In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, LAGCOE is highlighting women who have been instrumental supporters of our organization.
Meet Natalie Guillot:
LAGCOE: Tell us about yourself!
Natalie: I was born and raised in Lafayette, LA where I graduated from Lafayette High before I moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. I participated in various organizations while at LSU, holding the positions of Engineering College Council President and Society of Women Engineers President the year I graduated as a Chemical Engineer. I've had the pleasure of working in various organizations during my 12 years in the industry, but have enjoyed managing projects and people the most.
LAGCOE: How long have you been working for the energy industry?
Natalie: 12 years.
LAGCOE: In what ways has the energy industry had a positive impact on your life and career?
Natalie: The industry has provided me with a rewarding and fulfilling career by gracing me with the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
LAGCOE: Are you happy that you chose this industry?
LAGCOE: What would you say to young girls today who are considering pursuing a STEM-centric career?
Natalie: If you even have a slight chance that you want to be a problem solver, then please reach out to someone in the industry for advice. These conversations will open your eyes to the many facets of the industry that aren't publicized.
LAGCOE: Did you ever feel like you were at a disadvantage as a woman in a male-dominated industry?
Natalie: No. My position is that any burden you choose to block your progress, will. I've chosen to see challenges as a way to prove I'm right where I should be and earn the respect of others. Every industry has challenges, so it's up to the individual to make them opportunities.
LAGCOE: How are you helping pave the way for other fellow women in the energy industry?
Natalie: I participate in various outreach opportunities to allow the younger generations the opportunity to ask questions and strive to provide open and honest responses. This was not something I had the privilege of having, so I hope that I can help initiate the catalyst in the youth that might not see the industry as a place where they can grow and succeed.
President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women's History Week; and in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. The day is celebrated globally and highlights the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.