General Sessions


General sessions allow you to hear from national leaders on big-picture issues with all of your peers.

Opening Breakfast

Monday, May 8
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

The American Public Power Association Board Chair Remarks
Andy Boatright, Chair, American Public Power Association and Deputy Director, Independence Power & Light, Mo.

DEED Board Chair Remarks
Diane Bell, Manager, Distribution Planning & Technical Operations, Santee Cooper, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The American Public Power Assocation Awards Presentation

Recipients of the following 2017 Association awards and honors will be recognized:

  • Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) 
  • Safety Awards of Excellence
  • 2017 Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Award of Continued Excellence

Opening General Session 

Monday, May 8
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25/ CPEs 1.5, Specialized Knowledge 

The American Public Power Association President & CEO Address 
Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association, Arlington, Va.

From Tragedy to Safety: A Widow's Tale

On August 26, 2002, Marc Moore, a City of Lakeland lineworker, was killed in the line of duty. His courageous widow, Tracy Moore, has raised her two boys — 16 months old and 4 years old at the time of the accident — kept Marc’s memory alive, and strived hard to bring honor to lineworkers across the nation and promote their safety. Hear Tracy’s story and be inspired by her passion for safety. Understand how a tragedy impacts family, friends and co-workers.Learn why it’s important for lineworkers to ensure their own safety as well as that of their brothers. 

Tracy D. Moore, Founder, Highline Hero Foundation


Closing General Session

Wednesday, May 10
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25 / CPEs 1.5, Specialized Knowledge 

Failure is Not an Option: Leadership Lessons from Space
Fred Haise served as the lunar module pilot during the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 space mission, for which he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Soon after, he survived another harrowing ordeal — in 1973, he was burned over 65 percent of his body following an aircraft crash during filming of the Pearl Harbor epic, Tora! Tora! Tora! But Haise went on to become one of the first astronauts to pilot the space shuttle in test missions. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on October 4, 1997. Come and be inspired by Haise’s courage and belief that that there is no achievement without risk. See why teamwork is a critical component of success in any undertaking, great or small. Discover the value of good communication, individual responsibility, and trust for strong leadership.

Fred Haise, Apollo 13 Astronaut and Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom