Young professionals are under huge pressure to develop fast so that they can take leadership roles in the industry. The first Saudi Arabian Young Professionals Technical Symposium was held on 9 May in Dhahran, focusing on the development of young professionals and attracting more than 300 participants. The theme was "Leading the Future: An Era of Opportunities." Key speakers included Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Southern Reservoir manager at Saudi Aramco; Khaled Nouh, vice president of Schlumberger Oilfield Services; and Mohammed Al-Askar, director of Information and Public Relations, Office of The Minister of Minerals and Resources, Saudi Arabia. Abdul-Jaleel Al-Khalifah, 2007 SPE president, and Fatema Al-Awami, a supervisor in Saudi Aramco, participated in the symposium's panel discussion, "Delivering Energy: How to Carry On." Five months of planning went into the symposium, and its objective was to provide a forum for a broad range of E&P topics, including drilling, production, formation evaluation, reservoir engineering, reservoir characterization, gas technology, energy management, environmental issues, and information technology.