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T. Boone Pickens

Energy Activist and Chairman, BP Capital Management

One of the world’s most successful and recognized business leaders, T. Boone Pickens shows how persistence, the ability to execute and an unyielding belief in his own entrepreneurial spirit brought him to the peak of success.

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Powering America's Energy and Economic Future: A Conversation with T. Boone Pickens

All Americans are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. And addressing the economy is the top priority of our nation. To make a real and lasting impact we must seek to do more than create new jobs and opportunities today, we must build the platform on which our economy can continue to grow for decades to come—and there is nothing more important to the present and future of our economy than energy. Any effort to address our economic problems will require a thorough understanding of this issue and willingness to confront our dependence on foreign oil and what domestic resources we can use. As one of the world’s most successful and recognized business leaders, T. Boone Pickens delivers a comprehensive, forward-looking solution to enhance America’s energy and economic engine. Realizing the crisis is beyond politics and too large to be addressed in a piecemeal fashion, Pickens outlines a bold framework of coordinated steps that together form a comprehensive approach to America's energy needs—and the need to create jobs while encouraging economic growth.

Leadership and Getting Things Done: Reflections on a Lifetime of Comebacks

Legendary businessman T. Boone Pickens turned a $2500 investment into America's largest independent natural gas and oil companiesin the span of three decades. But Pickens’ road to success was not without challenges. When he left his company at the age of sixty-eight after a spectacular downward spiral in the company’s profits, many counted him out. Indeed, what followed for him was a painful divorce, clinical depression, a temporary inability to predict the movement of energy prices and the loss of 90 percent of his investing capital. Pickens went on to stage a remarkable late-life comeback that brought the famed maverick back to the top of global business. In this extraordinary presentation from one of the world’s most visionary leaders, Pickens shares his story and helps leaders understand the choices that they need to make to find their own path to success. Pickens uses his influence and role as a business leader to call attention to one of the most important issues of our time, America’s dependence on foreign oil and our need to do what’s right for America’s energy future. Beyond energy, Pickens reminds audiences that good leaders must be unafraid to make decisions and that it is both the procurement of ideas—and the cultivation of individuals—that are responsible for ensuring organizational success.

Meet T. Boone Pickens


One of the world’s most successful and recognized business leaders, T. Boone Pickens shows how persistence, the ability to execute and an unyielding belief in his own entrepreneurial spirit brought him to the peak of success.

A consummate entrepreneur from tiny Depression-era Holdenville, Oklahoma, T. Boone Pickens has always spoken his mind about how historically corporate managers had little ownership or accountability in the businesses they directed. A legendary oilman and philanthropist, he has become the nation’s most effective energy expert.

Pickens has routinely challenged executives to have and take ownership in their companies and to do what is right for their true bosses, the shareholders. Consistently bringing creative, problem-solving ideas to the table, he has backed them all up with major investments in the companies with which he has gotten involved. Among many professional accolades, Financial World magazine named Pickens “CEO of the Decade” in the late 1980s.

Again bucking the status-quo, Pickens launched a self-funded, $100 million grassroots campaign in 2008, aimed at reducing America’s crippling dependence on OPEC oil. Oil and Gas Investor included Pickens with such luminaries as Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller on its “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century.” Additionally, the nation’s most-watched business programs seek out his expertise on all things oil, leading CNBC to anoint him as the “Oracle of Oil.”

In a conversation with Pickens, he delivers comprehensive and forward-looking solutions and outlines steps to approach America’s energy needs, drawing from unrivaled experience reveals what it truly takes to lead successful organizations. Pickens shares insights into his dynamic career and the state of the energy universe in a no-holds-barred, humorous fashion that will captivate your audience.  

 

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