Industry Spotlight Shines on “Influential Women in Energy”

GPA Midstream and GPSA are proud to share good news about four of our member companies who have executives recognized among Hart Energy’s 2024 “Influential Women in Energy.”

Barbara Harrison, Chevron; Joanne Howard, Crestwood Midstream Partners; Pamela Kearney Skaufel, ExxonMobil; and Susan Hart, ChampionX (GPSA) were part of the 2024 designees honored at a celebratory luncheon held on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

“The energy industry once was an almost exclusively male-dominated profession,” said Joel Moxley, GPA Midstream President and CEO. “Fortunately, for the sake of our industry’s health and the world’s energy needs, that started changing about 25 years ago, thanks in part to many of the women you see on this year’s Hart Energy’s list. The infusion of women into energy careers has accelerated over the past 10-15 years, with representation now occurring throughout all sectors of our industry and businesses, and in every scope of work. We are a better industry, and our future is brighter, as a result.

“Our two associations are small in comparison to some other energy trade groups, so to have four executives make this prestigious Hart Energy 2024 Influential Women’s list is a big deal for who we are and what we do.”

Barbara Harrison

Chevron New Energies (Houston)

Vice President, Offsets & Emerging Technology

Harrison began her energy career more than 20 years ago as an engineer at a Chevron refinery in northern California. For the past two years, she’s been instrumental in the starting-from-scratch Chevron’s New Energies organization, a unit focused on accelerating lower carbon solutions for traditional businesses in Chevron, but also for third-party customers and consumers – to safely deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy.

Susan Hart


General Manager, Middle East and Africa (Chemical Technologies)

Hart’s chemistry background and science passion have led to multiple international roles over her 24-year career, and she credits all for having helped develop her leadership skills to run ChampionX’s Middle East and Africa regions from Dubai, UAE. She says the work of managing 500 employees and operating in over 20 countries, each with its own rules and regulations, remains challenging, but it’s those challenges that keep her passionate about the oil and gas industry.

Joanne Howard

Crestwood Midstream Partners, LLP

Former Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Communications

Howard is a 15-year ESG professional with experience in the energy industry. Her expertise spans carbon management, sustainability reporting, managing environmental and social risks, external affairs and community outreach. During her tenure with Crestwood, she developed the company’s first carbon management plan, which included a series of eight commitments and the mechanisms to achieve emissions reduction. (Note: Energy Transfer completed its acquisition of Crestwood in November 2023.)

Pamela Kearney Skaufel


Vice President, Global Procurement

Kearny Skaufel began her career with ExxonMobil in 2005 as a procurement center supervisor supporting the company’s U.S. chemical and refining sites. In her current role, she leads the company’s global procurement – sourcing, acquisitions, supply chain and payment activities for goods and services around the world. She says with her growth over time, has come a newfound focus on the future, because she wants to make the industry better for all who follow.

Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas Investor launched the Women in Energy luncheon in 2018 as a way to recognize and celebrate women whose outstanding contributions are helping shape today’s energy industry. This year’s class of 36 is the largest to date, and brings total recognitions to more than 125.

The March timing coincides with Women’s History Month, an annual observance designated by congressional action in 1987, and further highlighted by U.S. presidential proclamation yearly thereafter.  

“Our industry is a great place to work, provides a comfortable living and lifestyle, and brings its own rewarding sense of accomplishment," said Moxley. "I’d be among the first to encourage any college student pondering a career direction, to give the energy industry a serious look. We have an aging workforce, and an influx of new technologies, so the employment opportunities are great and the prospects for a long career in the midstream industry are bright.”

See the entire Hart Energy story, including videos from the honorees, here: 2024 Influential Women in Energy.

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