PESA program offers mentorship to next generation of executives

Published on July 25, 2016 by Alyssa Michaud

The Petroleum Equipment and Services Association (PESA) created its popular executive leadership program two years ago to offer a year-long course focused on development opportunities and mentorship to participants from more than 20 member companies.

“The program explained how my approach to certain situations was not rendering the best results,” one participant said. “I now have a much better understanding of how to approach internal and external situations and have seen a shift in my thinking and behavior.”

The program provides participants with training, leadership events and strategic career advice through interactions with industry leaders.

“Influencing others is a key skill that can help us to achieve success in the things that we do,” Envision’s International Executive Specialist Pat Lipovski said. “This is not about manipulating people to get them to do what you want, but working together, using appropriate communication and behavioral styles to gain the best outcomes and maintain a positive relationship.”

Currently in its second full year, the annual program saw such high demand in 2016 that PESA opted to offer an additional pair of seminars in June.

“We have instinctive filters that eliminate risk in order to survive. Few people can sift through these filters enough to be an entrepreneur,” PESA Board Member Santosh Mathilakath said. “To be an entrepreneur, you must have enough at stake be hungry enough to pursue the risk: the greater the risk, the greater the reward.”