Association Webinars: Energy Options for Early-Career Economists: Entering the Industry


Careers in the energy sector aren't just for engineers or sales people. Students and young professionals with an economics background are invited to join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals from a range of energy fields, including government, academia, and private industry. The conversation will focus on uncovering pathways into the field, finding job opportunities during the pandemic, and setting yourself apart in the hiring process.

Seats are limited, sign up to ensure a spot!


Jazz Glastra, Associate Director for Career Development at Kenyon College
Jazz Glastra currently serves as an Associate Director for Career Development at Kenyon College in Ohio, where she helps students from all majors and class years achieve their career goals. In addition to working one-on-one with students, she also collaborates with a wide variety of on-campus partners and volunteers to offer students a wide array of career education opportunities. Jazz graduated from Kenyon in 2011 with a B.A. in religious studies and a concentration in environmental studies. She also holds an M.S. in environment and natural resources with a specialization in rural sociology from the Ohio State University. She spent several years in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector before joining Kenyon College's Career Development Office.


Shree Vikas, Director, Market Intelligence & Business Analysis, ConocoPhillips
Shree Vikas is Director, Market Intelligence & Business Analysis at ConocoPhillips, where he is responsible for conducting market research, assessing industry implications, performing big-data analytics and analyzing operational results. His team regularly contributes in corporate planning, strategy development and supply chain execution at ConocoPhillips. Prior to ConocoPhillips, he led a myriad of market analysis, financial due-diligence, R&D technology evaluation, and modeling projects for governmental agencies and energy companies. He served as the 2017 President of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). He is also chair of the External Advisory Board (EAB) of Penn State's Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering. He has a PhD in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and a masters' degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State. He also has completed Executive Business Administration Certificate in Strategy, Finance & Accounting from Rice University's Jones School of Business.

Peter C. Balash, Associate Director, Systems Engineering and Analysis, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Peter C. Balash is the Associate Director of Systems Engineering and Analysis at the DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds a B.A. in economics from Xavier University as well as a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In his current role, he manages a directorate consisting of four teams of engineers, economists, and scientists that performs energy systems, regulatory, environmental life cycle, and infrastructure reliability analyses to inform strategic planning. Contemporary efforts encompass directing the economic analysis of CO2 capture and storage, hydrogen production, and electricity system resilience. He has been a USAEE member since 2002, and also holds memberships with the American Economics Association and the National Association of Business Economists.

Beth Offenbacker, PhD, CPCC, Founder & CEO, Waterford, Inc.
Dr. Beth Offenbacker is a senior executive trailblazer with more than 25 years of experience guiding scientific and technical leaders to elevate their impact by bridging the gap between business needs and market dynamics as they take on today's top sustainability challenges.

A certified coach, she has extensive experience and expertise in talent management for the "Green" industry, specifically in executive and leadership coaching, team/organizational dynamics, learning strategy, delivery, technology, and measurement, in addition to career awareness and outreach, as part of building skilled workforce pipelines in response to organizational and industry needs. She also draws on her expansive skills and knowledge in leadership development, adult learning theory and practices, forestry, and conservation in leading individual/leadership retreats with a nature focus.

During her tenure at Waterford, Dr. Offenbacker has been consistently recognized for her strategic and creative vision in guiding the firm's work with its diverse range of clients. She has corporate, nonprofit, and public agency experience, and her expansive portfolio includes local, state, regional, national, and international projects. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on green career management and green leadership development and workforce issues. Dr. Offenbacker also is a Senior Vice President with MDL Partners, where she works with mid and senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals who are looking for a better environment, a new job, a career change, or career advancement.

A strategic talent management leader, Dr. Offenbacker co-designed and leads the Green Career Workshops for the global nonprofit Leaders in Energy, an 8,500+ member organization of clean energy and sustainability professionals in the US and 100+ countries. She serves as Director of Training & Development for Leaders in Energy, a volunteer position.

She resides in Arlington, Va., and is working towards her goal of visiting all 16 national parks in Germany over the next 10 years.

Michael D. Maher, Senior Program Advisor, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Michael D. Maher, Ph.D., is the senior program advisor for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute. He serves as a liaison with the Energy Forum and potential members; assists with the development of major research initiatives, workshops and conferences; writes on natural gas, LNG and U.S. and global energy policy; and conducts external communications about research in the Center for Energy Studies. Maher's areas of expertise include U.S. energy policy, natural gas and LNG markets and policy.

His volunteer activities include serving on the alumni advisory board for Rice University's Center for Career Development, the dean's advisory board for Rice's School of Social Sciences, and the board of directors of the Association of Rice Alumni. Maher volunteers as a mentor for Rice students and recent alums, offering guidance as they plan a career, write resumes and prepare for job interviews.

He joined the institute in the summer of 2013 after a career at ExxonMobil of more than 30 years. Over the last decade, Maher coordinated public and government affairs for LNG projects in the U.S. and abroad; served as the public affairs manager for the Marine Well Containment Project, a joint venture aimed at providing the oil and gas industry with access to well containment equipment and technology for the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico; and held the position of upstream issue advisor on policy issues related to offshore drilling and production safety, natural gas, and U.S. LNG exports. He also held positions as a professional economist in corporate planning and as an analyst in natural gas planning and marketing in the U.S. Maher received a B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.


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