On April 19, the USRCC hosted its 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series luncheon. The event took place at St. Regis Hotel, Houston, TX and drew more than 80 business professionals from a variety of different industries and backgrounds. 
Panelists provided the audience with a unique perspective, real examples of challenges, success stories and opportunities. Guests had a unique opportunity to network and get an advice from influential women who have achieved success and are making an impact on U.S.-Russia and international trade and investment. 
The panel discussion was moderated by Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax, RSM US LLP. Panelist speakers included: Ludmila Golovine, President and CEO, MasterWord; Kelly Azevedo, Vice President, Commercial and New Development, Gulf of Mexico, Shell; and Melody Meyer, President, Melody Meyer Energy LLC (former President of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company).
“USRCC’s Women Leadership series is a great success. It opens a discussion on representing women in leadership roles, breaking gender stereotypes, and promoting a culture that supports female employees. Excellent speakers: inspirational, engaging, dynamic, and sincere. Special thanks to Meril Markley for being a wonderful moderator, with a perfect blend of professionalism and charm. “
Janna Brokhin, Senior Manager, Neftegaz Holding America
Was a wonderful event with very down to earth women who have had powerful careers. I am trying to proactively plan having a career and children and I think it was very helpful to hear how they manage to handle having a healthy family life and career with children. They were all wonderful panelists and the moderate was wonderful as well, kept everything flowing with interesting questions.”
Cheri Haarmeyer, Applications Engineer, Radix Engineering and Software
“I would like to thank the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce for giving such an opportunity of attending the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series. I was thrilled to meet the Chamber’s members, charming panelists and the experienced moderator, especially hear their success stories. Hopefully, you could tell by the audience reaction that we were absolutely enthralled.
Each one of the panelists inspired me in a different and unique way, especially their depth of understanding the cultural difficulties from the woman’s standpoint while being executives in the foreign countries. Their ability to present their stories in such a fashionable way produced one of the most memorable events in the group’s history.
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and contribution!”
Anna Bogdanova, Marketing and Human Resource Professional
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Our special thanks to our sponsors for making this event so successful: TMK IPSCOand ExxonMobil.

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