Elizabeth Matthews is a native Houstonian and Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc., a petrochemical and refining subsidiary of Total — one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world. Elizabeth is responsible for directing the legal affairs of the company, including transactional, litigation, compliance, intellectual property, and environmental matters. She leads a team of 20 professionals and also chairs the Total US Ethics Committee. She works on a daily basis with executives in Paris and around the world.
Elizabeth graduated with honors from Yale University with a humanities and history major and earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. After law school Elizabeth worked for two major law firms and the Chevron legal department.
Throughout her more than 20-year career, Elizabeth has been passionate about promoting diversity within the energy industry. As a female executive, she has pushed hard to develop policies that support diversity and to create opportunities for women and for employees of diverse backgrounds. She is proud to have founded and to currently serve as the executive sponsor for Total’s US Women’s Network. She was awarded the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Breakthrough Woman” Award. She also serves on the National Advisory Council and as past President of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), and is particularly proud to have founded WEN’s mentoring program.
Service to her community is an integral part of Elizabeth’s life. She founded the Texas Sage Chapter of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization with only 4 members. In just two years, the Chapter has grown to over 230 members and has provided over 3,000 hours of service to Houston area charities, including Kids’ Meals, the Nehemiah Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Operation Military Embrace, and others.
Elizabeth and her husband, Ben Ederington, are the proud parents of three children, Katherine, John and Emily, who also are involved in community service through the National Charity League, Boy Scouts of America, and other organizations.