2021 Calendar


Sept 9, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – DEI Best Practices for the transition back to office life after Covid-19

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath will be one of the biggest business challenges of our time. To keep operations going while minimizing the risk to employees, most companies have adapted new ways of working that have left their offices, factories, plants, and other facilities relatively empty. Amid mounting economic turmoil, executives are increasingly guarded in their outlook—only one in five chief financial officers surveyed by PwC said they believed their companies could resume “business as usual” within a month if the crisis ended today.

To ensure a smooth and safe return to work, companies will have to beef up their current strategies, offer flexibility and make their employees’ health, safety, and well-being their top priority.

Please join us in this 1.5-hour webinar to discuss how to navigate this transition in the energy industry by leveraging Diversity, Equity & Inclusion best practices. Participants will leave with useful tips to keep in mind for a successful transition to work post covid-19.

Presented By:

Beverly Jurenko
Inside Edge Consulting LLC

Beverly Jurenko is the founder of Inside Edge Consulting LLC. Through Inside Edge, Beverly provides DEI Consulting services, Executive Coaching for leaders learning to embrace inclusion, and Empowerment Coaching for early career diverse talent. A true influencer, Beverly leverages her broad international experience in the corporate, non-profit and startup sectors to promote DEI. Prior to founding Inside Edge, she was the Director of D&I for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Reporting to the CEO, she built the company’s D&I program from scratch and served as the Deputy Chair of Anadarko’s global D&I Steering Committee. Beverly is a tireless and persistent advocate for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), a former private equity investor, and a serial entrepreneur.

Prior to joining Anadarko, Beverly worked in Europe, Latin America, and Russia in energy for Amoco and Enron, and was a Vice President for BancBoston Capital, a global private equity firm. She founded That’s Math, an EdTech bilingual family math engagement service for elementary students; and Best Cleaning Services, an award-winning commercial cleaning company that specialized in green cleaning. In New York and London, she worked in investment banking and private placements for Prudential-Bache Securities and The Prudential Investment Corporation. As a mother, a wife, and serial expat, she has first-hand experience with transitions, career-life decisions, and multicultural challenges. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A member of the International Coaching Federation, she is trained in the ontological coaching method by the Academy for Coaching Excellence.

Sept 15, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, an imperative for the advancement of Energy Transition

There are many challenges the energy 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.

Building a sustainable future is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. But we can only solve it by ensuring all communities and demographics are engaged and are given an opportunity to participate.

Please join us in this Webinar to talk about how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a vital part of the energy transition so that the business shifts with time and thrives in the new environment. We will emphasize on how the industry can make DEI a boardroom priority in order to drive innovation, growth, efficiency and capitalize on key opportunities to boost profitability.

Presented By:

Dr. Shindale Seale
Diversity Equity Inclusion Program Chair
University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Shindale Seale is a cultural equity and diversity strategist who employs leadership and performance optimization concepts to help entrepreneurs, corporate and academic stakeholders, and Diversity & Inclusion professionals identify and reach their organizational culture goals.

For over two decades, Dr. Seale served in various leadership and training roles and sectors including the corporate environment, academia, and the non-profit arena. Her work has focused on business performance optimization, staff development, and creating sustainable and equitable working environments. Her research and consulting on creating equitable solutions in gender, race, age, and ability matters has led to her being a sought-after subject matter expert and speaker.

In addition to her consulting services, Dr. Seale is the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program Chair at the University of California Santa Cruz – Silicon Valley Extension, where she also develops and teaches courses on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the workplace and academia. Dr. Seale is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands where she teaches Leadership, Organizational Change, and Business Communication.

Dr. Seale holds a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Change and Leadership and a Master of Education degree, both from the University of Southern California (USC). She also earned her Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Language and Linguistics from California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Sept 22, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – Racial Justice & the Energy Industry

Being driven to fight for racial justice is for everyone given that the wellness of our society is a collection of the wellness of everyone. Participants of this session will learn how to promote equity in everyday life and different ways to be active advocates for racial justice within communities, social circles, and workplaces.

This 1.5-hour webinar will emphasize on Historically minoritized and marginalized individuals and communities have experienced inequities and barriers to education, the workforce, healthcare, and more. Racial justice ensures the equitable treatment of all individuals and equitable access to historically denied or limited resources including education, healthcare, workforce success, law, and other social or institutional services or resources.


