Young Natural Resources Professionals Coffee Break Series

  • 2020
  • Virtual

 Young Natural Resources Professionals Coffee Break Series Conversations with Industry and Foundation Leaders

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, and each of us has experienced our own unique set of challenges. These may include adapting to working remotely, trying to work while taking care of children, concerns about job stability given the economy and the volatility in energy prices, or adjusting to new expectations from your superiors or clients. 

Each month through December 2020, the Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee will host an online networking opportunity for up to ten young professionals and students at each session to engage in conversation with an industry or Foundation leader about their career, how they overcame challenges, managed risk, defied conventional standards, and became the unique leader they are today. Take a break for an hour, grab a cup of coffee, and join us for an intimate conversation with a leader. There is no charge to participate in this program.


List of Dates and Presenters:

November 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm MST

Guest: Marcilynn A. Burke | Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law | University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR 

Host: Anastasia "Stacie" Carter | Young Professionals Committee | Antero Resources Corporation, Denver, CO


December 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST

Guest: Pilar Thomas | Partner | Quarles & Brady LLP, Tucson, AZ 

Host: Paul M.Tilley | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with DeConcini McDonaly, Yetwin & Lacy, PC, Tucson, AZ


Additional Conversations – Guests and Dates to be Announced 


Look for opportunities to attend in your inbox! 


Past Programs


October 16, 2020 

Host: Casey A. Furey | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bismarck, ND

Guest: Suedeen G. Kelly | Partner | Jenner & Block, Washington, DC


September 18, 2020

Guest: Stuart R. Butzier | President of RMMLF | Shareholder with Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM

Host: Paul M.Tilley | Young Professionals Committee | Associate with DeConcini McDonaly, Yetwin & Lacy, PC, Tucson, AZ


August 21, 2020

Guest: Elisabeth Eljuri, Independent Arbitrator and Energy Consultant; and former Vice President, Chief Negotiator, and Chief Legal Counsel for Sierra Oil & Gas

Host: Martin Ferreira Pinho, Associate with Fasken, Vancouver, BC and Heidi K. Ruckriegle, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Denver, CO


July 17, 2020

Guest: Rebecca Watson, President, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Shareholder,  Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley, P.C., formerly the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management of the U.S. Department of Interior

Host: Casey Furey, Young Professionals Committee, Associate with Crowley Fleck PLLP, Bismarck, ND

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June 19, 2020

Guest: Alex Ritchie, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, formerly the Leon Karelitz Chair in Oil & Gas Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

Host: Zoe Lees, Chair of the Young Professionals Committee Principal Attorney at Xcel Energy

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