The 2022 Energy Executive Program culminates November 7-9 onsite in Houston, TX, following weekly virtual sessions September 28 through October 12

WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2022– The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is proud to present the fifth annual cohort of the WBENC Energy Executive Program, a highly interactive and immersiveWBENC Energy Executive Program logo executive education experience focused on driving development of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) leaders within the Energy Industry.

The goal of the Energy Executive Program is to help women-owned businesses grow their industry knowledge and relationships, increase their competitive advantage, and enhance their capabilities within the Energy Industry, securing their place as a critical part of the global energy supply chain. The training, skill development and networking throughout the program demonstrate a commitment towards impacting the long-term success of diverse businesses that are critical to the global energy supply chains.

“The WBENC Energy Executive Program, together with the leadership of Participating Corporations BP America Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron, and Shell USA, Inc., is instrumental in developing women-owned businesses as successful future suppliers of the Energy Industry and further breaking down barriers for women entrepreneurs,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President & CEO. “This hybrid program continues that important focus to fuel knowledge, inspiration and engagement within the Energy Industry.”

Participating Corporations again this year include BP America Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron, and Shell USA, Inc., as part of a sustained effort by major oil and gas companies to enable women-owned businesses to become valued partners in the global energy supply chain.

The intensive curriculum for this program is taught by industry experts and includes key topics in new energies, supply chain dynamics, chemicals and more. Selected participants will complete the program with a deeper understanding of all segments of the Energy Industry, engage with top corporate members of the Energy Industry, build relationships with other WBEs in Energy, explore the Energy Transition and how business is changing as a result, and learn how to impact Energy Corporations’ customers.

Monday, November 7, through Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the Energy Executive Program cohort will be onsite in Houston, TX, to further enhance their knowledge and connections within the Energy Industry and with likeminded WBEs, including experiential activities over the three-day curriculum at on-site locations hosted by BP America Inc., Chevron Technology Ventures, Shell USA, Inc., and ExxonMobil.

WBENC-Certified WBEs apply to take part in the Executive Energy Program. Selected WBEs must be currently certified in good standing with WBENC, the majority owner of the company, have a minimum of three years of experience operating a business, maintain a minimum annual sales volume of $1,000,000 and, provide goods or services applicable to the Energy Industry.

“Last fall, participation in the WBENC Energy Executive Program was pivotal for my business. Hearing from Energy Industry companies about plans for New Energy, complete with ESG goals, enabled me to develop congruent goals for Caliber Solutions,” said Kellye Badon, President of Caliber Solutions, an instrumentation and electrical construction contracting business. “Additionally, networking with leaders from WBENC, program sponsors, and owners of other businesses encouraged me to pursue further engagement and relationships with all of the leaders I met. The Energy Executive Program has no doubt proven positive for Caliber Solutions.”

The creation of the WBENC Energy Executive Program resulted from an analysis done as part of WBENC’s Energy Advisory Board, which includes Diversity and Inclusion leadership from BP America Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron, and Shell USA, Inc.—all of which are recognized on the annual America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by WBENC. The advisory board analyzed data that showed while women entrepreneurs are represented in the energy supply chain and some are thriving, there is still room for growth and improvement.

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