Breaking the glass ceiling in the oil and gas industry
Author – Emma Britton
Breaking the glass ceiling in the oil and gas industry is possible, but what does it take to achieve this?
At our most recent Women in Oil and Gas event, we were lucky enough to hear from two industry leading women: Kate Yates, Gorgon Operations Manager at Chevron and Dawn Banner, General Manager Production Support at Inpex. Each with very a different career and personal journey but the same underlying themes of commitment, hard work, and authenticity.
Both women are clear examples that breaking through the glass ceiling in the oil and gas industry is achievable, and shared their stories on how they have got to where they are today.
With more than 30 years’ experience across BHP, Woodside and now Chevron, Kate’s career has been one that has gone from strength to strength. Her leadership skills and natural talent as an operations manager was noticeable early on in her career, which saw Kate work in operational roles in her 19 years at Woodside.
It was evident that her family have always played a crucial role in her journey, enabling Kate to achieve her career successes and spend quality time with her two children and husband.
Kate spoke about the importance of a person’s authenticity in the workplace, and how this reflects the work you deliver.
Dawn Banner, who has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years, has always been driven by a challenge. This was evident through her various roles with French company Total, where Dawn worked in various remote locations for years at a time, including Indonesia and Angola.
Dawn’s career ambition has seen her always go for the hardest option, pushing her to get where she is today – in Perth in a General Manager position at Inpex.
She stressed the value of sticking to your own personal values, and that nobody should be ashamed about stopping work to have children, or for any other reason. She also commented that everybody has their own goals and the glass ceiling for one person is not necessarily the same as another person.
One resounding comment from both Kate and Dawn was a simple piece of advice that has seen their careers to be successful and fulfilling – if you do a good job and work hard, you will be recognised.