SPE Talks To: Shauna Noonan – Strengthen the Core

2020 SPE President Shauna Noonan discusses her SPE journey and unveils the theme for her presidency. Each month, Shauna will join The SPE Podcast to share her President's Column. We'll end each of these podcasts asking the audience an interactive question.


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From Shauna's October President's Column:

My involvement in SPE has proven to be essential at each pivotal point in my career. As a young engineer, I would gladly pay for my own SPE membership even though I was counting pennies. I considered the annual dues an investment in my career, which continued to pay off repeatedly. I took on many different roles within SPE during my 29 years as a member—embracing positions that would develop my technical knowledge and soft skills, such as leadership and communication. So many doors of opportunity have opened for me because I interacted with my fellow members and utilized what SPE had to offer. The time spent on those SPE activities has always been a wise investment.

As your president, I want to expand the value an SPE membership brings to both members and to companies that support their employees’ involvement in SPE. Our society is strong, yet I believe there are opportunities for improvement in the following areas:

  • Gain recognition as the technical and unbiased source of information about our industry
  • Develop trust within our industry and with the public
  • Expand the value of membership and attract new members
  • Illustrate value of attending SPE events against competitor events
  • Increase manuscript citations and engage those from outside our industry who want to publish with SPE

The theme of my presidency is “SPE Strong: Strengthening the Core.” For the society to continue to grow and expand, we must ensure that the core attributes that have allowed SPE to flourish remain extremely strong, both now and in the future. Based on feedback I have received from fellow members over the past few years, I plan to focus on the five areas summarized below and detailed further in my upcoming columns.

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