Name: Bailey Brougher
Course: Energy Management and Finance
Class: May 2017
What influenced your decision to study at the Price College of Business?
As a third generation Sooner, I knew the University of Oklahoma was the college I wanted to attend. As a junior in high school, I met with Steve Long, director of the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program, and knew that the energy industry was something I wanted to be involved in. The Energy Management program offered at the OU Price College of Business is the longest running and most established in the nation, with an unparalleled record for job placement. Additionally, the quality of faculty, staff, and students allowed me to fully enjoy the program.
What extra-curricular activities did you take part in while studying at the Price College of Business?
While studying at the Price College of Business, I was the Social Chair of the Energy Management Student Association (EMSA) from 2015 to 2016 and the Vice President from 2016 to 2017. During the spring of 2016, I participated in the Energy Management Study Abroad Program in London and Reading, UK. I was also part of Price College’s Integrated Business Core (IBC) program, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and President’s Community Scholars.
Since completing the course, how has your career progressed?
From being involved in the Energy Management program and student association, I was blessed to have an internship with Repsol USA in The Woodlands, Texas. During my sophomore year, I had many interview opportunities with various companies. I also interned with Southwestern Energy in Spring, Texas during the summers of 2015 and 2016, and have since then accepted a full-time position with the company.
What were your favorite aspects of the course?
My favorite part of the course was the Energy Management Student Association. It offered a variety of opportunities for students including scholarships, field trips, community service, socials, and mentorship programs. Without the Energy Management program and its associations, I would not be where I am or have the opportunities I have today.
In your opinion, what makes a Real Energy Leader?
To me, a Real Energy Leader is a forward thinker and a problem solver. They can anticipate issues before they happen and manage relationships effectively with communication. They trust and empower their employees to execute projects and think outside the box. As my career grows and progresses, I hope to embody the qualities of a Real Energy Leader.