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Janet Clark | September 16, 2011

Published on September 15, 2011

According to a recent Houston Chronicle study, one of the city's leading female executives is Janet Clark, executive vice president, treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Marathon Oil Corporation.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on female leadership in the energy industry with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Although disparity in pay and promotions between male and female employees still exists across industries, women are increasingly taking on leadership roles and closing the gap, says Janet Clark, executive vice president, treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer of Marathon Oil Corporation.

Clark stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how women are becoming more active in leadership positions, particularly in the energy industry.

“I give the same advice to the young men as the young women, which is to look for where you can get the greatest opportunity and to learn as much as you can about not just a specific role that you have, but more broadly, what drives the business that you’re in,” Clark said. “The more fully and deeply you understand the business, the greater value you’re going to contribute to the company and the more you’re going to get out of it, and much more quickly you will ascend in the ranks.”

As more women are hired in traditionally male-dominated roles in the energy industry, the playing field is becoming more equal when it comes to the job search.

“Marathon is a great place to work for everybody, and that comes from the values, the culture, the ethics, a company that values inclusion, that respects all people from all walks of life,” Clark said. “We like to hire the best and the brightest, and we promote them to the best of their abilities and when you do that you see women rising to the top.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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