With the ever increasing global demand for energy, the oil and gas industry must improve and anticipate its talent management needs by considering the current workforce profile, in which female employees are the minority. Being a traditionally male-dominated industry, gender-diversity concepts only recently have found their way into corporate policies, executive managers' desks or into Board of Directors meetings. In many cases, the inclusion of women in leadership roles is far from being a reality for companies in the up-and down-stream sectors.

This article summarizes some of the results of the global scale efforts of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) towards the establishment of new paths to exchange lessons learned, and the creation of new networking opportunities for its female members. Up to now, the SPE is the only oil and gas professional society that consistently has promoted the empowerment and progress of its female members with dedicated activities since the late 80's, in a 30-year pioneering role.

More actions are certainly needed, but this SPE visionary effort must be shared and celebrated.

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