Houston Business Journal
Houston, Texas, November 20, 2017 — One of the top executives of Houston-based energy investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co. said she thinks there could be real improvement in energy industry gender diversity within the next five years.
One sign is that interest in conferences for women in energy has been increasing, CFO and Partner Alie Pruner said. Another is that women have taken more seats on the boards of public energy companies, she said.
“I am very optimistic,” Pruner said. “The tone really starts at the top.”
Women make up 25 percent of the global workforce in the energy industry, according to 2017 data from the World Economic Forum.
“We just aren’t at that tipping point of critical mass yet,” Pruner said.
Pruner was speaking in an interview days after she and Jill Lampert, the chief financial and administrative officer for Irving, Texas-based private equity firm NGP Energy Capital, co-hosted a conference for NGP that features executive women.
“A conference, believe it or not, is part of the solution, as opposed to a gathering to talk about a solution,” Pruner said. “For the younger generation to see highly successful leaders is especially important.”
Conferences also give women in the industry a chance to connect with others sharing similar experiences, Lampert said.
“It was about creating connections, and those connections create opportunities,” Lampert said.
Pruner is also the CFO and partner at New York-based financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners, which combined with Tudor Pickering in late 2016.
by Joshua Mann