Program Overview

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is excited to announce the 2018 WBENC Energy Executive Program. 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 be taught by industry experts and professors from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business and include key topics in:

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • The Energy Life Cycle – Up, mid and downstream
  • 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

October 28 – November 2, 2018


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

2017 Sample Schedule

  Delivered by the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business Executive Education

Delivered by the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business Executive Education

 

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 majority owner of the company
  • Have a minimum of three years experience operating a business
  • Maintain a minimum annual sales volume of $1,000,000 for past 2 consecutive years
  • Provide services applicable to the Energy, Oil and Gas Industry
  • Willing to provide your financial statements for review by UT finance professor (Note: Professor is covered under Confidentiality Agreement/Non-Disclosure Agreement)
  • Willing to share jack-n-jill style bathroom with female participant of the program

Application Deadlines and Program Fees

The application deadline is July 1, 2018. The program fee for self-pay individuals is $6,000 which includes tuition, course materials, accommodations, and meals (Sunday-Friday on site). The fee for sponsored participants is $7,500. Applicants must establish payment with the program coordinator within seven business days of acceptance into the program.

Cancellation Policy for Individual Payees

If the applicant withdraws from the program 45 days before the program start date, they are entitled to a full refund. If cancellation occurs within 45 days of the start date or the applicant does not complete the program in its entirety, they will be charged $1,500 and the remaining balance will be refunded to the applicant within 30 days.

Cancellation for Other Payee Types

If the applicant withdraws from the program 45 days before the program start date, they must notify WBENC. If cancellation occurs within 45 days of the start date or the applicant does not complete the program in its entirety, they will be charged $1,500 which must be remitted via credit card to the accounting department within ten business days, care of Ashley Jackson at ajackson@wbenc.org.

All Participants

Participant is responsible for indirect costs incurred, including, but not limited to, travel, meals or accommodations outside of the program dates. Those accepted into the program must complete the entire program to graduate. Acceptance into the program may not be deferred to the following program year to avoid cancellation fees.

Those accepted to the program must complete the entire program to graduate. Partial attendance, including tardiness to class, excessive absences during class, or late arrival or early departure will not be eligible for graduation.

Scholarship Opportunities

The WBENC Energy Executive Program qualifies for the Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship Fund. Interested applicants should complete the scholarship application within 1 business day of submitting this application, but no later than the application deadline. There are a limited number of scholarships awarded annually.

The 2018 Application Process

March 20

Applications for 2018 open.

July 1

Applications due. 

October 28 – November 2

WBENC Energy Executive Program in Robert, LA


Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to see a list of sponsorship opportunities for the WBENC Energy Executive Program.


Contact Information

Contact Lindsey All, Senior Manager, Marketing, Programs and Business Development at lall@wbenc.org.