Leadership Class

The Institute for Energy Law’s Leadership Class is a new program in 2018 designed primarily for energy professionals who have been practicing in the energy field between three and ten years. The first class is limited to 30 individuals, who will be selected via an application process.

The Program

The program begins with a mandatory day and a half retreat in Houston on September 20-21, 2018.  The program will have monthly remote or live programs in October through January. The class will have a special event at IEL’s 70th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference in Houston on February 20-22, 2019. The program will conclude with a graduation at the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference in March or April 2019 (conference site and dates still being confirmed, but most likely Austin or San Antonio, Texas).  Attendance is mandatory at the retreat and either the 70th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference or the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference, but recommended at all three. The class will be expected to participate in a class project of its own design.

Application for 2018-19 Leadership Class

Please click here to access the application to apply for a spot in the 2018-19 Leadership Class.  Applications are due June 19, 2018.

Retreat Schedule

Click here for information on the schedule for the retreat.

General Benefits

Program participants will be introduced to unique leaders within and outside the energy industry, including ExxonMobil’s General Counsel, Randy Ebner, and AT&T’s General Counsel, David McAtee.  Through participation, class members will learn more about the energy industry, leadership, communication, diversity, and careers in energy. Participants will also learn about their strengths and weaknesses, the traits of good leaders, and opportunities for success as energy professionals. In addition, participants will build bonds with other class members and energy leaders, including IEL leaders.


Participants will be selected with an eye towards diversity, including job type, industry representation, gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors to provide a well-rounded leadership class. We want individuals who are committed to completing the program and who desire to have a long career in the energy industry. In addition, we prefer individuals interested in staying involved in IEL after the leadership class program concludes for the year.

Costs and Direct Benefits

The program fee is $650 (due after selection to the program and no later than August 1st). This cost provides individuals with the following direct benefits:

  1. Associate Membership in IEL for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019 (normally costs $650);
  2. Participation in All Leadership Class Events;
  3. Free Registration to the 70th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference (free for Associate Members, otherwise usually $745);
  4. Free Registration to the National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference (usually $255 to $295); and
  5. Free Registration to Houston General Counsel Forum, as well as the General Counsel Forums in Denver and Pittsburgh (usually $40 each).

Class members are responsible for any and all travel costs.


Completion of the class is not the end. Instead, it is the beginning of what will hopefully be a long relationship with IEL and other class members.  Class members are encouraged to serve on committees, to write for publications, and to participate in IEL programs. Our plan is to also develop alumni programs as more leadership classes are completed and to host special events for leadership class alumni.


If you have questions regarding the Leadership Class, please contact:

Vickie Adams
IEL Associate Director