CONSOL Energy and Young Professional Women in Energy hosted panel to discuss women's role in the oil and gas industry

Oct 04, 2013, 08:00 ET from CONSOL Energy Inc.

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy and Young Professional Women in Energy hosted a panel Thursday night to discuss women's role in the oil and gas industry.

The panel of energy executives offered a unique perspective about the challenges they believe women face in the industry and the ways in which women can "break the glass ceiling."  The panelists included LuAnn Datesh, CONSOL Energy's vice president of land resources; Steve MacDonald, CEO of Noise Solutions; Michael Segura, strategic business manager for Halliburton and Gary Hlavinka, regional operations manager for Cabot Oil & Gas. 

Stephanie Gill, vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for CONSOL Energy moderated, presenting the panel with questions submitted by YPWE members. 

"Positions in the energy industry are challenging, dynamic and provide a path of real and meaningful advancement," commented Gill.  "Being a part of the process that provides reliable and affordable energy is a noble and rewarding endeavor.  Events that encourage individuals, men or women, to pursue opportunities in the energy industry and/or further their existing positions in the energy industry are invaluable."

Nearly 100 women attended the networking event, which was held at CONSOL Energy's CNX Center.  The discussion focused on barriers, best practices and strategies to overcome challenges in order to succeed in the energy industry.  Women make up 13.2 percent of the workforce in the mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction industries.  The YPWE hopes that by encouraging gender gap discussions among industry leaders, these numbers will increase.

"It is very important to YPWE that we leverage individuals from all stages in their careers because the energy industry is always evolving," commented Amelia Roncone, YPWE founder. "What the industry was yesterday is not what it is today, and what it is today is not what it will be tomorrow."

Last week, CONSOL Energy's West Virginia Gas Operations hosted a rig tour for the West Virginia chapter of Young Professional Women in Energy and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  The panel discussion and tour illustrate the ongoing relationship between CONSOL Energy and YPWE.

"YPWE is happy to partner with industry-leader CONSOL Energy to provide an evening of education, networking, and leadership," commented Roncone.  "By partnering with companies such as CONSOL, we can better prepare and empower women and organizations to compete in the growing energy industry and dynamic marketplace."  

About CONSOL Energy
CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is a Pittsburgh-based producer of coal and natural gas. It has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in four states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.2 billion tons.  The company's premium Appalachian coals are sold worldwide to electricity generators and steelmakers. In natural gas, CONSOL Energy has transformed itself from a pure-play coalbed methane producer to a full-fledged exploration and production company. The company is a leading producer in the Marcellus Shale and is transitioning its active exploration program into development mode in the Utica Shale.  CONSOL Energy has proved natural gas reserves of 4.0 trillion cubic feet. Operational safety is the company's top core value and CONSOL Energy boasts a record of almost two times better than the industry average for underground bituminous coal mines.   CONSOL Energy is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its Web site:

About Young Professional Women in Energy (YPWE) Young Professional Women in Energy is a nonprofit organization that provides a setting where women in the energy field can network, learn and support one another to deliver outstanding business results through an emphasis on empowering women, employing women and helping women lead and succeed in the Energy Industry. YPWE prepares women and organizations to compete in a dynamic marketplace by providing professional development opportunities through education, mentoring and networking, to deliver outstanding business results.  For more information about Young Professional Women in Energy, visit: