Loren Steffy, Award-Winning Author and Columnist

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Recent Speeches


Loren Steffy's Recent Speeches

After Hours Network
America's Energy Indepedence West University Great Decisions Discussion Group
Speech to the Sustainable Performance Forum Houston Regional Conference
"Corrosive Cultures," Another Perspective on Risk Conference Sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers-Aberdeen Section Moderating a panel discussion on smart grid issues Sponsored by the Canadian consulate as part of DistribuTech.San Antonio, Texas.
Lost Ship Model  Nautical Research Guild, North Charleston, South Carolina.
"Truth in the Age of Nonfiction," sponsored by the Journalism Studies Program at Texas A&M University, Rudder Tower, College Station, TX. "Building a Stronger Media Presence," FPA Houston Financial Planning Association Symposium, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston Tx.
"Reputation is Everything," International Association of Business Communicators, Houston Chapter at Brennan's of Houston
Frost Bank Luncheon at Flemings
Houston Petroleum Club, Armchair Conversation Speaker Series, Houston, Texas.
Institute of Nautical Archaeology annual meeting (Hamilton, Bermuda)
Coastal Carolina University (Conway, South Carolina)
Rice Museum (Georgetown, South Carolina)
Lifetime Learning (Brenham, Texas)
ExxonMobil Retirees Club of Houston (Houston, Texas)
Petroleum Abstracts Industry Advisory Council (Houston, Texas)
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Texas Section (Houston, Texas)
Houston Maritime Museum (Houston, Texas)
The Smithsonian Institution, American History Museum (Washington D.C.)
Whitehall Club (Houston, Texas)
Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte (Crested Butte, Colorado)
Reveille Club of Houston (Houston, Texas)
"Final Friday" meeting (Houston, Texas)
Southern District Bankruptcy Bench Bar (Galveston, Texas)
Ephrata Public Library (Ephrata, Pennsylvania)
Gulf Coast Shipmodeling Society (Houston, Texas)
MIT Club of South Texas (Houston, Texas)
North American Society for Oceanic History (Galveston, Texas)
Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club (Houston, Texas)
The Energy Forum (Houston, Texas)
Mergermarket Energy M&A conference (Houston, Texas)
Shipwreck Weekend, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
Galveston Bay Area Sierra Club (Seabrook, Texas)
Panel discussion on offshore safety, CERA Week conference (Houston, Texas)
Lake Conroe Rotary Club (Conroe, Texas)
Energy panel, University of Houston (Houston, Texas)
The Woodlands Rotary Club (The Woodlands, Texas)
Rice University (Houston, Texas), Media panel on business-government relations
The After Hours Network (Houston, Texas)
FMC Technologies' Quarterly Business Review (The Woodlands, Texas)
Willowbrook Rotary Club (Houston, Texas)
River Oaks Breakfast Club (Houston, Texas)
Invitation-only breakfast speech for Drowning in Oil (Houston, Texas)
International Facility Management Association (Houston, Texas)
The Breakfast Club (Houston, Texas)
Retired Physicians Organization of the Harris County Medical Society (Houston, Texas)
Texas A&M University (Bryan, Texas), Agricultural economics class
Gulf Coast Power Association (The Woodlands, Texas)
Columbia University (New York, New York), International Affairs class
CPCU Houston Chapter (Houston, Texas)
International Association of Geophysical Contractors (Houston, Texas)
University of Houston (Houston, Texas), Energy economics class
University Rotary Club (Houston, Texas)
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Houston, Texas)
Integraph sales conference (Cancun, Mexico)

Frequent topics:

America's Energy Quandary. Why the U.S. won't be energy independent, and what we really need in an effective energy policy. Drawing on years of experience covering the energy industry, Steffy debunks the myths across the political spectrum, from `drill, baby, drill' to the green dreams of alternative energy. Instead, he lays out a responsible energy plan that includes roles for increased domestic drilling, hydraulic fracturing and viable alternative fuels.

Corrosive Corporate Cultures From Enron to BP. Steffy has covered some of the biggest corporate failures in history Enron, Arthur Andersen, and BP. What did they have in common, and what lessons can other companies learn from their shortcomings? Steffy examines how corporate culture can diffuse accountability and actually encourage good employees to make bad decisions. What can executives do to set the proper tone and ensure they're sending the right messages to their employees?

Fortune from Failure: What an Ancient Shipwreck and an Electrician's Dream Teaches About Success. Based on his book The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, Steffy traces his father's dreams that led from a small town, blue-collar life to a pioneering career in nautical archaeology, culminating in the receipt of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Steffy shows how his father used the lessons of failure to develop a method of rebuilding shipwrecks from their sunken fragments, and how he inspired his students by examining his failures more than his successes.

Reviews and video:

A recent speech on The Man Who Thought Like a Ship to the Houston Maritime Museum.

Excepts of my recent speech to the Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte, Colorado:

"A great talk. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed it. One curator pronounced it a real `treat.'"
David Haberstich, Smithsonian Institution

"Loren Steffy is not only an expert on the topic of energy (especially oil and gas), he is a comfortable and polished public speaker. "
-- Maureen Hall, Crested Butte, Colorado

"You know the topic and that you have a healthy skepticism for the claims of everyone. You had an easy-to-listen-to speaking style. The time went by fast."
-- Bruce Driver, Boulder, Colorado

"Thanks for your excellent presentation at the ExxonMobil luncheon. Your audience's rapt attention and many questions certainly reflected their great respect for your informed opinion."
-- Martin Fleck, Houston, Texas

"Everyone I have talked to not only thoroughly enjoyed the presentation but also learned a lot. It was thought-provoking and informative."
Pat Wiese, Brenham, Texas

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