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14th Annual Energy Conference in Oklahoma City

The 14th Annual Energy Conference has been postponed until 2021

14th Annual Oklahoma State University Energy Conference


Due to conditions stemming from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the OSU 14th Annual Energy Conference scheduled in Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday, May 12, is postponed and will return May 2021.

It is our collective concern for the health of our participants and sponsors, that we have decided to postpone the event and reconvene in May 2021.

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Time Event
9:00 a.m.


Dean Ken Eastman, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University

Moderator: Betty Simkins,

9:15 a.m.

Renewable Dreams, Hydrocarbon Realities, and the Fuels of the Future

Whether it’s the Green New Deal or the dozens of cities that have pledged to get all of their electricity from renewables, there’s no doubt that solar and wind energy are enormously popular. In this talk, Robert Bryce will explain why renewables alone cannot meet burgeoning global energy demand. He will provide a clear-eyed look at the vast scale of our energy and power systems and explain why, despite concerns about climate change, oil, coal, and natural gas are likely to continue dominating global energy markets for years to come. In addition, Bryce will examine the macro trends in the energy sector, including the surge in solar, the booming global trade in LNG, electric vehicles, the relentless growth in electricity demand, and explain why we should be optimistic about our energy future.

Robert Bryce, Author, Journalist, Film Producer, Austin, TX

10:00 a.m. Break  
10:15 a.m. John Freeman, Managing Director, Equity Research Department, Raymond James Financial in Houston, TX          
11:00 a.m.

AI and ML in Heavy Industry: Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Leverage Technology in Industries Where Value is Hiding in Plain Sight…It’s Not Me, It’s You. Well, It’s Sorta Me.

Evan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Oseberg, Oklahoma City, OK

11:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Jill Sharp, Vice President of Finance, Western Hemisphere, Halliburton, Houston, TX 
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m.

Thinking Differently About Natural Gas and a Clean Future

The technology and solutions to solve the complexities of achieving zero emissions, while providing reliable service AND keeping energy affordable continues to evolve. In the next decade, it will be important that resiliency and cost become part of the discussion related to emissions reductions. Pierce Norton will discuss how natural gas and natural gas distribution assets will continue to be a significant part of the solution.

Pierce H. Norton II, President and Chief Executive Officer, ONE Gas, Inc, Tulsa, OK

2:45 p.m.

Oil & Gas Technology Advancements to Enable Lower Cost of Supply and Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The oil & gas industry is in the midst of a period of transformational change driven by surging production from U.S. unconventional reservoirs, rapid advancements of digital technologies and the recognition of climate related risks. This has created a need for technological solutions that can lower cost of supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This talk will provide an overview of technological advancements made over the past decade that have allowed industry to make progress towards both of these objectives. Opportunities for further technologically-driven improvements will also be discussed.

Greg Leveille, Chief Technology Officer, ConocoPhillips, Houston, TX

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Evan Anderson

Evan Anderson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Oseberg, a leading SaaS and data intelligence company in the oil and gas industry that offers a compelling new approach to rapidly convert public regulatory and county level data into actionable intelligence. Oseberg provides easy-to-use SaaS data and software products that allow industry professionals in the energy business to access valuable information buried in myriad regulatory filings quickly and efficiently.

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce is a Texas-based author, journalist, and film producer. He has been writing about energy and politics for three decades, during which he covered everything from Enron’s bankruptcy and the digitization of drilling rigs to nuclear energy and the future of batteries. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, and National Review.

John Freeman

John Freeman joined Raymond James Equity Research in 2000.  Currently, he’s Managing Director and Head of Energy Research.  Before joining Raymond James, he worked for AIM Management from 1996-1998.  Mr. Freeman holds a B.B.A. degree in finance and international business from Baylor University and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.  Mr. Freeman is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts. He has been a regular contributor on CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg. Mr. Freeman’s work has been referenced in multiple publications including Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Oil & Gas Journal, Houston Chronicle, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Freeman has also presented before the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss energy policy.


Raymond James

Greg Leveille

Greg Leveille

Pierce Norton

Pierce H. Norton II is president and chief executive officer of ONE Gas, one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States serving 2.2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Norton has more than three decades of experience in energy and has held leadership positions at ONEOK, ONEOK Partners, KN Energy and Bear Paw Energy, now ONEOK Rockies Midstream. Norton chaired the American Gas Association’s board of directors in 2017.

Jill Sharp

Jill Sharp

  • Program format – 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. conference
  • CPE credits/CEU credits available
  • Location –Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • PriceEnroll Now! $275 per person. If eight or more register from the same company, $250 per person.
  • Sponsorship Information – Sponsorship opportunities are available. Become a Sponsor.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 10 days prior to the conference, you are welcome to send a substitute. All guarantees have been submitted to the hotel, so refunds are not attainable. A refund is available given notification no later than 11 days prior to the conference. If you are transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or
  • For additional information or to sponsor:
    Center for Executive and Professional Development
    Oklahoma State University, 294 Business Building
    Stillwater, OK 74078-4011 USA
    Telephone: 405-744-5208

Sponsorship Information



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