Day in the Life: Kimberley Leach

Following in her father’s footsteps, Kimberley graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and began working in the oil and gas industry. After a few years in the workforce as an engineer, Kimberley discovered that she had an interest in the financial aspect of the oil and gas industry.

“I really enjoyed working as an engineer, but I wanted to learn about the industry from a financial perspective, not only a technical one.” Kimberley continued, “I saw how different operations worked but I also wanted to learn how oil companies themselves work.” This realization prompted Kimberley to pursue an MBA at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

Kimberley interviewed with Prudential Capital Group early in the recruiting process and accepted a Senior Associate Position with the Energy Finance Group, specializing in oil and gas.

“The Senior Associate role at Prudential Capital was very appealing to me. I like that the position combined deep analytical work with avenues for creativity. On any given day, I could be digging into a company’s financial statements, assessing its health, then brainstorming with my Team Leader on how to approach a marketing call with a new company.” Kimberley continued, “The variety of responsibilities is both challenging and energizing. I knew the skills I would acquire at Prudential Capital Group were the type of capabilities I wanted to develop after business school.”

In addition to the skills she has gained through her time with Prudential Capital Group, Kimberley is able to contribute a unique perspective, having her background in petroleum engineering. “My career began with a training program that gave a good overview of different petroleum engineering disciplines. My technical background enables me to have a better understanding and ask different questions than someone not as familiar with that side of the business.”

For Kimberley, the most rewarding aspect of her Senior Associate role was meeting with new companies. “Listening to people describe what they are passionate about and what they are building is very gratifying, especially when we can play a role in that process,” she added.

“By meeting with a diverse group of companies, I see different company cultures, strategies and ways of looking at the energy industry. It’s fascinating. Learning about one company’s business helps me evaluate and appreciate other companies we work with.” 

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