SAFETY AND...ESG Initiatives:
Lauren Zooms in with Oil and Gas industry female powerhouse Petra Reyes to discuss being a woman in a male-dominated field, the meaning of ESG., and which Golden Girl she is most like in this episode celebrating female empowerment.
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Lauren Brizendine 0:39
Hey, Hey, welcome to Safety And… a laughing and learning podcast where we talk about safety and well, whatever else is on your mind. I'm your host, Lauren Brizendine, and today, I am joined with Petra Reyes, who is the Emerging Markets Manager for Power Infrastructure Partners [https://pip-tx.com/]. Welcome, Petra!
Petra Reyes 0:59
Hi! thanks for having me.
Yes, I am super excited about this one for a lot of reasons. First of all, we are a month before International Women's month. So, I'm super excited to be talking to a lady for once because that is super nice to have. And I can't wait to hear about that. But also because someone has a birthday coming up. And so maybe we can talk about some of that, too. So really excited for this interview. But first, I want you to talk a little bit about your career. You work in oil and gas. I saw an article and it said Petra is all things Petro and I loved it. And I just want you to tell our listeners a little bit about all things, Petro and all things Petra.
Well, yeah, so my name is Petra, and it's not a joke. A lot of people say Oh, is that your nickname or your parents really into oil and gas. Actually neither. I'm the fifth one in the family. I come from a long line of Petras. Every single one [Petra] in my family is a female entrepreneur. So, I had some big shoes to fill.
When I was a little girl, I had seen Elle Woods and Legally Blonde and I wanted to be an attorney. I'm gonna be an attorney. I’m gonna wear pink. And I'm going to female empowerment. I mean, things like her, that movie, Tyra Banks, and you know, all those women that scream women empowerment is really what motivated me. And of course, my family, my mother was an entrepreneur as well. She was a Mary Kay woman. So that's how I learned how to cold call and be very confident talking to people, especially other women. I was born in Midland, I lived somewhere else for a while, and then I moved back in my senior year of high school. I went to Midland College and while I was in college, I was working as a bartender at a country club and I would see these sales reps taking people to wine and dine and I thought, wow, sales seems like a lot of fun; let me go be a sales rep. And these sales reps would say no, no, stay out of the oil patch, but if you really want a taste, I'll let you sign my invoices for me. So, I would run around paperwork for multiple service companies, specifically, sales reps. And that's how I learned how to drive up on location how to be confident when you walk into a trailer full of men that have no idea what you're doing there, especially when you're coming with an invoice, you have to have a lot of confidence.
I can imagine that can be a little intimidating, you know.
Oh, most certainly, very intimidating. I've been… there's a lot of times where I was the bad guy, and I was really just the messenger. And then the downturn, they didn't really need ticket signers but what they did need is help pushing their services. And since I had expanded to so many different services, the biggest one was environmental. I decided well I know all these company men, I talked to all these people. Let me help all these different service companies push their business while I'm getting tickets signed. And that's how I was able to get in doors and mention… Hey, I know you're signing a ticket for environmental work, but you know you need you're gonna need trucking and I know you're gonna need drilling and I know you'll need a pumping unit eventually. Let me help you find those things and I would tell them call Petra for all things Petro. Yeah, so even if you have a vendor list and you're already satisfied with who you have, you never know there's gonna be something else that you need. And I wanted them to know that I will, I can be their first call. It doesn't matter what it is. And to this day, I have lots of decision makers that call me and say, Hey, I have a vendor I'm happy with, but I'd like to see the pricing. I'd like to take a look and see who's out there. So, I'll put out a message to all of my people that I've been working with… multiple services and I'll let them know, hey, I've got a customer looking for someone to bid on this upcoming work. And that's how I expanded my company and, and fought my way into the industry and put myself through college.
I love this story. You know, it's interesting, I was about to ask you, why did you choose this for your profession? But it almost sounds like it kind of chose you. I mean, are you happy with kind of how things have unfolded for you in your career?
