Associate Sarah Nealis (Houston-Mergers & Acquisitions) was selected by the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) to participate in its inaugural Leadership Class. The new program offers junior energy professionals an opportunity to learn more about the energy industry, leadership, communication, diversity, and careers in energy so they can develop into well-rounded industry leaders of tomorrow. In addition, participants are also introduced to prominent leaders within and outside the energy industry, including Randy Ebner, ExxonMobil’s General Counsel, and David McAtee, AT&T’s General Counsel.
The first class is limited to 35 attorneys who were selected via an application process focused on diversity, including job type, industry representation, gender, race, ethnicity and other factors to provide a diverse leadership class. Sarah was selected based on her outstanding accomplishments as a lawyer in Shearman & Sterling’s Energy practice, as well as her desire to pursue a long-term career as a future leader in the industry.
A member of the firm’s Oil & Gas and Energy transactions team, Sarah was encouraged to apply to the program by partner Sarah McLean (Houston/Austin-Mergers & Acquisitions). “I immediately thought of Sarah as soon as I became aware of this class and felt that her exceptional contributions would be maximized through the learning opportunities offered by the academy,” remarked Sarah McLean.
The class will begin in September for a day-and-a-half leadership retreat geared specifically towards energy attorneys and will continue through April 2019 with webinars, networking events and programming at IEL’s 70th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference, culminating with graduation at the 3rd National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of professionals in an industry that has been traditionally male-dominated,” said Sarah. “I look forward to a long career in energy, and I believe this program will offer an interesting glimpse into the industry’s future.”