General Sessions & Keynote Speakers
Nationally recognized keynote speakers will address the geopolitical issues and trends shaping our industry and our nation at the conference's five general sessions.
Welcome: Greg Lee, Board President, Orlando Utilities Commission
CEO Address: Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association
A View from Washington
Nina Easton, Washington columnist and senior editor, Fortune magazine
Author, columnist, and TV analyst Nina Easton has covered scores of political conventions on prime time television and analyzed unfolding news. Now, she gives you an exclusive Washington insider’s perspective. Learn how political issues are affecting influencers in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, and around the world.
What If the U.S. Becomes Energy Independent?
Amy Myers Jaffe, Commentator and co-author, Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises
An expert on the geopolitics of oil and energy, Amy Myers Jaffe will provide a risk assessment on U.S. political trends. Benefit from her analysis of how political developments, government policies, technology breakthroughs, and changing oil and gas market conditions are influencing global markets. Join us to explore the potential ramifications of U.S. energy independence.
Our Future Planet: The Shaping Forces
Thomas Barnett, Author, The Pentagon’s New Map, Blueprint for Action, and Great Powers.
Global affairs and geopolitics expert Thomas Barnett offers a sweeping view of the international conflicts and major forces that are shaping our future planet. Join him to understand the impact of climate change, demographics, foreign direct investment, energy, food, water, religious and ideological strife, the race for the Arctic, and the global economic tensions underlying them all. Learn how the world got here and where we're headed next.
Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
Large corporations are increasingly setting sustainability and renewable energy targets to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of these companies – big names and big job creators with large loads – deciding where to locate their operations based on the availability of renewable energy sources. Explore the growing appetite for renewables among large commercial and industrial customers and find out how your utility can work with these organizations to help them meet their needs.
- Karl Brutsaert, Director - Global C&I Origination, First Solar, Tempe, Arizona
- Tim Burke, President & CEO, Omaha Public Power District, Nebraska
- Jessica Rogers, Division Manager, Energy Services & Generation, Denton Municipal Electric, Texas
- Stephen Chriss, Director, Energy and Strategy Analysis, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Arkansas
Leadership in a Crisis
Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the USS Cole
Commander Kirk Lippold was commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen. Based on this seminal event in U.S. history, Commander Lippold explains how leaders can effectively cope with complex and adverse conditions. Come and be inspired by his take on integrity, teamwork, and key leadership strategies to keep the ship afloat in a time of crisis.