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Energy Workforce Moderates Discussion on Workforce of Tomorrow


Former Energy Workforce CEO Leslie Beyer led a dynamic discussion on the “Energy Workforce of the Future” at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Section of Young Professionals Roughneck Camp hosted at ExxonMobil. This long-standing event has been a melting pot of brilliant minds in the energy industry, collaborating with young professionals eager to shape the future.

Moderated by Beyer, the panel, including Brooke Bradburn, Chevron; Amber Beutler Koutney, ExxonMobil; and Gbubemi Bafor, SLB, delved into the pressing challenges that the energy sector faces regarding talent retention, upskilling and attracting fresh minds to join the industry.

The discussion was a deep dive into strategizing ways to maintain a dynamic and sustainable workforce. A central focus was on retaining the existing talent pool. The panel highlighted the significance of fostering a positive work environment, offering growth opportunities and acknowledging the contributions of employees, recognizing a well-supported and engaged workforce is more likely to stay committed to the industry’s long-term goals.

Upskilling and digitalization emerged as another crucial theme during the discussion. With the industry undergoing rapid technological advancements and changes, equipping the workforce with updated skills and knowledge is paramount. The panel talked about their companies’ “digital academies” that provide continuous learning programs for leaders to build digital skills to bridge the gap between the incoming generation of new workers.

The panelists agreed diversity and inclusion are essential components of a robust energy workforce. Encouraging a diverse talent pool fosters a more inclusive work environment and brings varied perspectives and ideas that can drive innovation and solve complex challenges.

During her tenure at Energy Workforce, Beyer led the charge in workforce development by building committees and leadership training programs addressing topics like leadership, talent recruitment and retention, DEI and continuous learning. To learn more about how your company can leverage these opportunities, contact Peggy Helfert, Vice President of Programs & Events.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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