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cover23HOUSTON–  Members  and the national American Association of Blacks in Energy planning committee provided a results-driven event, with invaluable resources aimed at assisting members in understanding their role in the changing energy landscape.

The theme Global Energy: Resources. Solutions. Sustainability was explored by the best and the brightest in the sector. The diverse range of opinions and fresh ideas left this year’s conference attendees energized, with a new vision, new partnerships and collaborations.

The week began in the same manner that we have for many years with service to the Houston local communities. The pre-conference activities featured a science competition for students in Houston. Next up, the Diaspora Forum entitled Engaging in Diaspora to participate in the Energy Supply Chain was the first of many discussions on initiatives abroad.

The first day concluded with an extraordinary “First Time Attendees” session to help newcomers get the most out of their experience. The special event was followed by an opening session address by the Chairman, Ralph Cleveland.

Later Dot Harris, longtime AABE member and Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity for the Department of Energy, shared her views on the role of minorities in energy. Game Changer Discussions on sustainability, air quality and coal, and shale oil and gas rounded out our first day, yet these hot topics were later explored in-depth during our Game Changer workshops.

The third day focused on leadership and career development. The CEO addresses convened with a presentation by John Watson, Chairman and CEO of Chevron. Each year attendees come to the conference for the career development portion.

This year’s event featured an inspiring “C-Suite Conversation” where leaders in energy and entrepreneurship shared their experiences in hopes of impacting the next generation of leaders. The last session was nothing short of electrifying as veteran democratic strategist Donna Brazile and GOP mainstay Michael Steele debated current events on the political landscape.

Courtesy of American Association of Blacks in Energy