This week NES Global Talent were proud to support, Experience Energy, the leading resource for diverse talent, careers, and culture in industry, as they  celebrated the second-ever GRIT Awards, honoring 38 global energy leaders and two corporate winners at a celebration in Houston and online. Geeta Thakorlal, president of INTECSEA delivered the industry keynote and Crystal Washington, a workforce futurist spoke about the future of work in energy harnessing the power of digital.

The GRIT Awards, sponsored by NES Global Talent and Gapingvoid, were created to recognize women leaders in energy, and the men who advocate for their progress. Nearly 150 nominations poured in from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

"We believe it's important to recognize those who embrace growth and innovation as the industry undergoes a massive transformation. It is time the energy industry and our people socialize the great work we do in service for modern society," said Katie Mehnert, founder and CEO of Experience Energy, a division of Pink Petro.​

The winners were split between six different categories: entrepreneurs, individuals, executives, international, teams and male champions along with three special recognitions.

Winners were selected through a blind application review by four external judges. The judges included Tracey Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council, Jay Copan, Senior Vice President at the American Gas Association, Paula Glover, President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy and Melody Meyer, Non-Executive Director at British Petroleum, AbbVie, and National Oilwell Varco.

We were delighted that on the night our Operations Manager - Dionne Auguste, (based in our Perth office) was recognised with an award in the International category.

"The industry is working to build the workforce of tomorrow. Part of that transformation means pulling together the brightest minds and recognizing those who are changing the industry from within. The GRIT Awards accomplishes all those things,” said Vicki Codd, marketing director for NES Global Talent. “We were thrilled to be involved and even more thrilled that one of our fantastic ladies was rewarded for her work supporting energy leaders across Australia.”

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