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Tuesday, June 5: General Session

Mapping the Technology Industry’s Vision for the Future

​The nation’s energy grid is being rapidly transformed into an interactive digital network that is powering a new wave of customer offerings while also bolstering system reliability and resiliency. U.S. electric companies are driving this transformation, but they could not do it without a host of key technology partners, who are helping steer and providing crucial infrastructure to get the job done. In a dynamic conversation moderated by Quentin Hardy of Google Cloud, top technology executives will lay out their vision of the future.

Quentin Hardy
Head of Editorial, Google Cloud

Durga Prasad Malladi
Senior VP, Engineering,
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Lisa Davis
Chair and CEO, Siemens Corp., Member of Managing Board, Siemens AG

Philip Mezey
CEO, Itron

Rodger Smith
Senior VP and General Manager, Oracle

The Business Value of Diversity & Inclusion

Dr. Tony Byers

Former Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks

Dr. Tony Byers is an internationally renowned author and business strategist, who helps organizations around the world identify and embrace more diverse, inclusive, and high-performing practices. Formerly the Director of Global Inclusion and Diversity for Starbucks Coffee Company, Dr. Byers was responsible for developing and leading the company’s strategic direction for inclusion and diversity to drive engagement, innovation, and business growth. He also served as the head of diversity and inclusion for the H.J. Heinz Company. 

Today’s EEI’s member companies are working to build the next-generation energy workforce—one with diverse, highly skilled, and qualified employees capable of delivering on the responsibility to meet customers’ evolving energy needs. Dr. Byers will help elevate the understanding of diversity and inclusion. And, in light of recent events, his message will illuminate how inclusion and unconscious bias truly can affect business results.


Wednesday, June 6: General Session

A Conversation with Industry Power Players

One of the most popular, and important, sessions in the entire Annual Convention. In a standing room only event, attendees listen to EEI’s top CEO leadership, joined by Greg Abel, currently Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Company​, explore major challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for C-Suite executives as the electric power industry continues to reinvent itself in the midst of a dramatic, long-term transformation.

Pat Vincent-Collawn

EEI Chairman
Chairman, President and CEO,
PNM Resources

Lynn Good
EEI Vice Chairman
Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
​Chris Crane
EEI Vice Chairman
President and CEO,
Exelon Corporation

Greg Abel
Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Vice Chairman – Non-Insurance Business Operations, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Thursday, June 7: Closing General Session
Fast Forward and Focused

Robert Herjavec
Founder and CEO of Herjavec Group, Lead Shark of ABC’s Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec is a highly-regarded business influencer, entrepreneur, best-selling author and star of ABC’s Shark Tank.  He founded Herjavec Group in 2003 after launching and selling a number of successful IT companies. Today, the firm is widely recognized as a global leader in information security.

Technology is constantly transforming, creating new possibilities and risks in the business world. Herjavec will explore evolving technology trends, and the rising cyber security threats we face personally and professionally on a daily basis. He will reveal a few secrets from inside the Shark Tank and inspire anyone willing to keep up in a fast moving world. 


Breakout Sessions: Energy Matters

The breakout sessions will explore all the major issues facing today’s electric power industry. Connect with the industry’s top executives and thought leaders as they examine these cutting-edge issues in depth.  See the schedule for dates and times. Topics for 2018 include:

​The Future of Mobility in a Smart Community
Diversity and Inclusion: A Business Imperative in Today's Post Starbucks & #MeToo Environment
Driving Responsible Growth: Energy Companies and ESG
Electric Transportation: "The Long Game"
Get Ready for Energy Storage
Historic Impacts, Historic Responses: Mutual Assistance in 2017
The Sustainability Challenge of Natural Gas
Understanding Innovations in Rate Design
Securing the Distribution Grid: The Next Cybersecurity Frontier
Meeting the Demand of Unconventional Energy Load
Customizing Energy Solutions
How Data Is Driving Digital Transformation