Business & Finance Conference

B&F General Sessions

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Monday, September 14

11 - 11:45 a.m.
Opening General Session
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs .75 / CPEs .9, Specialized Knowledge

Chair’s Address

Well before APPA was founded, public power utilities set a strong foundation in their communities that allowed for resilience and innovation. Then as now, engaging with our communities and connecting with our customers reminds them of the value of community ownership.  

Jolene Thompson, President & CEO, American Municipal Power, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; and Chair, American Public Power Association

The State of Public Power

As we reflect on 80 years of being connected as a public power community, we also reflect on how we have endured the recent pandemic and other crises throughout our history. Get the latest update on how APPA is working to protect the interests of public power in Washington, D.C., and helping our members to navigate an increasingly complex industry.

Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

Tuesday, September 15

11 a.m. - Noon
Datashock: Artificial Intelligence, Connectedness, and Readying for the Big Data Future
Recommended CEUs .1 / PDHs 1.25 / CPEs 1.5 CPE
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge, Personal Development

As we hurtle toward a society and economy powered by artificial intelligence and big data, are we in for shock? Are AI, smart algorithms, big data, and the Internet of Things really taking over? See how increasingly trackable human behavior — from financial transactions to social interactions — could change the way we live, work, and do business. Explore whether AI can help the energy industry make better decisions and improve efficiencies. Learn how to recognize disruptive AI, assess its potential, and prepare for a data- and algorithm-driven future.

Jennifer Golbeck is an associate professor at the University of Maryland. Her work focuses on how to enhance the way that people interact with their information online. Her research explores the implications of our choices and actions with the internet tools we use daily.