Members in Transition (MiT)

The SPE Members in Transition Seminar Series is designed to include a selection of topics of interest to SPE members who are transitioning in between jobs during the current industry downturn or who are looking for new career opportunities.


Process Guide 

Presentations & Events




Other Work Groups

 SPE - Gulf Coast Section

Members in Transition Seminar Series

2016 Resource List

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SPE - GCS MiT Process Guide

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SPE Gulf Coast Section Presentations & Events

 (Events will be held at Houston Technology Center (HTC) 10AM-3PM)


Seminar #12 - TBA


 Seminar #11 - December 2, 2016

Seminar #10 - November 4, 2016


Seminar #9 - October 7, 2016


Seminar #8 - September 9, 2016


Seminar #7 - August 5, 2016




Seminar #6 - July 8, 2016


Seminar #4 - May 20, 2016


Seminar #3 - April 1, 2016 




Seminar #2 - March 4, 2016 




Seminar #1 - February 5, 2016 






May 17, 2016:SPE-GCS PF&C Study Group –Tracy Leroy, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and Sarah M. Valenti, Litigation Associate, Sidley Austin LLP - “Ethical Considerations When Changing Employers” - Come learn about ethical considerations applicable to employees who are changing employers, including common employment contract terms, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality issues, and common law obligations employees owe employers under Texas law.  



Running list of business-oriented books


SPE Resources

SPE Dues Waiver

SPE Insurance Program

SPE Car rental discount options

GCS Job BankSPE Job Bank

SPE Competency Management Tool

SPE Members in Transition Toolkit

SPE Ideas Launch Pad - We’re soliciting new ideas in our SPE Ideas Launch Pad (ILP) initiative in partnership with the Houston Technology Center (HTC)  

SPE-GCS Resources

Upload Your Resumé

View Job Openings

Career Resources

Professional Development Coursework



Helpful Links



Galinsky, Adam. "When to Make the First Offer Negotiations" Harvard Business School, 2004

Harvard Law School Staff. "Making the First Move" Harvard Law School, 2009.

Kandlec, Dan. "Why Now Is the Right Time for Older Workers to Job Hunt" Time, 2 Mar. 2015.

Brandon, Emily. "Jobs That Welcome Older Workers" Yahoo!, 14 Sept. 2015.

Brandon, Emily. "The 8 Best Questions to Ask a Job Interviewer" US News and World Report, 10 Sept. 2014.

Cuddy, Amy. "Your Body Language Shapes Who You AreAmy Cuddy:. TED Talk, 1 June 2012.

Haden, Jeff. "What Interviewers Really Think During Job Interviews" Linked In, 24 Feb. 2015.

Tucker, Thom, Cheryl Desforges, Robert Pledger, Susan Nash, and Bryan Flynn. "Unemployed? Get Started as a Self- Employed Geoscientist" Houston Geological Society, 25 Jan. 2016.

Nash, Susan S., Bryan Flynn, and Thom Tucker. "Free, Low-Cost, and Open Access Data and Software for Petroleum Exploration and Production" Houston Geological Society, 27 Jan. 2016.

Hogg, John R. "The Downturn and Young Professionals" AAPG, 1 Mar. 2016.

Greater Houston Area Church Ministries and Workgroups

See handout from Between Jobs Ministry of NorthWest Bible Church


Position Name Phone
Chair Susan Howes 713-553-5020
Vice Chair Brendan Marlborough 978-227-8270
Program Coordinator Yoshi Pradhan 281-384-5661
Program Coordinator Roger Hite 713-385-5343
Program Coordinator Steve McCants 281-935-5524
Program Coordinator David Pantoja 713-821-4715
Secretary Yetunde Okediji 817-845-5876
Program Coordinator Juliette Pearson 346-218-6254
Program Coordinator Margaret Dalthorp 361-877-3727
Program Coordinator Ashish K Fatnani 713-839-3220
Board Liaison Ivor Ellul 713.240.2740
Treasurer Ashish Ghotekar 281-245-7104
Program Coordinator Alex McCoy 832-528-5041