You're right. I never thought in a million years, even though I was born in Midland, Texas, and my name is Petra, that I would be working in oil and gas, let alone the energy industry. Like I said, I thought I was gonna be an attorney and President of the United States one day, and I feel like I'm going to accomplish so much more in what I'm doing now. Versus… I mean, don't get me wrong, being a lawyer would have been super cool, but I just have so much fun and I, I thrive, I am like a freak of nature. I love cold calling. I love getting people in the door. I love helping people. And that's what I do is I'm expanding people's business development; I'm helping them different ways and getting in the door. Just different sales strategies. And it's unique to this industry, and all the different things you can do to get in the door. And I'm, I'm just loving it. And you're right. It's, it chose me for sure and I just can't believe I never thought of it with my name being Petra and all.
I know. Well, I mean, it's like, you know, I love that you talked about, you know, you want to be a lawyer. I mean, the way I look at it is you could still be that too. I mean, I think there comes a point where you just start feeling with your life. And especially as you get older, it's like the sky is really the limit. So why don't you know, who knows where your journey is going to take you. So this is just such an amazing story. And I'm just so happy that you're sharing it with us.
My next question is kind of around International Women's month, like I said, so excited to talk to a lady. It's so lovely. But what does it mean to you to be a woman in oil and gas? Because you've already kind of touched upon that a little bit? And, and just needing that confidence? And I want to dig a little bit more? And have you kind of share with us what that means to you.
So, the industry is definitely male dominated, there's no question about it. But I think being a woman in the industry now is more important than ever. Women are typically the ones that are being more environmentally conscious. And women are starting to up… come up and rise in the C suite, you know, She E O, is like a really popular saying right now.
Yeah, and there's like, HERstory instead of HIStory or, you know, those fun things.
You know, women are so valuable to moving forward and the industry has a little bit of a dark cloud over it. If you think about it. There's… we have a lot of rebranding to do as an industry, and I think women will be… will play huge roles in that and this time around. It’s… the tale is old as time when it comes to marketing and pricing, even during a downturn, women are able to be very innovative, a woman will figure out I mean, that's why makeup does so well, despite recession, because a woman will find out how to adjust her grocery list to buy a tube of lipstick. We're just creative. We know how to rise above the occasion. And not to say there's men that that can't do that, but women haven't been really given enough opportunity to do that. And that can go both ways…
You know, there's a lot of ladies out there that have been given incredible positions of power. And I've seen I'm not gonna mention anyone in particular, but I've seen some major E&Ps that have female CEOs make decisions that weren't the best for the company, because they were trying to prove something and they're not remembering why we were put in that position, because we do know how to be innovative and resourceful and how to make a… a better decision that is going to be outside of our ego, if that makes sense.
No, it does. You make like a really interesting point that I do want to touch upon. I think, you know, one of the things about being a woman in the industry is that you can bring a different perspective. So why would you choose to want to, you know, fit in, I mean, there is a level of having to be knowledgeable, but bring your own perspective because that's what makes it such a unique position. And I'm really glad you're kind of touching on that.
Yeah, I mean, we have to rely on one another as well. There's, you know, if you your climb up the ladder and you get there, try not to pull it up with you, you know, hold it for somebody else to get up there with you so that you can train another lady or man to think like you did. I mean, there's a reason why you got up there to the position. So, training somebody to be your successor, and do better than you is the most important thing. And part of being, though I hate to say it, but like a motherly, we all have that maternal, motherly instinct. So, take advantage of that ladies, like, let's spread the knowledge and power and the skill set that we have to be CEOs.
Yeah, I love that you talk about empowering and lifting each other up. Because one of the things I thought was interesting is when we were trying to schedule you were like, you know, I'm really trying to land this meeting, I might have to you know, reschedule and I just remember thinking, I hope she lands that meeting so bad. I want this for her more than she wants it for herself. And I love that you're touching on the fact that that I think is very critical for women to lift each other up. I mean, why wouldn't you want someone else to succeed, because like you said, I mean, it just kind of creates a pattern of success for the future. And really just kind of a hope for the future in which women are playing such a big role. And I love the idea of that I really do.
