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TLD 012 - Developing the Future Generations of Energy Professionals with Mike McConnell

Published on
August 3, 2023
Mike McConnell
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As the energy industry continues to grow and diversify in the 21st century, the need to develop the next generation of energy professionals is more important than ever. 

Mike McConnell, Director of the Energy Management Program at the University of Oklahoma's Price College of Business, joins the show to discuss the importance of education in shaping the future of the energy business, creating energy leaders, and some lessons he learned from his time as a landman. 

Time Stamps

  • 00:00 - Episode Intro
  • 01:12 - Intro to Mike McConnell
  • 01:55 - Mike McConnell's Career Journey
  • 13:23 - Mike's Work as Director of Energy Management Program at OU
  • 24:19 - The Value of the Energy Management Program
  • 27:14 - Mike's Experience as a Landman & How It Shaped His Career
  • 35:56 - Creating Energy Leaders
  • 42:27 - Mike's Insider Perspective About Enron
  • 49:13 - What Mike Learned From His Enron Experience
  • 53:43 - Developing Future Energy Professionals
  • 57:49 - Mike's Intro Class
  • 01:03:55 - Direction of the Energy Management Program
  • 01:06:50 - The Next Generation of Landmen

Snippets From The Episode

  • "When you work for 13 years and it's all about equity and your equity goes to zero, you've got to do something else." - Mike McConnell
  • "It's okay to lose all your money once, but to do it twice is just really bad, especially at 58." - Mike McConnell
  • "I'm an 'and' kind of guy. I'm not a 'but' kind of guy." - Mike McConnell
  • "We went from smart to clever, and in my household clever is a bad word because I think there's a huge difference" - Mike McConnell
  • "One of the lessons to my students is, if this doesn't excite you, You really need to change your major." - Mike McConnell
  • "Earn what you're getting and don't let the door hit you in the rear at five o'clock." - Mike McConnell
  • "All you can control is the type of person you are, and the example you set, how you march to the beat of your drum." -Brent Broussard


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