Hart Energy recently named Council COO Molly Determan as one of its 2021 “40 Under Forty,” an honor that recognizes today’s rising technology influencers in the energy sector, and published an interview highlighting her views on the industry.
Determan was selected for her leadership developing and managing the Council’s strategy and activities to promote the energy services and technology sector. Since 2013, Determan has led the Council’s communications, including rebranding the association.
“Working with the board to develop a brand that would take the association into its next phase — founded in the workforce and technology that we represent and what we provide to the world — was not only challenging but also a lot of fun. We built a legacy that our members could be proud of and a vision that continues to grow.”
What inspired her to join the oil and gas industry? The energy technology and services sector’s workforce.
“Having worked with oilfield services firms on a few projects, I saw the innovative spirit and drive within those companies, and the technology that is developed here. I was so impressed by the work ethic of the men and women of the sector and wanted to be part of it.”Molly Determan, COO, Energy Workforce & Technology Council
Determan oversees Council committees, including those focused on leadership development, best practice sharing and benchmarking, as well as the acclaimed Foreign Service Officer Training Program. A leading voice for inclusion and diversity and leadership development, Determan spearheaded a just-released update to the Council’s groundbreaking 2018 gender diversity study.
“I’ve had the amazing opportunity to lead an extraordinary sector-wide effort into diversity, equity and inclusion, helping to build pipelines for diverse talent into our sector and providing tools for our companies to develop inclusive cultures.”
Conducted in partnership with Accenture, the study found that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the percentage of women in the U.S. energy technology and services sector rose to nearly 20% over the past three years, countering a recent trend of women dropping out of the overall national workforce. The study also set a first-time benchmark for ethnic and racial diversity.
What keeps her motivated in an industry that has several challenges ahead of it?
“OFS companies have a history of leading transformative technological innovations that scale to meet the world’s energy needs. It’s hard not to be motivated by all the technology out there and the potential impact it could have on the global energy challenge that the world faces. But the transformations in AI, data analytics and automation that our member companies are leading, require a workforce transformation, too.”