Danos Energizing Women in Industry


By: Jessica Stegall

Earlier this month, Danos participated in the twelfth annual Energize Your Destiny career and education forum, virtually facilitated by Shell and five Louisiana community and technical colleges. The free event, attended by more than 300 high school and college students, is designed to educate, empower and encourage women to explore and learn about career and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education opportunities in the oil and gas production, petrochemical and refining industries.

Partnering with Fletcher Technical Community College, Danos’ vision was to make students aware of career opportunities offshore and share how Danos is working with our customers to build the next generation workforce through our On the Job Learning Program. Former Intern Catherine Hubbell shared her experience with the program and gave a firsthand account of what the offshore environment is like.

Danos was proud to be joined by women in industry who helped to emphasize our message. Jessica Jaen, HSE lead at Shell, shared her personal journey through education to career success. After offering an inspiring keynote presentation, Danos was also joined by Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt, a former Shell executive and champion of STEM education. "There has never been a better time to work in the energy industry. I am proud of the leadership and technical skills I developed while working in the industry and hope that more women will choose a similar career path," said Hewitt.

“It was truly inspiring to hear personal testimony from so many accomplished women in our industry, and we were proud to be a part of the program to provide insight into the offshore opportunities available at Danos,” said Danos Vice President of Human Resources Stacey Gisclair. During the afternoon session, Gisclair was asked to present on the importance of professional skills development. Her message to students was to be intentional and prepared for your career, why workplace culture matters and the importance of keeping up personal development.

"The days of labeling some careers as non-traditional paths for women are over," said Alison Bordelon, director of industry aligned career pathways for Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges. "Our forum provides a platform for participants to connect with members of industry and education from across the state as they inspire women to take charge of their education and career paths and become the future of the energy sector workforce."

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of the Pipeline to learn more information about how Danos is working with our customers to build the next generation workforce through our On the Job Learning Program.

Jessica Stegall

Jessica joined the Danos team with the Shamrock acquisition in 2019 as HR assistant. With seven years of oil and gas HR experience, she currently serves as recruiting coordinator and is also the program administrator for Danos' On the Job Learning Program. Prior to her career in oil and gas, Jessica worked in news broadcasting. 


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