ALLY Energy™ Names Sixth Annual GRIT Awards Finalists and Best Energy Workplaces

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HOUSTON, September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ALLY Energy is proud to announce that the sixth annual GRIT and Best Energy Workplaces Awards will be held on October 26, 2022at The Bell Tower on 34th Street in Houston Texas and in line with thousands expected. The awards are considered by many to be the most prestigious and significant recognition in the energy industry worldwide. Nominations are open to the public. The shortlisted finalists include 75 leaders, 21 teams, and 15 companies with representation around the world in oil and gas, power and utilities, wind, solar, hydrogen, nuclear, climate technology startups, and academia. Learn more, register or sponsor the GRIT Awards, visit here.

Honorable shalanda baker, the Director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and Secretary’s Advice on Equity will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Baker, author, energy policy leader, attorney, and graduate of the United States Air Force Academy will talk about fairness and justice and what it means for the energy transition.

“The finalists for this year’s GRIT Awards and Best Energetic Workplaces are a diverse cohort of game-changing entrepreneurs, courageous leaders, collaborative teams and companies committed to fighting climate change. The workforce of energy is doing great things to transform our energy ecosystem and we are excited to highlight the exceptional talent and culture,” said katie mehnertFounder and CEO of ALLY Energy.

ALLY Energy is committed to a fair and equitable process and in 2022 launched advanced bias reduction technology to evaluate candidates more equitably. Winners are selected through a blind review of the application by outside judges. This year, ALLY Energy is honoring four Lifetime Achievement Award recipients for the first time. Winners have demonstrated a distinguished career advocating for energy and climate change in the public or private sector in the areas of technology, policy and workforce.

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  • Honorable Sylvester Turnermayor, houston city

  • Elizabeth Gerbel, Executive Director, EAG

  • Lorenzo SimonelliCEO, Baker Hughes

  • kevin sagaraExecutive Vice President and Group President, Sempra

Finalists in this year’s awards include

JEDI Award

  • alycia ahrensShell, Senior Project Engineer

  • Andrew PaulChampionX, District Manager, OmanY Qatar

  • Kakani AparnaBaker Hughes, Director, Technical Product Management

  • hanging gazeboEthos Consulting LC, CEO and Founder

  • try it allAera Energy LLC, Process Analyst

  • three simsSouthwestern Energy, General Manager, Business Development

  • Vikrant LakhanpalProline Energy Resources Inc, petroleum engineer

ESG/Climate Champions

  • Alexander John CruzBaker Hughes, Knowledge Manager, Energy Transition Solutions

  • Book by Allyson AndersonBaker Hughes, Vice President of Energy Transition

  • amanda coppertitaHoneywell, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing, Consulting

  • Daniel Cohan, rice universityAssociate professor

  • Heidi StehlingBaker Hughes, Energy Transition Emissions Excellence Leader

  • jonathan dethloffAera Energy LLC, carbon technology leader

  • Kelsey HultbergSunnova Energy International Inc, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability

  • tran loanExxonMobil, Manager of GHG Advocacy and Climate Change

  • Maggie Teliska, Enel North AmericaBESS Technical Services Manager

  • maruthi devarakondaChampionX, Senior R&D Manager Emissions

  • Rakhi OliFlowserve Corporation, Global Strategy Leader

  • Smitha HariharanHalliburton, Global Chief Sustainability Officer


  • Angelica MeshBaker Hughes, Senior Digital Product Manager

  • Arthi VasoudvanBaker Hughes, Senior Product Manager, Cybersecurity

  • Bhakti Salunkhe, Puranik Foundation, Executive Director

  • Brandon Georgetown, ChampionX, Supply Planner

  • Catherine Leal IsazaBaker Hughes, Director of Product Quality

  • charles huckEAG, Senior Manager

  • Chineye Agbaje, Olidata Energy Group, Business Development Executive

  • crystal martinezCertarus, technical training leader

  • daniel clickShell, Project Manager

  • David Rodriguez, Enel North AmericaDirector of Innovation

  • Deanna ZhangETM Advisors, Advisor

  • Devon PeterikaWorley, Regional Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

  • Dominique BristerMarathon Oil, Executive Reports Senior Analyst

  • Ellen Theresa ScottSouthwestern Energy, Human Resources Senior Business Partner

