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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Women's Energy Network (WEN) - North Texas Chapter will host the organization's Sixth Annual Leadership Conference, "Empower, Enable, Enhance: Leading through Challenging Times" on Thursday, June 16th. The half-day event will be held at the Dallas Petroleum Club, 2200 Ross Avenue, 39th floor. Conference registration will begin at 11:30 am, followed by a lunch and the afternoon program. A networking reception will immediately follow the conference at 5:00 pm

The 2016 conference will feature several seasoned industry leaders who will make individual presentations, including:

Keynote Speaker Donna Fujimoto Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cole Chemical amp; Distributing, Inc.
"Challenges and Opportunities to THRIVE not just Survive during this Energy Downturn"

Donna Fujimoto Cole founded Cole Chemical in 1980 at the age of 27 (with $5,000 from savings). At the time, she was divorced with a four-year old daughter. Buyers at DuPont, Exxon, Monsanto and Shell asked Ms. Cole to start her own business to help them satisfy their federal government subcontracting goals. With the encouragement from a mentor she formed Cole Chemical amp; Distributing, Inc. In 2015, Cole Chemical exceeded $69 million in chemical sales and chemical supply chain management solutions to a wide range of customers and industries.

Ms. Cole has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years. She was inducted into the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2009, selected as one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine in 2010, and has been named a Top 10 Minority/Woman owned businesses in Houston by the Houston Business Journal as well as Woman owned companies for over 15 years. In 2013, Ms. Cole was selected as a Who's Who of Asian Americans and received the American Leadership Forum's Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award.

Ms. Cole is a Co-founder of the Pantheon of Women, a production company telling great stories about strong women and supportive men in film and television. Through good role models and education, women and young girls can empower themselves, lift up their families, help their communities and even change their countries.

Keynote Speaker Gindi Eckel Vincent, Counsel
Exxon Mobil Corporation
"Engaging Leadership: Reenvisioning the American Workplace"

Gindi Eckel Vincent is an author, speaker, blogger and attorney at Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Ms. Vincent writes and speaks nationally on brave leadership. Her first book, Learning to Lead, was released in 2013. Her second book regarding the life cycle of brave leadership is in progress, and she regularly engages with working women across American on her blog, In addition, Ms. Vincent has practiced law for almost 20 years, helping energy companies across the energy value chain solve complex legal challenges, and is currently in house at ExxonMobil.

Ms. Vincent has served in numerous leadership roles including as President of the Women's Energy Network of Houston, on the executive committee of Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce, and as Chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

Ms. Vincent has been recognized as one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women, one of Houston's Top 25 Role Models, and Houston's Outstanding Young Lawyer. Ms. Vincent and her husband Bray are the proud parents of six-year-old triplets.

Speaker Neena Newberry, President
Newberry Executive Solutions
"Handling Curveballs"

Neena Newberry is an award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach. Ms. Newberry launched Newberry Executive Solutions in 2008 to focus on her passion for developing strong leaders, especially women. She left a more than 16-year management consulting and human resources career, and a role leading performance management and career planning for 34,000 employees on Deloitte's US HR Executive Team - not knowing the economy would tank just three months later, teaching her lessons that would benefit her clients.

A recognized expert in her field, Ms. Newberry has appeared over 50 times on CBS, ABC, and Fox News, and in Fortune Magazine. She received two Leadership Excellence Awards in 2016 with Sysco Corporation for the results achieved through her program, WOW! Women On the Way to Peak Performance ProgramSM, and four Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2014.

Ms. Newberry is grounded in years of practical experience developing business strategies, improving business operations and developing strong leaders. The result: rave reviews from Fortune 500 clients such as ATamp;T, Marriott, PepsiCo, Shell, and Sysco, and organizations like the United Way and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Ms. Newberry's book Show Up. Step Up. Step Out. -- written up by Southwest Airlines President Emeritus Colleen Barrett -- will be available for purchase at the conference. Other tools and resources are available at

Executive Industry Panel
Moderated by Karen Potter, Senior Manager, Deloitte
Panelists: Michele Fleischacker, Jill Wertheimer Lampert, Teresa A. Fairbrook, and Leta McKinley

Karen Potter brings nearly 20 years' experience in business development with the last 15 years in professional services. Her early career in technology led to her founding a services company which she grew to more than $7 million in annual sales prior to it being acquired in 2000. Ms. Potter joined Deloitte Consulting in Chicago in 2001 in a National role within the Strategy amp; Operations area. After successfully establishing a self-sustaining market channel and strategic software alliance, Ms. Potter joined Deloitte's Financial Advisory Services group in 2005. Her primary focus was global anti-corruption consulting and investigative services coordinating many significant world-wide engagements for top clients of Deloitte.

Ms. Potter transferred to Texas in 2012 and was asked to lead the charge within Deloitte's Growth Enterprise Services Group as well as advance the sales culture for the Central amp; North Texas offices.

In 2013 amp; 2014, Ms. Potter received an award from the Austin Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute for "above amp; beyond" contribution and outstanding chapter achievement. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of "Effective networking" and "Driving the Complex Sale" and a former Dale Carnegie professor.

