As a mom to a 15-month-old and President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Erin McDonough isn't worried about finding a balance between the two worlds, her only concern is being the best she can be at both.
Appointed President and CEO of The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) three months ago, McDonough is settling into her new role and learning everything she can about the trade.
"I'm learning to understand everything, but more importantly I am learning to explain it," McDonough
"There is a lot of misinformation out there, and I work to teach people there is nothing to be afraid of.
Our members and I do a lot of work speaking and educating on the protective regulations in Michigan, so people can really understand what we do."
A typical day for McDonough
can include almost anything from a speaking engagement to strategic planning.
days book up fast but the constant action of her
position keeps McDonough on her
toes and solid in her
"Oh gosh, when I was younger I would never have thought I would be doing this, but every day is different and that is really what I love about it.
The diversity of things you get to do in this position is what keeps it interesting.
There is marketing, administration, education and communication.
That is what I find appealing and most fulfilling," said McDonough
It is interesting meeting their children or grandchildren who are getting ready to take over the business and how much they care about what they do," said McDonough
But the MOGA
isn't just about business, it works to support and protect the state as well.
explains it isn't as black and white as some people make it out to be.
We have geologists, CPAs, engineers, builders, I mean the list goes on and I am lucky, I get to represent them all," said McDonough
McDonough holds a bachelor degree in geology from Central Michigan University, a masters in policy from the University of Michigan and worked for more than a decade with the Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC).
Before joining MOGA, McDonough was Executive Director at MUCC and learned how to navigate the governmental jungle like a pro.
"When I started here I learned a lot about oil and gas.
But when it comes to political systems and the process you would use to move legislation and regulation, that process doesn't change.
The process by which you do things is the same, the people I work with are different, but really the two groups share a lot of ground, so I feel comfortable here," McDonough
Though McDonough's position with MOGA
is fairly new, her
experience has made the transition easy and her
positive outlook and dedication keeps her
"You're only limited by creativity and your ability to raise money.
And if you have a good group of people, work to be creative and put a little elbow grease behind it you can take a concept and make it a reality and that is fun," said McDonough
"Even if it doesn't work, at least we tried something new and kept moving forward."
didn't get where she
is today alone, she
credits friends, family and mentors for helping guide her
to find her
Two individuals she
notes as influential people in her
career are Donna Stine and Dennis Muchmore.
Each gave her
the confidence, courage and support she
needed to find her
place at MOGA
and make an impact as a female leader in the community.
"As women we have to get it in our heads that our opinions and our leadership has value and we have to act that way," said McDonough
As a powerful woman she
also places her
role as mother above all else.
believes you can have your cake and eat it too.
Or in this case, have a high profile, exciting and diverse job and have a happy home too.
"We have a 15 month old and we like to joke that we are a high-functioning team.
And really we are two professionals who love our jobs and are making it work to have a family too," McDonough
"Before we had our daughter I don't know if we had balance, but now that we have her
it has brought us together.
We love our jobs, we just love her
more, so we make time and it's worth it."
and her husband, Rob, are proud parents to baby Arden Ruth and credit her for making them even better at their jobs.
I would tell people you can do both and do both well," McDonough