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Gender Balance

Sharing best practices to inspire the next generation of women in the energy industry

Schlumberger is a platinum sponsor of the annual Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy, which brings together industry executives to exchange ideas, network with peers and share best practices.

As the largest women's event in the industry, with over 700 attendees, the conference provides an opportunity to enhance skills, network and exchange experiences, and explore opportunities to advance professional leadership in the energy sector.

This year's conference program featured leaders working in the oil and gas sector including Schlumberger speakers Askok Belani, executive vice president, technology, Lees Rodionov, GeoMarket manager, North America land, and Susan Rosenbaum, director, discipline career management and knowledge management.

Advisory Committee Chair Susan Ganz, public relations manager, Western Hemisphere at Schlumberger, notes that the event is unique to the industry because of its focus on professional career development topics.

"While the conference will provide a review of the state of the industry, it is in the context of the professional opportunities that are created by this dynamic industry, even during times of transition," says Ganz. "Now in its 15th edition, this conference sets the bar in offering relevant content that can be applied immediately toward professional development."

At Schlumberger, a cornerstone of the company's culture is the diversity of its workforce. Reflecting the belief that diversity spurs creativity and collaboration, Schlumberger employs a diverse workforce of 140 nationalities working in more than 85 countries. Achieving diversity and gender balance across all parts of the organization is ongoing, and has been a focus for the company for more than 25 years.

To encourage the next generation of women in the oil and gas industry, Schlumberger supports initiatives around the world for female university students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

This year, events are being held in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North America, and Russia. At the gatherings, participants learn about the processes and innovation behind today's oil and gas technology. The students meet Schlumberger female engineers who share their professional experiences and serve as role models. As part of panel discussions, questions from attendees cover a wide range of subjects such as what motivated the panelists to join the oil and gas industry, the training provided, and the variety of assignments available.

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