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A Sincere THANK YOU to The WhiteHall for Hosting O&GA International’s Networking Event!

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It was a cool windy beautiful night and The Whitehall Houston pulled out all the stops for the O&GA International networking event! Delicious flautas, brisket sliders, quesadillas, and nachos all made in house! Top that off with live music and great networking with lots of new faces. It was truly a wonderful event!

A sincere thank you to MIchelle Hosey, Corporate Sales Manager, and Tanya Taylor, Director of Sales and Marketing and everyone at The WhiteHall for making the event a great success.  We encourage you to partner with The WhiteHall.  To learn more about their wonderful hotel and services, please contact Michelle at  mhosey@thewhitehallhouston.com or call 713-495-7830.

Thank you to everyone that joined us!  See event photos below.

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Sarah Payne, Corporate Ambassador At-Large

ABOUT SARAH:
I have been in the Oil and Gas Industry over 15 years. I have worked from Chemical Plants as a fire watch and worked my way into business administrative.

Born and raised in Louisiana (a country girl) and moving to Port Arthur, Tx after getting married. I was a house wife and after 11 years of marriage, and went through life changes, I went to school in the nursing field in 1992, which was a great accomplishment for me.but a few years later there was another life change.

I moved to Houston 2005, and got back into the Oil and Gas Industry in 2007. Since being back in the industry, I have completed many certified programs and training, such as Geology, Completion/Production certification. Concur AER training, SAP/AP windows, Business Management, Sourcing and Supplier Relations, Bonded and Certified Notary, just to name a few.

My most proud accomplishments are my children and their children.

INTERESTING FACTS:
Over the past years I have served on different in different organizations and holding several positions. Organizations including:

  • Desk and Derrick, President, Vice President
  • MW Oil and Gas, member
  • ISA, International Society of Automation. member and volunteer for different events
  • Oil and Gas Admins, member

I am so privileged to have served in these organizations, and look forward to many events, conference and networking to empower the education, skills and training of others.
Please attend your meetings, and get involved and never stop investing in yourself.

 

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Shawna Lamborn, Lead Ambassador for Baker Hughes

ABOUT SHAWNA:
Shawna Lamborn has a wide range of administrative experience supporting oil & gas, legal, insurance, social service, advertising sales, and software development companies during her 15 year career in Canada and USA. In 2012 Shawna joined Baker Hughes where she is currently an executive assistant for the North America leadership team, leveraging her lean six sigma training for space planning of the 700+ offices at her Houston office location. Early in her career, she earned diplomas for Business and Computer Software from colleges in Alberta, Canada and The Woodlands, TX. As a steering group committee member for the Baker Hughes Women’s Resource Group, Shawna recognized the value and vision of Oil & Gas Admins International, and became a member at their inaugural conference in May, 2014 and has been an active participant ever since.

INTERESTING FACTS:
Shawna worked for Interfaith of The Woodlands, a non-profit social service agency, from 2002 to 2010 to enrich and support the community where she and her family lived. Starting part-time as a receptionist, she quickly advanced to the advertising sales position for the award-winning Woodlands Directory, which raised the majority of the funding of Interfaith through yellow page ad sales. During her career at Interfaith, Shawna’s performance was recognized with the Executive Director’s Excellence Achievement award for professional attitude and customer service in 2005, 2007 & 2009.

Shawna’s motivation and organization skills enabled the new Houston High School Inline Hockey league to start in 2001, where she presided as an elected board executive and president from 2004-2007 for 24 teams. An avid fan of hockey, Shawna began playing the game herself in 2005, with her team soon winning 5 consecutive city championships, currently semi-retired.

 

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Michelle Kennedy, Lead Ambassador for Statoil

ABOUT MICHELLE:
Michelle joined Hydro in May, 2006 as a Legal/Executive Assistant in Houston, TX. She provided assistance to Hydro’s General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. Michelle became Executive Assistant to the President of Hydro in December, 2006.

After Hydro & Statoil merger in October, 2007, Michelle became Executive Assistant to Statoil’s President, Oivind Reinertsen. During her tenure at Statoil, she has provided executive assistance to SVP Business Development, VP Strategy and VP Communication. She is currently the Executive Personal Assistant to SVP Offshore, VP Business Development, Houston Admin Network Coordinator and Texans Suite administrator.

Prior to joining Statoil, Michelle worked as an executive assistant in the legal industry spanning more than 20 years for such law firms at Porter & Hedges, Thompson & Knight and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Her experience includes event planning, project management, business development, corporate, litigation and probate.

Michelle is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and earned her B.S. in Business Administration & Government from Texas Woman’s University. She also received her Tradeshow Marketer Certification from Northern Illinois University. In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, traveling, volunteering, working with teens and serving her community. She has two adult children.

INTERESTING FACTS:
The most recent interesting tidbit about me is that I returned to college after being away for 35 years and on December 14, 2016 I received by BS from Texas Women’s University. I love planning events and mentoring high school students.

In my spare time I like to work on my website AskChel.com which ties into my passion for event coordination.

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Myndi Ramey, Lead Ambassador for BHP Billiton

ABOUT MYNDI:
After many years in the medical field, she knew that she needed a change. After much thought and consideration on her next move, she applied for a position as an Administrative Assistant with BHP Billiton. Taking all the skills and lessons she had learned in the medical field, it was time to apply them in a field she knew absolutely nothing about.

After nearly four years with BHP, she can honestly say that taking such a huge step at forty years old, although terrifying, was the best decision she ever made!

Myndi is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Safety & Health and looking forward to continuing a long and advantageous career in the Oil & Gas Industry.