There are so many women here in the Permian Basin that I owe my firstborn to. Women in the oil and gas industry. They told me what to watch out for how to behave proper etiquette, they told me your 90% of the time, you're going to be the only woman in the room, and how to some and I admit it, but there are ways that that's an advantage being the only woman in the room.
What is your formula for success? Or do you have a formula for success? Because the more we kind of talk I'm like, you are just kind of it's kind of just meant to be it feels like but what is your formula for success for anyone who might be listening?
Okay, for starters, volunteer. Give your time like there's no tomorrow like you have… like it's an obligation like you got in trouble and now you got community service. I mean, go, and sign up for everything you can. Trash pickups…
I have met a lot of customers and influencers, people that can connect me to the right people from just giving my time; and this was something that I had to do as part of one of my scholarships, I had to work on… I was part of, it's called a Texas Sized Garage Sales here in Midland, Texas, [http://seniorlifemidland.org/] and everything benefits Meals on Wheels. [https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/] I mean, this is their biggest fundraiser that contributes to a bulk of their cost.
It’s such a big part of my heart for senior citizens, because a lot of my customers, a lot of the men that got me into the industry are now retired, and they're, you know they're a lot older, it's been 10-15 years and they helped me get… break in. I mean, that's where a lot of the knowledge is and even though things are changing, and the industry is evolving, you can't forget the good old boys that built this Permian Basin, you can't forget those guys that had those deep secrets that are good friends with the big-time owners and CEOs of these companies that are here today, like Tim Leach or Audrey from Endeavor. I mean, whoever these are the ones that are important, and to give back to the community.
But that's where I started was volunteering. I joined… when I was in college, I was in the I was in SPE with all my engineering friends and I helped them get internships because I was helping service companies that needed to hire engineering interns, so it would always… it was back and forth. My big thing is volunteering, paying it back because it will totally come full circle.
Conferences, shaking hands with everyone and anyone you really… your voice is going to be gone. Like at the end of every conference I've ever gone to, I have like no voice. Last year at NAPE, I was just like, I thought I had COVID because I was so sick. I didn’t, I haven't had it… but I was shaking everybody's hand. I was like talking to everybody….
Another thing is Victoria Prince. She was like the number one realtor in Midland forever. The biggest thing she sells houses and I went to her Woman of the Year award banquet, and my eyes just boggled looking up at her because she said I have the secret to sales. I have the secret to successful sales. She had this envelope and she's like, shhhh, this doesn't leave the room. It was a roomful of 100,000 people.
Is it ok that you share this? I’m nervous now, I'm like… I mean… it’s okay right?
It's okay. I'm sure she'll love that I shared it. So, she pulls this envelope, but it says like top secret written on it. And she makes this big show about it. And she pulls out a gold card. And written on it in sparkly letters, it says, follow up. Follow up is everything. Your customer, nine times out of 10, is not going to buy anything from you that day, a month from now, a year from now. But stay on top of it. Just, if you only talk to them, when you think they might need something, you're not going to sell anything, you might get lucky and you will. But follow up is everything. Stay in contact, stay in front of them. That's where I pride myself on as I stay in front of everybody's customers, I tell them doesn't matter what you need, you call me and I'm going to connect you to the right person. And that's how I've been able to drive sales for multiple service companies.
I love um, I just love… this is great advice, I mean follow up… It's interesting, my boss actually tells me he's like, that's something you need to do better. I love the idea of going to conferences and networking. I think that is ultra-critical. And just I mean, I think just your advice about giving back. You know, I think it's easy to, you know, forget sometimes, especially when you're successful in your career that, you know, there is something to having to kind of put back into it, you know, that like to show that gratitude. So, I really love your advice here.
