Women Offshore Podcast

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Women Offshore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit private operating foundation, supporting the careers of female seafarers worldwide. Hosted by the founder of Women Offshore, Ally Cedeno, the Women Offshore Podcast brings you stories of working on the water and topics that affect seafarers. You will be inspired by these stories as Ally explores different sea-going careers around the world. Listen in to make waves with the Women Offshore Podcast.

#metoo in Shipping, Episode 46
04/08/2021

Listener & Reader Discretion Advised This episode contains content that may be alarming to some listeners. We advise listener and reader discretion. Specific stories related to sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) are played between 7 minutes 46 seconds and 10 minutes 02 seconds. We do our best to hold these topics with intention and sincerity, and we hope you’ll listen in only when you feel ready and able. Check the show notes for support resources and please take care of yourself.  The #metoo movement that propelled around the world in 2017, now also includes the shipping industry. Episode 46 highlights the #metoo movement offshore with a g...


Seeking Safer Waves, Episode 45
04/01/2021

Digging into the Data of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Sea There has been a lack of data on sexual violence and harassment at sea. However, in 2019, an organization was founded, Safer Waves, to conduct research and provide support to those working on the water and have experienced sexual violence and harassment. Kicking off the organization's launch, a survey obtained information on the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment offences and to inform decisions for the future directions of Safer Waves. In Safer Waves' initial survey, 72.5% of participants identified as female and 27.5% male. The vast majority of participants were...


Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Awareness Series, Episode 44
03/26/2021

A mini series with a big message. Next month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to bring awareness to sexual assault and sexual harassment. SAAM calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread. It is a proclamation to join advocates and communities in taking action to prevent sexual violence. Here at Women Offshore, we are participating in SAAM on our podcast, but the conversation will not stop when April ends. Over the next 7 weeks, two female mariners and graduates of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Ally Cedeno and Fionna Boyle, will dive in deep into the...


Fiji Women in Maritime Association, Episode 43
03/18/2021

Listen to voices making waves in Fiji. in September 2016, the Fiji Women in Maritime Association, known as Fiji WIMA, was founded to promote the visibility of women in the maritime sector, establish a network to connect, inspire and promote female maritime professionals and provide the opportunity to engage stakeholders within Fiji's maritime industry. FIJI WIMA is a part of the IMO’s Gender Programme and they are a very active group, supporting women on the water and spreading the word about the importance of the maritime industry. In this episode, Ally Cedeno, the founder of Women Offshore interviews Jane Koi, the...


Raising the Profile of Women on the Water, Episode 42
03/13/2021

See it. Become it. Here at Women Offshore, we know that women are often invisible in careers on the water, and we believe that in order to reduce the gender gap, we must also spotlight our industry's role models. Today on the podcast, the founder of Women Offshore, Ally Cedeno, shares three reasons why it is important to raise the profiles of women who work on the water. Through her experience of highlighting female seafarers in the maritime and offshore energy industries on WomenOffshore.org, Ally reveals some insights that you may find surprising. Have a Listen & Subscribe The Women...


Women in Maritime – IMO’s Gender Programme, Episode 41
03/06/2021

Hear how the IMO supports women in the maritime industry. In 1988, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) initiated its gender programme for an institutional framework to incorporate a gender dimension into IMO's policies and procedures. IMO has supported access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime industry. Presently, the IMO gender programme is called Women in Maritime and focuses providing women training, visibility, recognition. Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from Helen Buni, the Principal Programme Assistant of the Technical Cooperation Division at IMO and the focal point for the Women in Maritime programme. Helen joined...


Grief Onboard, Episode 40
02/25/2021

Today on the podcast, lets tackle grief together to support our crewmates. Over 50 years ago, Winston Rice stepped food on board a drilling rig in the US Gulf of Mexico. This experience ignited his passion for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Today, you can call him Chaplain or Father Winston Rice, serving those who work on the water through the Maritime Pastoral Institute. Regardless of religion or atheism, Father Winston has always been eager to go offshore to provide support to those who are grieving, when for example a crew member passes, or to provide support, including logistical assistance...


