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The Bold Leadership Download series features inspiring leaders of industry who share their pathway to success with UT students, faculty and alumni. Themes of this event include entrepreneurship, engineering, leadership, successes and failures.

Keynote lectures will be followed by a moderated Q&A led by student leaders from the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Past Events

 The Bold Leadership Download: A Conversation with Scott Sheffield
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hildebrand Lecture Hall, 5th Floor
Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building
210 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712


Scott Sheffield with arms crossed wearing a gray suit

Scott Sheffield
Founder, Pioneer Natural Resources Company

With more than 40 years of energy experience, Scott Sheffield is widely recognized as an industry thought leader and an expert on oil and natural gas exploration and production. After graduating from The University of Texas in 1975 with a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering, he began his career as a reservoir engineer with Amoco Production Company. In 1979, he became the fifth employee of Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company in Midland, where he was the sole staff engineer. By 1991, he was chairman and CEO, and in 1997 he oversaw the company’s merger with MESA Inc. to form Pioneer Natural Resources Company. He retired as CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources Company in 2023.