A passion for empowering women
by Renee Griffin
The empowerment of women in business is a passion that Brenda Erickson has carried throughout a career that has spanned more than three decades. That passion recently earned her recognition as one of the Top 30 Influential Women in Houston.
Brenda has mentored more than 100 colleagues through their careers at ConocoPhillips. Additionally, she has helped many entrepreneurs build their capacities for success through her work with the diversity and development programs of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, a third-party certifying organization that serves 750 women-owned business enterprises representing $15 billion in revenues and more than 40,000 jobs across Texas. This year, Brenda was named Board Chair of the WBEA. (ConocoPhillips is a corporate sponsor of the organization.)
After graduating from the University of Iowa, Brenda started out as a teacher before transitioning to the energy industry. She joined ConocoPhillips in 1988 and worked in various sales, marketing, pricing, and contract management roles. She advanced to the company’s supply chain organization and led teams in talent management and procurement.
In her current role as corporate supply chain director at ConocoPhillips, Brenda is responsible for sourcing and administering millions of dollars in contracts for various business groups within the company, including information technology, human resources, real estate and facility services, aviation, Polar Tankers, travel, GGRE (geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering), finance, commercial and communications.
Brenda also serves on the board of Waterway Wealth Management and volunteers her time to support the United Way, Junior Achievement, her church in Houston and her family church in her hometown of Moline, Illinois.
She travels back to Moline and other locations throughout the U.S. whenever possible to spend quality time with her parents, siblings, and especially her four outstanding nieces and three exceptional nephews. Of course, Brenda’s quality time with each of those youngsters includes mentoring to help them become accomplished adults.
Brenda Erickson's Words of Wisdom for
Women in Business
“If you are invited to the conference table, you are invited to speak. Huge strides have been made to help women have the opportunities to compete so they can win. Get in front of people so the voice of your business can be heard.”
“Believe in yourself and the ability to do anything. Never turn down a job or an opportunity.”
Family and friends
“Draw support from them because they make everything possible.”