40 Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) Experience Unique Energy Industry Focused, Field-Based Networking Opportunity

As WBENC wrapped up 2022, 40 WBEs embarked on the on-site portion of the hybrid WBENC Energy Executive Program (EEP) to culminate their journeys, following 3 interactive virtual sessions led by energy industry experts on key topics in preparation for on-site visits. The topics include new energies, upstream, midstream, downstream, chemical, and more.

The 40 WBEs participated in a 3-day hands-on opportunity, on-site in Houston, Texas, to gain a deeper understanding of all segments of the Energy Industry. This field-based learning experience provided more practical knowledge of the energy industry along with relationship building opportunities to help the women entrepreneurs better understand the partnered corporations’ extensive layers and opportunity areas.

This highly interactive and immersive executive education experience was made possible by the amazing Corporate Participants: BP America Inc., Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and Shell USA, Inc.

The on-site programming included networking, classroom, and field-based activities around the Great Houston area, including excursions to: 

  • Chevron’s Technology Ventures
  • The “Ion” Houston
  • BP’s US Headquarters
  • Shell Deer Park Chemical Plant

Corporate and Site Leadership from all of the Participating Corporations facilitated the presentations and were special guests, engaging with the participants throughout the week. Immediately following the graduation ceremony, Shell USA, Inc. hosted a Community Impact Event for local entrepreneurial students to learn the “Ingredients for Success” and network with the EEP group.

The WBENC Energy Executive Program will be opening back up for applications this summer for the Fall 2023 cohort. Stay updated on all things EEP and more by subscribing to our newsletter.

Participating Corporations
The Energy Executives Program gave us invaluable information, hands-on experience and personal connections that will open many doors with energy companies and fellow suppliers. I am grateful for the opportunity.
Nancy Wiser
President, Wiser Strategies
The Energy Executive Program brings together women-owned businesses and representatives from the largest energy corporations in an open forum unlike any other. This is an opportunity to learn, share, and connect that will enrich you both professionally and personally. By far this was the most valuable programming that I have attended.
Dawn Winter
President & CEO, The Schork Group

Who were these all-star WBEs?

Energy Executive Program WBEs are selected from a competitive pool of applicants. 

Congratulations to the following Women Business Owners for successfully completing the Energy Executive Program:

Energy Executive Program 2022 Cohort

Avis Yates Rivers, Technology Concepts Group International

Brittany Smith, LuxArmi Industries

Cathy Stafford, Ad-Venture Promotions

Colleen Bonniol, MODE Studios

Danielle Baughman, ProShare Services LLC

Dawn Winter, The Schork Group

Dee Hays, Excellence Engineering, LLC

Imelda Alejandrino, AP42, LLC

Jennifer Castillo, Laymance Lighting

Jennifer Moore, The Moore Group

Julia Billen, WarmlyYours.com, Inc.

Julie Haley, Edge Solutions, LLC

Kanchana Raman, Avacend

Karen Garcia, RCS Corporation

Karen Schlichting, Tri Safe Consulting

Kristen Baiocco, American Energy Supply

Laura Reed, Cork Tree Creative, Inc.

Layla Moody, ArtisticMedia

Lori Jarrell, Emerald Professional Staffing Inc.

Mashell Carissimi, JMC Electric Contractor, LLC.

Mikelle Coleby, Envision Healthcare Resources LLC

Nancy Wiser, Wiser Strategies

Nicole Glenn, Candor Expedite, Inc.

Ronda McMichael, Wise Enviornmental

SaLisa Berrien, COI Energy

Sharie Bates Elliott, Bates Precast Concrete, Inc.

Sue Phillips, Morrow Repair Services

Sung Choi, TruEdge Solutions, LLC

Susan Faulkner-Goecke, A.F. Construction Company

Susan Bono, Corporate Care

Sweta Pandey, Dutech Systems, Inc.

Tania Zachari, Techniques International Corp.

Tawana Bain, Tbain & Co.

Tiffany Hopkins, Shactee Engineering

Twyla Garrett, Growth Management Services Inc. – GMS

Valerie Eastman, WinterWinds Robotics

W. Janet Allison, CBI

Wanda Rogers, Construction Service Workers

Wendy Fry, The Retrofit Companies, Inc.

Yom Douglas, The JPI Group


Jon Cockerham
Programs Manager

As a Programs Manager, Jon assists with executive education and development programs from everything from design thinking and pitching to industry specific programs like the WBENC Chemical Industry Accelerator.