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January 2018
Laura Capper, Principal, CAP Resources, discusses findings from her firms’ research and publications related to Oilfield Water Management and Disposal Well Environmental Risk Management in Upstream Oil and Gas. Topics covered include current practices in water recycling and reuse including opportunities and barriers, the root causes of induced seismic activity, potential impacts of seismicity, regional trends on wells pressuring up, regulatory changes and impacts, potential future impacts on upstream operations, plausible alternatives for SWD disposal, and mitigating practices industry can employ today.

About Laura: CAP Resources is a Houston-based oil and gas and technology consultancy which specializes in market assessment, strategy development for emerging market opportunities, technology commercialization, operations planning, due diligence / transaction support services, and aggressive growth strategies for oil and gas technology, operating, and service companies and their investors.

The firm’s president, Laura Capper, brings 25 years of experience in managing technology commercialization and aggressive growth strategies for public and private companies including integrated oil and gas companies, oilfield service companies, technology transfer offices, and private equity and venture capital firms. Over the last 20 years, CAP Resources has serviced over 600 clients and contributed to the development of over $4.0 Billion in value associated with new venture launches as well as support for mergers, acquisitions and investment activity.

Beginning in 2007, a primary focus of the firm has been matters related to domestic and international unconventional exploration and production trends and practices, water management and treatment technologies, mobile field data collection and guidance systems, and environmental and waste handling practices in the oilfield, among other areas of the firm’s specialties. Over this period, CAP Resources has authored a series of in-depth reports tracking the state of Water Management and investment opportunities in U.S. and World unconventional shale plays. CAP Resources has helped assess some 400 providers of water treatment services, numerous fixed facilities, and a breadth of proprietary technology providers.

Prior to founding CAP Resources, Ms. Capper oversaw business development for Advanced Micro Devices in the San Francisco region, ran North American Sales for Landmark Graphics, now a Halliburton company, and held management roles at four venture capital backed emerging energy technology companies, assisting with the exit of each company. Ms. Capper holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rice University.
Tuesday, January 23
12:00pm - 1:00pm

February 2018
The Women of McCombs affinity group invites you to participate in a dinner dialogue on women business leaders with Gretchen Frary Seay, Managing Director, Clearsight Advisors, Inc.

Alumnae professionals are invited to participate in this exciting dinner with Gretchen! There are 10 available seats, RSVP today this exciting event.

We ask participants to make annual gift to McCombs (suggested minimum $25). Because this will be an intimate event, we ask that you commit to the evening and to showing up. Give now.

For questions, please call Robin Vallilee at 512-232-4187 or email her at
Thursday, February 1
6:00pm - 8:00pm


 For the sixth consecutive year, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas collaborate to present a business forecast and networking event for alumni and the general business community. Leading the discussion will be a Federal Reserve Bank economist and executives from the key industry sectors driving Texas’ economy. CPE credit is offered. Register today!

Speaker list:

  •  John Dickson, Principal, Denim Group
  •  Adam Hamilton, President and CEO, Southwest Research Institute
  •  Keith R. Phillips, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch
  • Jay Hartzell, Dean, McCombs School of Business
Friday, February 2
7:00am - 9:30am

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, 402 Dwyer Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78204

Please join Houston Chapter in kicking off the new year. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow McCombs alumni. RSVP today!

Thursday, February 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Boheme, 307 Fairview St., Houston, TX 77006
March 2018

Values matter in the workplace, because they determine the frame that we place on the interactions that we have with others. To put this into context, it is important to understand the psychology of values and the role that these values play in the way people interpret the world. We discuss this point in the context of negotiation and competition in the workplace. Negotiation affects not only the particular outcome being discussed but also the relationships among people that determine what counts as the successful outcome of a negotiation. We also explore the role of values in determining broader issues in the workplace like work-life balance, and the responsibility companies have to the society around them. Learn more.

Friday, March 30
11:30am - 1:00pm

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 1900 University Avenue, Room 204 Austin, Texas 78705