The Way Ahead Magazine

Topics: Petroleum, Petroleum industry, Natural gas Pages: 71 (23122 words) Published: August 7, 2013
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The Magazine by and for Young Professionals in Oil and Gas

VOL. 9 // ISSUE 2 // 2013

PUBLIC PERCEPTION

OUR INDUSTRY

An Official Publication of

The Society of Petroleum Engineers • www.spe.org

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VOL. 9 // ISSUE 2 // 2013

What’s Ahead

Perspective from TWA’s editor-in-chief, Todd Willis.

TWA InterAct

Responses to TWA content sent via social media.

TWA Interview

Dueling points of view from Ben Ayliffe, head of Greenpeace International’s Arctic Oil Campaign, and David Blackmon, managing director of strategic communications for FTI Consulting.

HR Discussion Forum

How to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to advance one’s career.

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Results of a poll that sought to understand people’s “oil awareness.”

Economist’s Corner

Exploring the nancial roadmap of an independent’s asset.

Pillars of the Industry

Sarah Edman, ConocoPhillips’ manager of corporate public policy, discusses public perception of the oil and gas industry.

SPE 101

How SPE needs you as a volunteer to help it accomplish all it does.

Discover a Career

Shell Canada’s Andrew Chen and Ronald Pagan talk about petrophysics as a career in the petroleum industry.

Technical Leaders

Cairo University’s Ahmed El-Banbi and Science Based Solutions’ Geoffrey Thyne give their perspectives on common public perceptions of the oil and gas industry.

Soft Skills

The global gas industry—a cleaner energy source needs a smart workforce.

A YP’s Guide to... YP Newsflash

Find out more about what it’s like in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Interviews with the winners of the 2012 SPE International Young Member Outstanding Service Awards.

Your Best Shot

The best on-the-job photos from reader submissions.

An Official Publication of The Society of Petroleum Engineers • www.spe.org Printed in USA. Copyright 2013, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

What’s Ahead–From the Editor of TWA

“Perception is reality.”
Todd B. Willis Editor-in-Chief The Way A head

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here is a lot of truth to this quotation [which is generally attributed to US Republican Party political consultant and strategist Lee Atwater (1951–1991)]. People view the world and the events in it through their own colored glasses, tinged with political views, beliefs, and their own personal experiences and history. How else can you explain such widely divergent and hotly contested...
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