FALL 2020 Panel Discussion

The Fall 2020 Industry Panel Discussion is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2020 and will feature four dynamic speakers sharing topics directly relevant the current energy industry climate and supportive of job candidate objectives. In preparation for the Fall 2020 Hiring Event, the panelists will offer their thoughts and recommendations on crucial issues facing professionals in transition.

This will be an interactive discussion from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. including a Q/A session.


Ed Gilliard

Engineering & Finance Consultant

Sanare Energy Partners L.L.C. 

Topic: Current Supply & Demand Dynamic and the Impact on Engineering Demand

Ed Gilliard has diverse experience in engineering, finance, strategic planning and government affairs, in both the domestic and international arenas. He has been involved with negotiating and closing over $3 billion of complex transactions internationally and in the U.S.

He has a superior record of accomplishments at major companies like Baker Hughes, Burlington Resources, Banque Indosuez, Houston Industries, Continental Bank, Amoco and other companies. He is very experienced in negotiating complex transactions and building consensus with diverse groups, in English and Spanish.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Judy Lanum

Career Coach

Lanum Enterprise

Topic: Side Hustles: A way to diversify in uncharted times

Judy Lanum has worn various hats throughout her career including Customer Service Manager, System Analyst, Program Director, Youth Mentor, Public Speaking Coach, and Marketing Director. 

She has an art for making others comfortable with sharing, as she enjoys learning the unique stories and adventures of those she meets.  Her life’s mission is to empower others with the ability to discover the skills and traits they already possess, determine their five-year goals, and to help them accomplish those goals. 

Judy feels strongly that the art of targeted, intentional conversations with others – with a mindset to meet their needs first – is a major factor in succeeding.

Julie Fehl

Manager of Career Coaching

Wilbanks Consulting Group (WCG)

Topic: Using LinkedIn to Enhance Your Personal Brand

Julie has been in HR and Talent Acquisition for more than 16 years.  Julie’s experience has ranged across different industries.  Julie works with clients to look at their accomplishments and goals for the future to effectively communicate their unique value – both in writing and conversation.

Using a proven formula developed through experience over time, WCG’s clients consistently achieve their goals.  Julie brings the perspective of what today’s employers are looking for through the eyes of the recruiter and hiring manager. She works with professionals from many backgrounds – those returning to the workplace, transitioning industries, looking for that next promotion, and leveraging transferable skills.

Amanda Rico, Ph.D

Resume & Editorial Specialist 

Owner of Rico Editorial Services

Topic: Resume and Cover Letter Best Practices for Oil, Gas & Energy Pros

Dr. Amanda Rico specializes in resume building, editing, and career solutions for senior and executive-level professionals. With 13+ years of experience ranging from generating materials for TEDx speakers & Healthcare executives to optimizing profiles for Energy & Petroleum managers, she is passionate about helping forward-thinking leaders level up. 

She is a Houston Business Journal Oil & Gas career columnist and highly-requested professional development seminar speaker with a proven track record of working alongside public officials, career diplomats, and corporate executives such as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, Jeff Immelt, Jeff Shellebarger, and Jeff Miller. 

A member of Career Directors, International – a first-tier, internationally-recognized resume certification organization – Dr. Rico is currently completing her Certified Advanced Resume Writer credential. Amanda earned her Ph.D. in English at Texas A&M University, and her M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma.