Marcia MacLeod received The Journal Record’s 2015 Woman of the Year award on October 1 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
MacLeod, WPX’s senior vice president of HR and administration, received the top honor at the 35th-annual Woman of the Year program. She was chosen from among the state’s top 50 female business and civic leaders.
“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Journal Record’s 50 Making a Difference program, I think of the hundreds of women who have been recognized throughout the years,” said Joni Brooks, president and publisher of The Journal Record.
“And yet, there are thousands more dynamic, accomplished women who are making an impact in their companies and communities who also deserve this honor,” she said.
“The 2015 Woman of the Year, Marcia MacLeod, has achieved a high level of success in a very male-dominated industry. As the only woman on her company’s leadership team, she is an inspiration to all women, demonstrating that the glass ceiling is breakable.
“Not only that, but Marcia faced a health crisis with some trepidation about her career, then made the decision to go public and help others; she is truly a leader that has made a great impact inside her organization and outside in the community and state.”
This year’s overall winner, MacLeod, strives to empower others daily.
“I believe it is the responsibility of all adults to help empower women to envision themselves as leaders,” MacLeod said. “I think it is crucial for young women to see positive role models who break traditional stereotypes.”
During MacLeod’s career, she has held leadership positions in a number of companies, including JCPenney, Electronic Data Systems and HEB Grocery Co.
Additionally, she practiced law with the Dallas firm of Hughes and Luce. MacLeod then joined the Williams Cos. in 2000 as vice president of compensation and benefits and later was named vice president and chief information officer.
She assumed her current role as senior vice president of human resources and administration of WPX Energy upon its spinoff from Williams in 2012.
In addition to her role at WPX Energy, MacLeod is the owner of Mott Production LLC, a privately held company holding various oil and gas interests.
MacLeod is also dedicated to her community, serving in various leadership capacities with the Gilcrease Museum National Board, University of Tulsa Friends of Finance and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority, just to name a few.
Last year, MacLeod became involved with the American Heart Association after her doctor urged her to share her own story about heart disease.
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“I think it is crucial for young women to see positive role models who break traditional stereotypes.”
Marcia MacLeod, on the importance of providing mentoring, coaching and leadership.