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The Future Energy Outlook and Desired Workforce Skillsets for Students

Friday, April 24, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Webinar designed to provide UH Students with inciteful information about the future of the energy industry and the required skillsets needed to set them up for success.

Guest Speakers:

  • William Maloney, Director, Trident Energy and ATX Energy
  • Scott Nyquist, Special Advisor, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
  • Cindy Yielding, Senior Vice President, BP America

William Maloney, Director, Trident Energy and ATX Energy

William “Bill” Maloney is currently on the Board of Directors of Trident Energy and ATX Energy. Bill serves as an energy advisor to Warburg Pincus and an executive advisor for Balex Technologies. Bill retired from Equinor (formally Statoil) in 2015 where he was Executive Vice President, leading the business area Development and Production North America. In this capacity he played a key role on Equinor’s Corporate Executive Committee and was Statoil’s senior executive in North America. Bill serves on AAPG’s corporate advisory board. Before retiring from Equinor, Bill served on the National Petroleum Council and was a member of the board of API. Bill previously held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Exploration (GEX) for Equinor from February 2002 until December 2008. In that role, he was responsible for all of Equinor’s international exploration activity. Prior to joining Equinor in February 2002, Bill held the position of Vice President, Exploration & New Ventures for Texaco, based in London. Before that he served as Director of International E&P for Davis Petroleum from 1995-1996. Bill began his career with Shell Oil Company in Houston in 1981. His first role was a geologist in the Rocky Mountain Division. Over time, he took on positions of increasing responsibility in the US and international arena. Upon leaving Shell in 1995, Bill served as Region Manager for Latin America. Bill attended Syracuse University where he received an MS in geology. He is an avid tennis player and still maintains an active interest in music.

Scott Nyquist, Special Advisor, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Scott is a Special Advisor, Senior Partner Emeritus in the management consulting Firm, McKinsey & Company. He serves energy and industrial companies on matters of strategy, organization, and performance improvement. He has assisted integrated oil and gas companies, National Oil Companies, power companies/utilities, independent downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas companies, as well as private equity and industrial companies that serve the energy industry. He joined McKinsey in 1984 and worked in McKinsey’s London office until 1998 when he moved to McKinsey’s Houston Office. He has led McKinsey’s European and America’s Oil and Gas practices, and co-led both McKinsey’s Global Energy and Materials sector and McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource productivity practices. He has been on McKinsey’s board of Directors and a member of McKinsey’s committees that review the performance of its partners. He has been on the extended board of the McKinsey Global Institute, which is McKinsey’s internally funded think tank. Scott has led many internal research projects on topics related to oil and gas, sustainability and resource productivity, and the US economy. Before joining McKinsey, Scott obtained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, worked for Exxon Production Research in Houston, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Scott is a member of the Shareholder Committee of Wintershall DEA, Europe’s leading independent gas and oil company. His Houston community involvement includes memberships on the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers, the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board, the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Advisory Board, and the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees.

Cindy Yielding, Senior Vice President, BP America

Cindy Yeilding is Senior Vice President of BP America. Her previous roles at BP include numerous leadership and technical positions, including Vice President of exploration technology and assurance, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico exploration and appraisal, and global geoscience R&D Manager. Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Methodist University and her master’s degree in geology from the University of North Carolina. As an exploration and research scientist, Cindy has developed and led geological courses, published technical papers, participated on panels and delivered numerous technical, leadership and keynote presentations for technical societies, universities and leadership forums. Cindy has served as a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), which named her a “Legend in Exploration.” Cindy is a member of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of BP Exploration and Production. She is BP’s executive sponsor for Princeton University and a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, and the University of Texas’s Jackson School of Geosciences Advisory Council. Cindy actively promotes mentoring and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She serves as the executive sponsor of BP’s women’s network, and she is a member of BP’s Million Women Mentors leadership council. Cindy was a founding member of AAPG’s Women’s Committee and initiated the OTC Women’s Networking Session. She proposed a high school STEM challenge for OTC 2017 and is currently leading the development of this program. Cindy has been recognized as one of Houston’s Top 15 Business Women by the National Diversity Council, received a “2016 Women in Energy Leadership” award from the Houston Business Journal and was recognized as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016.

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