Welcome to a new AWE web site feature: Boardmember Spotlight. Each installment will have one of our board members answering a few questions about their experience, influences and advice to other women in the energy industry.
Lindsay N. Sander, Sander Resources
In what part of the energy industry do you work? How long have you been involved with the energy industry? What is most rewarding about your field to you?
Oil and Gas. 15 years. It is a dream to work in a dynamic, under-appreciated and wonderful industry that is full of opportunity. Everything in this country is made possible by the actions taken by the men and women who make the production, transportation and refining of our natural resources possible.
What qualities helped you overcome the biggest career challenges you have faced?
Passion, perseverance, and honesty.
What qualities do you look for in new hires?
Ability to communicate- verbal and written, cognitive thinking, passion, creativity, humor and being a well-rounded, decent human being.
Name, or describe, 3-5 people who have inspired you in your professional endeavors?
- My Husband
- Marge Melvin- my 5th grade government teacher
- Minnesota Lt. Governor Carol Molnau – former boss
- President Ronald Reagan
What advice would you offer women in the energy industry?
Keep your head up, do good work and never, ever give up. The rest will take care of itself.
What advice do you offer Millennials, who are beginning their careers?
Listen, work hard and don’t expect to advance quickly or to be paid well for some time. Everyone is watching you and your Millennials label has already set you back (whether you want to acknowledge this or not). You have to earn your way just like everyone that came before you.