TOPP Featured in US1 as a Company on the Move
Clara Lippert Glenn and TOPP are featured as one of the "Companies on the Move" of Princeton and Central New Jersey, USA, in the June 19th 2013 edition of US1
For the last 20 years, the global energy industry has been unpredictable. Its products and pricing have been constantly contorted by events, including deregulation in the United States, the revival of oil and gas production here and in Iraq, the rise of renewables, and the growing energy demands of emerging markets.
But through those volatile years, those in the production and trading of energy have had a steadfast source for the knowledge and skills needed to stay on top, in the form of firms led by Clara Lippert Glenn, such as Princeton Energy Programme and PrincetonLive.com. Lippert Glenn, pictured at right, a liberal arts language major, has parlayed her love of other cultures into a long, successful career in learning and development for energy professionals all over the world.
“It never gets old. Every day is new. I love it. It comes from being in such a dynamic industry as energy,” said Lippert Glenn, president and CEO of the Oxford Princeton Programme.
TOPP was founded in 2000, when the Princeton Energy Group, founded by Lippert Glenn in 1992, merged with the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Oxford, UK. Today TOPP runs more than 200 public courses in dozens of international locations, as well as extensive web-based instruction.
TOPP curricula cover finance, trading, derivatives, hedging, risk management, and of course the energy industries, including oil, biofuels, and natural gas. Classes range from basics, such as “Introduction to the Power Industry,” to highly specific seminars in commodity trading and operations such as “Liquidity and Counterparty Risk Management,” and “The Dry Bulk Carrier Market, Ownership and Chartering.”
“We have courses that would go all the way down to new hires, people who are just coming in at an analyst level. Accountants, auditors, paralegals, executive assistants, all the way up through people who are full-fledged supply and trading managers, refinery managers, all the way up to anybody at the ‘C’ level,” Lippert Glenn said.
TOPP’s public classes are held in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. “Oxford is where we hold most of our courses, and it’s such a beautiful city. Just like Princeton, it’s a center for learning,” she said.
Lippert Glenn said in addition to public classes, TOPP also does a booming business in private classes in Central America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. “Those clients contract us to come in and educate their employees. And one reason they might do that is that they want something that’s highly tailored just for their business,” she said.
Establishing a training resource for energy professionals was Lippert Glenn’s response to the lack of instruction she confronted in a commodity-trading job she landed after completing her MBA.
“My inspiration came from my being a newcomer to the energy industry,” Lippert Glenn said. “I was a language major who then went on and mastered in business, but I didn’t know much at all about energy. And I was thrown into a really great job, a fabulous opportunity, but I had to educate myself. And that was costly for my employer, even though they didn’t realize it.”
In addition to helping newcomers navigate the evolving energy landscape, TOPP is also well positioned to aid energy-related companies still suffering the effects of the recession of 2009. Firms forced to slash personnel have turned to TOPP for help equipping their leaner workforces with proper training and skill development.
“Recessions make companies very cautious with their discretionary dollars, and training can unfortunately be a discretionary item. It shouldn’t be, but it often is,” Lippert Glenn said.
Leading an international company means Lippert Glenn spends plenty of time traveling, including trips to Oxford every month and to Singapore twice a year. When Lippert Glenn is not traveling in person, she is traveling virtually. “I’m everywhere mostly, because truly most of my day is spent on the phone with people. So I’d like to say that in a typical day I’m literally working remotely in four different global offices,” she said.
“If someone had to define my job in a nutshell, I’d have to say it is putting together the best team and the best product for what I view is the best market out there, and that’s the energy market. A leader is only as good as the team beneath them,” Lippert Glenn said.
“We do it as a team. Different aspects of our organization focus on different areas. One whole team just focuses on social media and they do such a great job of not only staying to the forefront of it but also educating the rest of the company, all of us, on what’s happening. And it’s the same thing with different learning methods. We’re always looking for feedback from our clients and internally from staff on what makes it possible for us to offer the best programs. It’s a team effort. There’s no one person leading the charge.”
