Manning is a creative executive “problem-solver” with a track record of technology, investments, and impact with Fortune 1,000, Startups, and Government R&D. Manning led innovation and technology for two US leading Shale Oil & Gas Public companies (Pioneer Natural Resources and Cimarex Energy) that advanced the US as an energy powerhouse. Manning serves on the University of Oklahoma Strategic Research Board, the Texas A&M TEES’ Advisory Board, and for the executive team. Previously, Manning served eight years on Board of Directors for Astrotech Corporation, a small public company, providing space equipment and services for the International Space Station and satellite processing for over 300 missions, Tech Titans Board (Texas’ largest industry trade member association), and the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board for Innovation.

Ms. Manning was a co-founder of a venture investment firm, Malibu IQ for HRL Labs (Boeing and GM’s premier US R&D Lab), Managing Director for a nanotechnology cleantech energy venture with Schlumberger as the largest LP, and appointed twice to Texas’ $483M Emerging Technology investment fund by former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Manning was voted as one of the “Top 25 Women in Technology”by the Dallas Business Journal. Early in her career, Manning was a key leader in successful nanotechnology companies; Authentix (acquired by the Carlyle Group) and Zyvex, and cut her teeth in transitioning 38Ghz, a backhaul DOD technology, for broadband wireless communications at Winstar. Manning holds a B.A. from Loras College and an MBA from University of Dallas.