Program Overview

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is excited to announce the WBENC Energy Executive Program founded in partnership with Shell Oil Company. This program will be a week-long, immersive executive education experience focusing on the Energy, Oil and Gas industry to drive development of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) leaders within the Energy Industry supply chain. The WBENC Energy Executive Program will focus on increasing the competitive advantage, capabilities and strategy development of each WBE. This program supports the evolution of Diversity and Inclusion strategies among major Energy, Oil and Gas companies, and further shows the commitment towards impacting the long-term success of diverse businesses that are critical to the global energy supply chains.

The intensive curriculum for this program will include key topics in

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Introduction to Energy
  • Immersive facility tour with hands-on exercises and real life simulations of oilrig and process operations

All executive topics will be based on how they relate to the Energy Industry and will use WBE’s actual business experience in exercises where applicable.

When: November 5-10, 2017

Program Features

  • Weeklong, intensive executive training for WBEs in Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Networking opportunities with major energy industry executives
  • Peer learning through WBE-WBE connections
  • Increase competitive advantage though strategy and tools for success

The WBENC Energy Executive Program will be held at the world-class Shell Robert Training & Conference Center (RTCC). This state-of-the-art facility is situated on 35 private acres, surrounded by woods, located in the heart of the Gulf-South region between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, thousands of men and women come to the Shell Robert Training Center to prepare themselves for the ever-increasing challenges of working in oil and gas operations. Opened initially to handle training and development for Shell’s domestic operating staff, the Center has long since become an important training resource for the industry globally with labs that are equipped with the same control rooms, electrical panels, instruments, blow out preventers, subsea control system, computer networks, and other drilling and production equipment that students must deal with on the job.

Candidate Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Currently certified and in good standing as a women's business enterprise by WBENC
  • Must be the owner of the company
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience running a business
  • Maintain a minimum annual sales volume of $1,000,000 for past 2 consecutive years.
  • Provide technical services applicable to the Energy, Oil and Gas Industry

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Lindsay All at 202-872-5516 or lall@wbenc.org for information about WBENC Energy Executive Program sponsorship opportunities and a Sponsorship Commitment Form.


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