How has Lippert Glenn — with the help of her team, of course — managed to succeed in the male-dominated world of energy production and commodity trading? One possibility is that she may have been born for it.
Lippert Glenn’s mother spent her career as a registered nurse, while Lippert Glenn’s father had various positions in the oil refining sector, including starting a company that manufactured additives for use in refineries’ catalytic conversion units.
“I was a product of two very different parents,” Lippert Glenn said. “One in healthcare, there to do no harm, and the other one at the forefront of refining as it came of age.”
Lippert Glenn’s formula for success included grit, determination, and not permitting gender to become an issue. She had started along another path entirely, studying French, Spanish, and Russian at Pennsylvania’s Villanova University.
“I always loved foreign languages,” Lippert Glenn said. “I loved learning not just about languages but about other cultures. And actually, my major language was Russian. This was at the height of the Cold War and I had this dream of graduating and going to the UN and helping to singlehandedly stop the Cold War. That was my dream. Reagan beat me to it,” she said.
“I came out of school and no one really wanted a Russian-speaking liberal arts major, so I ended up talking with somebody who said ‘You know all of these foreign languages, you should be in business, because international business is the up and coming thing.’ And I thought, ‘Well, okay, if you say so!’”
After taking a few business courses, Lippert Glenn attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and earned her master’s degree in international management. After graduation, she joined Amerada Hess and later France’s Total CFP (now Total S.A.), one of the world’s six largest oil companies.
Lippert Glenn said that being immersed in a man’s world, “forced me to tap an inner confidence that I did not originally have. So it made me dig deeper than I probably would have, had I not been faced with being in a more male industry. But I’m so glad it forced me to do that. And it’s never been a hindrance. I have to say all the men I’ve worked with have always been incredibly welcoming and always very eager to share the knowledge they have. The only drawback was my own lack of self-confidence perhaps, initially, and it really forced me to develop that because you had to step up to the plate and know what you were doing and show that you knew it in order to compete in that man’s world.”
Today three of TOPP’s four executive positions are held by women, and more women are joining the worldwide faculty. “We do seem to be upping the average of women that we’re adding, which I think is great,” Lippert Glenn said.
Today the one-time languages major may have forgotten much of her French, allowed her Russian to get rusty and let her Spanish slide, but she is fluent in the international terminology of energy power, where words such as LNG, GARP, LPG, and RFS2 are commonplace and what seems familiar, such as “aromatics,” means something entirely different (in this case, products derived from the primary distillation of coal tar).
“I have to say it’s such a fascinating industry. And this from someone who has no engineering background. But I now absolutely love engineering and science concepts behind gasoline; what goes into the gasoline in everybody’s car; it’s fascinating to me. I wish everybody could learn about it.”
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The Oxford Princeton Programme Launches Bestseller Gas, Power and LNG Markets Training Into Turkey
First-time Public Courses to Support Fast-growing Turkish Energy Industry
Plainsboro, New Jersey, (14 May 2013) - Pioneers and market leaders in energy education and training, The Oxford Princeton Programme is pleased to offer, for the first time, two of its highly-regarded public courses in Turkey:
European Gas and Power Trading and Risk Management – 16-18 September 2013, Istanbul
Overview of the LNG Global Chain – 17-19 March 2014, Istanbul
“Turkey, as the crossroads between Europe and Asia, plays an increasingly important role in the flow of energy resources and as it develops, requires the skills and know-how to manage the challenges and opportunities associated with such growth”, says Jobert Abueva, Vice-President, Global Sales and Marketing, The Oxford Princeton Programme. “Several Turkish and neighboring delegates have attended our courses in the UK and elsewhere and we are now able to offer them the convenience of having courses take place in their own region.”
Mr. Abueva will be representing The Oxford Princeton Programme, exhibiting at EMART Turkey 2013 on 21-22 May 2013 at the Hilton Istanbul. He will speak to these forthcoming courses and offer special discounts for early registrations.