I'm going to try to tie that into the birthday coming up. Now, I know a lady never says her age, right. But I kind of feel like age doesn't matter unless you're like wine and cheese. I to have a birthday coming up and feel free to share or not share your age. I'm open. I'm more curious about maybe just kind of some words of wisdom, kind of birthday wisdom. You know, I have a milestone birthday. So, I have a lot of wisdom. And probably some not so smart things to say. On kind of this brink of your upcoming trip around the sun. What are you, what are we feeling? What kind of advice… How are we doing? You know.
So, it's a big birthday for me, actually, it's very important. So, I lived in La Crosse, Wisconsin for 13 years, I moved away from Midland and I lived up there and I have a lot of siblings. So, I knew my father is a retired Marine and he's now a nurse. I knew there wouldn’t be a ton of money for college for me. And I wanted to go to Baylor or University of Wisconsin, I wanted to go somewhere big. And I knew that it was going to be tough if I went to one of those schools. So, I'm calling relatives and I call my aunt, Estella Gibson, and I say, I don't know what I'm going to do. I want to go to college, and I can't afford it. She said girl, move to Midland, because if you graduate from Midland High, you can go to college for two years for free.
Boom, nine days before my 18th birthday, 2011, I moved to Midland, Texas. And that changed my life forever, as you can tell. Now, this birthday that's coming up and on February 18 will be officially 10 years that I've been in Midland, Texas 10 years, I make the biggest leap of my life. I left my parents, I moved across the country, I missed my high school. I mean, I just uprooted my life so that I would have a chance at a good education and a future. I had no idea how much Midland had to offer. I mean, it's… it's just countless opportunities, people that have paved the way for me and helped me through school and jobs and everything. I think this 10 years, the wisdom that I've gathered is your network is your net worth. It's not and I don't want that to ever be confused with nepotism or good old boys, because if you're, you can know people and you can have people that are related to you, they can get you in good places, but it's really, it's the ones that aren't related and the ones that don't know your family name. That are that's really that's more valuable to me. And it's based off hard work and good ethics and, and being true to yourself. This city, and the people that have contributed to the success of this city want people other people to be successful and I think the biggest thing is… is wisdom, is asking for help, reaching back, paying it forward, being grateful, you know, and another thing is a lot of times, this city can have a lot of unfun things about it. It's dry. We're all working all the time. It's intense. You never know, chicken one day feathers the next. But nowhere and I've lived by this, there's nowhere better than where you're currently living because if you're always feeling like somewhere else is going to be better. Then you're never going to be happy where you're at. And my freshman year in college I remember this professor told us “You know why there's no mountains here in Midland, Odessa?” Do you know why there's no mountains here?
I have no idea I've never really driven out that far… I lived in Texas for years. Dallas Fort Worth area and never drove out that way just because I was like, it is so dry I might just disintegrate.
Yeah, but no, there are no mountains in Midland Odessa because people that move here, people that are from here, live here, born here, raised here, start businesses here… Anybody that has anything to do with Midland, Odessa… can move mountains.
Oh, I love it. Maybe I need to go move there.
In Midland there's always room for one more!
I'm good where I'm living, but just… I super love that. I really do. I do want to kind of start transitioning into your “and” now I don't know, I can't remember if I said it but your “and” that we'll be talking about today is ESG initiatives in the oil and gas sector. Now let me just say every profession is full of acronyms. And when I saw that you wanted to talk about ESG initiatives in the oil and gas industry. I'm like, oh my gosh, that is very specific. I know very… well, I even pulled up another interview about it. And I'm like, maybe I'll ask these questions and sound really smart. But I don't want to do that. I don't want to plagiarize. But I do want to talk about what ESG is.
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You know why it is important to you and kind of start transitioning a little bit into this, this passion topic that you're just really excited about. So, tell us a little bit more about those acronyms and exactly what this is?
