July 18, 2020

Pivoting & Adapting to Change- An Interview with Mariela Poleo

Pivoting & Adapting to Change- An Interview with Mariela Poleo

Whether personally or professionally, on your terms or not, you’ll probably have to pivot a few times your life. The ability to adapt is the key to success.

Mariela Poleo, current manager and president of the Simon Bolivar Foundation, the non profit organization of Citgo Petroleum Corporation, shares how she pivoted and adapted during her  extensive career in the oil industry, serving in global roles in Equinor (Previously Statoil), including Head of Finance and Control for Exploration North America and development and Production Offshore USA.

During this interview Mariela provides great insight on how to pivot and adapt. The discussion is full of insights that can be extremely useful in the current climate of nonstop volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. She shared how pivots caused by taking global assignments was made easier through open communication with her husband. The key to understanding you role in your personal relationships, allows adapting to a pivot to go smoother. Mariela touched on living, parenting and working on three continents and the cultural differences.

Mariela shared how she is using governance, transparency, collaboration to meet the humanitarian needs of Venezuelans and Venezuelan refugees at the Simon Bolivar Foundation.

Mariela is Venezuelan, lives in Houston,  and is involved in the community, supporting causes on women empowerment, finance and oil and gas. Find Mariela on LinkedIn to learn more about the excellent work she is doing in the board room and the community.

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