European Gas and Power Trading and Risk Management is a three-day, highly interactive, workshop, designed to provide an introductory overview on the way natural gas and electricity are traded within Europe. Delegates will learn the general principles of how gas and power markets work, and how trading is carried out in the various different types of market – spot and forward, exchange-based and OTC. They will also get an idea of what a trader's job involves, through competitive team trading simulations and other hands-on exercises that focus on different aspects of trading and risk management. Topics explored include basic trading concepts, fundamentals of gas, power and emissions markets, market analysis, gas and power trading instruments, trading strategies including arbitrage and the use of gas storage, the mechanics of trading on exchanges, in auctions and through bilateral contracts, and principles of risk measurement, management and hedging.
Overview of the LNG Global Chain provides a comprehensive overview from upstream supply, liquefaction, shipping and regasification of LNG into downstream markets. The course is designed for new entrants to the LNG business or for those with some knowledge of the business wishing to broaden their understanding of the complete value chain. After learning the fundamentals about LNG, the course covers the liquefaction process and LNG plants, shipping and regasification terminals with a focus on what happens along the value chain. This is followed by an understanding of the commercial issues affecting LNG projects, the players and the various drivers affecting the development of LNG projects. Key aspects such as project development, timescales and the range of Agreements and their integration will be covered. The course then moves on to the global LNG supply sources, markets and trading and the factors affecting the growth of the LNG business.
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The Oxford Princeton Programme provides the most effective and flexible approach to educating professionals worldwide on the business and trading of energy. With customizable programmes for on-site team training, more than 200 public courses in 23 energy hubs globally, and the most extensive library of web-based courses available 24/7 on www.princetonlive.com, The Oxford Princeton Programme is responsible for training a literal who’s who in oil, gas, power and much more. Courses are taught by renowned experts offering dynamic and interactive instruction. With more focus, experience, and depth of industry knowledge, The Oxford Princeton Programme provides today’s professionals with the tools and know-how for optimal performance. For more information, log onto www.oxfordprinceton.com.
The Oxford Princeton Programme Training Energy Professionals with iPad Minis®
Cutting-Edge Tech Option Offered to Compliment Instructor-Led Courses is a First in Energy Education and Training
Plainsboro, New Jersey, (March, 2013) - Pioneers and market leaders in energy education and training, The Oxford Princeton Programme is pleased to be the first industry provider to integrate e-manuals into instructor-led courses.
“The iPad mini® gives course delegates an option to enhance their learning experience with a full-color high-definition display. The introduction of the paperless e-manuals initiative also allows us to work alongside the green efforts of the many companies that trust us to train their employees on the energy sector,” says Clara Lippert Glenn, President and CEO, The Oxford Princeton Programme. “We continue to be leaders in our space by integrating technology, offering the most qualified faculty, and focusing solely on the energy industry.”
While paper manuals are still available to students who prefer that option, the environmentally friendly e-manuals debuted earlier this month at the International Oil, Supply, Transportation Refining and Trading course in Oxford, UK.
At no additional cost, delegates can take advantage of the e-manual for a high-definition viewing experience and more organized access to the course materials. It also lends itself to further enhancing the learning experience through the use of relevant iPad® apps. At the conclusion of the course, participants receive a USB memory stick containing course materials for future reference.
In addition to enhancing the delegate’s experience, the iPad mini® provides The Oxford Princeton Programme with a more streamline process to administering the courses by digitizing the training materials. With a planned global rollout throughout 2013, The Oxford Princeton Programme looks forward to integrating this cutting-edge option into its already dynamic energy training courses.
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The Oxford Princeton Programme provides the most effective and flexible approach to educating energy professionals, from supermajors and independent oil companies to the suppliers and finance. With customizable programs for onsite team training, more than 200 public courses in 23 energy hubs globally, and the most extensive set of online courses in the business, The Oxford Princeton Programme is responsible for training a literal who’s who of key industry professionals. Courses are taught not by teachers, but by industry professionals providing case studies and interactive simulations on all aspects of the downstream energy industry. With more focus, experience, and industry depth, they are providing energy professionals of all levels with the tools for optimal performance.
