Members in Transition Session 1: What is SEG MiT?

MiT is the newest way SEG supports the membership, stepping up to the many challenges of the post-COVID era, in which many of our members are looking for resources to uplift, polish or acquire new skills. Who are members “in transition”? The fresh graduates searching for a first job; or mid-career and experienced professionals searching for a job or launching their own entrepreneurship; or retirees facing a new phase in their careers.

A member in transition is all of us, now or at a certain moment in our careers. Come and learn what the program is about, and get inoculated with a new enthusiasm!

Speaker Bios

Maria Angela Capello

Maria Angela Capello is a renowned leader and author in the energy sector. She is an expert consultant and advisor in reservoir management, leadership, sustainability, and talent management. She is co-chair of the United Nations initiative for Women in Resource Management, advisor of several global operating companies, and consultant of organizations related to women empowerment. She is currently raising the awareness about the pivotal role of geosciences for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, advancing the Geophysical Sustainable Development Atlas to a global outreach. She is the lead author of two books: Learned in the Trenches: Insights into Leadership and Resilience (2018) and Mentoring and Sponsoring: Keys to Success (2020).

Maria Angela was the first woman to supervise seismic crews in the jungles of Venezuela, to advance a global career with leading roles at Kuwait Oil Company, Halliburton and PDVSA. Her integrative leadership and capacity to innovate propelled step-changes in technology implementations, prestige, international positioning and strategic business outlooks in all the organizations she has worked or consulted for.

Maria Angela Capello is a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy), the highest civil honorary conferred by Italy, “for her outstanding career in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors”. She received the top individual recognition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Honorary Membership, and serves at the Board of Directors of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She is a Physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), a M.Sc. of the Colorado School of Mines (USA). She is certified in coaching, training, marketing and business. Her passion is to motivate, mentor and propel women and young professionals into leadership and sustainability. She is also a pianist, specialized in the baroque period.

Lorenzo Izarra

Lorenzo Izarra received his undergraduate in Geophysical Engineering from the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” in Caracas, Venezuela and his MSc. Geophysics from the University of Houston in Houston, USA. Additionally he has a Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Sciences from the Institute Français du Petrole (IFP) in Paris, France.

His industry career began in Venezuela’s National Oil Company (PDVSA) where he served as a Seismic Interpreter in the Exploration Management. Subsequently, he worked as Development Geophysicist for Eagle Ford Unconventional play for ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas, USA. He spend several years working in the R&D department for Halliburton/Landmark where he served as Geoscience Technical Advisor, building the bridge between Energy companies and Halliburton.

He possess more than 15 years of experience working in the Oil and Gas sector and worked in Conventional and Unconventional fields in Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and USA. He is currently working as an E&P Consultant for Oil and Gas and Customer Support for Geology and Geophysics applications.

Gabriela Suárez

Gabriela Suárez is currently a Senior Processing Geophysicist for Petroleum GeoServices (PGS) based in Houston, TX. She has over 15 years of industry experience and is a member of the GSH and SEG. Her educational background includes a MSc. in Geophysics from University of Calgary in Canada as well as an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. Gabriela started her career in 2003 with WesternGeco in Houston,TX, working on time processing for onshore and OBC data. In 2005, she joined the processing team in WesternGeco Denver. In 2006, she started her graduate studies as a Research Assistant for the CREWES Project, University of Calgary. In 2009, she joined Imperial Oil Canada as an Exploration Geophysicist working for Cold Lake Geoscience. In 2010, she got transferred to the ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston, TX, to fulfill the role as seismic processing specialist. In 2014, she became a member of the Global Processing Team for Shell International Explorationand Production and served as a Senior Processing Geophysicist with assignments in Houston, TX and Rijswijk, Netherlands.