The Houston Conversation on Board Diversity

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Each two-hour City/State Conversation includes a VIP Panel Session followed by a one-hour Strategic Networking Session with a Director Coach.

Houston Chairs
Sara DeJay Willis

Sara DeJay Willis

Vice President, Investment Advisor AB Bernstein, Private Wealth Management
saradj.willis@gmail.com

Sara DeJay Willis

Sara DeJay Willis

Vice President, Investment Advisor AB Bernstein, Private Wealth Management
saradj.willis@gmail.com
Susi Knight

Susi Knight

Senior Consultant, Vice President Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
susi2401@gmail.com

Susi Knight

Susi Knight

Senior Consultant, Vice President Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
susi2401@gmail.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Melody Meyer

President — Melody Meyer LLC & Women with Energy LLC

Melody Meyer started her career in 1979 with Gulf Oil which later merged with Chevron Corporation, where she remained until her retirement in 2016. While with Chevron, Melody held several key leadership roles in global exploration and production lending her expertise in major capital projects, technology, R&D, strategic planning, merger integration and operational safety. Melody was the executive sponsor of Chevron’s Women’s Network where she continues to serve as a mentor and advocate for the advancement of women in the industry. Melody is a C200 member, and a celebrated executive recognized as a 2009 Trinity Distinguished Alumni, with the BioHouston Women in Science Award by Hart Energy as an Influential Woman in Energy in 2018, by Women Inc as 2018 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors, and Outstanding Director by 2020 Women on Boards. Currently, she serves on McKinsey Women in Energy Advisory Board and co-leads Women Corporate Directors in Houston.
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Corporate Boards: BP, AbbVie

Catherine Hughes-Gould

PEng, ICD-D, Non-Executive Director

Catherine was an executive in the Oil and Gas sector until her retirement from Nexen Inc. as Executive Vice President International in April 2013. She previously held multiple global executive roles in Nexen Inc., Husky Oil and Schlumberger in Operations, Services, Technology and Human Resources. She served as a Non-executive Director on Statoil, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Precision Drilling Inc., Pason System Inc. and is currently serving on the board of Royal Dutch Shell. Her international career experiences gives her a deep understanding in geopolitical outlook, strategy, safety and environment and very importantly the role of people in success. Further on, as a director, her experiences on multiple boards and committees, has furthered her knowledge of the criticality of Financial Strength, Governance, Social Responsibility and Sustainability (including Climate change) in the running and success of corporations.
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Corporate Boards: Royal Dutch Shell – Chair of the Safety, Environment (including climate change) and Sustainability Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Lee Jourdan

Independent Board Director — Independent Board Director

Lee is a director on the boards of PROS Holdings (NYSE: PRO) and the nonprofit SEARCH Homeless Services. Previously, he served as the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Chevron and as vice president commercial and business development for its IndoAsia and Asia South business units. Lee has been published by The Harvard Business Review and interviewed by SHRM and Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin on DEI. Lee is co-Author of From Shoeshine to Star Wars and was recognized by Business Insider in 2020 as one of 100 people transforming business in North America.
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Corporate Boards: PROS Holdings (NYSE: PRO), SEARCH Homeless Services (Non-Profit)

Suzanne Paquin Nimocks

Independent Board Director

With a decade of boardroom experience, Suzanne is an Independent Director of ArcelorMittal, OwensCorning, and Ovintiv. As Lead Independent Director of OwensCorning, Suzanne chairs the Nomination & Governance Committee and is the former Chair of the Finance Committee. For Ovintiv, Suzanne chairs the Corporate Responsibility & Governance Committee. Additionally, Suzanne is a former board member of Valaris plc (formerly EnscoRowen & Rowan Drilling Company) & private equity backed Axip Energy Services. She retired in 2010 as a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Houston Office having served clients in energy, logistics, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, and professional services. Suzanne is a Trustee for Texas Children’s Hospital and is immediate past Chair of the Houston Zoo Board. She serves on the Advisory Board for Advancing Women Executives in Energy and is a former board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and Saint John’s School.
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Corporate Boards: ArcelorMittal, OwensCorning

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Ethos Veterinary Health, MTF Biologics
Corporate Boards:
Ethos Veterinary Health, MTF Biologics

