Frequently asked questions

Read the FAQs below to learn more about the awards criteria, what winners will receive, the judging process and more! 

The Power Play Awards celebrate individuals who ignite a culture of support, encouragement and empowerment for women in the workplace. As we mark the 5th anniversary of these awards, we recognize the trailblazers who fan the flames of progress across the LNG value chain.  

These awards are designed to shine a light on the newcomers and smaller players in the industry. Nominations for people who have kindled an inclusive environment are encouraged from all parts of the LNG value chain, including resource holders, buyers, partners and FSRU providers.  

Positive energy in the workplace is the key to unlocking the full potential of the LNG industry. Let's come together to recognize the individuals who spark and champion the spirit of collaboration. Nominations for the Power Play Awards are now open.  

There are three Power Play Award Categories, with three finalists and one winner in each category.

The three categories for the 2023 Power Play Awards include: 


The Rising Star - Outstanding Young Professional  

The Rising Star Award celebrates a woman, 35 or younger, who is excelling early in her LNG career. She shows tenacity, resiliency and positive energy through her already noteworthy contributions in the LNG sector. Valued by peers and mentors as part of the next generation of LNG leadership, she’s someone to watch. 


The Ambassador – Outstanding Leadership  

The Ambassador Award honors a person who, through their words, actions and positive energy, inspires those who work with and around them. This individual has a collaborative leadership style that builds bridges, fosters productive relationships, finds solutions and drives the diversity and inclusion initiative forward. They create opportunities for others, and either consciously or not, act as a role model in their field. They carry a sense of purpose in all that they do, whilst maintaining a commitment to ethical work practices with the aim of being a responsible global citizen. 


The Pioneer – Outstanding Business, Innovation and/or Technology Contribution 

The Pioneer Award honors a woman who has delivered outstanding business results or innovation and technology leadership amid the ever-evolving energy transition landscape. Colleagues might note her unrelenting positive energy, steadfast reliability or unique ability to advance a technology, innovation or business goal, but she likely describes herself as someone who thrives on success. Qualifying activities may include, for example, the close of large deal, spearheading technology development/deployment, a new installation, a cost-saving initiative or an innovative commercial deal. 

The following are the terms and conditions of entry for the 2023 Power Play Awards. You can contact the Power Play Awards team with questions at the following email address:

  1. The awards are open to all professionals actively engaged in the LNG Value Chain. All nominees must be over the age of 21 on the day of submission. 

  2. Entries for the awards are free of charge. 

  3. A participant may enter any or all of the awards categories. 

  4. Entry for the awards opens on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

  5. Entry for the awards closes on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

  6. Entries received past the closing date are not eligible.  

  7. The winners will be announced in September 2023. 

  8. You may submit an entry nominating yourself or nominating another person. If nominating another person, the awards team will require confirmation from the nominee to be considered for the award. Nominees who are nominated by others must also agree to these terms and conditions. 

  9. No award will be made to a person that cannot be contacted after the entry has been submitted. The Power Play Awards are not responsible for any errors made on nominations forms. 

  10. Award winners of previous years are not eligible to win again.

  11. In the event that a person appears as a finalist in more than one category, the Power Play Awards reserves the right to only allow their nomination to proceed in the category where their nomination was first submitted by date and time. 

  12. The criteria for nominees and judging are determined in advance and cannot be disputed. 

  13. In the event of duplicate nominations for the same individual, the Power Play Awards reserves the right to push through the first entry that effectively meets the criteria into the judging process. 

  14. A finalist list will be selected in each category from the nominations submitted by the closing date. There is no appeal of the shortlisting. 

  15. Finalists will be notified by email or phone by August 8, 2023. 

  16. The winners are selected in advance of the awards event. If an Award winner is unable to attend the awards presentation (virtually or in-person), this shall not affect winning of the specific award.

  17. An independent panel of judges will evaluate the nominations and select the finalists and winners in each category. If a finalist or winner fails to respond to our notification attempts, fails to meet any of the eligibility requirements or is otherwise unable to comply with the terms and conditions, Power Play Awards reserves the right to disqualify that entrant and offer the award to another entrant. If more than one candidate from an individual company or organization is nominated in any one category, Power Play awards reserves the right to only allow the top scoring candidate from that company or organization to be eligible as a finalist in that category. To the extent a winner is unable to accept any or all of the award due to international or local laws or regulations, Power Play Awards reserves the right to substitute an award consistent with such legal limitations. An entrant may be disqualified if there is an actual or apparent conflict of interest between the entrant and any judge or ExxonMobil. 

  18. The judges' decisions are final and cannot be appealed. 

  19. By submitting an entry, (a) if a self-nomination, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to use and disclose the information contained in the entry, and you authorize Power Play Awards to use and disclose it for purposes of the Power Play Awards, and (b) if nominating another person, you represent and warrant that you have obtained the nominee’s authorization to use and disclose the information contained in the entry and for Power Play Awards to use and disclose it for purposes of the Power Play Awards. All award finalists and winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities relating to the awards. All participants consent to Power Play Awards use of the nomination information including name, location, details of the entry and any associated pictures or visuals in relation to the Power Play Awards and the Power Play Awards event. This includes but is not limited to promotion on websites, press releases, case studies, media, social media and video of the awards event in September 2022. We may alter or edit the content as appropriate, for the promotion of the awards and their results. 

