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May 12, 2021

9 am - 3:30 pm | Virtual Conference


Attend the OSU Energy Conference to learn from experts in the energy industry and network with energy business professionals. After attending this conference, you will have a better understanding about the current energy market, where Oklahoma stands in that market, and predictions for the future.



Registration Information:

Individual registration - $150

Includes 1 registration to the OSU Energy Conference.
Multiple registration discount (8 or more people) - $125 per person


5.4 CPE credits available.


  • Agenda

    9:00 a.m.


    Dean Ken Eastman, Ph.D., Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

    Moderator: Betty Simkins, Ph.D., Williams Companies Professor of Business, and Head, Department of Finance, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

    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


    10:15 a.m.

    U.S. Has Become the Swing Producer: How Will Its Newfound Role Impact the Global Oil Market and Energy Public Equities

    We will discuss how the U.S. became the largest oil producer in the world and what changes are occurring in the industry that could have huge ramifications for the global oil market going forward. How have public energy companies been forced to change their business model to meet investor demands? The long-term outlook for oil prices and the steps that the U.S., OPEC, and others will likely take to balance the markets.


    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 a.m.

    Lunch Break

    1:00 p.m.

    Managing Today to Fuel Tomorrow, through the Eyes of an Oilfield Service Pioneer

    As the O&G market evolves and as technology advances, Jill will share a few examples of how Halliburton, as an Oilfield Service pioneer, is creating a more efficient and sustainable energy future through its Halliburton 4.0 and Halliburton Labs global initiatives. She will walk you through the resiliency of managing through 2020 turbulence, that then cleared the pathway for innovation and growth to help exploration and production companies safely and efficiently produce the affordable and reliable energy provided by oil & gas.


    Jill Sharp, Vice President of Finance, Western Hemisphere, Halliburton, Houston, TX

    1:45 p.m.


    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.

    The Rise of the Largest Oil Field in the World

    Mr. Sheffield will provide a history of the Permian Basin and how it became the largest oil field in the world. He will also discuss how it will adapt in the new world of climate change to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.


    Scott Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources, Irving, TX

    3:30 p.m.


  • Speakers

    Evan Anderson, Oseberg

    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.

    Ken Eastman, Ph.D., Spears School of Business

    Ken is the Dean for the Spears School of Business. His research interests are mainly in the areas of leadership, extra-role behaviors, and organizational politics.

    Robert Bryce, Author, Journalist

    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, Raymond James Equity Research

    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.

    Scott Sheffield, Pioneer Natural Resources

    Scott Sheffield became a director of Pioneer Natural Resources in August 1997, when he became the company’s founding CEO. He had been an executive officer of one of its predecessors, Parker & Parsley Petroleum Co., since 1989. At the end of 2016, he retired as CEO to a 2,300-acre ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, that he purchased from Jane Fonda. Sheffield held the position of Executive Chairman of Pioneer through 2017, retiring entirely at year-end 2017. In February 2019, he returned to Pioneer as President & CEO upon the retirement of successor CEO He is on the advisory board of L1 Energy.

    Pierce H. Norton II, ONE Gas

    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, Halliburton

    Jill Sharp, an Oklahoma State grad and a Spears School of Business Hall of Fame inductee, has enjoyed quite a career journey in her rise with Halliburton that spans 28 years and now features her as Vice President of Finance – Western Hemisphere for the oilfield services company founded in Duncan.

    Betty Simkins, Spears School of Business

    Betty is Head of the Department of Finance and Williams Companies Chair in Business. Her research interests are mainly in the area of energy finance and has presented workshops on the energy value chain.

  • Sponsors

    Gold Level

    Grant Thornton


    Bronze Level

    RSM logo
     KOSU logo
     Ascent Resources logo
  • Sponsorship information

    Gold Level

    $4,000 (Gift $2,125/non-gift $1,875)*
    Includes: 10 registrations to the Conference.


    Silver Level

    $3,000 (Gift - $2,000 / Non-gift - $1,000)*
    Includes: 5 registrations to the Conference.


    Bronze Level

    $2,000 (Gift - $1,400 / Non-gift - $600)*
    Includes: 3 registrations to the Conference.


    Please make check payable to OSU Foundation.


    * The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of any money contributed over the fair market value
    of goods or services provided. We estimate the fair market value of the goods or services received to be the non-deductible portion shown above.

  • Program policies

    After attending this conference, you will earn 4.5 hours of CPE Specialized Knowledge-Technical credit and .9 hours of CPE Economics-Technical credit for a total of 5.4 hours of CPE. If attending all sessions, participants will receive a total of 5.4 hours of CPE credit. Participants are required to attend and participate in the complete session to receive CPE credit.


    If a participant would like to cancel her/his registration less than 5 days prior to the conference, you are welcome to send a substitute. A refund is available given notification no later than 6 days prior to the conference. If you are cancelling your registration or transferring your registration to a colleague, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or CEPD will send you an email confirming your cancellation and refund if applicable.


    For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints, please contact the program manager, Kelle Scott, at 405-744-5208 or


    The program content is appropriate for all energy business professionals from entry level to executive. For CPE purposes, the knowledge level of the course is "overview." The prerequisite education/experience required for this conference is to have a basic understanding of energy matters. There is no advance preparation required for participating in this conference.

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