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Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workforce during the Energy Transition

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

The energy transition is a reality that can only progress by having the right mix of experienced and technology-savvy professionals of all ages in the workplace.

By 2016, the Big Crew Change, a phenomenon discussed in the energy industry for more than 10 prior years, has passed. The Big Crew Change referred to the large age gap in the energy workforce when most engineers and geoscientists were either over 55 years old or under 35 years old. The focus of the discussion was that the Baby Boomer generation was reaching retirement age, and, consequently, the industry needed to attract younger generations to fill the gap. Fast forward to 2023, a large generational diversity can be observed in the energy workforce, including Gen Z, millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists. Generational diversity in the workforce is unavoidable! Professionals from different generations working together bring challenges to the workplace due to their unique values, communication, management, and work style preferences.

In this panel, a group of professionals discuss their experiences and perspectives on working in a generationally diverse workforce. The panel intends to highlight some effective ways to bridge the different generational approaches to work so that individuals of all ages feel valued for their unique capabilities and can thrive in their professional paths.

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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Emily Turkel
Med M. Kamal
Patricia E. CarrerasModeratorPatricia E. Carreras is the general director of the energy consulting company Blue Moon Strategies. She
has more than 25 years of international experience leading and advising majors and independent energy
companies on field development planning leveraging reservoir simulation. Additionally, she is a public
speaker, mentor, and coach on topics of sustainable development, leadership, diversity and inclusion,
and cross-cultural effectiveness. Carreras has worked based in the USA, Mexico, and Argentina.

She is an active member of SPE, currently serving as 2022–2023 chair for the Diversity and Inclusion
(D&I) Committee. She is a past member of the SPE Business Management and Leadership Committee
(BMLC). Carreras is one of the authors of the first-ever D&I survey launched by the BMLC in May 2020.
She is the chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS) Continuing Education Committee, which received the
2021–2022 SPE GCS Outstanding Committee award under her tenure. Carreras received the 2020–2021
SPE GCS Exemplary Volunteer award.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a
master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. She successfully completed the
Business Sustainability Management training from the University of Cambridge Institute for
Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in 2022.