The Next Wave, a program for young professionals

The First Decade: The Foundation of your Career

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Professional growth is accelerated during the first decade of your career. You build networks, learn new habits, and apply skills that you will rely on for the rest of your life. During this time you make the transition from university student to industry professional.

During the 2014 The Next Wave Program, we will come together with seasoned industry leaders and young professionals to learn how to make the most of the first 10 years of our careers. What can we do to build a strong network? How can we maintain that network? How do we set ourselves apart from our peers in a competitive environment? How do we leverage mentoring and build career success?

The program will address topics central to everyone’s career planning from employer expectations to effective networking. For the first time, our panel session has been remodeled into an Empire session where the discussion will climb a pyramid as we take you through three journeys: Your Beginning: The First Five Years; Your Recognition: Five to Ten Years; and Your Acceleration: Ten Years and Beyond.

After an Empire speaker, we will move to our roundtable discussions. The breakouts encourage interactive sharing, allowing an opportunity to discuss and explore career development options and common themes with thought leaders and peers on a variety of focused topics. Participants will focus on the three levels of their career, so expect great question and answer sessions and discussions. By planning, we succeed and ensure we do not leave our careers to chance. Join The Next Wave for networking and leave with a new perspective.

Keynote Speaker

Leigh-Ann Russell, Vice President of Performance, Global Wells, BP

Empire Session #1 | Your Beginning: The First Five Years

Greg Robey, Global Technical Training & Competency Manager, Weatherford

Empire Session #2 | Your Recognition: Five to Ten Years

Sylvester Ukpokolo, VP of Completions, Schlumberger North America Offshore

Empire Session #3 | Your Accelerations: Ten Years and Beyond!

Archie Deskus, Chief Information Officer, Baker Hughes


Program Agenda

0800–0845                           Continental Breakfast
0845–0855                           Welcome and Introductions
0855–0940                           Keynote
0940-0955                            Ice Breaker Activity
0955–1005                           Coffee Break
1005–1035                           Empire Session #1
1035–1205                           Roundtable Breakouts
1205–1300                           Lunch   
1300–1330                           Empire Session #2
1330–1355                           Executive Roundtable
1355–1425                           Empire Session #3
1425–1430                           Closing Remarks
1430–1630                           Closing Reception


Roundtable Breakouts

The roundtable breakouts provide young professionals a more personal opportunity to discuss their own career development regarding the topics addressed by the keynote speaker and panelists and offers time to consider how they can position themselves around these future industry changes.


Table Topic




How to build and leverage your professional network in the industry?

Rebecca Chen



Accelerating your individual leadership potential

Karl Appleton

National Oilwell Varco


Considerations for an MBA degree

Franz Aguirre



Technical career development

Fernando Ziegler

Marathon Oil


Recognizing when it's time to change jobs

Elizabeth Nelson



Managerial vs. Technical career

Patrick Fisseler



Transitioning from an individual contributor to a managerial role

Paula McCann Harris



Developing a successful business development career

Evelyn Medvin

Core Laboratories


Should I consider sales/business development as a career change?

Bernie Kent, P.E.

GE Oil & Gas Measurement and Control


Positioning yourself to take advantage of the "generation gap" in the industry

Erhan Eren

Baker Hughes


Positioning yourself to take advantage of the "generation gap" in the industry

Chad Covey

Spencer Stuart


Finding and making the most of a mentor

Jennifer Emerson



Women in the business

Elizabeth Stephens

National Oilwell Varco


How and when to ask for a raise (how to articulate your value)

Tracy Jones

ExxonMobil Development Company


Leadership and motivation at the workplace

Greg Kusinski



How to set yourself apart from the competition?

Paul Liberato

Billy Pugh Co. Inc.


What to expect when taking an overseas assignment

Nate Bachman



How do I ensure I keep growing/developing as a young professional?

Mark Kalman

DeepFlex Inc.


Work / Life balance and dual career couples

Susan Howes, P.E., PHR

Chevron Global Upstream


Professional organizations - how to get involved and the benefits of doing so

Sid Smith

Forum Energy Technology


How to be an energy industry advocate?

Jonathan Rhoads

Rockwater Energy Solutions


Working on international teams and projects

Len Schaider



Managing/Leveraging corporate politics

David Sheahan

Korn Ferry


Entrepreneurship – is it right for you?

Gerry Scott

DWD International, LLC


How do I get buy-in for my new idea?

Mark Prasatik



Building a personal brand

Leo Espinoza

Spencer Stuart


Major, service or an independent company - what is the right choice for me?

Luiz Souza

Petrobras America Inc.


Understanding intellectual property as part of your early career development

Gordon Arnold



What recruiters look for when they view your LinkedIn profile

Rich Russo

Korn Ferry


Networking table



Executive Roundtable


Table Leaders
Eileen Akerson, Senior Vice President, Commercial, KBR, Inc.
Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard
Jennifer Burton, VP, Portfolio Management , Afren Resources
Elizabeth Cheney, VP Environment, Health, Safety, Hess
Galen Cobb, VP of Industry Relations, Halliburton
Daniel Domeracki, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, Schlumberger
Rick Fowler, VP Deepwater Projects, LLOG Exploration Company
Rune Haakonsen, Vice President, Business Unit SeaFlex Riser Technologies , Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
Helge Hove Haldorsen, VP Strategy and Portfolio, Statoil
Jon Heslop, Sr. Manager Facilities, Surface & Ops Eng
Tricia Hill, Vice President, Business Development, Americas, GE Wellstream
Mark Hollinger, President, MacDermid Offshore Solutions
Jens Kaalstad, Vice President, Subsea, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
Kevin  Kennelley, Vice President Engineering & HSSE, BP America Inc.
Mario Lugo, CEO and President, Trendsetter Engineering Inc.
Tracey Marsh, HR Manager of Development and Resourcing, BHP Billiton Petroleum
Brian McShane, Senior Vice President, Americas, INTECSEA
Martin Morrison, Senior VP, Offshore Operations, UniversalPegasus International
Kristen Ray, VP HSEC, BHP Billiton Petroleum
Chip Schneider, VP, Finance & Treasurer, KBR, Inc.
Gerry Scott, President & CEO, DWD, International
Geraldine Slattery, Vice President Supply, BHP Billiton Petroleum
Claude, Sr.  Thorp, Vice President, Atlantas E&P Services
Steve Thurston, VP Deepwater Exploration Projects, NA Upstream, Chevron
Pete Worman, Senior Vice President - SURF, DMAR Engineering, Inc.


Leadership Team

The Next Wave is planned by a committee of your peers. Their year-long volunteer service is what puts together this exciting program.

Russell Scott, KBR, Chairperson
Amber Sturrock, Chevron, Vice Chairperson

Dianna Phu, INTECSEA and Past Chairperson
Hilton Butchard, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Ernesto Cedeno, Emerson
Carter Clemens, BP
Bon Crowder,
Amanda Farr, Halliburton
Alice Wang, Schlumberger
Matt Marshall, Rockwater Energy Solutions
Greg Martin, BP
Stephanie Moody, Fairwinds International
Ananth Natarajan, SOFEC
Eghosa Oriaikhi, Baker Hughes
Katerina Trofimova, KBR
Vera Verdree, Baker Hughes
Jessica Yanosik, ConocoPhillips