Telling Her Story

On Thursday, April 14 MPGE’s student organization Women in Petroleum and Geological Engineering (WPGE) held their annual Telling Her Story event, sponsored by Shell, at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art on OU’s Norman campus. This event brings together students and female alumni who are role-models of leadership within the industry. Guests speakers included Sarah Harris Vich with ONEOK, Kehinde Ekweribe from Hess Corp. and Danielle (Wright) Mezo who is currently with SandRidge Energy. All three women were recognized during their time at OU as outstanding scholars and have continued their paths of excellence into their careers.

Three special recognitions were given to women currently in MPGE who have been advocates for women in petroleum engineering and have provided leadership. Danielle Genest was the vision behind WPGE. She wanted to create an organization that embraced diversity, mentored young women and provided opportunities for them to grow their confidence in their chosen field. She incorporated the organization, raised funds, brought speakers in for events, and created sustainability in the organization. Madeline Bull has set herself in motion to have a successful career. She has been actively involved in SPE throughout her time at OU, serving as president during this academic year. She has also participated in academic competitions and honed her leadership skills through participation with the PanHellenic Association, Alpha Chi Omega, OU Athletic Association and Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs. Madeline will graduate in May and work for Schlumberger. The final woman recognized was Zeeneb Alsaihati. Zeeneb has been involved with WPGE from its founding. She has been recognized for her academic talent and has taken part in academic competition. She will graduate in May and plans to join Saudi Aramco’s Production Division.

MPGE is fortunate to have so many strong student leaders and alumni. Zeeneb and Madeline’s leadership will be missed once they graduate, however, they have paved the way for other women to follow, and I’m certain we can expect to see them as guest speakers at future Telling Her Story events.

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