 

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Dassalee Richardson, Young Professionals Ambassador

ABOUT DASSALEE:
Dassalee worked full-time for ExxonMobil Development as an Administrative Assistant and is now a Raw Materials Coordinator for ExxonMobil Chemicals.  She joined the company on August 1, 2013.

December 15, 2016, Dassalee graduated with high honors from the University of Houston – Main Campus with a B.S. in Supply Chain and Logistics Technology with double minors in Purchasing and Organizational Leadership and Supervision.

In addition, she is certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) by APICS Supply Chain Council.

MY CAREER:
I have been in the Oil and Gas Industry for about eight years now. I joined the industry in April 2009 with Deepwater Corrosion Services, Inc. in Houston, TX. Then I joined ExxonMobil Development in August 2013.

INTERESTING FACTS:
I am Caribbean and South American decent.

 

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Sherry Grantham, Vice-Executive Ambassador

ABOUT SHERRY:
Sherry L. Grantham has over 20 years’ experience in the oil, gas and energy industry, primarily in Upstream.

In 1997 she contracted through Kelly Services in the Records Department and Library and continued her career from 1999 – 2010 as an Administrative Assistant for Africa Deepwater Projects.  In October 2001, she traveled to Paris France to help set up Project File Structure as Document Controller for EPC1, 2 and 3.  Her most recent previous role was as Senior Administrative Assistant for the Engineering Facilities Mechanical Group at ExxonMobil.  She is now supporting the Upstream Facilities Team as the Lead Admin.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
2002 – 2015 International Association Administrative Professionals (IAAP) served every board chair positions at its capacity. Attended over 14 Conferences in the US including one is Canada.
2011 – 2014 Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) Served as Communications Director and Recording Secretary
2012 Received Woman of Excellence Award for Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) representing ExxonMobil North Chapter
2014 – 2015 joined the Oil & Gas Admin International Trade Association – Part of the FOCUS group in setting up OG Certification.
2015 – 2016 Participated in the Oil & Gas Admin International as the Lead Corporate Ambassador for ExxonMobil

GREATEST STRENGTHS
• Payroll
• Expense Reporting
• Event Planning
• PowerPoint
• SharePoint
• Word
• Organizational Skills
• Records Management
• Short-cuts that make tasks go smoothly
• Utilizing surveys in SharePoint

INTERESTING FACTS:
Sherry’s hobbies / interests outside of work are:
• Shopping
• Traveling
• Volunteering
• Crafting
• Cooking/baking
• Party planning
• Scrapbooking

FAMILY LIFE:
Married my High school sweetheart (Mirt Grantham) AKA Jr. in 1988, we have a beautiful daughter named Kirstie, and a son in law named Earl. They have given us the best gift, our handsome 4 year old grandson Zachary and baby Zahn who will be here in April. We are raising my niece, Valerie who is loved just as much as my own daughter. We live a simple life, however we are blessed in many ways.

O&GA International Leader Spotlight – Rebecca Hubbard, Executive Ambassador

ABOUT REBECCA:
Rebecca Hubbard is a seasoned Senior Admin and Technical Training Coordinator with over 12 years of experience in the Oil and Gas field. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including the ability to tailor her skills to meet any demand that her job requires and has increased her efficiency in several of her assigned roles.

Rebecca’s previous work experience includes working at Shell Oil – all Houston locations and also has spent some time working Internationally in Europe at the Shell Headquarters in the Netherlands. She is currently employed at Southwestern Energy Company where she supports the Vice-President of Human Resources, and the Human Resources Team. As a Senior Admin she has also been involved in organizing the Southwestern Energy Administrative Network Team. The purpose and goal of this team is to strengthen the relational cords of the Admins and to encourage best practice processes across the Company.

Rebecca is a member of various organizations and has currently accepted the position of Executive Ambassador for the Oil and Gas Admins International organization.

Rebecca is a single mom with three daughters and loves to spend time playing with her three precious granddaughters.  She is strong in her faith and her testimony allows her to reach many women who are underprivileged or suffering due to situational crisis. Her passion is to assist women in reaching their full potential and she hopes to publish and author her first book by year end.

INTERESTING FACTS:
I pray before I do anything
I never get bored and everyday is never the same…..
I take it as it comes and it’s important to be ready for anything..

Favorite Song: Spirit Break Out
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength

A HUGE Thank You to TownePlace Suites Marriott Shenandoah The Woodlands for Hosting the Fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Tex Mex Mixer!

TownePlace Suites Marriott Shenandoah The Woodlands created a fun and festive environment for O&GA’s networking event held March 9th.  Attendees enjoyed Tex Mex treats catered by Chuy’s, margaritas sponsored by Mr. Margarita, as well as delicious sliders from Bob’s Steak and Chop house.  The environment was warm and friendly and attendees made great new connections.  A huge THANK YOU to Judy Johnston and TownePlace Suites Marriott Shenandoah The Woodlands for a fantastic event!  We truly appreciate everyone for joining us.

We encourage you to partner with TownePlace Suites Marriott Shenandoah The Woodlands.  Please contact Judy Johnston at judy.johnston@marriott.com or call her at 936-273-7772.

O&GA International is Proud to be a Global Diversity Champion for the Pink Petro HERWorld Energy Forum

Pink Petro’s HERWorld Energy Forum will celebrate women, our great industry, their 2nd birthday and International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017.  Oil & Gas Admins International is excited to support this event as a Global Diversity Champion.

They have an awesome roster of global speakers this year, including experts from Shell, The World Economic Forum, KPMG, GE, Marathon Oil, Aera Energy, Progressly, Rice University, Fueling Us Forward, and The C-Suite Network.  

To learn more about Pink Petro, its founder Katie Mehnert and to register for the HerWorld Energy Forum, visit the website HERE >> http://herworldenergyforum.com/