Leadership Summit 2022: Rewriting the Narrative

 January 29, 2022 | 12:00 – 4:00pm MT | Ben Parker Student Center Ballrooms

Registration for Leadership Summit 2022: Rewriting the Narrative is open. The Mines Leadership Summit is an opportunity for students to attend a half day professional development conference on the Mines campus. During the Leadership Summit, students will have the opportunity to engage with multiple guest speakers, hands-on activities, and group reflection – all while learning how to Rewrite the Narrative to integrate their past experiences, future aspirations, and every aspect of themselves as an individual. 

Leadership Summit 2022: Rewriting the Narrative will be held on January 29th, 2022 from 12:00 – 4:00pm Mountain Time in the Ben Parker Student Center Ballrooms. Registration is $5.00 per person and includes: giveaways; lunch; presentations by our three incredible speakers, Shannon Mancus, Samara Omar, and Josh Robbins; and several interactive sessions, all while being emceed by the incredible Dr. Sarah Friswold-Atwood. 

To register, click here! Sign up quickly as spots are limited.


Samara Omar Bio

Samara’s story is that of an explorationist in perpetual search of new adventures and perspectives. Samara Omar moved from the Caribbean to Colorado in 2012. She was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, a twin-island nation rich in natural resources, which cultivated both her passion for uplifting people and her interest in the energy industry. 


Samara completed both a B.S and M.S in Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines. During her college years, she not only nurtured her technical skills but leaped at any opportunity to contribute to the success of her colleagues and upcoming students. She served in many capacities at CSM which included Resident Assistant, President of the Mines Activities Council, Peer Mentor, Representative and Graduate-Advisor to the Undergraduate Student Government, founding member of the Society of Women in Geophysics and short-term member of Greek-life and other organizations. Samara was presented with the Rising Star award in 2014 for emerging leadership potential through campus/community involvement, the George T. Meridith award in 2016 for early leadership in Geophysics, and the CSM Student Service award upon graduation, for her contribution to Mines. 

She completed many internships in the energy sector prior to attaining her desired role as Exploration Geophysicist with a leading energy company. Based in South Texas, she mapped, evaluated and drilled reservoirs in key unconventional assets across the U.S, and, in her free-time, she continued to mentor students through local societies and universities. She also created her own Caribbean life-style brand and grew her proficiency in the business and graphic design domains. In 2020, her deeply-rooted explorationist mindset nudged her towards another tangent adventure, leading her to resign from a traditional career path of an exploration geoscientist to traverse new frontiers in a digitally advancing industry.  

Samara is currently pursuing a PhD in Geophysics with an emphasis in Data Science at the Colorado School of Mines. While she remains a proud nerd, she continues to parallel her technical pursuit with her passion for assisting younger students in their own journeys. Motivated by her passion for people, Samara hopes that her narrative is one which champions cultural remediation of the energy industry and demonstrates that honest and genuine leadership can exist in technical fields.

Shannon Mancus Bio

Dr. Shannon Davies Mancus is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds a B.A. in musical theater from Wagner College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University. 

Josh Robbins Bio

Josh Robbins is the president and brewmaster at New Terrain Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado.  He obtained his BS in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1995, and then begin his career as a process development engineer for Texas Instruments in Dallas.  After several years in industry, Josh returned to Colorado School of Mines and obtained his MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering.  Working under Professor Colin Wolden, his research focus was on the production on unique transparent conducting oxides using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.  Immediately after grad school, Josh founded CMD Research, a small start-up that focused on the production of novel solid-state materials using innovative production processes.  Promising results from a project at CMD Research were used as the foundation of a spin-off company, SiC Systems, which was funded through a mix of government grants, angel investors, and venture capital.  After 6 years, SiC Systems folded, and Josh turned to his love of beer and chemical engineering for his next project as founder of Mountain Toad Brewing.  The success of Mountain Toad allowed he and his wife moved on to “new terrain” and form their dream brewery in Golden.