Tsunami of Change

Change is inevitable and it’s on it’s way like a tsunami.   

What do coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, thermal, and cosmic have in common?  Energy. 

Energy is everywhere and used by everyone. 

Together, with a unified vision for the future, we can stand the momentum of the tsunami of change. 


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Meet Ryan Moody, a recent graduate who is making a name for herself as a deepwater engineer and a role model for aspiring engineers. Ryan shares her experience and achievements in the Shell Graduate Program and serving as National President of Shell’s New Professional Network (NPN).  


My favorite part of the Shell Graduate Programme is that it’s a good balance of Shell-directed and self-directed learning -- so you can get grounded in the business you’re hired into, but also focus on other things that interests you.

Ryan Moody, Shell Graduate Program and President of the New Professional Network Tweet

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What GRIT Means to Me

What it means to have GRIT

We’re on a mission to find the difference makers…the people, affinity groups and workplaces who are creating the new future for energy. Listen to what energy professionals and executives think of the awards and get involved today! 

"Tenacity, competitive, thoughtful and resilience"

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People, Passion, and Purpose

At the heart of it are people. We call this P3: People, Passion and Purpose.  

Energy is about the talent that powers our world. We believe business is better when we think deeply about who we are, where energy is going, and our impact on humanity.  

Culture and ideas will eat your assets. Your culture dictates experience. You can design it.

It is the culmination of all beliefs, mindsets and principles that your people bring to work every day. Designing culture is the ability to design a new operating system that drives financial outcomes. 

It’s all about culture.

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Taking culture to new heights

Spotlight on Robin Follman-Otta of RA Industries

Member company RA Industries is a family-run aeronautics outfit based in Orange County, California. What shook up the company, however, wasn’t the cutting-edge technology that sends parts to the International Space Station. It was the fact that the reins were taken up by the daughter of pioneer founder Robert Follman.

“Everybody was in an uproar,” Robin Follman-Otta said. “Nobody wanted to make a change. They were devoted to doing things the old-school cowboy style. They didn’t understand the world around them was changing.”

When he decided, in his early 70s, to retire, someone had to be anointed. He himself had worked for his dad’s small business providing parts and machinery to the oil and gas industry. But daughter Robin was trained as a professional opera singer and had spent three decades on the big stage – not a boardroom.

Touring with singer, songwriter, and record producer Andrea Bocelli taught her many skills, but she figured if she was going to make a go of the family business she needed to go back to school. So, about five years ago, she stepped away from music and worked full-time at the company, earning her MBA at Chapman University.

Follman-Otta started changing the way the company did business. Now about half of the employees are women.

She started hiring outside leadership and diversifying the company. She acknowledges making a culture shift wasn’t easy, and many had to get used to her in this new role instead of her brother. Jack Follman is currently the executive VP of manufacturing.

“It was baptism by fire, Follman-Otta said. “They treated me more as a dilettante than an experienced and educated woman.” But the company remains profitable and in business.”


Robin exemplifies GRIT – growth, resilience, innovation and talent. For the original profile of her story, go here.

GRIT Awards℠ & Best Energy Workplaces℠

The GRIT Awards honor difference makers in energy- women who lead and the men who champion their progress. Often unsung, these leaders are in the trenches making positive change happen regardless of what recognition may come their way. They take bold steps forward, advancing the sector.

Experience Energy launched the GRIT Awards in 2018 to overwhelming response. Hundreds of applications poured in from across the world. The ceremony attracted not only a live crowd of hundreds in Houston but also, more than 74,000 people online.

For more on how to nominate a person, team or company for our GRIT or Best Workplace Awards, go here.