seafarers. Contribute your knowledge and experiences, while you learn from others and expand your network.

1100-1215 – Lifting the Curtain on Human Resources Panel Discussion

Human Resources (HR) supports a high-functioning and effective workforce, which in turn helps the company reach its goals and objectives more efficiently. HR deals with issues that contribute to employee satisfaction and performance, such as compensation and benefits, recruiting and hiring employees, performance, and culture. On this panel, hear from HR professionals across the maritime and offshore oil industries, as they reveal what they look for in candidates and what happens behind the scenes.

Heather Peterson, Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition, Mercy Ships
Janee Ortiz, Sr Human Resources Business Partner, APM Terminals
Jennifer Foster, Regional HR Manager, Americas DNV GL
Kelly Merrill, Sr. HR Business Partner, Foss
Lisa Mullins, Director, Human Resources – Offshore, Transocean
Moderator: Karoline Bowen Jones, Regional Director of Talent Management, Comfort Systems USA

1215-1230 – Break

1230-1300 – Small Group Discussions, Part II

Following up on the Small Group Discussions, Part I, this session will bring everyone together in one virtual meeting room to share their solutions.

1300-1430 – Self Advocacy 101: How to Reap the Rewards and Relieve the Risks, a Workshop led by Erica D’Eramo, Two Piers Consulting

Self advocacy can be a critical component of our development, career progression and reward. The practice of self advocating is also riddled with risks as well as rewards. Two Piers invites you to join us for an interactive workshop in which we’ll explore a variety of tools and tactics to successfully practice self advocacy in the workplace as well as your personal life to reap the rewards while mitigating the risks. We’ll show you how to ask for what you want and need, while avoiding the pitfalls that we are all far too familiar with. Be prepared to laugh and to learn in this safe, supportive and explorative environment!

1430-1445 – Break

1445-1545 – Closing Keynote, Captain Wendy Williams

Captain Wendy Williams grew up on the East Coast of Canada and now lives on Vancouver Island on Canada’s West Coast. Her career at sea spans 30 years this year, with a varied portfolio of time and experiences including commercial fishing, yachts, cruise ships, and ro-ro vessels. Keeping her on an even keel is her positivity and drive to meet challenges. She is a role model and a mentor for women seafarers. Her greatest desire is to see a positive change with respect to women being able to reach their full potential in the maritime community.

1545-1600 – Wave Maker Award Ceremony & Closing Message

Friday, October 2nd

1000-1010 – Welcome Remarks by Ally Cedeno, Founder of Women Offshore

1010-1100 – Opening Keynote, Liz Schwarze, Vice President, Global Exploration, Chevron Upstream

Liz Schwarze is vice president of Global Exploration for Chevron Upstream, based in Houston, Texas, a role she assumed in April 2018. In this role, she is responsible for Chevron’s worldwide exploration program. She also chairs the company’s Global Exploration Leadership Team and is a member of Chevron’s Management Committee and Upstream Leadership Team.

Schwarze joined Chevron in 1990 as a development geologist in the Gulf of Mexico and has subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of exploration, reservoir management, finance, and business planning. She has worked on projects in Venezuela and Angola as well as the San Joaquin Valley and Permian Basin areas of the United States.

1100-1120 – An Inspirational Message from Admiral Mark Buzby, Maritime Administrator, MARAD

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service.

1120-1220 – Navigating Relationships while Offshore Panel Discussion

Working offshore for weeks or months at a time can take a toll on the relationships you have at home and with your colleagues on board. If you’re the only woman on board, you can even feel like you’re in the spotlight simply because of your gender and added pressure in your job to be likeable. How do you maintain and balance relationships for your professional and personal success? On this panel, hear from experienced seafarers who share how they navigated relationships both at home and offshore.

Amanda Wallace, Vessel Superintendent & Captain, Chevron
Arlete Jandira, Marine Engineer, Sonangol, Marine Service
Cassi Laskowski, Marine Engineer
Curtis Laskowski, Captain
Leilani Rebolledo, Operational Excellence Performance Engineer, Chevron
Moderator: Christine MacMillan, Marine Vetting Specialist, Chevron

1220-1230 – Break

1230-1300 – Networking Breakout Session

The Women Offshore Community is made of seafarers from around the world. In small group discussions, get to know members of the Women Offshore Community. Share your experiences and learn from others, as you expand your network.

1300-1400 – You are NOT an Impostor, a Workshop by Jais Curry

Have you ever doubted your accomplishments or talents? Perhaps, you have internalized a fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”. You are not alone. As girls become women, many feel they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school or the workplace, and relationships with friends and family members. Join Jais Curry for an interactive workshop to discuss the differences between confidence and self esteem. Build both to advance your career, develop self-worth independent of accomplishments, and overcome impostor syndrome.

1400-1415 – Break

1415-1545 – How Oil Companies Navigate Uncertainty Panel Discussion

The offshore oil industry is responsible for 30% of the world’s oil production. However, will that continue even with the rough sea of change brought by 2020? Throughout the year, pullbacks, pauses and cancellations have been frequent as companies reassess their goals and reign in capital spending. On this panel, hear from industry experts as they share how they are navigating 2020 and supporting their companys’ long-term success.

Heather Azar, Drilling Engineering Manager, BHP
Kathleen Halvorson Dory, Well Operations Manager, Gulf of Mexico, BP
Sunday Shepherd, Applied Reservoir Management and Exploration Manager, Chevron
Moderator: LaToya Stallworth, Offshore Installation Manager/Platform Manager, BP

1545-1600 – Closing Message by Ally Cedeno, Founder of Women Offshore

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