23rd World Petroleum Congress – Special Events

Women’s Breakfast

Join us for The Women’s Breakfast sponsored by Aramco Americas, a casual breakfast lead by industry veteran and long-time WPC Executive Committee member, Pinar Yilmaz. The breakfast brings women in the energy industry together for networking and an important discussion on the development and advancement of women in leadership roles.

Attire: Business

23rd WPC Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

The Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception celebrates a gathering of attendees from around the world with local entertainment from the Houston Musical Theater, TUTS. The Ceremony features welcoming remarks from WPC President, Tor Fjaeran, and the official ceremonial handoff from the 22nd WPC by the Turkish Deputy Minister to the 23rd WPC U.S. National Committee. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Attire: Business

Welcome to Houston Opening Session

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Welcome to Houston Opening Session commences Monday morning, December 6. The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner will open the session with remarks, followed by brief programming ahead of the first Plenary session.

WPC Excellence Awards

The WPC Excellence Awards recognizes companies, institutions and/or any public or private organizations engaged in the oil and gas industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards.
Companies submitted projects in two categories — Social Responsibility and Technological Developments, with over 130 nominated projects. Come see the winners announced during the WPC Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Attire: Business


Come ready and rarin’ for HOUSTON, USA NIGHT at The Rustic Downtown. Celebrate the Lone Star State and all it has to offer: Southern comfort cuisine sourced from ranchers and farmers from ‘round here, libations to sip, and a live band to inspire your boots to scoot! The Rustic will give us the backdrop of the stars, big and bright, just like Texas. Don’t miss this party!

  • Official 23rd WPC badge required for entrance.
  • All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Attire: Casual or Country Western Wear Encouraged

Dewhurst Lecture

2021 Dewhurst Award Recipient, Dr. Daniel Yergin, is being recognized for his exceptional contribution to the oil, gas and energy industry with the highest honor of the World Petroleum Council. The award will be presented to Dr. Yergin by previous Dewhurst recipient, Rex Tillerson, 69th U.S. Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil Chairman.

Attire: Business

Closing Ceremony & Handoff to Calgary

As the 23rd World Petroleum Congress draws to a close, final remarks will be given by the 23rd WPC Organizing Committee, reflecting on shared global perspectives and meaningful dialogue that took place during the week, which will be carried forward by the Congress in Calgary 2023.

Attire: Business

Technical Tours

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress is spotlighting two Houston destinations advancing technology, innovation, and shaping the future of our city and beyond. Tour 1 will be at Ion/Greentown Labs and Tour 2 will be at Deloitte’s Greenhouse.