Katie Mehnert: Seeing Pink among the Oilfields

Katie MehnertIt’s no secret that it’s a man’s world on the oilfields of Texas and around the world. But former energy exec and marathon runner Katie Mehnert has plans to change all that. In Pink Petro, she has created an online digital channel that aims to empower women in the sector through mentoring, networking, and sharing of information.

“I want to bring Silicon Valley to the energy sector as a whole to power a fresh approach to female development in what’s been a very male-dominated industry. Women need more seats at the STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) table and Pink Petro will be a vehicle to that end. Together we’ll use our collective voice to reenergize the sector and its reputation,” she explains. (more…)

Hyasintha Ntuyeko: Starting Small But Dreaming Big

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Update: May 2015, Hyasintha was awarded second place in the trailblazer category of the Tanzania Annual Young Professionals Award.

March 2015 Hyasintha has been selected to participate in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2015.

According to those in the know, there are 22 things creative people do differently. For starters, they get inspired at the least expected moment. When they fail, they try again. They are repeatedly told to get real jobs but more often will follow their heart even when this seems unwise. But probably the biggest giveaway that Hyasintha Ntuyeko, an African small-business owner with big dreams, sports the creative gene is her uncanny knack for creating opportunity where others only see difficulty.

Ntuyeko was born in the Dodoma Region of Tanzania, almost smack in the middle of the East African nation that borders the Indian Ocean. The eldest child of four raised by her mother, Ntuyeko was fortunate to have the financial support of her uncle, a medical doctor, to attend St. Joseph College of Engineering and Technology in Dar-es-salaam, where she received a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems and Network Engineering.

Firmly believing in the value of a university degree to secure employment, Ntuyeko’s family was proud when she seemed firmly on that path, pursuing employment as a network engineer with several telecom companies.  And Ntuyeko herself truly believed this is what she was meant to do.

That is until the day her aunt Victoria planted the seed of inspiration. “I had sent off my job applications and money was tight, I was leaving for home the next day. Aunt Vicky had urged me to do something temporary until I got a ‘real’ job and invited me over. ‘I have something I want you to see,’ was all she said,” Ntuyeko recalls. (more…)