“Little did I know, I was making a fantastic decision in choosing OU both as the foundation for my adult life and as the launch point for my future career. I could not recommend my alma mater more."
First of all, let me be the first to tell you CONGRATULATIONS on your admission to the University of Oklahoma! I distinctly remember the day I received my admission packet in the mail and how it felt to know where I would be spending the next four years of my life. I was the first person in my immediate family to attend a four-year university, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that my visits to OU made me feel at home and genuinely excited for the next chapter in my life. Little did I know, I was making a fantastic decision in choosing OU both as the foundation for my adult life and as the launch point for my future career. I could not recommend my alma mater more.
My name is Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes, a serial resources entrepreneur from Choctaw, Oklahoma, who currently lives in Fort Worth (although I spend more time on an airplane than actually in Texas). I am a proud Sooner who graduated from OU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering (summa cum laude). Over the last four years, I have raised and deployed more than US$100M into battery metals mining projects, international tight gas, and carbon capture and storage projects. I serve as Co-Founder, President, and COO to three separate companies: Black Mountain Metals (acquired and operate nickel mines in Australia), Black Mountain Exploration (acquired 1.7M acres of tight gas in Canning Basin, Australia), and Black Mountain CarbonLock (carbon capture and storage / direct air capture). I also serve on the Strategic Advisory Board for Hennessy Capital’s fifth SPAC (NASDAQ: HCICU), the Female Venture Fund, TCU’s Energy Institute, Polestar (Volvo’s EV brand), and OU’s School of Petroleum Engineering. In 2020, I was honored with a full page spread in Forbes Magazine as the featured Energy award winner of Forbes 30 Under 30. It was been a wonderful whirlwind.
While I was at OU, I didn’t waste a minute: I majored in petroleum engineering and was also very involved on campus. I loved being involved in the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (where I caught the entrepreneurship bug!), organizing campus programming through the Campus Activities Council, attending Honors College events (I studied abroad in both China and Oxford with the Honors College group), and getting involved in the student body. Although academic distinction was what I attended OU to achieve, I ended up learning and growing just as much from my fellow classmates outside the classroom.
The lifelong friends I made at OU all had completely different experiences at the university, which is one of the many things that makes my alma mater great. The campus is large enough to accommodate diversity of thought, activities, and opportunities, but small enough to feel like home. I am confident that if you chose to attend the University of Oklahoma that you, too, will craft your own unique, amazing experience and become one of the long line of Sooners that have made our university great.
Best of luck with your decision and I truly hope that you will join the Sooner family. Boomer Sooner!
All my best,