Sure. So ESG is environmental social governance, all E&Ps everybody has to have an ESG report, we all have to do our effort to be compliant with federal and state regulations to protect our environment, I think a lot of the media portrays the industry is we don't take care of our environment, we're not worried about it. And that couldn't be more opposite, because we need the environment around the people that are producing and working in this area to be healthy. So, we are being very mindful of the environment. But now it's even bigger than ever, because of the new administration in office. And because there are, there's… we can always improve on everything that we do. And so, for all investment portfolios, what once was just a check off a box for E&Ps or companies to be compliant with, it's now in its necessity and it's also a huge initiative for everybody. I've seen a lot of companies develop taskforces that are specifically focused on select ESG initiatives. One of the big ones is reducing the use of diesel to produce oil and gas or electricity on locations.
Okay, so kind of parlaying off of that. What type of trends Do you see going forward within the oil and gas sector this year and even beyond 2021?
So, a big trend in the industry is: I'm seeing a lot of cost saving initiatives and being more environmentally conscious and then on top of all of that, generating additional sources of revenue, aside from oil and gas production. And all of that really does tie into ESG. Because you can save a lot of money. By being more environmentally friendly, you can produce different sources of revenue from being mindful of the flares, reducing flare and emissions. It depends on your BTU content, of course.
Can I just say I, I kind of laugh. I just your passion for and the ease of which you speak about it is kind of a beautiful thing. And I'm really enjoying learning and listening about this. I mean, I just, you're so passionate, I could listen to this, I could do a whole separate podcast just on this because I am really enjoying listening to this. But please continue. I apologize.
Sure! No, no, it's fine. Oh, no, you're good. I wrote a few of these down. So, the big thing is power to production, you know, in order to produce anything out there you're going to need power. A lot of times, because a lot of these locations are very remote, they've resorted to using diesel power out there, which was fine, then. But now with all these new initiatives, there's now it's time to be a little bit more innovative, and resourceful. Something that women are really good at.
So, who I work for, is Power Infrastructure Partners and on the other side of our company is called Pumpjack Power. Now, I'm going to say a little bit about Pumpjack Power. Pumpjack Power is the electrical contract side, they schedule however much power you're going to need, make sure everything's on. You let them know what kind of power or what kind of systems you're going to be using, and you'll let them know like, we need this many megawatts and Pumpjack Power will make it happen. If you don't use it like so if, for example, oil went negative, you're shutting in wells you're not producing, because it's going to cost you more to produce the output. Part of that one of the things that contribute to that negative number is having to pay out contracts for power, diesel, lease agreements, drilling contracts that you've already signed and agreed to, but they make you have a take or pay contract. Pumpjack Power does not do that. If you're not using that power, we're not going to charge you for it.
Which makes sense.
Right? Well, you'd be surprised… a lot of power companies out here like TXU, Priority Power just to name a few. They’re… they… I'm not saying they all do this, but I have seen a record or a pattern of charging them regardless paying for electricity that you never used… and pumpjack power has figured out how to redirect it, how to sell it, bring it back or not bring it back, but like I said, redirect it use the electricity somewhere else until you're ready to use electricity that you told us you needed. So that's the contract side that's Pumpjack Power side.