First Female Marine Pilot in India, Episode 39
02/18/2021

Listen to Reshma Nilofer, India's first female Maritime Pilot. Meet Reshma Nilofer, a maritime pilot at Syama Prasad Mookherjee Port (formerly known as the Kolkata Port Trust). She is India's first and only female maritime pilot. Reshma is a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology, where she studied marine technology and engineering. She joined the Syama Prasad Mookherjee Port as a pilot trainee in 2011, and she earned her pilot role a few years ago. As a maritime pilot, Reshma is at the pinnacle of the industry. She is a navigational expert and pilots in one of the most challenging...


Vessels of Hope, Part II, Episode 38
02/11/2021

In a two part series, learn even more about Mercy Ships and how they save live across the globe. Last episode, we introduced you to Mercy Ships, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that provides surgeries for thousands of people with their floating hospitals. Since Mercy Ships was founded in 1978, over 2 million lives have been impacted through surgical care, medical training, and infrastructure development. They have completed over 100,000 surgical procedures and trained over 42,000 professionals in the areas they have served to create "a lasting legacy of healing." Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, learn even more about Mercy Ships and opportunities to...


Vessels of Hope, Part I, Episode 36
02/04/2021

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to transform lives and serve nations, one at a time. Globally, 5 billion people lack access to safe surgery, leaving many to die every day from treatable causes. Safe medical care is something that is out of reach, so many are suffering across the globe. Because 50% of the world’s population lives near a coast, Mercy Ships, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, can provide surgeries for thousands of people with their floating hospitals. Since Mercy Ships was founded in 1978, over 2 million lives have been impacted through surgical care, medical training, and infrastructure development. They have completed over 100,000 su...


Dealing with Rumors & Gossip, Episode 36
01/29/2021

Let's talk about rumors and gossip. It's a sad truth that most people indulge in rumors and gossip. When put on a ship, isolated and bored, the rumorville can sometimes be quite busy. If you have found yourself as the subject of rumors, how did you handle it? If you gossiped about someone, why did you do it? If you heard a tall tale and did nothing about it, why didn't you intervene to stop it? Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, explore ways to handle rumors on board and stop the gossip with Erica D'Eramo from Two Piers Consulting...


A Pledge to Change an Industry, Episode 35
01/21/2021

In 2017, a group of women came together to pledge for a higher standard in the fishing industry. The Strength of the Tides community was started in 2017 by Elma Burnham, a commercial fisherman who spent the last decade fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska. What started as a pledge for the fishing community to publicly state they support women who work on the water, Strength of the Tides, has grown into a global community of women in the fishing industry. They believe that women's lives, bodies, and strengths are undervalued in today's culture. Strength of the Tides is simply a rebuttal of...


From Engineering Offshore to Space, Episode 34
01/14/2021

New on the Women Offshore Podcast, be inspired by a woman who now works in space technology. Learn how her skill sets offshore were invaluable in making this career change and pursuing success. Kim Saxton is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Systems Engineering. After graduation, she worked on tankers and drill ships, before taking a leap into a role with SpaceX. As a systems integration and test engineer for the Dragon Spacecraft, Kim was responsible for Dragon Flight Systems integration and testing, created the integration flow for...


A Tall Ship & a Star to Steer Her By, Episode 33
01/08/2021

"I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..." - John Masefield, Sea Fever Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, explore what it is like to sail on a tall ship in modern times. Hear from Ger Tysk, a mate on the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the United States. Launched in 2015, Oliver Hazard Perry is the first ocean-going full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years. The ship is...


Happy New Year, Episode 32
12/31/2020

More to listen to in 2021! As the year comes to a close, you may have noticed that our podcast has been a little quiet lately. That's because we are working on providing you with a weekly podcast in 2021! Today, on the Women Offshore podcast, get a sneak peek into what you'll listen to in 2021. We think you will be inspired by sea stories of women making waves around the globe! Thank you for listening to the Women Offshore podcast. Happy New Year, and we look forward to sharing everything we have been working on with you soon! Have a Listen...


