The Energy Generation Leadership Program (EnGen) is part of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s focus upon industry education and outreach.

The Mission of EnGen is to educate and empower the next generation of oil and gas leaders by providing industry-specific leadership and professional development.


The EnGen program is a one-year, curriculum-based leadership development course established by both oil and gas young professionals and industry veteran leaders. The curriculum is thoughtfully crafted to provide students a unique forum and comprehensive approach to professional development, and consists of a series of six educational seminars, quarterly social networking events, and one community outreach project.


  • Empower through education
  • Engage with industry leaders
  • Unite professionals from diverse facets of industry
  • Establish relationships with the community through outreach projects
  • Improve industry retention of future leaders

Program Format

  • One-year program
  • Curriculum-based leadership development
  • Tailored for young professionals in oil & gas
  • Components:
    • Six education seminars
    • Four social networking events
    • One community outreach project


Young professionals who have been in the industry for at least three years and no more than eight years are invited to apply. Application is only open to employees of COGA member companies. If you would like to confirm whether your company is a current COGA member, contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Applications for the 2018 EnGen Class are due November 10, 2017 at 11:59pm MST. Click HERE to apply.


Companies who would like to promote the mission of EnGen, are able to financially sponsor this unique program as an EnGen Champion. We do not currently have sponsorship positions open, but inquire with us at email hidden; JavaScript is required for other available opportunities.

Class of 2017

Aubree Besant, Land Manager, Caerus Oil & Gas LLC, Matt Brown, Production Engineer, XTO Energy, Audrey Carlson, MarCom Manager, Liberty Oilfield Services, Olivia Coats, Senior Geologist, Synergy Resources Corporation, Trisha Curtis, Co-Founder, PetroNerds, Deidre Duffy, Project Biologist, LT Environmental, Dapo Fadeyi, Director of Finance & Operations, Eagle Automation, Elise Ferguson, Management Associate, DCP Midstream, Gabriel Findlay, Senior Landman, Bill Barrett Corporation, Jennifer Foster, Senior HR Representative, PDC Energy, Logan Heffner, Reservoir Engineer, Great Western Oil & Gas, Stefanie Josephson, A&D Coordinator, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, James Kackley, Strategic Planning Coordinator, QEP Resources, Dustin Katka,  Planning Lead, Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC, Melinda Kessens, Human Resources Generalist, Resolute Energy Corporation, Emily Kimball, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells, Andrew Laviage, Engineering Manager – Wellbore Construction, Baker Hughes, Blake Leavitt, Landman, Bayswater Exploration & Production, LLC, Heath Lovell, Senior Consulting Landman, Bison Oil & Gas, LLC, Andrea Lyons, Audit Manager, EKS&H LLLP, Leslie Mann, Landman, Bill Barrett Corporation, Sam McClung, Area Planner, PDC Energy, Julie Mensing, Senior Director, Accounting, DCP Midstream, Brandon Meyer, Process Engineer, CH2M, Meagan Miller, Environmental Specialist, Bayswater Exploration & Production, LLC, Matthew Otness, Staff Landman II, Noble Energy Inc., Steve Rice, Project Environmental Scientist, ARCADIS, Joby Rittenhouse, Associate, Beatty & Wozniak, Kevin Sandberg, Finance Manager, DCP Midstream, Ben Smiley, Reservoir Engineer, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Marsha Sonderfan, EHS Specialist, Bill Barrett Corporation, David Southerland, Senior Business Analyst, Resolute Energy Corporation, Peter Travers, Operations Engineer, Caerus Oil & Gas LLC, Kelsey Wasylenky, Senior Counsel, Jost Energy Law, William Webb, Senior Petroleum Engineer, QEP Resources, Liz Wright, Communications & Research Coordinator, Colorado Oil & Gas Association