  • Gagandeep BhatiaBaker Hughes, Senior Product Technical Manager

  • Jacinta WilliamsExxonMobil, Guyana Senior Project Manager

  • Kim Sabate-Strazde, Baker Hughes, Human Resources Partner

  • Kim Pinyopusarerk, Callon Petroleum Manager, Sustainability and Communications

  • Lille Kom, Halliburton, Finance Manager

  • Mariam LakhaniMarathon Oil, Planning Manager, Africaand Conventional Assets

  • Mervin Ekpen Azeta, Schlumberger, Global Flexible Work and Culture Project Manager

  • Nicole Hart Wagoner, University of Nevada, RenoGraduate Research Assistant

  • Noureen Faizee, Worley, Chief Strategy Officer

  • Oghogho EfiomShell, Domestic Gas Business Opportunities Manager

  • Patty WhitmireEAG, Land Director

  • Preshit GawadeBaker Hughes, Executive Director New Energies

  • robin evansWorley, Director of GID

  • Wednesday Wednesday, Baker Hughes, Training Innovation Specialist

  • Sarah PhillipsKnight Energy Services, Petroleum Engineer Account Manager

  • Stefano MazzoniMazzoni Geoscience, Consulting Geoscientist

  • Stephanie ScollardWood Mackenzie, Senior Product Owner

  • Tola Oloyede, Total Energies, Director of Human Resources

  • brown victoryEAG, Controller

  • Yogashri Pradhan, Coterra Energy, Reservoir Engineer

  • Zainub NoorHalliburton, Director, Scouting and Innovation

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GRITTY Girls, sponsored by Ovintiv

  • Abhaya Chopra, houston universityPresident of the Energy Coalition

  • Good luck, University of North DakotaScientific Research Assistant

  • Ogochukwu Ozotta, University of North DakotaGraduate Research in Geosciences


  • Cheya DunlapHoneywell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity

  • ed ashtonHalliburton, Strategic Business Manager

  • Gretchen GillisAramco, Senior Geological Consultant

  • heather cykoskiABB, Group Vice President

  • Hilde PihlEquinor ASA, Senior Vice President

  • Kara BranchBlack Girls Do Engineer Corporation, Founder and CEO

  • Kristen LipskiHalliburton, Vice President, South Central Area

  • Liz DennettWood Mackenzie, Vice President, Data Architecture and Engineering

  • mark eleyChampionX, SVP of Marketing and Technology

  • Sandy LeeSaber Equity, an S&B Company, CEO

  • Sonya LicensedBaker Hughes, Vice President, Strategic Accounts

  • Tania ZacharyTecnicas International Corp, Executive Director


  • Hans Christian SchulzeIOWN Renewable Energy Inc., CEO and President

  • Kelsey Putman HughesSun Wolf Energy, CEO

  • Rita HansenOnboard Dynamics LLC, CEO

  • Suman KhatiwadaSyzygy Plasmonics, CTO and Co-Founder

  • trevor betterSyzygy Plasmonics, CEO and Co-Founder

Best teams and ERG, sponsored by ChampionX

  • 50/50 women on directories

  • AAPG Women’s Network

  • ASIA Network, ChampionX

  • Asian American Resource Community, Marathon Oil

  • Black employees and allies, Marathon Oil

  • D&I Group Celle Germany, Baker Hughes

  • Hug, Woodside Energy

  • Essence, ChampionX

  • FEMALE, Enbridge

  • Creating Networks, Worley

  • LatinX Network, Baker Hughes

  • Lean in equity and sustainability

  • PRIDE @ Work, Baker Hughes

  • PRIDE Network, Halliburton

  • Red RISE, ChampionX

  • Red SEED, ChampionX

  • Sustainability Team at Worley

  • Women who add value everywhere, Shell USA

  • Women in Climate Technology

  • Women’s Network, Marathon Oil

  • Women’s Pipeline to CEO, Worley

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About ALLY Energy™ and the GRIT Awards

ALLIED Energy is the leading energy and climate talent community and marketplace accelerating connections, careers and skills for a just energy transition. The community includes professionals, leaders, entrepreneurs, and students in 120 countries at nearly 3,000 energy companies in oil and natural gas, utilities, renewable energy, and climate technology. ALLY is an inaugural member of Greentown Labs, from North America largest climate technology incubator for high-growth companies. The GRIT Awards and Best Energy Workplaces are the only annual energy workforce recognition program of its kind that uses bias reduction technology to evaluate winners.

Media contact

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