PESA Members from eight leading oilfield services and equipment companies came together on November 6 at PESA for a speed mentoring session facilitated by the PESA Executive Leadership Program’s Advanced Business Development participants and the PESA Supply Chain Committee.
Participants gained valuable career advice from seasoned supply chain professionals, meeting for four 15-minute intervals on the topic of negotiations.
Mentees arrived prepared with questions for mentors but without any prior information on who the mentors would be, which participants felt only helped to spur conversation. Cris Baker, President, Sigma Fasteners, said the conversation was more interesting without knowing the questions and allowed for both mentor and mentee to benefit and learn from each other.
“Sometimes I asked as many questions as I answered. Everybody learned,” Baker said.
The one-on-one mentoring sessions created an intimate environment to discuss challenges and development and encourage exchanging of ideas.
[su_quote cite=”Supply Chain Committee Member Kevin Joyce, Baker Hughes”]“The PESA speed mentoring event involved high-caliber people who are all in the same situation, with the same shared experiences, allowing us to both benefit from the exchange.” [/su_quote]
Companies represented included ARIES Worldwide Logistics, Baker Hughes, DistributionNOW, Forged Products, Kluber Lubrication, Mustang CAT, NOV and Sigma Fasteners.
“I really appreciated the diversity of participants, from procurement to sales, which gave a broader scope of views and perspectives.”
“I found great value in the quality and diversity of the mentors and the quality of their responses as well. They provided raw, straight-forward, answers and I really appreciated that.”
“I had fantastic conversations, so much so that I wasn’t even able to get to questions I had prepared.”