Inspiring girls to pursue careers in the oil and gas industry

Trying on the many hats that can be worn by geologists was part of the Rockin' Geology Clubhouse at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.


Encana recently took part in the first annual Girls and Science event at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to engage and inspire the next generation of female science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals.

“Girls and Science is one of the many events we sponsor to inspire and educate young women about our industry,” says Joan Shilling, Director, Community Involvement. “Women are underrepresented in STEM and our hope is that by encouraging girls to pursue education in these areas, we can increase the number of females doing great work in our industry.”

Karen Lechtenberg, a geologist based out of our Denver office, collaborated with the Community Involvement team to create the ‘Rockin’ Geology Clubhouse’ for girls ages 3-18 and their families. At the clubhouse, visitors had opportunities to ‘try out’ and ‘try on’ a career in geology by collecting and analyzing core samples from candy bars and trying on the many hats worn by geologists. They also asked Karen questions about her experience working as a geologist for Encana.

Karen, who has been with Encana for two years, is no stranger to sharing her passion for geology with girls and women. Through her involvement with Encana’s New Grad Society and the Association for Women Geoscientists, she has encouraged girls to consider careers in science-related fields

“Though this event was for girls, it also targeted families – including brothers, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents – because ultimately, families keep the fire burning by inspiring and encouraging the girls in their lives to pursue STEM careers,” says Karen. “This event helped to light the flame.”

Attendance at Girls and Science was close to 7,000; nearly double what was expected.

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