Women in Industry Conference

Women in Industry Conference is postponed to March 24

The fifth annual Women in Industry Conference, originally scheduled for Oct. 15, has been postponed to March 24, 2022, due to travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1,250 women are expected to fill Galveston’s Moody Gardens Convention Center from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. to learn about expanding opportunities for women in the petrochemical industry and industrial trades.

This marks the conference’s fifth year hosted by Galveston College and a consortium of nine area community colleges from the Texas Gulf Coast region.

The one-day Women in Industry Conference will introduce women to careers and opportunities available in the petrochemical industry and industrial trades, career fields long dominated by males but now open to women.

The 2019 Women in Industry Conference, the fourth hosted by the consortium, drew more than 1,200 interested women. The 2020 conference was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This conference is designed for all women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school and college students, veterans, and women in transition—who desire a stable, well-paying career,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of Instruction at Galveston College.

“Because of an aging workforce, plant expansions, and new construction starts in a growing economy, women in the Gulf Coast region have more opportunities than ever before.”

Attendees at previous conferences also included women already in the field, looking to advance in their career paths.

Participants will hear from other women who work in the petrochemical industry and industrial trades and will have the opportunity to talk with college representatives about enrollment, financial aid, and other training-related issues. Several major employers are also expected to be present.

Corporate sponsors for the event include ExxonMobil, Worley, Chevron Phillips Chemical, BASF, Dow, Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council, Occidental, Phillips 66, Zachry Group, Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), Covestro, INEOS, Freeport LNG, Olin, Shell, Texas Gulf Coast Community Colleges Consortium, and Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas.

Community college sponsors include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College.

To learn more about attending the Women in Industry conference or to become a corporate sponsor, contact JoAnn Zeisig, Women in Industry Conference coordinator, at jzeisig@gc.edu or (832) 603-4033.

To register for the conference online, please go to womeninindustryconference.com.