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Making Ungainly Strides Toward Team-Building

Gretchen Gillis, AAPG President

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 7:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Course Content

Geoscientists and engineers tend to focus on increasing their primary technical skills because that is interesting and fun. To succeed throughout their careers, geoscientists and engineers also should develop nontechnical secondary skills. Skills such as communication, team-building, and inclusiveness are essential to enhancing the effectiveness of technical staff in organizations, both employers and scientific societies such as AAPG, SEG, and SPE.

7:00 am–8:15 am
In-Person – George R. Brown Convention Center


icon Gretchen Gillis is Geological Consultant at Aramco Americas in Houston, where she supports oil and gas exploration and production and provides training in petroleum geoscience and scientific writing for Saudi Aramco. She began her career as exploration geologist and later served in a variety of marketing communication roles with Schlumberger.

Gretchen was elected AAPG Editor (2007 – 2010), received the Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the Honorary Member Award in 2018, and is 2021-2022 AAPG President. Appointed by AAPG in 2015 to the board of directors of GeoScienceWorld, she served as 2016-2018 board chair. Gretchen is a Trustee Associate of the AAPG Foundation and the SEG Foundation and served as a Director of the SEG Foundation.

Gretchen earned a BA degree in geology from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA, and an MA degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.


Making Ungainly Strides Toward Team-Building
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000