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GEM’s Gems August 2014 – Sally Hagan

August 18, 2014

Sally Hagan, the GEM’s Gem we are honoring this month, worked her way into the energy industry after being accepted into the Global Energy Management Program. She is now a Sales Leader at General Electric Oil & Gas – Artificial Lift, Power to Lift.

Sally Hagan

Sally Hagan

“The GEM program gave me the confidence I needed to break into the industry and to make it happen with a global giant like GE,” she said. “Keeping in touch with classmates and professors has also helped to further my knowledge of the industry.”

Hagan was a member of GEM’s Cohort VI. As a student, she participated in both Special Topics courses offered by the GEM Program in Washington, D.C. and London. “I’ll never forget the fun nights on the town, both in D.C. and London, after the long days,” she added.

Hagan’s adventures continued well after enrolling in GEM. Shortly before finishing her degree, she started taking ballroom dancing classes.  She has already participated in two competitions and has another performance coming up in November of 2014.

Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities.

I am part of a new product initiative with the GE Oil & Gas Artificial Lift division called Power to Lift.  My main responsibility is to create awareness for this product and be able to effectively communicate the solution to uncover opportunities/needs with the many oil & gas exploration and production companies in North America. This innovative product is a natural gas-driven (well gas) rich burn engine that provides up to 1MW of power/1380 horsepower for all well site electrical needs, mainly artificial lift methods.

What do you enjoy most about working in the energy industry?

I mostly enjoy learning about the complex technologies that are being developed to not only bring necessary hydrocarbons to the surface of the earth for our vast energy needs, but also the healthy, clean manner at which this is being done.  I also enjoy my interactions with the various engineering disciplines needed to make all this “stuff” possible.  I am learning A TON!!

What were some of your favorite things to do during cohort weekends? 

I was part of Cohort 6 (the very best Cohort to date, I might add). The best part about our cohort weekends was catching up with our out-of-town students and, although brutal at times, gaining the 40+ hours of face-to-face instruction from the GEM professors.

What are some of the things that you never forgot to bring to cohort weekends?

I tried really hard never to forget some extra clothing for the ever-fluctuating temperatures in the classroom and money for some adult beverages after class.

Why did you choose the GEM program at CU Denver?

I decided it was time to further my education and was happy to find a master’s program that fit with my interest in the energy industry and would help continue to develop my business acumen.

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