The Colorado Petroleum Council, the regional division of the American Petroleum Institute (API),  last week hosted over 300 Colorado high school juniors and seniors and college-aged women to help them discover the career opportunities that exist for women in the oil and natural gas industry.

"Women Rocking the Rockies" was part of the Colorado Petroleum Council's "Women in Power" initiative and included a series of seminars designed to draw more women to one of Colorado's most dynamic and vital industries.

"Women Rocking the Rockies is designed to show Colorado's young women that this field presents limitless opportunity for them," said Tracee Bentley, executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council. "Women and minorities have pathways to success in the natural gas and oil industry and we want to give them the tools they need to thrive in this growing field."

The API study, "Attitudes and Perceptions of Women about Seeking Employment in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry", found that women seeking employment have bypassed the industry because of a systemic lack of knowledge about the opportunities available. The Women in Power initiative, spearheaded by Bentley, was created to change that pattern.

"I believe that today some of these young women realized that their unique interests and skills are compatible with a career in natural gas and oil," said Bentley.