August 2020 Webinar

Leading Through a Crisis: Managing Your Career in Crazy Times | Covid-19 Pandemic

Webinar | Friday, August 7 | 12 Noon CDT

In a recent talk on the job market, the Greater Houston Partnership stated that over 330,000 Houstonians had lost their jobs during the first quarter of 2020. Living in Houston we have been hit with a double-blow: Not only do we have to deal with a world-wide pandemic and the economic crisis wrought by Covid-19, but we also we have also been caught in a world-wide downturn of oil and gas prices caused by the Saudi-Russian price war on crude, including an oversupply on the market.

During this time, some of us have lost jobs. Others, who are still employed, may be wondering how they can make work more satisfying, get promoted, or get that well-deserved raise. Our next program will deal with all of these concerns. We have a panel of industry experts who will provide tips on job search, as well as how to manage your career in these crazy times. Mark Friedman, a principal of MJF Associates, a Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Career Development firm, will moderate.



Mark J. Friedman, Ph.D.
Principal, MJF Associates



Mark J. Friedman has over 25 years of experience in Management and Organizational Development. His experience includes: Executive Coaching, Strategic Alignment, Team Building, Change Management, Career Development, Individual and Organizational Assessment, Leadership Development, and Meeting Facilitation. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior management helping them to execute and successfully produce critical organizational results.

Mark has broad industry experience having worked in oil and gas, engineering and construction, petrochemicals, electric utilities, big pharma and healthcare, federal and municipal government, as well as banking and manufacturing. He has a unique ability to develop rapport with clients and help them build new and more successful approaches to working with others and executing on projects. He has a passion for helping people manage their careers and has worked with over 3000 people in career transition.

Dr. Friedman has worked internationally in Mexico, Canada, the UK and China. Over the last eight years he has served as an Executive Coach in the Rice University Executive MBA program and coached over 55 executive participants.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and resides in Houston Texas with his wife Alice. He is an ex Oficio member of the Houston Association for I/O Psychology Board.

Dianne Reece

Managing Partner
Insight Out Consulting LLC
Dianne Reece is an experienced people + organization development leader specializing in enhancing the effectiveness of engineering and technical leaders and teams. Having worked with diverse executives in more than 15 countries, Dianne brings years of practical insight, wicked problem solving, and organizational systems analysis to create an engaged and productive workforce. She has held HR leadership roles in TechnipFMC, FMC Technologies, Aker Solutions, and Halliburton. A few of her signature projects include the recruiting and people development plans for new manufacturing and service facilities, optimizing shared services operations, and guiding people and process performance improvement initiatives for product engineering teams. Dianne has been thrilled to call Houston home for over 20 years, survived 3 hurricanes, countless tropical storms, and successfully navigated at least five energy downturns. She is married to Eric who shares her delight for Houston’s dynamic international culture.

Patrick Jankowski

Senior Vice President, Research
Greater Houston Partnership

Patrick Jankowski is a regional economist and senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership.

His observations and analysis on the local, regional and U.S. economic trends have appeared in over 200 newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasts, including The Atlantic, Bloomberg Business, CNNMoney, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

He has worked for the Greater Houston Partnership, and its predecessor, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, for 37 years. He has been married to Olga Jankowski for 38 years. Both have been wonderful experiences.

David Deaton

Synergy Corporation

David Deaton has been an experienced energy industry professional and proven leader for over 35 years. He successfully worked in the Upstream, Midstream, & Downstream components of the business as a manufacturer and distributor of piping products sourced and consumed both domestically and internationally.

As a senior executive David was fortunate to do business with most of the major operating companies in the world. He helped to establish long- term agreements with Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Valero, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Dow, Koch, Sabic and Huntsman, to name a few. He was also involved in large project work with the major EPC’s like McDermott, Bechtel, Parsons, KBR, Fluor, Jacobs, Wood and others.

For the last 10 years, David brought his breadth of experience, leadership skills, business acumen, and knowledge of the energy industry to establishing and growing the global energy practice of one of the top 40 Retained Executive Search Firms in the US, headquartered in Houston, Texas.

He has successfully completed many search engagements for executive positions in businesses ranging in size from $100 million to $6 billion in annual revenue. These businesses include firms that are both privately and publicly owned as well as start-ups and those owned by private equity firms.

David and his wife and daughters moved 5 times in the first 11 years of his early career. He also travelled, extensively, on international assignments. Currently he and his wife reside in Houston, Texas where they are involved in many industry organizations and functions.

Pricing | Registration

As we strive to continue delivering high quality content in our new online environment – our webinar pricing is a nominal $20 fee – which helps us maintain RGF services and cover overhead. We recognize that your job may have been affected by COVID-19; thus, you will also be given the option during checkout to join the webinar at no cost.  Thank you for supporting the RGF community as we manage through this crisis.