Starting with Texas State Representative Gene Wu and ending with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, AE2C energized students, professionals, friends and members on September 5th at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. Over 120 people attended the conference event that launched the AE2C Texas Regional Chapter.
The conference kicked off with an employment analysis overview by AE2C’s Platinum Partner, the American Petroleum Institute. Discussion of the various employment opportunities within the oil and natural gas industry set the stage for the rest of the day’s sessions that underscored the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the role of technology in boosting economic growth, and the importance of innovation in the energy sector.
Texas State Representative Gene Wu highlighted the increased trade potential between the United States and Asia, owing to its growing need for energy, and cited China as an example. He also urged expediting the export licensing of US liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Drawing attention to the importance of cultural understanding and eliminating stereotypes as our industry, Representative Wu observed that our city, state, and country have become more global.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker touched on the importance of cultural understanding and noted that one could spend all day in Houston and speak exclusively Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hindi, to name a few of the many cultures that thrive in the city. She stressed the importance of investing in intellectual capital and encouraged students and young professionals to seek opportunities and to step outside of their comfort zone to succeed.
The forum ended with an energizing call to action by AE2C President, Bob Gee, who encouraged everyone to help us build a successful Texas Chapter.