A new program developed by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in conjunction with corporations within Energy, Oil, and Gas field is looking to help increase capabilities of women owned businesses within the industry’s supply chain.

The inaugural WBENC Energy Executive Program will connect 30 women-owned organizations with industry experts and “professors from the University of TexasMcCombs School of Business for one week of training, skill development and networking further showing the commitment towards impacting the long-term success of diverse businesses that are critical to the global energy supply chains.”

The program is sponsored by BP America Inc, Chevron, Exxon Mobil Corporation, the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Shell Oil Company, and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South.  The one week event will be held at Shell’s Robert Training and Conference Center in Louisiana, “a world-class training facility used to train and certify oil and gas employees before they start working offshore.”

Helping to grow women owned businesses in areas such as energy is a fantastic idea and one much needed.  In addition to oil and gas, depending on the service provided, these businesses can expand to other similar industries including Utilities.  The opportunity for this program to become the premier energy, oil, and gas initiative for women owned organizations is high and could establish a new network and pipeline for the industry.