Global Energy Leaders Summit

September 26-27, 2024

Shaping the future of energy

Join us as we bring together global energy thought leaders, decision makers, and world-class Colorado School of Mines faculty, alumni, and students for the inaugural Global Energy Leaders Summit. As a leading research institution, Colorado School of Mines welcomes attendees to the heart of the evolving energy landscape.

Attend this important event, elevated by Mines’ 150th anniversary, to explore ideas, solutions and actions with leading energy minds. The Summit will connect the university’s world-class science, engineering, and data expertise with global conversations on the future of energy. Engage in thought-provoking presentations, discussions and networking.

Learn about Mines’ entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem and how it brings leading edge energy ideas to practice.

Summit Details

Thursday, 9/26

Noon – 2:30 pm​: Global Energy Future Initiative Innov8x Challenge

lunch will be served
For: Alumni, Family, Students, Friends, Govt. & Industry Partners
Location: ​Beck Venture Center, Mines Campus
Details: See Mines entrepreneurship in action, as student teams present their innovative solutions to real-world challenges facing our industry sponsors. Teams are in competition for over $22,000 in prize money to further the development of their solutions! This event is facilitated by Mines McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

3:00 – 5:00 pm​: Global Energy Leaders Summit—Day One​​​​​

For: Alumni, Family, Students, Friends, Govt. & Industry Partners
Location: ​Bunker Auditorium in the Green Center, Mines Campus ​​​​
Details: Explore energy future ideas, solutions and actions through insightful keynotes, candid fireside chats and dynamic panels with industry decision makers.
Bruce Grewcock, Executive Chairman of the Board, Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. (Mines ’76)
Tom Jorden, Chairman, CEO & President, Coterra Energy (Mines ’80)
Dave Lawler, CEO, Kimmeridge Texas Gas (Mines ’90)
Doug Lawler, President & CEO, Continental Resources (Mines ’88)
Vicky Peacey, President, Resolution Copper

5:00 – 6:30pm: ​Networking Reception and Energy-Related Research Poster Session

For: Alumni, Family, Students, Friends, Govt. & Industry Partners
Location: Friedhoff Hall in the Green Center, Mines Campus ​​​​
Details: Engage with energy thought leaders and discover the breadth of energy research underway at Mines. Appetizers, beer, wine and soda will be served.

Friday, 9/27

9:00 – 11:30 am​: Global Energy Leaders Summit—Day Two​​​​​

For: Alumni, Family, Students, Friends, Govt. & Industry Partners​
Location: ​​Bunker Auditorium in the Green Center, Mines Campus ​​​​
Details: Explore energy future ideas, solutions and actions through insightful keynotes, candid fireside chats and dynamic panels with research and industry decision makers.
Martin Keller, Laboratory Director and Alliance President, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Rick Tallman, President and Founder, TallmanPacific (Mines ’85, ’92)

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Speaker Bios

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Tom Jorden,

Chairman, CEO & President, Coterra Energy


Mr. Jorden is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Coterra, following his tenure at Cimarex Energy. At Cimarex, he began serving as Executive Vice President of Exploration when the company formed in 2002. In 2011, he became Chief Executive Officer and President of Cimarex and then Chairman of the Board in 2012.

Prior to the formation of Cimarex, Mr. Jorden held multiple leadership roles at Key Production Company, Inc., Cimarex’s predecessor. He joined Key in 1993 as Chief Geophysicist and would go on to become Executive Vice President of Exploration. Before joining Key, Mr. Jorden was with Union Pacific Resources and Superior Oil Company.

He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics.

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Martin Keller

Laboratory Director and Alliance President, NREL


Martin Keller has served as director of NREL and president of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy—the company that operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy—since 2015.

