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Gastech 2019 Program Spotlights Diversity & Inclusion in Energy

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Houston—August 7, 2019 -- Gastech, the leading global conference and exhibition of the international gas, LNG and energy industries, today announced highlights of its Spotlight Program on Diversity & Inclusion in Energy. As the energy industry continues to face a talent crisis, recruiting and retaining talent from all backgrounds is becoming increasingly essential to evolve the traditional face of the sector. Truly inclusive workforces will introduce disruptive ideas into boardrooms, which will produce new and innovative ways of dealing with emerging challenges.

“Through Gastech 2019’s Diversity & Inclusion in Energy Program, we will highlight why diverse leaders are driving the energy industry forward,” said Chloe Abbott, dmg Events Conference Producer.

The energy sector realizes the importance of recruiting and encouraging individuals who possess a wide range of skillsets from various backgrounds. In order to recognize the accomplishments of remarkable women and men who uphold the importance of empowering diversity across all aspects of the LNG value chain, ExxonMobil established the Power Play Awards:

  • The Rising Star Award celebrates one woman, 35 or under, who is excelling early in her LNG career.
  • The Vanguard Award honors a woman or man who through their words, actions and attitude, inspires those who work with and around them.
  • The Rainmaker Award tributes a woman who has delivered outstanding business results, showcasing the value that women bring to the LNG sector.

The inaugural Power Play Awards will be presented during Gastech 2019 on September 18.

In an eBook recently released by Gastech Insights, energy professionals from ExxonMobil, ABB, National Utilities Diversity Council, University of Pittsburgh, Bechtel and Air Products shared their perspectives on changing the traditional face of the energy industry. Industry professionals Seifi Ghasemi and Nancy Swartout shared their perspectives below: 

Seifi Ghasemi

Chairman, President & CEO, Air Products
“You cannot have a foundation for motivation and commitment unless you create an environment where people are excited about what they are doing, feel they are part of the organization, and are appreciated for what they think and contribute. In other words, you need an inclusive culture where everyone is empowered to realize his or her true potential.” 

Nancy Swartout

Global Sustainable Procurement Manager, ExxonMobil
“Research shows us that diverse businesses hire a more diverse workforce and women invest in education and health care, which helps drive critical economic growth and development. This multiplier effect of prosperity has real implications for the future of our workforce, global operations, and growth strategy. This is one case where everyone wins.”

The Diversity & Inclusion in Energy Program is just one of the many spotlight programs at Gastech 2019 focused on workforce and career development; other programs include Young Gastech and the Energy Talent Exchange.

Gastech 2019 is taking place at NRG Center in Houston September 17-19. For more information and to register visit the website at

About Gastech

Gastech 2019 continues the program’s track record as the most comprehensive global gas and LNG event, bringing together upstream, midstream and downstream professionals to convene and conduct business.

The event spans nearly 590,000 square feet of exhibition space, showcasing over 700 international, regional and local exhibitors while gathering over 35,000 international professionals from across the global gas, LNG and energy industries. More than 3,500 delegates and 1,200 ministers, government officials, presidents, managing directors, CEOs and chairmen will hear from 400 senior speakers from across all industry sectors. Gastech’s website is  

Gastech is a flagship event among dmg events’ 80 event portfolio. dmg events is an international exhibitions and publishing company serving professional communities in diverse industries including construction, energy, coatings, transport, hospitality and design.

About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information, visit

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom. 

About DMGT 

DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment.  The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information and events & exhibitions.  In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1.4bn.


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