Happy New Year!
#32
12/31/2020

As the year comes to a close, you may have noticed that our podcast has been a little quiet lately. That's because we are working on providing you with a weekly podcast in 2021! Today, on the Women Offshore podcast, get a sneak peek into what you'll listen to in 2021. We think you will be inspired by sea stories of women making waves around the globe! 

Thank you for listening to the Women Offshore podcast. Happy New Year, and we look forward to sharing everything we have been working on with you soon! 

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Conference 2020 Recap, Episode 31
10/21/2020

Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear all about the 2020 virtual conference. Here at Women Offshore, we hosted a virtual event for our 3rd annual conference on October 2nd and 9th. Over the two days, attendees heard keynote speeches and panel discussions, learning from HR representatives and offshore experts. Through interactive sessions and workshops, there were opportunities to network with others and share ideas. Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from the founder of Women Offshore and chairwoman of the conference planning committee, Ally Cedeno, and a conference attendee, Julie Schaeffer, who recap the conference and provide their takeaways...


Women Offshore Conference 2020 Recap
#31
10/21/2020

Here at Women Offshore, we hosted a virtual event for our 3rd annual conference on October 2nd and 9th. Over the two days, attendees heard keynote speeches and panel discussions, learning from HR representatives and offshore experts. Through interactive sessions and workshops, there were opportunities to network with others and share ideas.

Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from the founder of Women Offshore and chairwoman of the conference planning committee, Ally Cedeno, and a conference attendee, Julie Schaeffer, who recap the conference and provide their takeaways from the virtual event.

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Cadet to Captain & Beyond
10/01/2020

From a cadet at California Maritime Academy to captain with Chevron, Captain Amanda Wallace has had an exciting and successful career at sea.

Captain Amanda Wallace's maritime interests began in High School through a program called Sea Scouts. Upon graduation in 2002, Captain Wallace was accepted into California Maritime Academy, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marine Transportation in 2006.

Her work experience spans the maritime industry, from tractor tugs to a hopper dredge and product tankers. Having sailed from cadet to captain, Captain Wallace is currently a marine superintendent for Chevron, overseeing the...


Cadet to Captain & Beyond, Episode 30
10/01/2020

From a cadet at California Maritime Academy to captain with Chevron, Captain Amanda Wallace has had an exciting and successful career at sea. Captain Amanda Wallace's maritime interests began in High School through a program called Sea Scouts. Upon graduation in 2002, Captain Wallace was accepted into California Maritime Academy, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marine Transportation in 2006. Her work experience spans the maritime industry, from tractor tugs to a hopper dredge and product tankers. Having sailed from cadet to captain, Captain Wallace is currently a marine superintendent for Chevron, overseeing the US flag & shuttle tanker operations. Today on...


Championing Women in Lebanon
#29
09/16/2020

Women were previously banned from working in the oil and gas and maritime industries in Lebanon. Now there are new laws and opportunities and a professor is leading the way to bridge the gender gap.

At Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), Lebanon’s preeminent non-profit Catholic institution of higher education and the sole Lebanese university that adopts the American model of liberal arts education, Professor Eugene Sensenig, Ph.D is passionate about empowering his students for equality. Through lessons and interactive webinars, Professor Sensenig has introduced his students to the possibilities of working in extraction industries, in...


Championing Women in Lebanon, Episode 29
09/16/2020

Women were previously banned from working in the oil and gas and maritime industries in Lebanon. Now there are new laws and opportunities and a professor is leading the way to bridge the gender gap. At Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), Lebanon’s preeminent non-profit Catholic institution of higher education and the sole Catholic Lebanese university that adopts the American model of liberal arts education, Professor Eugene Sensenig, Ph.D is passionate about empowering his students for equality. Through lessons and interactive webinars, Professor Sensenig has introduced his students to the possibilities of working in extraction industries, including offshore oil and gas...


First Woman Offshore Lebanon
#28
08/31/2020

Earlier this year, offshore drilling operations began for the first time off the coast of Lebanon. Today, hear from the first woman to join the operation, Sara El Boustani.

In February 2020, history was made off the coast of Lebanon as the drillship Tungsten Explorer began drilling operations in the area for the first time. President Michel Aoun addressed the nation, which was "going through the harshest economic and financial crisis of Lebanon’s modern history,” hailing the country’s first exploration as a “historic” step that would “represent a cornerstone to rise from the abyss” and transform...