Ms. Potter currently resides in Georgetown, Texas with her husband Wayne.

Michele Fleischacker has more than 20 years' experience in the Energy Industry, including four years as a Mechanical Engineer, managing Capital Projects in an integrated Oil amp; Gas company. Ms. Fleischacker's experience also includes more than 16 years of transforming business processes and enabling Energy companies with large and innovative enterprise-wide application integration, including divestiture and merger transactions. Ms. Fleischacker's industry experiences come from Global Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Oil amp; Gas Companies and Power Companies.

With an Engineering background, Ms. Fleischacker has the ability to direct programs with much analysis, reason and creativity. She is well known for her ability to consistently separate symptoms from issues, analyze client complex business requirements and initiate cost-effective solutions that best suits the needs for the business users and stakeholders.

Jill W. Lampert is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of NGP Energy Capital Management (NGP), a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry. Founded in 1988, NGP has invested $10 billion in over 300 transactions in energy and natural resources. Ms. Lampert is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and the Investment Committee.

Since taking her current position in 2010, NGP has raised over $10 billion of new capital commitment. To support this growth, Ms. Lampert has built out the infrastructure to support the increased number of investors and entities and associated complexities as well as the demands for enhanced reporting from both investors and regulators. In her role, Ms. Lampert oversees financial reporting, tax, accounting oversight as well as all other administrative functions including technology, marketing, human resources, and support operations.

From 2007 through 2010, Ms. Lampert served as Chief Financial Officer and Founding Member of NGP Midstream and Resources where she was responsible for creating and managing a private equity platform including legal documentation, tax planning, investor communication, financial reporting and accounting oversight. Ms. Lampert has held other financial, accounting and operational roles since beginning her career at Arthur Andersen.

Ms. Lampert is actively involved in several financial and energy organizations, and she is a frequent panelist and lecturer at industry functions. Ms. Lampert was awarded the "2012 CFO of the Year" by the Dallas Business Journal. She currently serves on the board of the Dallas Ft. Worth Private Equity Association ("PECFOA") as well as the Southern Steering Committee of the Women's Association of Venture and Equity ("WAVE") and is an advisor to the FEI Energy Special Interest group.

Ms. Lampert is on the board of Rebellion Energy, a privately owned Tulsa based Eamp;P Company. She has also been involved with many non-profit organizations and is a founding board member of the Global Adaptation Institute - now the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and The Birthday Party Project. She currently serves on the University of Texas McCombs MSF Advisory Board, the Risk and Audit Committee of the Parish Episcopal School, and the Finance Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. She has served as an advisor to the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and as the chair of the Temple Emanu-el Audit Committee.

Teresa Fairbrook in March 2016 was appointed Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Pioneer Natural Resources. She is responsible for providing leadership and accountability for all aspects of human resources, ensuring consistency and quality across Pioneer's business units.

Ms. Fairbrook joined Pioneer in 1999 as an HR Generalist and has held various positions in the Company since, including Compensation Manager, HR Director, Compensation amp; Employee Relations Director and HR Department Director. In January 2013, she was appointed Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to joining Pioneer, Ms. Fairbrook was in human resources at Dal-Tile Corporation in Dallas, Texas, where she held a variety of roles in employee relations, recruiting and benefits. In 1996, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.

A Certified Compensation Professional, Ms. Fairbrook is involved in industry-related organizations, including E-27 (an oil and gas industry peer group focused on human resources, compensation and benefits) and served as the past Chairman of the E-27 Committee. Ms. Fairbrook oversees the Company's diversity and inclusion efforts, actively supporting Pioneer's family-friendly workplace culture.

Leta McKinley has been a Vice-President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Sunoco LP and Sunoco GP LLC - General partner of Sunoco LP since March 2014. Ms. McKinley is a CPA with 25 years of financial experience in both private and public companies. She previously served as Controller, Water Management US, for Rockwater Energy Solutions where she managed a staff of up to 50 employees. Ms. McKinley's prior experience includes several years in public accounting at KPMG, LLP and Grant Thornton.

Conference prices, which include lunch and the networking reception, are:

$80 - Members
$100 - Nonmembers

Members and nonmembers can register for the event by visiting the chapter's website,

For more information about the event, contact Peggy Loyd, Cortez Resources, LLC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Holly Darroh, Freeman Mills PC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Women's Energy Network - North Texas Chapter, visit and click on WEN North Texas. Interested parties can join the North Texas Chapter by clicking on Join today! on the North Texas Chapter's home page.

About WEN

The Women's Energy Network is a nonprofit association of women professionals in the energy industry that provides networking and community outreach opportunities and fosters career and leadership development. Founded in 1994, the organization has more than 1,000 members nationwide. For more information, please visit the WEN North Texas Chapter website at


Cortez Resources
Dallas Petroleum Club
Freeman Mills PC
Vaquero Midstream

2016 WEN North Texas Sponsors

National Sponsor
Sidley Austin LLP

Gold Level Sponsor
Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Silver Level Sponsor
Jackson Walker LLP.

Bronze Level Sponsor
Locke Lord LLP