As Time Machine 2018 approaches, we’re pleased to highlight some of the global executives, cultural innovators, and industry trailblazers who will be speaking at the conference.
Darryl Willis has a mission: to help everyone in the world gain access to affordable heat, light, and mobility. He believes this can be accomplished by building trusted relationships with key leaders and companies across the energy sector, and as the Executive Vice President of the Oil, Gas, and Energy sector at Google Cloud, he is in just the position to do this.
For Willis, these aren’t empty platitudes. He knows what it is to come from an underprivileged background, and fight against the odds. After almost failing his freshman year of high school, Willis decided to make a hard 180 and ended up in the top 10% of his class.
Then, in college, a counselor told him about the nonprofit organization INROADS. INROADS’s primary goal is placing underserved youth in internships and full-time jobs to prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Through their network, he interned with Amoco as a geophysical apprentice. Willis notes that this early exposure to the corporate world, and seeing successful people of color with an upbringing similar to his own, tremendously helped his career.
Now, with a long and storied career in energy culminating in his executive position at Google Cloud, Willis serves on the Board of Directors for INROADS, the same organization which saw a future for him. He will continue pioneering strategies for INROADS to continually support and develop talented youth nationally and globally.
Besides his philanthropic work, Willis is still transforming the oil and gas industry 25 years into his career. As the President and General Manager of BP Angola, his team reached record oil and gas production and improved safety leadership, all while achieving one of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the company. At one point while working as the Senior Vice President in Reservoir Development, his team delivered 50% of the company’s daily production.
The energy industry is immense, yet Willis has seen much of it. He understands practically how to make energy production more efficient, but his time with INROADS taught him the importance of making energy more equitable. If there is anyone to ask about the future of AI in energy, and how to use the potential of AI to reach out a helping hand, that person is Darryl Willis.
Want to hear from the energy titan in person? Register now for Time Machine 2018!