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Redefining Corporate Success: Leadership Forum with Megan Oberly, H&P

L to R: Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley, Advisory Board Member Megan Oberly, Helmerich & Payne, Energy Workforce President Molly Determan, Emerging Executives Vice Chair Ayodeji Daramola, Halliburton

Advisory Board Member Megan Oberly, Helmerich & Payne, spoke to a sold-out leadership forum on December 5, discussing the professional success she has found through agility and professional athleticism.

Oberly’s approach to professional growth emphasizes the power of curiosity and communication. During the session, she demystified the reluctance people often have to take credit for hard work.

“It’s not just about the job you do but how you convey its value,” she explained, shedding light on recognizing your success.

“Through my career I’ve taken on larger roles and different product lines. That left me with some agility to take on new roles and not be fearful. It’s important to be confident in yourself and communicate your value.”

Energy Workforce Advisory Board Member Megan Oberly, Helmerich & Payne

Oberly said early in her career, a supervisor illustrated an important career lesson during a feedback session. Oberly said she had gotten into the habit of comparing herself and her career trajectory against peers and their career growth. Her boss emphasized that every career journey is unique and people should accumulate diverse experiences before stepping ahead.

“In his words: You haven’t built the professional muscle yet,” she said. “You need to build muscle before assuming you’re in the same place. Your present role might be the same, but everything you’ve gained and developed since is not.”

Oberly emphasized the importance of taking lateral roles, which include stepping into unfamiliar territory and embracing discomfort. She championed the idea of taking calculated risks.

“Lateral moves weren’t detours but gateways to broader experiences,” she said. “Professional athleticism is when you balance your potential with your experience. You need to get the skills set that’s needed, or you don’t build competency.”

Thank you to Emerging Executives Vice Chair Ayodeji Daramola, Halliburton, for facilitating the session. Look at the Energy Workforce Events page for the 2024 leadership forum series.


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