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International Women's Day Virtual Happy Hour
Wed, March 8, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
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Celebrate International Women's Day
Tune in on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30 pm ET for a special Women's History Month Virtual Happy Hour as we broadcast live from the HERWorld Energy Conference in Houston, TX. Our amazing panelist will discuss the history of International Women's Day, the exciting new sectors that women are stepping into and what role men can take to increase gender parity in leadership.
Gloria Feldt will interview Katie Mehnert, Founder & CEO of Pink Petro as she shares what motivates her, discuss what opportunities are opening up for women in the energy sector and tell us why her best ideas happen on cocktail napkins.
Then, we'll be joined award winning journalist Josh Levs (yes, our very first dude!), author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses — And How We Can Fix It Together and attorney Marianne Robak, President of Executive Moms Society who will chat about the importance of engaging men as allies.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Josh Levs is an entrepreneur, former CNN and NPR journalist, and the leading global expert on issues facing modern fathers in the workplace. He is the author of the award-winning book All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together (HarperOne 2015).
Levs spent 20 years reporting for NPR and CNN, where he developed unique expertise on nonpartisan fact checking. On TV, he has been called “Truth Seeker in Chief,” “Mr. Reality,” and “Senior Everything Correspondent.” He also created a role covering modern families and developed unprecedented expertise in assessing the realities of today’s dads.
Levs then stepped into a global spotlight by taking legal action against Time Warner (CNN’s parent company) for fair parental leave so he could care for his preemie daughter and sick wife. The company ultimately embraced his call, revolutionizing its policy to make it better for moms and dads.
With the publication of his book, All In, Levs became the leading voice for modern dads at work, shining a light on their unknown struggles.
He now works with corporations, organizations, universities and more to build policies that support men as equal caregivers, a crucial step toward ensuring equal career opportunities to women. Levs is invited to keynote summits and deliver talks at businesses across the globe, from Google to GE to Barclaycard. He also lectures at prestigious universities including Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, and Oxford, where he won a debate on feminism at the historic Oxford Union.
The United Nations named Levs a Global Champion of Gender Equality. (Watch opening remarks at the U.N.) The Financial Times named him one of the top 10 male feminists. A New York Times front-page story declared him “a pioneer.” Forbes said Levs may be the man to get corporations “to rethink an anti-dad Culture.”
Katie is a 2nd generation energy veteran on a mission retain, develop and attract the next-generation workforce in energy. Katie 'pre-retired' from the corporate exec path in 2014 to create an innovative, inclusive energy workforce and supply chain will lead us into the new energy era.
She is the Founder and CEO of Pink Petro, a niche global talent development, recruitment community and advocacy resource. Industry backed by Halliburton, Shell, and KPMG, Pink Petro uses SaaS enterprise social technology to disrupt the gender gap in an industry starving for a sustainable female pipeline. In 2 years the community has grown to members in 36 countries and has launched Pink Petro TV an informative video streaming service and HerWorld forums to bring professionals together in unique learning settings with a careers platform to debut in 2017.
Pink Petro is open to energy companies, professionals, students, educators, executives, entrepreneurs, service providers, coaches and those in transition. It also includes an important part of the conversation: men.
Katie has vast experience across the energy value chain working across global businesses and functions in Upstream, Downstream, Midstream, Trading & Utilities. Her experience includes culture change and safety risk management in high hazard operations with roles in the field, office, and board room with two major operators Shell & BP and in consultancy roles at Enron, Entergy, and Duke Energy/Spectra.
Marianne Robak is a corporate and business litigation attorney at Cersonsky, Rosen & Garcia, P.C. (“CRG”) in Houston, Texas. CRG is an award winning commercial litigation firm that is committed to diversity in the workplace. Ms. Robak’s practice areas include advising corporate clients on general business and operational matters, drafting and negotiating contracts, and representing her business clients in legal disputes (including litigation, arbitration, and in alternative dispute resolution matters). While many of her clients are Texas businesses, she also represents clients from all parts of the world, including Singapore, the Netherlands, Mexico, South Africa, and Venezuela, among others. Marianne has a successful track record in both jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, evidentiary hearings (such as temporary injunctions), complex summary judgments and appeals.
Marianne graduated from University of Arizona in 2001 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and History. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2004. While in law school, Marianne participated in her school’s nationally ranked moot court program, where she presented oral arguments in four national moot court tournaments, one of which was in front of justices from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At that tournament, she won STCL’s 89th national title.
Upon graduation from law school, Marianne was honored to be selected as a member of the National Order of the Barristers. She is also an active member of the Houston Association of Women Attorneys, the Houston Bar Association, and the Katy Bar Association. In 2016, she was asked by the State Bar of Texas make a presentation on a favorable ruling she obtained in an appellate matter regarding the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and Texas’ current homestead laws.
In addition to her legal work, Marianne is an executive advisory board member for Pink Petro, LLC and has been the president of Executive Moms Society in Houston since 2015. Executive Moms Society is a non-profit organization that encourages the development of business networks for female executives in Houston, while raising money for local women’s charities, such as Dress for Success. Through her involvement with Executive Moms Society, she has had the opportunity to advise and mentor many other busy executives on work-to-life balance, leadership, gender issues, diversity in the workplace, and how to “juggle” it all.