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

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“This year’s Best Energy Workplaces and GRIT Awards finalists are a diverse cohort of groundbreaking entrepreneurs, courageous leaders, collaborative teams and companies committed to fighting climate change.”

ALLY Energy is proud to announce that the 6th Annual GRIT and Best Energy Workplaces Awards will be held on October 26, 2022 at The Bell Tower on 34th Street in Houston, Texas and online 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.

The Honorable Shalanda Baker, Director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and Secretary Counsel on Equity, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Baker, author, energy policy leader, attorney, and graduate of the United States Air Force Academy will speak about fairness and justice and what they mean 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 exceptional talent and culture,” said Katie Mehnert, Founder 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.

  • Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
  • Elizabeth Gerbel, Executive Director, EAG
  • Lorenzo Simonelli, CEO, Baker Hughes
  • Kevin Sagara, Executive Vice President and Group President, Sempra

Finalists in this year’s awards include

JEDI Award

  • Alycia Ahrens, Shell, Senior Project Engineer
  • Andrew Paul, ChampionX, District Manager, Oman and Qatar
  • Aparna Kakani, Baker Hughes, Director, Technical Product Management
  • Hang Bower, Ethos Consulting LC, CEO and Founder
  • Lwanga Yonke, Aera Energy LLC, Process Analyst
  • Tre Simms, Southwestern Energy, General Manager, Business Development
  • Vikrant Lakhanpal, Proline Energy Resources Inc, Petroleum Engineer

ESG/Climate Champions

  • Alexander John Cruz, Baker Hughes, Knowledge Manager, Energy Transition Solutions
  • Allyson Anderson Book, Baker Hughes, Vice President of Energy Transition
  • Amanda Copperthite, Honeywell, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing, Consulting
  • Daniel Cohan, Rice University, Associate Professor
  • Heidi Stehling, Baker Hughes, Energy Transition Emissions Excellence Leader
  • Jonathan Dethloff, Aera Energy LLC, Carbon Technology Leader
  • Kelsey Hultberg, Sunnova Energy International Inc, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability
  • Promotion Manager of Loan Tran, ExxonMobil, GHG and Climate Change
  • Maggie Teliska, Enel North America, BESS Tech Services Manager
  • Maruthi Devarakonda, ChampionX, Senior R&D Manager Emissions
  • Rakhi Oli, Flowserve Corporation, Global Strategy Leader
  • Smitha Hariharan, Halliburton, Global Chief Sustainability Officer


  • Angelique Mesch, Baker Hughes, Senior Director of Digital Products
  • Arthi Vasudevan, Baker Hughes, Senior Product Manager, Cyber ​​Security
  • Bhakti Salunkhe, Puranik Foundation, Executive Director
  • Brandon Georgetown, ChampionX, Supply Planner
  • Catalina Leal Isaza, Baker Hughes, Director of Product Quality
  • Charles Huck, EAG, Senior Manager
  • Chineye Agbaje, Olidata Energy Group, Business Development Executive
  • Crystal Martinez, Certarus, Technical Training Lead
  • Daniel Klick, Shell, Project Manager
  • David Rodríguez, Enel North America, Director of Innovation
  • Deanna Zhang, ETM Advisors, Advisor
  • Devon Peterika, Worley, Regional Diversity and Inclusion Manager
  • Dominique Brister, Marathon Oil, Executive Reporting Senior Analyst
  • Ellen Teresa Scott, Southwestern Energy, Human Resources Senior Business Associate
  • Gagandeep Bhatia, Baker Hughes, Senior Technical Product Manager
  • Jacinta Williams, ExxonMobil, 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 Lakhani, Marathon Oil, Planning Manager, Africa and Conventional Assets
  • Mervin Ekpen Azeta, Schlumberger, Global Flexible Work and Culture Project Manager
  • Nicole Hart Waggoner, University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Noureen Faizee, Worley, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Oghogho Effiom, Shell, domestic gas business opportunity manager
  • Patty Whitmire, EAG, Director of Lands
  • Preshit Gawade, Baker Hughes, Executive Director New Energies
  • Robin Evans, Worley, Director of GID
  • Wednesday Wednesday, Baker Hughes, Training Innovation Specialist
  • Sarah Phillips, Knight Energy Services, Petroleum Engineers Account Manager
  • Stefano Mazzoni, Mazzoni Geoscience, Consulting Geoscientist
  • Stephanie Scollard, Wood Mackenzie, Senior Product Owner
  • Tola Oloyede, Total Energies, Director of Human Resources
  • Victoria Brown, EAG, Controller
  • Yogashri Pradhan, Coterra Energy, Reservoir Engineer
  • Zainub Noor, Halliburton, Director, Scouting and Innovation

GRITTY Girls, sponsored by Ovintiv

  • Abhaya Chopra, University of Houston, President of the Energy Coalition
  • Chioma Onwumelu, University of North Dakota, Assistant Research Scientist
  • Ogochukwu Ozotta, University of North Dakota, Graduate Research in Geosciences


  • Cheya Dunlap, Honeywell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity
  • Ed Ashton, Halliburton, Strategic Business Manager
  • Gretchen Gillis, Aramco, Senior Geological Consultant
  • Heather Cykoski, ABB, Group Vice President
  • Hilde Pihl, Equinor ASA, Senior Vice President
  • Kara Branch, Black Girls Do Engineer Corporation, Founder and CEO
  • Kristen Lipski, Halliburton, Vice President, South Central Area
  • Liz Dennett, Wood Mackenzie, Vice President, Data Architecture and Engineering
  • Mark Eley, ChampionX, SVP of Marketing and Technology
  • Sandy Lee, Saber Equity, an S&B Company, CEO
  • Sonya Batchelor, Baker Hughes, Vice President, Strategic Accounts
  • Tania Zachari, Técnicas International Corp, Executive Director


  • Hans-Christian Schulze, IOWN Renewable Energy Inc., CEO and President
  • Kelsey Putman Hughes, Sun Wolf Energy, CEO
  • Rita Hansen, Onboard Dynamics LLC, CEO
  • Suman Khatiwada, Syzygy Plasmonics, CTO and Co-Founder
  • Trevor Best, Syzygy 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 Adding Value Everywhere, Shell US
  • Women in Climate Technology
  • Women’s Network, Marathon Oil
  • Women’s Pipeline to CEO, Worley

best workplaces

  • air power
  • Baker Hughes
  • ChampionX
  • GAE
  • Enel North America
  • cutting edge power
  • IOWN Renewable Energies
  • marathon oil company
  • Cycle N
  • ovintive
  • Sunnova Energy International
  • Plasmonica Syzygy
  • TGS
  • TPI compounds
  • Wood

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, North America’s 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.

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