Slavka Marianna Svarc

Independent O&G Chief Operation Advisor
Excelerate Business and GLG Group


What drives you or excites you? Is it math? Is it chemistry? Those are the type of questions to not only ask, but also answer very honestly.

What do you do?

There are 3 aspects of my role.
1) Serving global business leaders mainly in the energy sector, who experience operational challenges and are unsure how to grow.
2) My passion is in helping businesses navigate and achieve business growth aligned with long-term sustainable value creation based on company culture.
3) Focused on helping navigating O&G clients / companies / businesses through crisis.

Why did you choose this field?

There was a moment in time when it became clear to me I was motivated and driven by the intellectual activities rather than physical activities. This was back in 5th grade, when my parents wanted me to participate and have after school activities. Initially, they signed me up for the swimming lessons and painting lessons. Both activities were not all that exciting for me.
My school had Astronomy class as after the school activity. I made an offer to my parents and negotiated with them to attend Astronomy class and drop both swimming and painting (I hated both). My parents agreed. So, from the 5th grade till 8th grade I was not only participating, enjoying the Astronomy class, but also won consistently in the regional competitions... My passion for the Astronomy continued during High School, when I not only was a member of the Astronomy "class" (after school activity) but also I had the opportunity to lead the class for 2 years. Our school won multiple regional competitions. Furthermore, I competed in the international STEM competition and won the 3rd in that very same international competition. I kept the Certificate to this date... One of my judges in this competition was a professor from the college I was applying to. STEM competition placement secured fully paid scholarship for all 5 years (Master's program). Professor that was one of the judges not only led some of the subjects, but also we worked together for 2 years...

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Hmm. This is very interesting question. My personality is to grab and hold on to the opportunity, execute and ask for the forgiveness later.
Perhaps there is a moment in time and that is when I finished college. I should have intentionally placed more efforts on researching more job options within the energy sector. I did not do that, instead of taken "easier" route - relatively speaking. The rest is the history. I cannot change the history. What I can do is to focus and change the future.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I enjoy STEM work for its intellectual stimulation. It is very exciting to look at the problems, issues and circumstances knowing there is a solution to any problem. It is a mater of find the right way to do things.
I am looking forward to variety of interactions and variety of areas within the energy sector (o&g in particular) that are challenging and exciting at the same time. I am always looking for the intellectual satisfaction and stimulation.

Best advice for next generation?

What drives you or excites you? Is it math? Is it chemistry? Is it technology and technical side of things? Do you prefer the technical skills over physical activity?
Those are the type of questions to not only ask, but also answer very honestly.
If your passion is in ballet and soccer, then pursuing STEM is not the best fit.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Turn your face towards the sun and all shadows fall behind you by Ernest Hemingway

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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