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Women LEAD (Leading through Empowerment Affiliations and Development) 

These programs are designed as short events to encourage networking and provide a woman's view of leadership.  Each program will highlight a female speaker to talk about leadership through a woman's lens, following the speaker there will be an opportunity for discussion and networking.  If you have 


 questions or comments about this program, please email sactleadership@rice.edu.  


Women LEAD Event, October 3rd 4-5:30pm  (Location will be provided along with RSVP Confirmation)

Speaker: Tina Faraca  

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 Tina Faraca

Women LEAD is proud to present the first fall speaker for 2014, Tina Faraca.  This event will be held on October 3rd from 4-5:30pm and is an RSVP only event.  Please keep in mind that seating is limited, so only RSVP if you can attend the program in it's entirety.  

Tina Faraca is vice president of engineering and construction for Spectra Energy. She is responsible for project management, engineering and construction of all of the company's U.S. expansion projects, as well as significant maintenance initiatives.  Before being named to her current position, she served as vice president of strategic development, where she led Spectra Energy's strategic planning and market fundamentals analysis efforts.  Faraca also served as president of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, the joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, Emera Inc., and ExxonMobil Corporation, responsible for Maritimes' assets in Canada and the United States, and as general manager of business development for Spectra Energy Transmission, where she oversaw the development and marketing of all new natural gas pipeline infrastructure and expansion activities on the company's Texas Eastern and Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline systems.  Faraca joined Spectra Energy in 2001 as director of business development in Boston and her experience in the energy industry includes senior leadership positions in engineering, system planning, strategy development, marketing and business development.  Prior to joining Spectra Energy, she worked most recently with El Paso Corporation in Houston and Boston.

Faraca received her Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.  She is involved in various industry organizations including the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, New England-Canada Business Council and the Northeast Gas Association, where she has served on the board.

In May 2008, Faraca received Spectra Energy's Summit Award - the company's highest employee recognition - for her participation with the Northeast Gateway Project. She was also honored with a 2010 Woman of Excellence Award from the Halifax-Cornwallis chapter of the Canadian Progress Club for her years of leadership as president of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. 

Full Bio 

Women LEAD Campus Coordinators, 2014-2015 

Nicole Zhao

Genevieve Tarlton 

Amy Ryu

Stephanie Yeh

Mini Bhattacharya

Michelle Bowen

 Please email the Women LEAD Coordinators with any questions. 


 Previous Women LEAD Programs

If you are interested in reading about previous Women LEAD programs, please see notes from their discussions below:

              Part 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhib17bCfpw
              Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd19BF3CpsU
              Part 3:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55TBFo6Gufs
              Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN5IEE-8TSI