In this special report, the Denver Business Journal talks with the 40 Top Women in Energy honorees about their careers.
These women are key influencers in metro Denver’s energy sector and come from a variety of industries within the sector, such as exploration, production, engineering, renewable, law, well services, finance, manufacturing, education, training, public policy and environment.
Nominations were accepted online for three months, then were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges. The top 40 were selected based on their expertise, leadership and personal commitment to their communities.
Title: General counsel
Company: Central Resources Inc.
A thirst for traveling and new experiences was the start of Kate Broome’s international legal career in energy.
It all started in high school, when she went to Spain to study Spanish. She eventually returned there for a portion of college and law school. In between trips to Spain, Broome received both an MBA and law degree from the University of Denver in a joint degree program.
“It was a busy time, that’s for sure,” Broome said.
Originally from Casper, Wyoming, Broome dealt mostly with domestic corporate transactions working as an associate at a small boutique law firm after earning her law degree. It wasn’t until she started working with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP that she expanded the scope and complexity of her work. There, she worked with the attorneys in the natural resources group and realized the international nature of the industry.
“I have the opportunity to do deals with people all over the world, whether it was a mining transaction or an oil and gas deal,” Broome said. “It’s always interesting, always different. How one country does things often times differs from how we do things. That’s what kept me in natural resources.”
In one particular deal, Broome helped coordinate a financial transaction regarding a Brazilian oil and gas company, which involved players in Brazil, the Netherlands, South Africa and the U.S. In October, she helped refinance the entire subsidiary.
Broome has closed nearly $1 billion in transactions around the world. Though she has been working with Central Resources since 2011, she was promoted to general counsel last year.