Engaging in the industry in many ways
To help women in EXPEC ARC develop technical and leadership skills, WEN encourages female researchers to participate in the industry by attending conferences and playing an instrumental role there, as speakers, mentors, technical reviewers, organizing committee members, etc. EXPEC ARC has sent female researchers to several events in reputable conferences focused on women development. Examples include the Women in Energy conference at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Society of Exploration Geophysicists Women Network Mentor Program, and the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards.
EXPEC ARC women are also active in the department’s Young Researchers Program (YRP). The YRP objectives are to develop self-motivated and innovative researchers who lead in their area of specialty and support EXPEC ARC’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. Currently, about 20% of the participants are WEN members.
The young professionals are paired with qualified senior researchers within EXPEC ARC through graduation from the program, at which time they are expected to possess a subject matter expertise and lead technology teams in a multidisciplinary technical project.
To inspire women in EXPEC ARC to reach their full potential, WEN has launched an event of multiple sessions throughout the year titled “Women Who Inspire.” The event hosts female leaders from different business lines in Saudi Aramco and outside the company as keynote speakers to share their stories and experiences with WEN members and EXPEC ARC employees.