First Woman Offshore Lebanon, Episode 28
08/31/2020

Earlier this year, offshore drilling operations began for the first time off the coast of Lebanon. Today, hear from the first woman to join the operation, Sara El Boustani. In February 2020, history was made off the coast of Lebanon as the drill ship Tungsten Explorer began drilling operations in the area for the first time. President Michel Aoun addressed the nation, which was "going through the harshest economic and financial crisis of Lebanon’s modern history,” hailing the country’s first exploration as a “historic” step that would “represent a cornerstone to rise from the abyss” and transform the economy." On board the T...


All About Anger
#27
07/31/2020

It's no secret that working offshore has its challenges.

At Women Offshore we believe that a career at sea can be exciting and fulfilling, taking people all over the world. It also has its challenges, and sometimes those arise in conflicts between crew members.

On the latest episode of the Women Offshore Podcast, hear a story submitted by a female seafarer about when she became angry at two crew members. Also featured in this episode is Erica D'Eramo from Two Piers Consulting. Erica breaks down the situation, explaining that anger is often viewed...


All about Anger, Episode 27
07/31/2020

It's no secret that working offshore has its challenges. At Women Offshore we believe that a career at sea can be exciting and fulfilling, taking people all over the world. It also has its challenges, and sometimes those arise in conflicts between crew members. On the latest episode of the Women Offshore Podcast, hear a story submitted by a female seafarer about when she became angry at two crew members. Also featured in this episode is Erica D'Eramo from Two Piers Consulting. Erica breaks down the situation, explaining that anger is often viewed differently when displayed by a woman than...


Make the Most out of Mentoring
#26
07/21/2020

Learn about mentoring virtually.

For the past two years, we have operated a mentoring program at Women Offshore, called the Mentorship. This program virtually connects both mentors and mentees, and is designed for women anywhere in the world who have experience or currently work on the water in the maritime or offshore oil and gas industries. Cadets are especially welcome! Our application is currently open and will close Friday, July 24th. Interested in learning more? Visit WomenOffshore.org.

The platform we use is a software by a company called Mentorloop. They want you...


Make the Most out of Mentoring, Episode 26
07/21/2020

New on the Women Offshore Podcast, learn about mentoring virtually. For the past two years, we have operated a mentoring program at Women Offshore, called the Mentorship. This program virtually connects both mentors and mentees, and is designed for women anywhere in the world who have experience or currently work on the water in the maritime or offshore oil and gas industries. Cadets are especially welcome! Our application is currently open and will close Friday, July 24th. Interested in learning more? Click here!  The platform we use is a software by a company called Mentorloop. They want you to "imagine a...


Job Seeking During COVID-19
#25
06/15/2020

Job seeking in 2020 has become very challenging. If you're looking to work offshore or are worried about a layoff, this episode is for you.

Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from Matt Fuhrman, founder and CEO of Core Group Resources. From crewing offshore vessels to placing executive officers, Core Group Resources has successfully positioned candidates across the organizational chart. Matt shares what the job market currently looks like, how to prepare oneself to move forward after a layoff, and what to do as a new graduate seeking a job in the maritime or oil and gas...


Job Seeking During COVID-19, Episode 25
06/15/2020

Job seeking in 2020 has become very challenging. If you're looking to work offshore or are worried about a layoff, this episode is for you. Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from Matt Fuhrman, founder and CEO of Core Group Resources. Matt is a 2005 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. His experience includes working as a terminal superintendent at the Port of Miami, a consultant before moving up to a director role at maritime recruiting firms, and a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. From crewing offshore vessels to placing executive officers, Core Group Resources has successfully positioned...


Admiral Mark Buzby, US Maritime Administrator, Episode 24
05/31/2020

Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from the Maritime Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby. Mark Buzby is a retired United States Navy rear admiral who is currently serving as administrator of the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD). In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Buzby to be the administrator, and he was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Admiral Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he held since 2013 when he retired from the U.S. Navy with over 34 years of service. As the head of MARAD...


