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2021 Back to Work HR Workshop

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Petroleum Museum: 1500 W. I20 Midland, TX

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Event Announcement: 2021 Back to Work HR Workshop

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Time: 11:30 am to 4:00 pm CST

Lunch will be provided

Petroleum Museum: 1500 West Interstate 20, Midland, Texas 79701

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11:30 to 1:00

Lunch and Networking


1:00 to 2:00          

Executive Leadership: Lessons Learned during COVID

Hosted by Steve Pruitt

President & CEO Elevation   Resources LLC


2:00 to 3:00         

Mental Health Awareness: Center for Children & Families

Hosted by Marc McQueen, LMFT,LPC-S

Kristi Edwards     LPC-S 


3:00 to 4:00         

Ethical Professional Communication

Hosted by Michele Harmon, Ed D, MBA, MEd, BS

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Executive Leadership: Lessons Learned during COVID

Learnings from running a company during COVID: The burdens put on working families with schools closed required employers to become more flexible with regard to facetime in the office. Facetime for meetings became virtual thanks to Zoom, and many in-person meetings with out of town colleagues and boards will never return. How many of these accommodations will become permanent? The answer depends on where you live and how large your employer is. However, business leaders should have developed a greater appreciation of the importance of faith, family and friends in our employees’ happiness. If these priorities are respected, employers will enjoy greater productivity and retention of their motivated employees.


Steve Pruitt, President & CEO Elevation Resources, LLC

Steven H. Pruett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Resources LLC, a Permian Basin focused exploration and production company which he co-founded in 2013. Mr. Pruett was previously Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of Concho Resources over 2012-13. He co-founded and served as President and CFO of Legacy Reserves LP, a public upstream MLP from 2006-2012. Mr. Pruett has 36 years of oil and gas operating, financial and management experience, most of which has been in the Permian Basin. Prior to forming Legacy Reserves, Mr. Pruett was a Venture Partner with Quantum Energy Partners, was President of Petroleum Place and P2 Energy Solutions, and was a vice president at Enron managing oil and gas direct investments. He previously served as President and CEO of First Permian, founded and was president and CEO of First Reserve Oil & Gas Co, and served as a Vice President for First Reserve Corporation originating upstream equity investments. He was an energy investment banker with CS First Boston. Mr. Pruett worked in planning and business development for Amoco Production Company following graduate business school. He began his career as a petroleum engineer for ARCO Oil & Gas where he earned his registered professional engineer certificate. Mr. Pruett received his B.S in Petroleum Engineering, High Honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Steve is a past chairman of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, serves on the Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee, and is a former trustee and deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Midland. He serves on the advisory board of the College of Business at The University of Texas Permian Basin, and is a Director of the Trinity School Endowment Corporation. Mr. Pruett serves on the boards of The Henry Foundation and the Springboard Center of 

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Mental Health Awareness: Center for Children and Families


·         Anticipating and Accepting Transitions

·         Learn the difference between stress and burnout (tips to handle both)

·         Recognizing and coping with feelings of anxiety


Marc McQueen, LMFT, LPC-S

Marc is the Clinical Director at Centers for Children and Families.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University.   He has over 26 years of experience in the mental health field.  


Kristi Edwards LPC-S

Kristi is the CEO at Centers for Children and Families.  She holds a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from UTPB.  Kristi has over 21 years in the mental health field. 

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Ethical Professional Communication

This presentation focuses on professional communication and how individuals communicate honestly and ethically by presenting information with the most significant degree of clarity while considering the expertise and knowledge of their audience at all times. The attendees will learn how to eliminate the clutter from their verbal and written messages using some basic techniques, including Grammarly software. The audience will learn about the four pillars of clear communication: Clarity, Brevity, Simplicity, and Humanity.