A lot of companies are in… So, whenever you get an electricity contract to your house, you don't really want to change your contract right away unless it really makes sense. And sometimes when you're locked in, it might cost you more to cancel your contract than switch companies, even though in the long run it would save you money... So, in the meantime, let's say you got a… you need to upgrade your facilities, or you want to stop using diesel and you want to… drill, frack, and produce with electricity, but you need to be connected to the grid better; or you want to upgrade all your systems or Transformers or poles and wires, that you bought a… you bought an acreage, that the infrastructure was built in the 70s, and it cannot transmit enough power to your locations, because the BHP is different and you need a lot more power now. So, what my company does, Power Infrastructure Partners, is we help companies connect to the grid, whether you use Pumpjack Power [https://www.pumpjackpower.com/] or not, you can still use us to upgrade your systems, to build out new poles and wires, anything that you need to get electricity to your location we can help you with. And whether or not… I mean, it could be any kind of construction, but really, it's electrical infrastructure that we help make happen. With that being said, there's also a lot of acquisitions going on. This is another trend; a lot of people are selling off their assets. Now, let's say you have this huge acreage, and you can't afford to hang on to it anymore and commit to your drilling commitments. But what a lot of companies don't know or do… because electricity is always such an afterthought… and it's crazy because they do all the science and the math for the sands, for the drill, for the pumping unit, and all this thought is put into anything that they're spending money on. When it comes to their electrical contracts, they're just signing and going and they don't realize they’re overpaying for electricity or… then when they're buying an asset… an asset or an acreage, they don't realize that to upgrade all of their electrical infrastructure might cost them just as much as this company is charging them for the asset itself. So, you want to buy all these wells, and all these permits for $20 million, but it might cost you another $10 million on top of that, to upgrade everything and get it going. So that should play… that should play a role in how much you pay for that asset but… So, that's something that PIP does as well, we help you with your due diligence to make sure that you're not overpaying for something that might end up costing you more to get online and get going. Like a house, let's say there's the electrical infrastructure, all the wiring in the house is not safe and doesn't pass code, and you don't realize that til you've already bought it because the estimator or the appraiser didn't do that great of a job, because that's not really… they're just making sure you pass like the bare minimum and the due diligence on the electrical side wasn't really well thought out, you didn't have an expert or somebody that is focused on strictly that, making sure that you're really getting your bang for your buck. And that's definitely something that I'm seeing… what I would like to see a lot of E&Ps look into as well, because that'll definitely play a big role in the cost of what you're buying.
Yeah, well, first of all, I am a little concerned. And now I want to go like check my electric bill. Okay, no, no. Yeah, I mean, there's companies… but I really enjoy that you kind of broke it down for us, right? So, I mean, I'm like, all right. ESG, environmental sustainability, governance… and governance, right? Is that it?
Social and Governance.
Social, man… But I feel like you kind of broke it down into, you know why it is important, because it sounds like we all have an opportunity to save money we all have an opportunity to live in, in a cleaner environment. So, I think this was a great topic to talk about. I'm not nearly as nervous as I was, initially. But
No, don't be! Entering the industry was really scary for me, because I didn't know anything about oil and gas and one of my biggest mentors was Jay Low from Energen. He worked he was a Senior Environmental Coordinator at Energen, and I had to work under him helping that company be very compliant; they were very messy, they had a lot of spills... they had several service companies that I was helping sign tickets. That's how I met him; I had a ticket for him to sign. Because whenever you make a spill, or you're trying to be compliant with the Texas Railroad Commission, you need somebody physically there to make sure whatever job was being done was took as long as it did, you need somebody to just kind of monitor, and I had after that, at that point I had been in the industry for two years, and I had a good idea how long an environmental job should take. So, when you ask why I'm so passionate about this is I broke into the industry, I expanded that was the first E&P producer that I worked for before I only worked for service companies, I had never actually had a desk in the office of a big producer. Energen… and after that Energen sold to Diamondback. But I mean Jay Low, God rest his soul he actually passed a month ago, but he helped me learn so much, and how to even better talk to E&Ps and decision makers, but the biggest thing was the environmental aspect, he told me this is going to be something that we're getting away with for a little bit… but moving forward, a lot of things are going to be changing. And I kept that in the back of my head. And when I took this recent position, I was like, oh my gosh, here I go big circle, again. I'm coming here right back in environmental and it's gonna actually… what we're doing is going to save the industry so to speak, we're going to get to rebrand and commit to a greener way of producing oil and gas, helping companies create a new source of revenue, and making our or… everyone's investment portfolios look a lot better because you're not just investing in oil and gas, you're producing electricity for the grid. God knows our power… our grids could use a lot more power… and those open flares, we can convert those into electricity. And if the BTU content is good enough, you can strip the liquids from that as well so that's that additional source of revenue. So, one , you're selling the liquids, that's one of the options, two  you're producing electricity, you can either save costs on electricity needs for your lease, or you can sell electricity back to the grid to mine Bitcoin, which is popular to power data centers, you can develop contracts with companies like Amazon or whomever needs that power. And like I said, you could put it back on the grid and sell it to your neighbors that are also producing. So, this is really like a three in one kind of deal to change everything the way we're doing and become so much more environmentally friendly, cost conscious, efficient, resourceful, kind of like women. [Laughs] I’m gonna say it as many times as I can…
We were on the same page, that's what I connected to especially when you were talking about like the rebranding aspect, I thought Not only are we getting an industry that's going to have a rebrand, that's a little cleaner now, but we're also getting the rebrand just to kind of bring it full circle that women are going to be a part of that story in a really big way. So, I love that you kind of ended on that, because I felt it. You know, I definitely was picking up what you were putting down and I was excited that we were really connecting on that, but I do want to start kind of moving into our fun thing.
