The Energy industry in the United States has been a major industry since shortly after the oil discovery in the Oil Creek area of Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859. This industry includes exploration for, production, processing (refining), transportation, and marketing of natural gas, petroleum products and other types of renewables sources of energy. One important fact to keep in mind is that as of 2019, the US is the world’s largest oil producer. According to the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Oil & Gas industry supports 9 million us jobs and makes up 7% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
There are many challenges the Energy Industry is facing today, such as fluctuation of oil prices, regulatory changes, and geopolitical instability. The underlying disruption running through the industry, as well as the additional aging workforce, widening skills gap, talent shortage, has made clear the necessity of managing and developing talent within the industry. An improved approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critical to the long-term survival of the sector.
The Energy Diversity & Inclusion Council brings the first annual Energy Inclusion Conference, in this event we will focus on bringing together sectors across the industry to identify best practices and pitfalls to avoid for tackling the most current DEI issues. As we move forward in this rapid-changing working environment while managing the current and sometimes divide challenges, leaders are a critical resource to help organizations thrive. In this high-level event we will emphasis on how to effectively utilize the diversity that already exists to create an equitable workplace.