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Woman Landman

Landmen are the people who negotiate mineral rights for the oil industry. Like many occupations, it’s a job that has changed over the years, especially by who is doing the work.
Woman Landman

Landman

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Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen
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Show 0907: Woman Landman

Air date: February 15, 2009

 

Transcript

Rob:  Landmen are the people that negotiate mineral rights for the oil industry.  Like many occupations, it’s a job that has changed over the years, especially by who is doing it.  Lisa Riley explains.

Lisa Riley:  It’s an occupation that has long been dominated by men in the past.  Yet, for Chesapeake Energy’s, Julie Woodard, being a landman is a good fit for her.

Julie Woodard:  I was determined and wanted to show that I could work hard and knew that it might have something to do with the fact that I was a female, more probably to do with the fact that I was younger.  That caused me to try to really work hard and prove myself and earn people's trust.

Lisa:  Woodard negotiates deals and trades for a company that produces the most natural gas in the nation.  A job she says is always rewarding.

Woodard:  It's amazing, it's wonderful.  I would not want to work anywhere else.

Lisa:  Of the 1,300 landmen, only about 15 percent are women.  A number Woodard believes will grow, because of the many opportunities the industry offers.  Less than one third of landmen are in their 40’s, a generational gap that rivals any gender gap.

Woodard:  In the early 80's, there was a lot of people that got out of the business, when the economy kind of took a down turn.  So the age group, between probably 35 to 45, there's just not that many people that are working currently in this business in that age group.  I felt like there was potential growth in this industry.

Lisa:  An optimistic view that’s earned the respect of her colleagues, and helped her become the youngest female officer in her organization’s history.