Women Who Shine: Q&A with Kathleen Eisbrenner
Women in the workforce in 2010 compromised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force, according to the United States Department of Labor. This percentage might seem high, but surprisingly, fewer hold jobs in the oil and gas industry and even fewer hold leadership roles.
In the oil and gas industry, women represented 9.6 percent of company boards, the lowest of any sector, according to Bloomberg, but several women broke the barriers and came out shining.
Kathleen Eisbrenner, chief executive officer of NextDecade, Pangea LNG, as well as Levant LNG, is a pioneer in the liquid natural gas movement. She has more than 30 years of industry experience and is synonymous with natural gas.
With a degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Eisbrenner has held several positions in the natural gas market including various senior leadership positions.
After working in the field for a decade, Eisbrenner left El Paso El Paso Global LNG to form her own company, Excelerate Energy, LLC. She stayed for five years before accepting a position as executive vice president of Global Liquefied Natural Gas at Royal Dutch Shell plc. After leaving Shell, she served as a Director of Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Director of Flex LNG Limited before starting Levant LNG, Pangea LNG and NextDecade.
From her first job to owning her first company, Eisbrenner proves that with focus, anything is possible. Here is what she had to say…
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