Oct 12, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – SynERGy Summit (ERG)

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are used to connect with employees and drive business results. ERGs are essential to recruitment, talent development, marketplace, community, and procurement. This event will bring ERG leaders and members across the energy industry to share best practices. We will provide participants with guiding principles of equity and inclusiveness and a business-related strategy for ERGs. The summit will deliver the potential business value of ERGs, as well as how can ERGs be utilized to expand the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy within organizations.

Oct 19, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Women in Energy Symposium

The Women in Energy Symposium (WES) is an event created to help women advance in a traditionally male dominant industry by providing them with insights, trends and skills tailored for personal and professional development. WES will provide a unique experience for women to engage and learn in thoughtful, relevant conversations. The format for this symposium includes keynote speaker, a panel session, several engaging breakout sessions and a plenitude of networking opportunities. Do not miss your opportunity to learn and collaborate with the top women in the energy industry.

The focus of this annual event is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.


Nov 9, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Multicultural Leadership Roundtable
Nov 16-17, 9:30 a.m. - National Conference on Racial & Social Justice


Sept 29, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Training: Unconscious Bias Certificate

Unconscious Bias is a pervasive phenomenon that greatly impacts our personal lives and the workings of all organizations. Unconscious bias refers to the attitudes of stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. And even though it is often hard to admit or see that everyone has unconscious bias, it can easily impact and even derail the best intentions of fostering inclusion within an organization. This session includes:

  • Understanding the concepts of unconscious bias and its relationship to stereotyping, micro-inequities and “the isms.”
  • Understanding the impact that unconscious bias and its relatives can have in personal as well as organizational dynamics.
  • Having the tools and processes to address and mitigate unconscious bias in your personal life as well as in your organization.
  • Leaving with helpful ideas and next steps to take and commit to action.
Oct 14, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. – Inclusive Leadership Certificate

Inclusive leaders stay accessible and work hard to get other people talking. In one on one conversations, they are good listeners and they take an authentic interest in others. In groups, they are strong facilitators to encourage genuine dialog. They look for maximum participation. You may hear them ask questions like who else should we include in this process. They also have a high comfort level with ambiguity. They keep the communication process open and are willing to adjust to new points of view.

The aim of the Inclusive Leadership training is to give participants an opportunity to experience, reflect on and broaden their knowledge, competences, and attitudes in Inclusive Leadership. This training is designed to help participants create and lead an organization that leverages the diverse talents of all contributors. Upon completion of this training, participants will be equipped with practical strategies to cultivate and lead a more diverse workforce.

By taking our program, leaders will be well-versed in self-awareness and management strategies, confronting their own biases, mentorship, active listening, and much more. Completing this program and passing the final examination will earn attendees the title of Certified Inclusion Leader. It is a 2.5-day program.

Oct 21, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. – Racial Justice Certificate

The Racial Justice Certification Program provides participants with a comprehensive, innovative and interactive series of sessions. The sessions are designed and delivered to assist participants in building a racial justice plan that supports and sustains policies, practices, systems, and structures that advance racial equity. Included in the outcomes of the certification program is not only to inform participants but also, prepare and position participants to serve as racial justice leaders.

We encourage engaging in racial justice trainings prior to the certification program. Additionally, antiracism trainings are encouraged. Racial justice is the result of antiracism work; therefore, having a conceptual framework of antiracism is important.

Presented By:

Jobi Martinez
Executive Director
Racial Justice Institute

Jobi Martinez, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of J|M Consulting. Dr. Martinez has 20 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion and has worked with non-profits, city municipalities, colleges and universities, and for-profit corporations. Her work and research primarily examine how institutions advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The last five years, Dr. Martinez has strategically focused on antiracism and guiding institutions on becoming antiracist institutions.

In 2018, Dr. Martinez joined the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), one of the most diverse universities in the nation, as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. With over 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, Dr. Martinez has spent most of her career leading DEI work in higher education. Dr. Martinez worked closely with the president and other administrative leaders on diversity, access, equity, and inclusion initiatives with a special focus on the university’s antiracism initiatives. In her capacity building role, she led the university to receive its first Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

Prior to joining UHD, Dr. Martinez served as the Managing Director and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at Texas Tech University (TTU) where she helped establish a division of 13 units committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, she left her position to complete her doctorate degree and examine to advance her research and teaching in diversity and inclusion. During this time, she consulted colleges and universities on campus climate studies, diversity and inclusion marketing and communication, antiracism, and strategic plans. Dr. Martinez was recognized as a National Thought Leader (2018 and 2019) for her diversity leadership, innovative practice, and media and communication research.