PAW Leadership Series

Energy Operations Leadership & Management

For high-potential employees, individuals assuming a first-time leadership role, or leaders looking to enhance their leadership capabilities.

“I thought it was super valuable. For folks who have been through similar training, it’s a great refresher and a ‘hit the reset button’ kind of a moment. I also found it really satisfying to see some of Vaquero’s newer managers have some of those “aha” moments and watch them grow.” -PAW Board Member Matt Smith, Vaquero Energy

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the impact of change and how to help manage others through changes in your workplace
  • Dealing with resistance to change by ‘Leading Above the Line’
  • Engaging others with VISION
  • iSMART Goal setting
  • Understanding personalities and behavioral styles
  • Goal setting and accountability
  • Strategies for effective communication


When moving from a peer to a supervisory role, it is essential to understand how relationships can change as well as common pitfalls that people experience in the transition. Learn from someone else’s mistake and be a better manager from day one!

Participants will have two 8-hour sessions on May 16th and 17th in Casper.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

Date: May 16th & 17th, 2023

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day

Cost: $2,100.00 per person

Training grants are available from the Department of Workforce services to help cover the registration costs but must be submitted by April 14th. Details can be found here.

PAW is partnering with Envision Group International to bring you this program designed to enhance your leadership skills. The presenter for this course is Scott Donald.

Scott helps organizations and people grow by teaming up with subject matter experts in the area’s leadership, strategy, and business development across North America, to provide unique and powerful growth solutions.

As an accomplished senior business development professional leader with over 30 years of experience in publishing (construction), telecom, professional services, software industry, IT and Not for Profit industries, Scott has a genuine interest and ability to learn about organizations, the people who make that organization unique and the ability (and willingness) to listen to explore ways to add value.

Scott has offered extensive leadership training to oil and natural gas employees in the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Energy Workforce & Technology Council.

Kari Bjerke Cutting is the president and majority owner of Cutting Edge Consulting (CEC) LLC.  CEC is engaged in business development, contract negotiations, capital souring, regulatory compliance consulting and leadership education opportunities.

Kari served as the vice president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) for ten years from 2011 to 2021. NDPC’s 500 member companies are involved in all aspects of oil and gas development in North Dakota.

Kari’s thirty-five plus year energy career spans a very diverse technical background in analytical chemistry, marketing, transportation, and regulatory aspects of all types of energy, as well as experience in many levels of leadership. Cutting holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Dakota, a master’s degree in management from Minot State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in organizational leadership from Liberty University, Lynchberg, Virginia.

Kari was appointed by ND Governor Burgum to serve on the North Dakota Pipeline Technical Advisory Committee, the Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board, Federal Legislative Impact Advisory Committee, North Dakota Endangered Species and North Dakota Emergency Response Commission.  Cutting was also appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency Administration to serve on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors from 2018-2023.

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