Admiral Mark Buzby, Maritime Administrator
#24
05/31/2020

Mark Buzby is a retired United States Navy rear admiral who is currently serving as administrator of the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD). In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Buzby to be the administrator, and he was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Admiral Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he held since 2013 when he retired from the U.S. Navy with over 34 years of service.

As the head of MARAD, an agency within the Department of Transportation (DOT), Admiral Buzby is...


Motherhood & Well Control, Episode 23
05/17/2020

Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, Krystina Amos shines a light on motherhood and working offshore before becoming a well control instructor. Even though she grew up with a father who worked offshore, Krystina Amos did not imagine a similar career path for herself. However, after she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Krystina took on a role as a mudlogging geologist on ultra-deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, listen to Krystina share how she made the leap from a student in the...


Motherhood & Well Control
#23
05/17/2020

Growing up with a father who worked offshore, Krystina Amos did not imagine a similar career path for herself. However, after she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Krystina took on a role a mudlogging geologist on ultra-deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, listen to Krystina share how she made the leap from a student in the classroom to a mudlogger on drill ships and then back to the classroom as a well control instructor. Krystina also shares how she...


Navigating Uncertainty, Episode 22
04/10/2020

In times of crisis, navigating uncertainty can be overwhelming and worrisome. As the world stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, many became overwhelmed, feeling uncertain about their careers and what lies ahead. Navigating uncertainty is no easy task. Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, offshore veteran and life coach, Jais Curry, is back to tackle how to approach this uncertain time in history. In an interview with Ally Cedeno, the founder of Women Offshore, Jais shares what it was like for her coming back to work in an offshore operations managerial role after maternity leave to a crisis and how one...


Navigating Uncertainty
#22
04/10/2020

In times of crisis, navigating uncertainty can be overwhelming and worrisome.

As the world stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, many became overwhelmed, feeling uncertain about their careers and what lies ahead. Navigating uncertainty is no easy task. Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, offshore veteran and life coach, Jais Curry, is back to tackle how to approach this uncertain time in history. 

In an interview with Ally Cedeno, the founder of Women Offshore, Jais shares what it was like for her coming back to work in an offshore operations managerial role after...


Crew Change During COVID-19, Episode 21
04/06/2020

Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, Captain Laura Nelson shares her lessons learned from departing her vessel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine leaving your home at the end of 2019 to spend several months at sea. By mid-March in 2020, it is time to depart your vessel and fly back across the world to your home port. While on board, your communications have been minimal with limited WiFi connectivity, and your company has updated you with a new safety protocol for traveling during what you are now aware of as a pandemic. This is the story of Captain Laura Nelson's recent crew...


Crew Change During COVID-19
#21
04/06/2020

Now on the Women Offshore Podcast, Captain Laura Nelson shares her lessons learned from departing her vessel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imagine leaving your home at the end of 2019 to spend several months at sea. By mid-March in 2020, it is time to depart your vessel and fly back across the world to your home port. While on board, your communications have been minimal with limited WiFi connectivity, and your company has updated you with a new safety protocol for traveling during what you are now aware of as a pandemic.

This is the...


Cadet Takeover
#20
03/04/2020

Cadets have taken over the Women Offshore Podcast!

While attending the Women in Maritime Leadership Conference at California Maritime Academy, two maritime academy cadets took over the Women Offshore Podcast. In this episode, cadets Mia Cosentini and Hatti Lawler share their experiences attending California Maritime Academy and how they found out about Women Offshore. They then turn to Ally, asking her questions about her career and why she started Women Offshore.

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Cadet Takeover, Episode 20
03/04/2020

Cadets have taken over the Women Offshore Podcast! While attending the Women in Maritime Leadership Conference at California Maritime Academy, two maritime academy cadets took over the Women Offshore Podcast. In this episode, cadets Mia Cosentini and Hatti Lawler share their experiences attending California Maritime Academy and how they found out about Women Offshore. They then turn to Ally Cedeno, the founder of Women Offshore, asking questions about her career and why she started the organization. Have a Listen & Subscribe The Women Offshore Podcast can also be found on itunes, Google Play, and most podcast apps. Make sure to subscribe...