Sharon Gabrielson

Chairman — Sharps Compliance

Corporate Boards:
Oil Search (Papua New Guinea), Enbridge (Canada) and Whiting (US)
Corporate Boards:
Oil Search (Papua New Guinea), Enbridge (Canada) and Whiting (US)

Susan Cunningham

Non-Executive Director

Corporate Boards:
FireBird Energy LLC, Houston Area Women's Center (Non-Profit)
Corporate Boards:
FireBird Energy LLC, Houston Area Women's Center (Non-Profit)

Jan Schott

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer — TG Natural Resources LLC

Corporate Boards:
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Corporate Boards:
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Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder & Chair — 50/50 Women on Boards

Corporate Boards:
Hardwoods International (TSX: HDI)
Corporate Boards:
Hardwoods International (TSX: HDI)

Michelle Lewis

Principal — The CapStreet Group, LLC

Corporate Boards:
ArcelorMittal, OwensCorning
Corporate Boards:
ArcelorMittal, OwensCorning

Suzanne Paquin Nimocks

Independent Board Director

Malli Gero

Vice Chair of the Board — 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
Greater Houston Community Foundation, The Houston Symphony
Corporate Boards:
Greater Houston Community Foundation, The Houston Symphony

Dave Pruner

Partner-in-Charge, CEO — Heidrick & Struggles

Corporate Boards:
TransAlta Renewables, Big Brothers Big Sisters - Lonestar
Corporate Boards:
TransAlta Renewables, Big Brothers Big Sisters - Lonestar

Georganne Hodges

Executive VP Supply, Trading and Logistics — Motiva

Corporate Boards:
Third Coast Midstream, Quantum Energy Partners
Corporate Boards:
Third Coast Midstream, Quantum Energy Partners

Rick Fowler

Former Chief Operating Officer — LLOG Exploration

Marie Guillot

Consultant — Preng & Associates

Corporate Boards:
InterFaith Ministries, Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores
Corporate Boards:
InterFaith Ministries, Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores

Marla Fielder

Director of Health & Wellness — Kroger Houston

Corporate Boards:
Blucora, Alsco
Corporate Boards:
Blucora, Alsco

Mary Zappone

Chief Executive Officer & Corporate Director — Sundyne

Corporate Boards:
EIV Capital Portfolio Companies, Former Director - Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
EIV Capital Portfolio Companies, Former Director - Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.

Patti Melcher

Managing Partner — EIV Capital

Laura Fulton

Vice President - Finance — American Bureau of Shipping

Corporate Boards:
Magellan Midstream Partners, Republic Airways Holdings
Corporate Boards:
Magellan Midstream Partners, Republic Airways Holdings

Lori Gobillot

Independent Board Director & Consultant 

Corporate Boards:
Former Director - CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Corporate Boards:
Former Director - CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Luisa Palacios

Senior Research Scholar at the Center Global Energy Policy — Columbia University

Corporate Boards:
Cimarex Energy Co., Crestwood Midstream
Corporate Boards:
Cimarex Energy Co., Crestwood Midstream

Frances Vallejo

Independent Board Director 

Corporate Boards:
Patterson-UTI Energy, Crestwood Midstream
Corporate Boards:
Patterson-UTI Energy, Crestwood Midstream

Janeen Judah

Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards:
Airswift
Corporate Boards:
Airswift

Janette Marx

Chief Executive Officer — Airswift

Corporate Boards:
GSP Retail Technologies, Leopardo Companies
Corporate Boards:
GSP Retail Technologies, Leopardo Companies

Alan Aldworth

President & Chief Executive Officer — Private Directors Association

Corporate Boards:
NRG Energy, Inc., Plains All American
Corporate Boards:
NRG Energy, Inc., Plains All American

Alexandra Pruner

Senior Advisor — TPH/Perella Weinberg Partners

Corporate Boards:
Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Corporate Boards:
Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Amanda Brock

President & Chief Operating Officer — Solaris Water Midstream

Barbara Stewart

Director — Organizational Performance for Endeavor Management

Corporate Boards:
Royal Dutch Shell – Chair of the Safety, Environment (including climate change) and Sustainability Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee.
Corporate Boards:
Royal Dutch Shell – Chair of the Safety, Environment (including climate change) and Sustainability Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Catherine Hughes-Gould

PEng, ICD-D, Non-Executive Director

Corporate Boards:
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc., Children's Transplant Initiative
Corporate Boards:
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc., Children's Transplant Initiative

Cindy Durrett

Chief Administrative Officer — Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
Chairman - Gevo, Inc., DMC Global Inc.
Corporate Boards:
Chairman - Gevo, Inc., DMC Global Inc.