Okay, so speaking of women, I gotta tell you how I came up with this little game we're going to do today. And that is because I saw you on LinkedIn when we connected. You were wearing a Golden Girls shirt. And I too love The Golden Girls and I knew we were going to be talking about women empowerment. You know, you can't see me, I have the perfect face for a podcast, our listeners can't but maybe they can I'll figure out video… but I'm wearing a Golden Girls shirt, So, I'm wearing my Golden Girls shirt. And my most like, Florida robe what tunic, love it. And you know, I'm trying to channel sort of my inner Golden Girl, but I want to talk a little bit about that and then we're gonna play some Golden Girls trivia. I'm super excited about that. I want to ask you, because I feel like this is a question that everybody always has to answer, but what golden girl are you the most like?
Hmm? Okay, I would say my brothers would say Sophia, because I’m like grrr… I have three brothers. Yes, it's awesome… but I'm also I'd like to say I can be very Dorothy as well because I'm not saying I know it all but I do like to reference facts and books and famous authors. I think Dorothy was very empowering. She would encourage Blanche and Rose to stand up for themselves and be respectful of others and she didn't need a man. I'm not saying I don't need a man but I'm just saying she was just very much her own woman and she took good care of her mother. So, I'm very much like the Petrillos.
I'm a hybrid too. I connected with Dorothy on a deep level man, she is totally my spirit animal. I mean, I really feel in the tunic that I'm wearing that I actually look like her. There's something about the sarcasm and just the very frankness straightforwardness that I connect with. I also love Blanche because her comedic timing as an actress really, but as a character, just her charisma, her love for life. I just like… I want that in my life. You know, so I just I love that we're talking about Golden Girls.
I could get a little Rose sometimes too.
I love it. They really, you know, I would say that I could probably be all four of them at any point in my life, but such a great show. I was super thrilled that that was kind of when I saw you wearing that I felt like I'm like me and this girl are gonna really get along.
Oh, it has a lot to do with my grandmother's as well. I mean, how does a 28-year-old… 27, almost 28 get so obsessed with the Golden Girls? Both of my grandmothers are entrepreneurs. They both owned businesses of their own and I would hang out with them a lot and that was always on. My grandmother would sew. Golden Girls was on all day long and I was just hanging out and help her sew and the other one she owned a restaurant here in Midland, Rosa Enriquez, and she also loves the Golden Girls her favorite is Blanche. My grandmother is wild! Let me tell you, so it definitely comes from women empowerment man, those my both of my grandmas were just always encouraging, and I definitely latched on to like what they were showing me on TV.