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2013 Global Energy Training Course Catalogue
The Oxford Princeton Programme Announces
2013 Global Energy Training Course Catalogue
More Than 300 Courses Give Energy Professionals Competitive Edge
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – 12 November 2012 – The Oxford Princeton Programme (www.oxfordprinceton.com), which provides professionals with world-class education and training on the energy markets, announces its 2013 Global Course Catalogue. With the energy industry facing an extreme labor shortage and the need for trained staffs, these courses can help businesses worldwide develop a competitive edge building the skills of its workforce whether it is in oil, gas, power, or other energy resources.
“With courses spanning the entire energy value chain, our 2013 course catalogue offers cutting-edge training on the energy industry’s most prevailing trends,” said Jobert Abueva, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing of The Oxford Princeton Programme. “We look forward to another amazing year of courses – bringing energy professionals from around the globe together to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish in their energy careers.”
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Looking toward 2013, The Oxford Princeton Programme anticipates the following trends in the energy industry (based on information from EIA):
- Short term decrease in demand for oil – despite projections of increased demand for oil from emerging economies in the long term (with the likelihood of increased prices), in the short term, there will be reduced demand from OECD countries thanks to technological innovations creating more supply than demand, spurred by years of high oil prices.
- Biofuels production increase – the EPA’s 2013 biodiesel increase mandate ensures that this sector will continue to see growth in the short term.
- Labor shortage – with the threat of mass retirements in the next few years and not enough new employees available to replace them and meet future demand needs, companies need to plan ahead to maintain their workforce.
The 2013 courses will take place worldwide in London, Oxford, Calgary, Rome, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Stavanger, Singapore, Perth, Melbourne, Cape Town, Dubai, New York, Houston, Las Vegas, and Kuala Lumpur.
New and Bestseller energy course titles for 2013 include the following:
23 - 25 April 2013 – Dusseldorf, DE
15 - 17 October 2013 – London, UK
19 - 21 March 2013 – Perth, AU
25 - 27 March 2013 – Singapore, SG
17 - 19 June 2013 – Oxford, UK
16 - 18 October 2013 – Oxford, UK
25 February - 1 March 2013 – Oxford, UK
24 - 28 June 2013 – Oxford, UK
09 - 13 September 2013 – Oxford, UK
07 - 09 May 2013 – Dubai, UAE
18 - 20 June 2013 – Stavanger, NO
01 - 03 July 2013 – Melbourne, AU
17 - 19 September 2013 – Houston, TX
28 - 30 October 2013 – Geneva, CH
05 - 07 November 2013 – Cape Town, RSA
02 - 04 December 2013 – Calgary, CA
03 - 05 December 2013 – Singapore, SG
09 - 11 December 2013 – London, UK
09 May 2013 – Houston, TX
22 March 2013 – Singapore, SG
21 June 2013 – London, UK
The Oxford Princeton Programme’s faculty of renowned energy professionals who are actively engaged within their respective sectors develop world-class instructor-led and web-based commercial training courses, delivering the most up-to-date knowledge available on energy topics.
Course Accreditations include: GARP, BAC, CPE and CPD.
Please contact Andrew Infante for more information on this or any of The Oxford Princeton’s wide array of training options at (609) 524-1122 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Oxford Princeton Programme, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of education and training to the energy, trading and risk management industries. In addition to PrincetonLive.com, which offers more than 40 energy and commodity trading web-based training modules, The Oxford Princeton Programme provides more than 300 instructor-led training courses annually worldwide. Designed for all levels of expertise, courses include views of oil, power, natural gas and a variety of other energy, commodity and trading topics. For a complete list of courses and for other information, visit http://www.oxfordprinceton.com.