Ruth Dreessen

Operating Partner — Triten Energy Partners

Corporate Boards:
Perceptron (former)
Corporate Boards:
Perceptron (former)

Sujatha Kumar

President — Ayatis, LLC

Corporate Boards:
Roan Resources
Corporate Boards:
Roan Resources

Tony Tripodo

Managing Director — Arch Creek Advisors LLC

Corporate Boards:
Williams, Antero Midstream Corporation, Newpark, SM Energy Company
Corporate Boards:
Williams, Antero Midstream Corporation, Newpark, SM Energy Company

Rose Robeson

Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards:
Matrix Service Company, McDermott International, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
Matrix Service Company, McDermott International, Inc.

Liane King Hinrichs

Director and Chair / Co-Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee — Matrix Service Company

Corporate Boards:
BP, AbbVie
Corporate Boards:
BP, AbbVie

Melody Meyer

President — Melody Meyer LLC & Women with Energy LLC

Corporate Boards:
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Corporate Boards:
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Juliana Lucci Ashley

JD, PCC, CLEC — Certified Leadership & Executive Coach

Leadership Committee

Rachel Breen Everaard

Principal, US-West Region PAS Leader Ernst & Young LLP

Rachel Breen Everaard

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Elizabeth DeStephens, P.E.

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer Black Knight Energy

Elizabeth DeStephens, P.E.

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jennifer Whalen

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Bristow Group, Inc.

Jennifer Whalen

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Amber Rabo

Director, Organizational Effectiveness & Talent Acquisition Cheniere

Amber Rabo

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Najlia Jamoussi

Director, Corporate Research & Global LNG Fundamentals Cheniere

Najlia Jamoussi

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Rachael L. Lichman

Partner Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Rachael L. Lichman

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Heather Manuel

Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications Gevo, Inc.

Heather Manuel

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Janet Yang

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer W&T Offshore, Inc.

Janet Yang

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Deborah Merril

President Women's Energy Network (WEN Houston)

Deborah Merril

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Hong Ogle

Market President / Division Executive, Private Bank Bank of America

Hong Ogle

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Hillary Holmes

Partner Gibson Dunn

Hillary Holmes

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Judy Moses

Director, Reservoir Management - Americas Chevron

Judy Moses

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Catharine de Lacy

Founder, Managing Director Riar Associates, LLC

Catharine de Lacy

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Michael Ellington

Senior Managing Director Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Michael Ellington

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jessica Bertsch

Business Development Manager Spinergie

Jessica Bertsch

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Daniella D. Landers

Partner Reed Smith LLP

Daniella D. Landers

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Shara C. Hammond

Leadership Development & Inclusion Manager Marathon Oil Corporation

Shara C. Hammond

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Rebekah Le

Chief Financial Officer Allied Power Group

Rebekah Le

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Robin Fielder

President, Chief Operating Officer & Director Noble Midstream Partners

Robin Fielder

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Laura Fulton

Vice President - Finance American Bureau of Shipping

Laura Fulton

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Mary Zappone

Chief Executive Officer & Corporate Director Sundyne

Mary Zappone

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Georganne Hodges

Executive VP Supply, Trading and Logistics Motiva

Georganne Hodges

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Janette Marx

Chief Executive Officer Airswift

Janette Marx

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Alicia Strickland

Vice President, Corporate Banking Bank of Texas

Alicia Strickland

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sara DeJay Willis

Vice President, Investment Advisor AB Bernstein, Private Wealth Management

Sara DeJay Willis

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sujatha Kumar

President Ayatis, LLC

Sujatha Kumar

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Victoria Lazar

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary TechnipFMC

Victoria Lazar

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Mariela Poleo

President Simon Bolivar Foundation

Mariela Poleo

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sharon Beemer

Managing Director, Southern Region of the Americas Vopak

Sharon Beemer

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Soha Haque

President Consultant - Strategy, Leadership & Cultural Alignment Daya Advisory Board, HGI & HODN Executive Boards

Soha Haque

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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