I’m Jeannie and I’m a Shell Pricing Application & Process Lead based in Houston, Texas. In my last job, I did a lot of travelling, but I needed to find something that was more conducive to my home life. I applied for a lot of jobs and had a lot of interviews, but the only company that really excited me was Shell. As soon as I learned about the variety of projects, the scope for development and the ability to build strong relationships with people inside and outside of the organisation, I was sold! I’ve been with Shell for 12 years and I’ve worked on some great projects. Working in a global role has allowed me to learn from numerous people with various backgrounds and cultures. Shell has given me so much and affords me the opportunity to work in the community, and to mentor and coach future Shell employees.
This is the photo-story of Jeannie Gardner, a Pricing Application & Process Lead based in Houston, Texas. Throughout her 12-year career with Shell, she has been a proud advocate of the company’s focus on diversity and inspiring the next generation to consider a career in the energy industry.
I’m a people person; nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by people, and particularly ambitious students. This is me with a group of around 350 Shell employees, families and friends at the annual charity walk for the United Negro College Fund, for which Shell raised $110,000. This is a scheme that Shell is very close to; it’s part of the company’s ongoing mission to create a pipeline of diverse talent.
Getting children excited about STEM subjects is so rewarding. I try to encourage and inform, by letting them see just how interesting and varied STEM subjects can be. It’s a great feeling when a young person tells me I’ve inspired them to consider working in the energy industry. Shell’s graduate rotation programmes and the fact that diversity is prioritised really encourage kids because they know they’ll have help and support.
Helping to bring through the next generation of women engineers is something I feel extremely passionate about. I regularly go to conferences and expositions to listen to seminars and also to network with people from different organisations that have similar goals and objectives around diversity and inclusion.
Shell actively supports talented students by awarding scholarships to underrepresented minorities and providing college internships. It’s initiatives like this that make me proud to work here, helping to support future generations.
I’ve given quite a few talks during my career, generally on the topic of talent development and helping Shell employees enhance their skills and capabilities. Some people in this room will have aspirations of being Shell leaders one day and I love being able to help them on their respective journeys.
Having a good work-life balance is so important. I love what I do at Shell, but it’s essential to also have a social life that gives you the opportunity to relax and recharge. In my previous job I was travelling all the time, but now I get to spend far more quality time with friends and family. Shell has enabled me to work from locations I may not otherwise have even visited - Amsterdam, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Melbourne being just four examples - but I’m always happiest when I’m with the people I hold dearest.
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