As the manager of a team of talented engineers, Misty is dedicated to empowering her team to achieve their professional goals, while ensuring the highest value to Halliburton and its customers.
Describe your journey to Halliburton.
Growing up, I enjoyed participating in science fairs. This fueled my passion for science and engineering, which has driven me through my studies and beyond. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked in a lab conducting research. I realized that this research allowed me to directly influence the development and application of technology (at that time, I was focused on medical treatments to be used by physicians). That hands-on impact was really important to me. The exciting thing about chemistry is that it can be applied to so many different fields. After working as a post-doctoral fellow in cancer research, a friend approached me about his work at Halliburton. I was drawn to the close-knit culture, technical challenges and range of career opportunities, so I joined soon after as an R&D Scientist.
What surprised you most when you first joined Halliburton?
I’ve always been passionate about talent recruitment and development. What surprised me was how much Halliburton is involved and how they've supported my participation in opportunities for our organization and other outreach programs. I’ve been engaged in university recruitment and career management panels. One of my recent favorites was a Girls, Inc. event supported by Halliburton, which is an organization committed to empowering young women in the Houston area.
What’s a typical day like for you?
In my current role, I manage an exceptional group of engineers. My priority is developing my team and empowering them to get to where they want to be in their careers, because they are my most valuable asset. That means mentoring them, uncovering their strengths and understanding opportunities for growth. On the more technical side, I’m involved in driving execution and delivery of technology projects and helping guide our strategy towards development of new products to meet our customer needs.
What opportunities do you have for growth?
Halliburton offers many programs to help our people grow. The Business Leadership Development program is one way that professionals develop their management style and sharpen soft skills. The Technical Excellence Program is a fast-track for engineers and scientists to advance down their technical career path. With that said, I don’t necessarily believe that you need to complete a leadership class or manage a team to be a leader. Leadership is not a title, it’s the actions you do and the example you set.
What excites you most about your future here?
I am an optimist, but understand the reality of the market we work in today. Looking forward, I see a great opportunity for Halliburton to reimagine our business strategies and continue to position ourselves as the industry leader during the recovery. I hope to contribute to this by enhancing the ideation process in Baroid’s R&D group, supporting development and commercialization of game changing technologies, and driving value for Halliburton and its customers.
What does it take for someone to be successful at Halliburton?
Be motivated by your career and take the wheel in your own hands. It can be hard for those just entering the workforce to realize it, but your career is your responsibility. Also understand the value of feedback. Constructive feedback often comes from someone who is invested in your growth and success.
Some interesting facts about Halliburton
Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.Share
Halliburton employs over 50,000 employees representing 140 nationalities.Share
Halliburton operates in approximately 70 countries.Share
Halliburton serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the life cycle of the reservoir.Share