2016 Oil and Gas Women in Leadership Symposium



Remarkable Women: Leadership Strategies for 2016



February 4, 2016



8:30 a.m. ­— 11:30 a.m.



Grand Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005


Parking and Directions

The Women in Leadership Symposium is being held in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center (RMC). This is a link to a Rice campus map: http://www.rice.edu/maps/Rice-University-BW-Campus-Map.pdf. The map includes parking rate information, please note that parking will not be validated.

Rice is located in the 6100 block of Main Street and is bordered by Sunset/Rice Blvd. on the north side of the campus. To reach the RMC enter through gate 20 off of Rice Blvd. Go to the second stop sign (three way intersection). Turn right. At this point, the McNair Building will be on the left and the Central Parking Garage is located in the basement of the building, There is a yellow caution sign at the down ramp which leads into the garage.

Guests should enter the ramp, park on the north side of the building and take the elevator to the first floor. The RMC is located across from, but on the same side of the street as the McNair Building. Guests may enter through the side door of the RMC and walk through the building until they come to the Grand Hall, which will be on the right. If assistance with directions is needed, please call Jan West, 713 210-9336.



8:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. — 8:40 a.m. Welcome
Dennis Kennedy — Founder & Chair, National Diversity Council
8:40 a.m. — 8:45 a.m. Introduction of Panelists
Yvonne Harris, Assistant Director, North America Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, D&I Project Manager, Capgemini
8:45 a.m. — 9:05 a.m. Topic #1: Top Leadership Competencies
Dan O’Brien, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CenterPoint Energy
9:05 a.m. — 9:25 a.m. Topic #2: How Women Can Leverage Power in the Workplace
Eileen Gallagher Akerson, EVP & General Counsel, KBR, Inc.
9:25 a.m. — 9:45 a.m. Topic #3: Leading With Confidence
Grace B. Holmes, VP, Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Cameron International Corporation
9:45 a.m. — 10:05 a.m. Question and Answer Session I
10:05 a.m. — 10:25 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. — 10:45 a.m. Topic #4: My 3 Lessons Learned
Jennifer Stewart, SVP, Tax & Treasury, Southwestern Energy Company
10:45 a.m. — 11:05 a.m. Topic #5: Developing Political Savvy: Hard Work and Talent Are Not Enough
Naomi Coxwell, VP, BP
11:05 a.m. — 11:25 a.m. Question and Answer Session II
11:25 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn



  • My 3 Lessons Learned
  • Get Yourself Up the Ladder With Your High Heels On
  • How Women Can Leverage Power in the Workplace
  • Developing Political Savvy: Hard Work and Talent Are Not Enough
  • Positioning Yourself for Promotional Opportunities
  • Top Leadership Competencies
  • How to Leverage Mentors, Coaches, and Sponsors
  • Leading With Confidence



Yvonne Harris
the Assistant Director for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Capgemini North America



Dana O’Brien
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
CenterPoint Energy
Eileen Akerson
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
KBR, Inc.
Grace Holmes
Vice President, Corporate Secretary And Chief Governance Officer
Cameron International Corporation
Jennifer Stewart
Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasury
Southwestern Energy Company
Naomi Coxwell