Ally Cedeno

Women in Leadership Conference Committee President

Ally Cedeno is the president of the 2020 Women in Leadership Conference Committee and a second-year MBA candidate at Rice University. She is also the founder and president of the Women Offshore Foundation and a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She is licensed as a chief mate of unlimited tonnage vessels and dynamic positioning operator.

Before matriculating at Rice, Ally was a professional mariner. Her experience on the water spans both the maritime and offshore energy industries over 10 years. Her latest vessel was a 7th-generation, ultra-deepwater drillship built in South Korea in 2017. Ally spent much of her career at sea as one of the only women in operations on the vessels she worked on, yet she is determined to change that with the Women Offshore Foundation, an online organization and resource center for a diverse workforce on the water. Women Offshore shines a light on women in operations, provides resources to foster long-term careers, and shares the latest efforts on gender diversity and inclusion in the offshore and maritime industries.