The Pink Petro HERWorld Energy Forum will be held at Rice University on March 8 (International Women’s Day) followed by a reception hosted by the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA).
Themed The Next Era of Energy: Lean In, All In, Join In, the second annual forum recognizes the contributions that women make to the energy sector and their future and establishes an open dialogue on key issues and challenges women face in the industry.
Local teen artists Sami Murphy, Savannah Hoeffner, Sydney Bryant and Halston Dare were invited to perform at a cocktail reception at Rice University’s McNair Hall following the conference.
Sami Murphy, 13, will perform an original song, Energy, inspired by Katie Mehnert, CEO of PinkPetro. Murphy hopes to end the gender gap, especially in oil and gas, and to empower women to break glass ceilings everywhere. A Springboard South Development Artist, Murphy has already amassed an impressive catalog of original songs and recordings created in Nashville and Houston with industry-recognized producers and award-winning songwriters. She is a contemporary country artist and singer/songwriter who started singing Adele and Jennifer Nettles’ covers at the age of 8 years old, proving that she is strong, fearless, confident and independent.
Savannah Hoeffner, 16, a junior at Lamar High School, sang in the Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker this past winter. She describes her music as a cross between rhythm and blues and contemporary pop and performs covers from the likes of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys and also shows a softer side to her vocal range with beautiful ballads. Hoeffner is certainly a talent to watch.
Sydney Bryant, 17, a soulful vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and accomplished songwriter with a unique sound and strong stage presence, has released two professionally recorded and produced EPs on the digital market. She performs live all around Houston, including the Houston House of Blues, GreenStreet Downtown Houston, Fitzgerald’s, Warehouse Live as well as at many local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Bryant also has been selected to perform in Austin during the South by Southwest Music Week for the past two years, has been a featured artist at the Deep Ellum Arts and Music Festival in Dallas for two years, and will be kicking off her West Coast tour to Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado in late April.
Cuban/American emerging pop artist Halston Dare, 17, from Houston, Texas is currently working on her debut album with PCG Nashville. With a number of singles already under her belt, Dare is known as a seasoned songwriter who has spent time recording with producers in Texas, Nashville, and Los Angeles. She has recently been a featured guest on hit radio stations KRBE 104.1 and Univision 104.9 talking about her single STARS, an anthem for young girls championing gender equality in third world countries through education – a topic the teen vocalist is very passionate about. With her Stars For Girls Video and Charity, she has aided the education of girls in nine third-world countries. Alongside live dates at local venues in Houston and Nashville, she also has been invited to perform at Houston’s KRBE Radio Station Studio Lounge, Cadillac’s National Customer Event with O’Jays’ Eddie Levert, Houston’s Thanksgiving Parade, NFL Texans Pregame Festivities, MLB Astros Games as well as Springboard Music Festival. Her single TIME was featured in a Nissan Radio and Television commercial on KRBE and NBC.
More information on featured artists below:
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/ SamiMurphyOfficial/
Instagram — @samimurphyofficial
Twitter – @SamiBamiMurphy
Instagram — @savannahhtx_
Twitter — @savannahhtx_
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/ sydneybryantmusic/
Instagram — @sydbryant
Twitter — @sydbryant35
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/ HalstonDare/
Instagram — @halstondare
Twitter — @halstondare