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 Cece Richter!
How long have you been working for the energy industry?
In what ways has the energy industry had a positive impact on your life and career? Are you happy that you chose this industry?
Many years ago my godmother worked for the President of Exxon (then it was Humble Oil). She said, "you need to go to work for an oil and gas company." So, at 22 years old I was hired by Texaco in New Orleans and loved every minute of my time there. I then progressed from Steonographer to Executive Assistant. I got to meet and work many brilliant people. A job move for my husband brought me to Baton Rouge where I began working for Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA - then LIOGA). Again, I was blessed to work with many brilliant and exciting oil and gas people. I have ALWAYS loved my job and have been rewarded accordingly and for that I am most grateful for my career, that has not only brought joy to my life, but a paycheck to help support my family.
What would you say to young girls today who are considering pursuing a STEM-centric career?
Go for it, but make sure you love what you do so you will be happy and that will show in your work.
Did you ever feel like you were at a disadvantage as a woman in a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome that?
That was never a problem for me.
How are you helping pave the way for other fellow women in the energy industry?
I have tried to lead by example. Whenever there is an opportunity to teach someone something that will help them progress, I’m the first to offer guidance.
CeCe started her career in the oil and gas industry in 1975 with Texaco in New Orleans and is now at LOGA. Cece's people-oriented personality, strong desire to work hard for what is right, and passion for the oil and gas industry make her a pleasure to be around. Her desire to help everyone she comes in contact with is a strength for LOGA and the industry. CeCe is married to Max for 43 years, and they have two sons. They spent their growing up years at the ball park, and she now cheers at those same ballparks for her grandkids. She was born and raised in New Orleans, and if you have the opportunity to have a conversation with her, you would figure that out yourself!