Under his leadership, the laboratory’s active partnerships with industry, universities, foundations, and governments now number more than 1,100—compared to 696 in 2015—generating more than $1 billion in research and development. NREL once again set a record for new partnerships in Fiscal Year 2023, with $143 million; 30 agreements were for $1 million or more. The laboratory’s business volume has grown from $382.7 million in 2017 to $783.5 million in 2022.

To keep up with this growth, the number of regular full-time employees at NREL has increased by 82% over Keller’s tenure, with the number of staff members more than doubling to nearly 3,700. Keller is a visionary leader who is committed to people, teams, and partnerships. He innovatively and pragmatically applies private sector best practices at NREL to achieve game-changing scientific outcomes.

Working collaboratively with his leadership team, Keller has developed a strategy for NREL focused on three key initiatives: integrated energy pathways, circular economy, and electrons to molecules. This strategy drives advanced scientific research, programs, projects, and partnerships at NREL.

From 2006 to 2015, Keller led energy, biological, and environmental research programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His efforts culminated in his being promoted to serve as the associate laboratory director for the Energy and Environmental Sciences directorate during his last 6 years there.

Earlier in his career, Keller’s dedicated work in a variety of research management positions at Diversa Corp. enhanced and developed the microbiology expertise of this biotech company.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recently retired as chair of its Industrial Science and Technology section. In addition, Keller is chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for Forschungszentrum Jülich, a national research institution in Germany, and serves on numerous scientific advisory boards. In 2022, he was named a Most Admired CEO by the Denver Business Journal, and in 2024, he was named Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.

Keller received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.

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Victoria Peacey

President of Resolution Copper


Vicky has been in the mining industry for over two decades across a wide range of disciplines. She started her career in 2001 as a project engineer and the Bingham Canyon mine and worked across the Kennecott Copper complex including the mine, concentrator, smelter and refinery covering engineering, technical studies, environmental and reclamation.

She then moved to Marquette, Michigan in 2008 as Manager of Environmental, Permitting, Health, Safety and Land for Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Eagle Mine where she developed and implemented a strategy to successfully obtain all Federal, State and County permits and approvals for a new Greenfield underground mine, concentrator and tailings facility to facilitate new copper and nickel production.

From 2010 to 2020, Peacey held a variety of roles at Resolution Copper covering external affairs, communications, communities, environment, permitting and cultural heritage. The work over that time focused on nature, water, the environment and cultural heritage so the mine will be operated in a way that preserves and protects the natural surroundings.

Through 2021 and 2022, she led Communities and Social Performance for Rio Tinto Americas and was Chief of Staff for the Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Copper. Her current role is President of Resolution Copper.

Peacey lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband and three children and has a bachelor’s degree in applied geoscience and a master’s in civil engineering.

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Rick Tallman

Founder and President, TallmanPacific


Mr. Tallman is a veteran entrepreneur, investment manager and philanthropist that leads TallmanPacific, an independent investment firm and strategic consultancy serving investors and companies in the energy transition. In 2007, he founded Renova Capital, a leading private equity firm specializing in bringing new sustainable technologies to full commercialization while investing in, developing, managing, and selling over $1B of clean energy assets. He was a founder, CEO & Chairman of Main Street Power Company (now AES Clean Energy), a pioneering solar company that developed thousands of distributed solar arrays while launching the industry’s first residential solar leasing fund. Earlier in his career, Rick established a reputation as a successful entrepreneur by founding and leading a variety of early-stage companies through initial public offering or acquisition. This included a leading superfund remediation firm, a pioneer of municipal water utility privatization, and one of the very first internet photo community sites. Rick served as a Company Commander in the US Army during the Persian Gulf War, and frequently writes and lectures on subjects of entrepreneurship and a sustainable future. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Geologic and Hydrologic Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, where he serves on the Board of Governors and leads the Native American Mining and Energy Sovereignty Initiative.

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A top-tier research university shaping what’s next in energy

Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have expanded to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The university is a leader in education, research and innovation and the campus has played an important role in producing energy leaders for 150 years.