Rodney Williams says, “Connect with industry professionals.”

Rodney Williams offers advice on diversity and inclusion in energy. Gastech on Experience Energy.

Rodney Williams, Lead Project Manager with National Grid, is the final of seven industry leaders featured in Gastech Insight’s Diversity & Inclusion in Energy eBook. Each of these leaders has offered practical and inspiring advice for progressing diversity and inclusion within global energy companies.

Advice from Rodney Williams

For those looking to join the industry, I’d encourage you to network with professionals currently in the industry. Connect with professionals online, attend industry events and look for opportunities to help get your foot in the door.

I’ve worked for National Grid since 2011 and I’m a Lead Project Manager in the Capital Delivery department.

From a young age, I’ve always had an interest in STEM, and it’s something that still drives me today in my current role. I first noticed a lack of BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) diversity in this field whilst studying science at University and once again upon entering the engineering industry. As a BAME person in this field, I am highly motivated to bring about change by encouraging greater diversity.

I am actively involved in employee volunteering and a firm believer in the power of grass roots advocacy. National Grid is made up of diverse aspiring talent and I am keen to support these individuals in my role as lead for ‘ONE’, the multicultural employee resource group (ERG).

The ERG works to ensure they are supported, encouraged and engaged whilst also making sure that the value of diversity is being celebrated. I’m also intent on making sure our role models at National Grid have a platform to inspire the next generation of diverse engineers and demonstrate that we can all reach our full potential.

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Audrey Murrell says “Learn from influencers.”

Audrey Murrell offers advice for diversity and inclusion in energy, Gastech on Experience Energy

Gastech, the world’s biggest gathering of natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and energy professionals, hasn’t been held in Houston since 2000 and a lot has changed in the Energy Capital since then. For example, diversity and inclusion are now at the forefront of the energy industry with more and more companies realizing their critical importance to innovation, growth and success. Gastech 2019 includes a special Diversity & Inclusion in Energy program and Gastech Insights has prepared a Diversity and Inclusion in Energy eBook with advice from seven industry leaders, including Audrey Murrell, with the aim of changing the traditional face of the energy industry.

Advice from Audrey Murrell

Audrey Murrell, Professor & Associate Dean of University of Pittsburgh, says,

We should not only celebrate influencers throughout our journeys, we should learn from them.

A great deal has been written about the different pathways and barriers to advancement into positions of influence faced by women and people of colour. Gastech approaching has prompted me to reflect on the invaluable lessons I learned about diversity and inclusion based on my own journey.

Lesson 1

Don’t be surprised by the different pathways one takes to leadership. Research shows that women and people of colour often must navigate through a tricky labyrinth of obstacles and obstructions. This labyrinth represents the unique journey that diverse leaders must take. In this environment, unexpected turns and detours should not be seen as failures but as preparation pathways for success.

Lesson 2

It’s important to be a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. Research shows that diversity benefits organisations and their stakeholders in measurable ways that affect the bottom line. Diverse representation on boards of directors is positively related to organisational effectiveness and different leadership perspectives often have a dramatic impact on increasing diversity and inclusion, both in representation and in overall workplace climate.

Lesson 3

Effective leaders must choose humility over hubris. The high impact leaders I have worked with model humbleness in their actions and create environments grounded in respect, tolerance, and outcomes that are mutually beneficial for the people and for the organisation. These influential leaders are strong role models who radiate positivity and create an upward spiral that elevates positive behaviour in others. These three powerful lessons in leadership came from many amazing and diverse leaders across all different sectors, demographics, industries, generations and workplace positions. These impactful leaders didn’t cultivate status and resources for their own gain; they leveraged their power and networks in support of others. Their influence has done nothing less than shape my view and practice across my various leadership roles.

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Kevin Edwards says “Develop key skills.”

Kevin Edwards gives advice in the Gastech Diversity and Inclusion ebook on Experience Energy

The energy industry is changing. Diversity and inclusion are taking a front seat in many companies and conferences, including Gastech, coming soon on September 17-19, 2019, which includes a Diversity and Inclusion programme. How does change happen? By seeking advice from energy leaders like Kevin Edwards then implementing it – individually and globally.

Advice from Kevin Edwards

Edwards is the Global Manager of Diversity & Inclusion with Bechtel. In Gastech Insight’s Diversity & Inclusion ebook, he says this:

Develop key skills to become top candidates for Engineering and Construction companies, such as leadership development (leading roles within organisations); research and group project/ capstone experience that demonstrates the ability to work in teams, multi-task and solve complex issues and/or gain relevant work experience through internships!

At Bechtel, we work to build a diverse and inclusive culture, and leverage the input and experience of our global team. Diversity is a key input to high-quality decision-making, which is the cornerstone of our governance. Colleagues at all levels are encouraged to understand differences as well as respect what each person uniquely brings to the company. We also strive to be inclusive, ensuring everyone is welcomed meaningfully into Bechtel’s culture while retaining his or her unique qualities.

Bechtel’s three to five-year D&I strategy and plan lays out the path for us to create a diverse and inclusive culture, where every team member feels valued, respected and that they belong. As a global organisation, our people must reflect the world around us, and the customers and communities we serve. Companies that embrace D&I are performance leaders and make better decisions, resulting in stronger financial performance, better and faster innovation, market growth, and an authentic connection with their communities and customers.

We are committed to investing in our people and develop diverse leadership to meet our enterprise needs while delivering outstanding results for our customers.

In addition, our Business Resource Groups, including Women @ Bechtel, Bechtel Community for Service Veterans, Reservists & Friends of the Military, Next Generation Group as well as our Diversity Advisory Council, provide another formal channel for our talent to engage and help support our diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Heather Cykoski says “Find your passion and write the future.”

Diversity & Inclusion in Energy Gastech eBook featuring Heather Cykoski on Experience Energy

Gastech 2019 is not just the world’s biggest gathering of natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and energy professionals. It also features the Diversity & Inclusion in Energy program that seeks to change the traditional face of the energy industry. Gastech has compiled the Diversity and Inclusion in Energy eBook to explore the evolving energy industry and highlight key advice from energy leaders for progressing diversity and inclusion within global energy companies.

Advice from Heather Cykoski

First up, we hear from Heather Cykoski, Group Vice President at ABB, who says:

Find your passion and make sure it’s yours. It’s tempting to do things for others. But find your passion and it will ignite your strengths and show you where to specialise. Critically, it will also feed you when times are tough.”

As a teenager, I sought out a tough path to make myself stronger. If you’re in a minority, you have experiences and knowledge that others don’t, and that gives you an edge. Texas in the 1980s had a strong ‘good old boy’ culture, so I chose a career in industrial engineering, the most male-dominated field I could find. I was confident I could bring something different to it as a woman.

I went on to become the first female Global Account Executive at ABB and afterward leading ABB Group Strategic Investments all over the world. One of the most rewarding was a $24 billion project in Saudi Arabia to build the world’s largest petrochemical complex ever constructed in a single phase.

Today, I manage the global business across the engineering, procurement and construction market and I truly believe that when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion, we are all ambassadors. Young people are making the changes they want to see and calling for more. And it’s our responsibility as leaders to push as far as we can.

At ABB we have a clear strategy in place and if we each drive change day to day, we will achieve more than we thought possible. When a new idea emerges from a minority voice on the team, when we’re thinking about who to lead our key business, or who should lead a specific initiative, there are opportunities to be inclusive. So, let’s take them. Let’s write the future, together.

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