Career Mgmt: Soft Skills Council - A New SPE Initiative

Speaker Susan Howes
Reservoir Management Organizational Capability Consultant Chevron Susan Howes is Reservoir Management Organizational Capability Consultant in the Reservoir Management group at Chevron. Previous assignments include Reservoir Management Framework and Standards Consultant, and Manager of the Horizons Program, Chevron’s Technical Competency Development program.  Howes is formerly Learning and Organizational Development Manager at Anadarko. ...

Reservoir Management Organizational Capability Consultant
Chevron



Susan Howes is Reservoir Management Organizational Capability Consultant in the Reservoir Management group at Chevron. Previous assignments include Reservoir Management Framework and Standards Consultant, and Manager of the Horizons Program, Chevron’s Technical Competency Development program.  Howes is formerly Learning and Organizational Development Manager at Anadarko. Her 25+ year career includes various engineering assignments in Denver and Houston, including responsibilities in reservoir management, recruiting and career development for engineers, managing acquisition and divestment projects, economic evaluation, reservoir studies and simulation of conventional and unconventional reservoirs.


 


Howes has a BS in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas, and is the Chevron UT Recruiting Team Lead for Petroleum Engineering and Drilling.   She is a registered professional engineer in Texas and is also registered as an HR Professional.  Howes is Chevron Women’s Network President. 


 


Howes currently serves on the SPE Soft Skills Council.  She was the 2010 Chair of the SPE Talent council, and served on the SPE International Board of Directors as Regional Director for the Gulf Coast Region and Chair of the Membership board committee.  Howes is a past Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section.  She received the 1997 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award, was named in 2003 as a Distinguished Member of SPE, and received the 2005 SPE Distinguished Service Award. 


Full Description
Soft Skills Council: A New SPE Initiative
Presentation for SPE Gulf Coast Section Career Management Study Group
on Oct. 18, 2012 in Houston Texas
 
An increasing demand for energy, complex­ity of resources, developing new tech­nologies, management of the supply and demand for skilled human work­force, and the urgency of rapid knowl­edge transfer are daunting challenges for our industry. Future indus­try professionals must equip themselves with an expanded set of competencies that include organizational abilities to effectively develop and deliver technical solutions—soft skills.
SPE formed the Soft Skills Council to help SPE fulfill its mis­sion, vision, and values and to respond to a growing conversation within the indus­try about the need to help our profession­als develop interpersonal skills to add business value in the future.
In today’s multicultural global organi­zations, workers are expected to dis­play greater creativity and autonomy for problem solving. To cope with modern complexities, we need to learn and refine a number of important non-technical compe­tencies that have a great impact on the bottom line.
The essence of the council’s message includes the following key elements:
  • The global nature of our business has broader implications relating socio-economic, cultural, and regional dimensions.
  • Human capabilities and actions ultimately determine the success of our industry. The nature and the role of our industry in the emerging global complexity demands that our capabilities and actions expand beyond technical knowledge.
  • The increasing role of technology and the mixture of social, environmental, political, and economic constructs across our industry require finer attunement and shedding of parochial paradigms.
  • While our industry is recognized for solving complex technical problems, in contrast, developing soft skills is a process of discovery and augmentation of otherwise underdeveloped or hidden capabilities.
  • Competency enhancement of our industry professionals will determine its credibility and image.
  • Integration, alignment, and coordination of a broad spectrum of soft skills related activities across the SPE landscape is a precursor to its sustainability and success.
Organizer David Flores

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Thu, Oct. 18, 2012
noon - 1 p.m. US/Central

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