2022 Women in Industry Conference
Karen Sobel, Group President, Americas
Karen Sobel is responsible for all Worley businesses in the Americas, which includes a large portion of the construction, maintenance and operations business. Prior to this role Karen held the position of Group President, Major Projects and Integrated Solutions across the organization. Karen joined Worley in 2013 and over her 30-year career has delivered significant projects in both the energy and resources sectors, domestically and internationally. Her extensive international experience provides a strong foundation for building successful, diverse and collaborative teams. She has held senior project and executive positions with global engineering/construction firms. Karen sits on the Worley Foundation Council and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah.
Kesha Creeks-Williams, Shift Team Leader
ExxonMobil Chemical Plant
Kesha Creeks-Williams is a Shift Team Leader at the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant in Baytown, Texas, where she was born and raised. She is a graduate of Baytown’s Ross S. Sterling High School and Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry. Kesha joined ExxonMobil in 2010, hiring in as a process operator for three years, then as a console operator for five years and most recently a Shift Team Leader. “My number 1 job is being a wife and mother to two amazing little girls. My greatest accomplishments at ExxonMobil are not personal, instead the strides we are making towards recruiting and developing women in this industry. My goal is to normalize the image of female success in Operations,” Kesha says.
This dynamic, exciting one-day event is a day about career exploration and awareness in the petrochemical industry. Network with industry sponsors, many who are currently hiring, learn how to get training, attend amazing and energetic sessions, and hear from other women currently in the field. Our purpose is to provide helpful, relevant information to motivate you and help you begin a career in one of the challenging and profitable fields in the petrochemical industry.
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dress is business casual.
This event is only open to individuals 16 years of age and over.
Ready to take your career to the next level?
Women, join us for a day of motivation, success stories, career strategies and networking!
This conference is designed for All women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school and college students, veterans, and women in transition.
A Morning Track will get you pumped with information about petrochemical and industrial trades career fields—and how capable, motivated women like you are finding success in a once male-dominated profession. Then, after a powerhouse lunch, an Afternoon Track will include panel discussions about specific careers, and what it takes to obtain and advance in your new field.
During breaks you’ll make new friends and talk to industry representatives from ExxonMobil, Worley, BASF, Dow, Phillips, Occidental, Zachry, Houston Gulf Coast Building & Construction Trades Council, and many others. You’ll visit exhibits and gather important information that will help you begin or move ahead with your own career in a challenging new field with serious salary and benefits.
Your day will end with “how to get hired” sessions sponsored by the area’s nine community colleges. We’ll tell you about financial aid, child care, fast track courses, and certificate and associate degree programs.
Tickets are just $20.
Business casual dress. Breakfast and lunch provided.
Sade Effiong, Mechanical Resource Coordinator at ExxonMobil in Baytown discusses opportunities, challenges and triumphs for women in industrial trades with Sharon Pagan, Student Success Advisor for Technical and Professional Education at Galveston College.
Watch the video below:
Learn about high-paying careers in the petrochemical industry!
Watch the recap of the 2019 conference below: