Teresa (Tracy) L. Dick got her introduction to oil and gas through her family, friends and the state of Oklahoma. A resident of the state, she serves as executive vice president, chief accounting officer and assistant secretary with Diamondback Energy, which is headquartered in Midland, Texas, and Oklahoma City. She also serves as executive vice president, CFO and assistant secretary with Diamondback subsidiaries Viper Energy Partners and Rattler Energy Partners.
Coming to Oklahoma from Colorado, she began working on the corporate side of oil and gas at Hiland Partners, a public MLP and affiliate of Continental Resources, in Enid, Okla.
“My sister-in-law, Mika Dick, provided me the opportunity to work at Hiland Partners,” Dick said. “She was instrumental in assisting me to get my foot in the door. After moving from Enid to Oklahoma City, my now long-time friend, Jesseca McCalla, recruited me into the opportunity of what is now Diamondback Energy where I have worked for over 13 years.”
“As an industry, we must continuously improve every day, and we need to educate and attract diversified talent. Our industry can never become complacent, and we must be thoughtful and quick in our future growth and development.”
Responding to challenges
“I believe I have been extremely fortunate in my career in this industry. I have not felt differentiated or challenged any more than my peers, male or female. Yes, this industry has been predominantly male, and I have often been in rooms full of men with me as the only woman. This is where confidence is key and respect is earned. Always hold your head up, be a good listener and speak with confidence.”
“I was fortunate to be involved in the entire process of taking three separate and different companies through initial public offerings. These experiences were all unique, complex and challenging in so many ways. I cherish the insight it has given me regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations and all aspects of capital markets. Another memorable project in my career was merging with another public company. The most demanding but rewarding part was bringing two workplace cultures together and successfully making them one.”
“Becoming an executive officer was a huge milestone. My key supporter was Steve West. He has guided me throughout my career and was an integral part of my trajectory into the officer position. With a combination of his mentorship, hard work, a big picture approach, outside-of-the-box thinking and confidence, I was able to become an executive officer.”
“EVERYTHING! The wonderful and highly intelligent people, the unpredictable shifts in the industry, the complicated nature of the business, the constant innovation and technological advancements in the industry. I just love this industry and embrace it all.”
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“Steve West was a strong mentor that pushed me and challenged me early in my career. He helped me in so many ways from understanding the big picture and managing business relationships to leadership advice and confidence building.
“When Travis Stice, the CEO of Diamondback Energy, joined the company, I looked to him as a valuable mentor as well. His entire style of leadership is admirable. I strive to follow his approach. Transparency and teamwork are key messages. Travis also offered me opportunities to always improve and hone my skills. I am fortunate to have these successful leaders as mentors. I want to thank them both for all they have done to guide me in my career.”
“Whenever I have time to listen or read, I take that time to develop my leadership. There are amazing podcasts, books and classes out there. There is also tremendous value in watching and learning from those that lead around you. Your leadership journey is never over, and there is always room for improvement or enhancement. I learn every day.”
“The energy industry must acknowledge changes and improvements in all these areas [approach, culture and technology] and beyond. On the forefront, embrace ESG and demonstrate to the world that oil and gas production is environmentally safe when done in a responsible manner. As an industry, we must continuously improve every day, and we need to educate and attract diversified talent. Our industry can never become complacent, and we must be thoughtful and quick in our future growth and development.”
“Embrace ESG and demonstrate to the world that oil and gas production is environmentally safe when done in a responsible manner.”
Advice for young professionals
“Work hard, work smart, always look for ways to improve how you work, and surround yourself with people smarter than you. It is crucial to challenge yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable. Do not get discouraged. Always work on leadership even when you are not yet a leader, and always work on building confidence.”
“I am proud to support and am heavily involved with Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a non-profit helping physically and mentally wounded veterans. I also stay involved with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Women’s Energy Network-Greater Oklahoma, and Impact Oklahoma.”
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