Yeah, I remember. So, we actually in Disney World, and I haven't been in forever, so I don't even know if this is still a thing. But the set… like the outdoor set of the Golden Girls was in Disney World and I just remember. Yeah, like or was at some point. It was part of like Universal Studios. And I remember like, being like, 16 y'all… 16 so young, and just being like, oh my God, the Golden Girls house and, and then they had like, the Empty Nest house too. And it was just an exciting time. So, it's a great show. I love that it kind of ties into our theme for the show about women empowerment. But I will ask you, are you ready for a little bit of Golden Girls trivia because I looked at some questions. I'm so excited about some of these. It doesn't allow me to see you know, the answers aren't there until I click the button to show it. So, I don't necessarily have visibility. So, if there's a few that I might not know, either… I don't wanna seem like I'm cheating or like, I'm an expert, because the answers are in front of me. But you know, so I just wanted to explain that. But we'll ask a few questions and then close up our interview. So Golden Girls trivia, all right. This is a great one. I love it.
So, who played Rose?
Yes. And Happy Birthday… belated birthday to Betty White.
Yes! She's also… I think she is an Aquarius as well.
Yeah. She is… I love her… in so many ways. I hope I can do a whole podcast just on Betty White. Betty White, if you're listening.
I want to be on it.
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What was the name of Rose’s husband?
Is it Niles? Is it not Frank? Yeah, Niles is right. I think you're right…
Oh, her late husband…
Yeah... Ok, I don't even know this is a question but I'm gonna ask it just because, you know, I think it's important, but
Do you know the city in which all her stories are based in?
St. Olaf man, if I look, I just love that. I love that so much. Ooh, this is a great one. I love it.
What is Sofia's nickname for Dorothy? You know this girl… I know you know it…
Yes. Well, I think so. Hold up. Yes. Okay. I was like…
I can't believe I remember that… I do. I do believe that because I watch it all the time.
Yes. So, I will ask a few more. Actually, some of these are great and I'm just curious of the answers myself.
What is the color of Blanche’s wedding dress?
I don't know. I don't really know this. I feel like anything would just be a total guess from my end.
I wanna say white but peach, maybe? Would that be?
Yeah. Like I feel like maybe red like heart...
It is red! Okay. Total educated guess. But yeah.
Which golden girl got married in the series finale?
Yes, it is Dorothy gets married to… do you know who she gets married to?
Gosh, I can't remember. It's a really good way to end this series because she'd never had like a consistent boyfriend or like,
Oh my gosh. I remember being like 16 and crying. Because I'm so happy. It says here she gets married to Lucas who is Blanche’s brother. I don't know that I completely remember that, but I do to your point remember, like just her getting married. And being super excited that she got her happiness, you know, because I feel like that's what we all kind of seek in life.
I will ask you this one. Just be I'll ask you two more. And I'm curious about this one because I really don't remember it says which two Golden Girls appeared on Jeopardy? I haven't guessed because I think…
Oh, you know, oh, well, then you tell me.
Rose & Blanche.
Alright. Oh, okay. This says Dorothy and Rose.
Oh, I should’ve known! Dorothy is a smart one! I think her, Rose, and Blanche like did a lot of performing together. So that's why I thought maybe it was Blanche.
Yeah, that definitely makes sense. Well, the last question I'm gonna ask you is who played Dorothy?
Her name is Bo.
Close. You’re close.
Or Rue. Yeah. Now Rue is a Blanche… Rue McCollin or MacAllan… Do you want to take another stab at it? You’re so close.
Yes! It is Bea Arthur. I wish I had a bell. I joke, I finally realized that in post-production, they could put a bell. So, who knows you might get audience clapping sounds. It’s amazing what you can do in the world of sound. So, I'm really excited that you kind of played this fun little game with us. But what I'm most excited is that you shared her story, you know your story and your passions about being a woman in the oil and gas industry and then more so your, passion for ESG initiatives. So, I just want to thank you so much, Petra, for being on our show. I have had a blast. This is by far been my favorite interview because it's nice just to sit down with a female, you know, and I just it's I'm glad that things are going well for you. Happy Birthday. I mean, I did the math. I'm not going to say what your age is. But that is that's a great age, you know, and I'm super excited about the things on the horizon for you.
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