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Conference Set for Women in Petrochemical

Gulf Coast area community colleges will host Date with Destiny, a free one-day conference on Oct. 13, 2016 for women who strive to work in the petrochemical industry. 

Sponsored by Shell Oil Company, Date with Destiny is an annual conference designed for high school juniors and seniors, current college students and recent college graduates. Attendees will learn how to network, apply for petrochemical jobs, write résumés and interview with employers in the industry.

The morning will begin with a welcome by David Smith, Shell’s manager of operations and craft recruitment, followed by the presentation “A Day in the Life of an Operations and/or Crafts Woman” by Christine Smith, a Shell production team leader. David Esquibel with Shell’s Workforce Community Strategic Initiative will also speak to the audience about scholarships. A panel discussion will be held before lunch and include insight from Shell maintenance and operations staff and contractors Jenny Weinmann, Terri Hardy, Sara Kenerly, Miranda Weldon and Monique Bryant. 

The afternoon will feature a discussion on the importance of obtaining job seeking skills and breakout sessions on résumé writing and interviewing. Booths from area community colleges will be available to provide information on petrochemical workforce training programs. Date with Destiny will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided throughout the day.

“As community colleges that train for the local petrochemical industry, we recognize the importance of providing career opportunities for all, especially women,” said Dr. Sarah Janes, associate vice chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development at San Jacinto College. “The doors have opened in petrochemical to provide more women with fantastic careers and benefits. We are very proud to partner with Shell to host this conference and share this information with women who are either in high school and starting to think about career paths or graduating from college and now taking their next steps in applying for jobs."

Shell Oil Company is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.

Date with Destiny is open to the public. To register, visit the Date with Destiny registration site.