  20. The panel of expert judges will be announced on the awards' website and may change in the event of circumstances outside our control. 

  21. The Power Play Awards are not responsible for entries lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible or incomplete or which cannot be entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of entry is not proof of receipt. 

  22. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Texas. 

  23. If a provision of these terms and conditions is invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the other provisions.

  24. Power Play Awards reserves the right at any time and for any reason to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any or all Awards with or without prior notice.

  25. The "Power Play Awards" name, the website, logo and all corresponding and related marketing material for the awards are the intellectual property of ExxonMobil who owns, manages and administers the awards and ExxonMobil reserves all rights related thereto. Using any of these without our permission constitutes (outside the legally permitted limitations) an infringement of our intellectual property rights, for which you may be held liable. Please contact us if you wish to make use of such materials, and follow the guidelines we provide in this respect. If you do make use of it without our permission, or outside the legally permitted limitations [or if you do not comply with the provided guidelines] or if you make false claims in relation to the awards, you are to cease and desist this use upon our first request and remove any published material.

  26. The winner is entirely responsible for assessing and paying all applicable federal, provincial, state and local taxes in any respect of the prize received, if any, including any income or withholding taxes. In the event that the Sponsor is or may reasonably become obliged to pay any withholding tax in relation to the prize, the Sponsor is entitled to deduct such tax from a prize. All entries must be made in accordance with these terms and conditions. 

  27. Our decisions in relation to all matters connected with the awards are final and binding. No correspondence can be entered into in respect of any such decisions. 

  28. Do not disclose any confidential or proprietary information in any entry. 

  29. By participating in the Power Play Awards, you consent to the general terms and conditions of the Power Play Awards website. 

While the Power Play Awards are largely about bringing industry recognition to those shaping the present and the future of LNG, each winner will also receive a custom-designed award. This will be an award which the winners can proudly display and others will aspire to attain. 

Additionally, winners and finalists will be recognized in the following ways: 

  • Profiles listed on the Power Play Awards website 

  • Recognition in all media and promotion, including official press releases as applicable 

  • Graphics to display on own email signature and social media profiles 

To the extent a winner is unable to accept any or all of the award due to international or local laws or regulations, Power Play Awards reserves the right to substitute an award consistent with such legal limitations. 

Committed to recognizing collaboration and inclusion, across the entire LNG Value Chain, ExxonMobil is the founding sponsor of the Power Play Awards and has enlisted support from a cross-section of leaders in both the public and private sectors to seat judges and promote the mission of the program. It is the ExxonMobil vision for these awards to elevate the entire LNG value chain, separate from any one organization or company. 

The nomination period for the Power Play Awards opened on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, and closed on Friday, June 16, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The nomination process requires that the nominator completes the appropriate nomination form and submits the completed nomination form(s) by the nomination deadline.

Anyone can submit a nomination including employees, associates, friends, family, co-venturers, customers and yourself. All nominees must be employed in any discipline within the “Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) value chain,” including exploration, extraction/production, storage, liquefaction, transportation and regasification or professional services.

In the spirit of the Power Play initiative, to bring together and celebrate women in the LNG industry, the Rising Star and Pioneer award categories are open to women only. The Ambassador award category, however, is open both to men and women who demonstrate how a mutually supportive environment can help support great business outcomes across all parts of the LNG value chain.

Shining a light on the women and men making a difference in LNG is the best way to ensure LNG remains a place for the highly capable people to lend their talents and perpetuate a cycle of inclusion and collaboration. 

The Power Play Awards recognize the accomplishments of key players within the LNG value chain who contribute to a supportive environment for women in the field. The award administrators will promote the award winners and finalists via social and traditional media programs.  

Read what some of the Power Play Awards participants had to say about them

Anyone who meets the requirements of that particular award, provided they are employed in the "Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) value chain" which includes (but is not limited to) exploration, extraction/production, storage, liquefaction, transportation and regasification or professional services. The key objectives behind these awards are to shine a light on the newcomers and smaller players in the LNG value chain, in particular, encouraging nominations from resource holders, buyers, co-venturers and FSRU providers. 

Anyone can submit a nomination including employees, associates, friends, family, co-venturers, customers and yourself.

The entry deadline was Friday, June 16, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Keep up with all important dates for the Power Play Awards here.

No – there is no cost or associated fees for the nominations.

The 2023 judging process will rely on the expertise of an impartial panel of international experts across the LNG Value Chain, with a demonstrated interest in equity and inclusion within the energy sector, as identified and vetted through Power Play Awards administrators.  

Meet the past judges here

Individual criteria differ by category, but the emphasis is on the overall quality of the entry and the merits described related to advancing diversity and inclusion in energy. Each entry may be awarded up to 100 points based on the following criteria: 

  • Business Impact – Demonstrated correlation between business outcomes and inclusion 

  • Positive Influence – Others have benefitted from nominee’s sphere of influence and mentoring

  • Innovation – Nominee applied innovative thinking to push boundaries and overcome challenges

  • Communication – Demonstrated communication style that inspires others, adapts to audience to get things done

  • Vision – Makes decisions with future impact in mind and chooses to lay groundwork for future diverse leadership

  • Award Category – How closely the applicant meets the spirit of the category for which they were nominated 


Finalists will be named and notified in August and winners will be announced in September 2023. 

Meet the 2022 winners here.  

To address any technical issues with submitting a nomination, please reach out to