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  • Off-Site
06:00 PM - 08:00 PMWelcome Reception

Welcome Reception Thursday March 19, 2020  6pm – 8pm, at Irma’s Southwest 1475 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

(Conference Attendees, WISTA Members, and their guests)  

  • Hotel Zaza
  • Houston Museum of Natural Sciences Weiss Energy Hall
07:00 AM - 08:00 AMRegistration Breakfast By WISTA USAWISTA USA

Please register and join us for a networking breakfast in the Phantom Room on the 1st Floor of the Hotel ZaZa.

08:00 AM - 12:00 PMWISTA USA Annual General Meeting By WISTA USAWISTA USA

WISTA members only

Dress Code: Business Casual

Venue: Hotel ZaZa – Phantom Room (1st Floor)

12:00 PM - 01:10 PMKeynote Luncheon By Capt. Joy HallConocoPhillips Polar Tankers

All conference attendees and WISTA members.

Venue: Grapevine Ballroom – Hotel Zaza, 11th Floor

01:10 PM - 01:15 PMWelcome to Diverse Energy Conference By Jackie MinnichAgility GIL

Welcome to Houston message from WISTA USA’s Texas Chapter President, Jackie Minnich.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom – Hotel ZaZa, 1st Floor

01:15 PM - 01:40 PMChemicals By Lisa WilliamsDow

Speaker: Lisa Williams – Strategic Sourcing Director, The Dow Chemical Company.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel Zaza – 1st Floor.

01:40 PM - 02:05 PMOil & Gas By Allen BrooksG. Allen Brooks LLC

Speaker: Allen Brooks – G. Allen Brooks, LLC

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa, 1st Floor

02:05 PM - 02:30 PMLNG By Julie NelsonCheniere Energy, Inc.

Speaker: Julie Nelson – VP, State Government Affairs at Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor

02:30 PM - 03:00 PMQ & A of SpeakersWISTA USA

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor

03:00 PM - 03:15 PMCoffee / Networking Break By WISTA USASponsor tbd

Venue: Phantom Ballroom and anteroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor

03:15 PM - 03:30 PMDiversity & Inclusion By Ally CedenoWomen Offshore

Speaker: Ally Cedeno, Founder of Women Offshore.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor.

03:30 PM - 04:10 PMDiversity & Inclusion Panel By Nicole Rodriguez, James Spear, Lucas Vos, Lisa WilliamsUSCG, Cheniere Energy, Stolt Tanker Trading, Dow

Panelists: Nicole Rodriguez, U.S. Coast Guard; James Spear, Cheniere Energy, Inc.; Lucas Vos, Stolt Tankers; and Lisa Williams, The Dow Chemical Company.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor.

04:10 PMCoffee / Networking Break By Sponsor TBDSponsor TBD

Venue: Phantom Ballroom & anteroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor

04:25 PM - 04:40 PMPersonal Energy / Secure Bases By Peggy Hoeegh GraysStolt Tankers USA, Inc.

Speaker: Peggy Hoegh Grays, Ship Operator, Stolt Tankers USA, and CEO GraysOwn LLC

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor.

04:40 PM - 04:55 PMBuilding a Bridge By James SpearLambda NextGen

Speaker: James Spear, President Lambda NextGen

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor.

04:55 PM - 05:00 PMClosing Remarks By Jackie MinnichAgility GIL

Speaker: Jackie Minnich, Marine Strategic Account Manager, Agility; and President, WISTA USA’s Texas Chapter.

Venue: Phantom Ballroom, Hotel ZaZa – 1st Floor.

07:00 PM - 11:00 PMGala Dinner By WISTA USAWISTA USA

All conference attendees welcome.

Houston Museum of Natural Science   Wiess Energy Hall

5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Texas  77030

(This is a five-minute walk from the Hotel ZaZa.)

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

  • Off-Site
09:00 AM - 12:00 AMMorning Excursion Option 1 – Sam Houston Boat Tour

Sam Houston Boat Tour will only allow us to reserve space for 45 people.

Our tour is set for 10:00 AM. We will gather in the lobby for transportation to the port together. We should be ready to depart for the port at 9:00 AM. The tour is free but you will be responsible for fee for transport to the Port and back. More details to follow on your information email sent out early March.

The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as Port Houston’s public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July 30, 1958. This free service offers a leisurely, 90-minute round-trip, educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. Individuals and groups are invited aboard to learn more about the port and maritime industry.

Embarking from Port Houston’s Sam Houston Landing, visiting sightseers aboard the M/V Sam Houston can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. The 95-ft. vessel features air-conditioned, lounge seating, as well as standing room outside on the boat’s deck.

Tour address: 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020

Note: Regularly scheduled tours may be canceled without advanced notice. Before traveling to the Port of Houston, please check this web site for information on the status of your tour. https://porthouston.com/sam-houston-boat-tour/

08:30 AMMorning Excursion Option 2 – Walk with a Doc

Walk with a Doc – Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

We will gather in the lobby of Hotel Zaza at 830AM and walk over to Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park (0.5 mile walk). There we will meet up with other “Walk with a Doc” participates and explore the Houston museum district and Hermann Park area. This event is completely free of charge.

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