With the natural gas industry’s biggest global event – the World Gas Conference – convening in Washington D.C. next week, we’re profiling several of our talented and inspiring female leaders, starting with Teresa Smith, vice president of human resources.
Teresa joined the company more than 25 years ago, after answering a newspaper ad for a secretary. She was grateful to land a good-paying job, but quickly found the industry offered so much more.
Soon she went back to college to complete her bachelor’s degree and then her master’s degree, taking advantage of educational assistance offered as part of her development plan. Teresa did this while working full time and becoming a new mother – of twins.
“The flexibility, support and possibilities across a large company to grow and learn helped make this a career,” Teresa said. “I found a place that captured my interest and gave me the opportunity to contribute. I’ve worked with many great people who have taught me how to be the leader I am today. It’s a respectful, caring place to grow.”
Teresa finds it important for women to start thinking about their future early, which is why she has been a board member and classroom consultant for Junior Achievement and is currently a board member for Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council. Teresa’s diverse career has provided opportunities in a number of departments, including engineering and business strategy. Today she leads a team that provides HR consulting, employee relations and compensation services across our seven states.“Encouraging women to finish their degrees, volunteer to be on project teams and initiate conversations about their career growth are ways I feel I can help make a difference,” Teresa shared.