Women's Energy Council Podcast
Whitney Wickes, COO, Rocking WW Minerals
Published on: 7 July 2020
Whitney Wickes joins us from Rocking WW Minerals, a private minerals & royalties company focused on the Powder river Basin. Early on, Whitney was focused on competitive sports where she was a professional skier and competitive triathlete and marathon runner. After suffering some career ending knee injuries, Whitney pivoted her passion into oil & gas where she began building up her career in Petroleum Management. Throughout the episode, Whitney talks about the importance of taking risks, work ethic, and exploring new opportunities in order to help jumpstart your career. She also highlights the different perspectives, ideas, efficiencies, and technology innovation that can result from having different generations represented on your leadership team.
Ms. Wickes is an energetic and passionate oil and gas professional with an interdisciplinary understanding uncommon among modern landmen. Idolizing the original generation of landmen that knew how to “do it all,” Wickes has always been determined to be a master of her craft. Her keen ability to answer high-stress problems with creative solutions led her to become the youngest female to sit on the executive team of a publicly traded oil and gas company. In 2016, Wickes was named VP of Land at Emerald Oil, Inc., a Bakken operator whose market cap reached nearly $1B at its peak. Following Emerald Oil, Wickes worked for an E&P focused on the SCOOP/STACK of Oklahoma before being hired by Mr. Beato to help close the $200M acquisition of Linn Energy’s assets in southwest Wyoming and form XRO Energy LLC. Wickes subsequently became the VP of Land at XRO, where she oversaw the land and regulatory teams managing an asset base of 175,000 net acres and 1,400 wells. Wickes graduated from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado with a degree in Finance and earned 3 certificates from the University of Denver within the field of Petroleum Land Management. Born and raised in a small mountain town in Colorado, Wickes is an avid outdoorswoman and quickly fell in love with Wyoming while working at XRO. After having been a professional skier in her teenage years and a competitive marathoner and triathlete in her early 20s, Wickes’ main passion has always been and continues to be horses. Wickes currently trains out of Colts Unlimited in Sheridan and competes on the national hunter/jumper circuit. Wickes was recently named to Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” list for 2020.
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