Members in Transition, the new SEG program

Through the Members in Transition (MiT) program, SEG provides support to its members who are in the inbetween stages of their careers. A member in transition is a professional in geophysics who is looking for a new job or a change in her type of work. MiT aims to support recent graduates who are looking for their first job, those who have left the corporate work environment voluntarily or forcibly, to seek other opportunities, or who want to start their own entrepreneurship. Likewise, we want to support the changes implied by the energy transition, which often leads to changes in roles, focus, or activities. The aim is to support the employability of geophysicists in the world of work, which is constantly being renewed. What skills are needed? How can you succeed in the transition? These are the basics of the MiT program, which will be explained in greater detail in the webinar.

La SEG quiere apoyar y dar soporte a toda la membresía que está en proceso de cambio, los “Miembros en Transición”. Un miembro en Transición es un profesional en geofísica que está a la búsqueda de un nuevo trabajo o de un cambio en su tipo de trabajo. Apuntamos a apoyar a los casos de recién graduados que buscan su primer trabajo, o aquellas personas que han salido del entorno laboral corporativo voluntaria o forzosamente, para buscar otras oportunidades o que quieren iniciar su propio emprendimiento. Asimismo, queremos dar soporte a los cambios que implica la transición energética, que muchas veces impulsa cambios de roles, foco o actividades. Se quiere apoyar la empleabilidad de los geofísicos en el mundo laboral, que está en constante renovación. ¿Qué habilidades se necesitan? ¿Cómo poder triunfar en la transición? Estos son los fundamentos del programa MiT, del que hablará este webinar.

Speaker Bios

Maria Angela Capello

Maria Angela Capello is a renowned leader and author in the energy sector, with a gift for motivating individuals, teams, and organizations into achieving complex and strategic goals. She is an expert in sustainability, corporate resilience, diversity and inclusion, and an advocate of resilience, digital transformation, and talent development. She is currently consulting for organizations in Latin America and the United States to envision and propel their corporate sustainability strategies. In addition, Maria Angela is currently raising the awareness about the pivotal role of geosciences in advancing the United Nationas 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by leading the application of the Geophysical Sustainable Development Atlas, an initiative she spearheaded, to a global outreach.

She is co-chair of the United Nations UNECE Committee for Women in Resource Management. 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 in Kuwait Oil Company, Halliburton, and PDVSA. She has lectured and delivered more than 87 webinars online and in person in Africa, Asia, Europe, Asia, USA, and Latin America. Her integrative leadership and acute vision for innovation propelled step-changes in strategic business outlooks in every single organization in which she has worked or consulted.

Maria Angela Capello is a Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy), the highest civil honor conferred by the President of Italy, “for her outstanding career in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors.” She is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), which is the top individual award of the SPE, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She is a physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), and a M.Sc. of the Colorado School of Mines (USA). Her passion is to 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 degree in geophysical engineering from the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” in Caracas, Venezuela and his MSc. in 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 a development geophysicist for the Eagle Ford unconventional play at ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas, USA. He spent 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.