CEO Roundtable

Public power utility leaders - including utility managers, executives, and senior leaders - meet and exchange ideas and information with peers.
April 5 - 7, 2020
Phoenix, Arizona

The CEO Roundtable brings public power’s leading executives together to discuss hot topics. This is a unique opportunity to hear from visionary thinkers and to and exchange ideas with your peers. 

Collaborative, growth-oriented sessions help you think strategically about the challenges facing our industry and how to better position your utility to succeed.

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • Utility managers
  • Senior executives


More information

Registration Information
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information
Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information
Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

Billing Information
Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [email protected]



Sunday, April 14

6 – 7 p.m. - Reception

Monday, April 15

8 – 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – NoonThriving on Technology Disruption
Recommended CEUs .4 / PDHs 3.5 / CPEs 4.2

Technology is upending industries around the world – and we are just at the beginning of the revolution. From AI, robotics, and 3d printing, to synthetic biology and quantum computing – the pace of change is exponential. Learn how you can prepare for the disruptions coming our way, and turn them into opportunities. Walk through the fundamentals of exponential technologies affecting life and work, see where and how disruption is occurring, and rethink your business. Examine how these technologies are impacting energy and other vital sectors of our economy, and develop your strategy to manage the change.

Vivek Wadhwa, academic, author and entrepreneur.
Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley. He is an advisor to several governments and mentors entrepreneurs. His syndicated column for
The Washington Post is one of the world's most popular columns on technology and innovation. He is the co-author of The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. - Lunch (hosted)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Building a Culture of Learning and Inclusion
Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3 / CPEs 3.6

Workplace demographics are shifting and the next generation is coming in with new skills and new expectations. Learn how to drive the transformation of your workplace culture to support learning and inclusion and factor in new digital habits. Discover how your organization can recruit, engage, and retain the best talent. Discuss why learning is more important than ever, and how you can build a learning culture. Explore changing expectations for diversity and inclusion, and how you can create a culture that fosters innovation. See how best you can navigate and leverage the digital mindset and behaviors of your current and future workforce.

Crystal Kadakia, CEO & Founder, Invati Consulting
A two-time TEDx speaker and author of the Amazon bestseller,
The Millennial Myth, Kadakia is known for her thought leadership in how to modernize organizations for a digital world. As a management consultant, she brings organizations into the digital age, leveling up people strategies in career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception

Tuesday, April 16

8 – 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – NoonShaping Our Energy Future
Recommended CEUs .4 / PDHs 3.5 / CPEs 4.2

Examine the accelerating pace of technological change and the critical role of information technology in the power sector. Discuss the struggle between conventional and emerging technologies, and why conventional tech inevitably loses. Understand why China matters so much to our energy future. Take a deep dive into recent and upcoming industry changes such as the inevitable mash-up between renewables and energy storage, and the resulting economic and grid synergies. Prepare for the coming battery tsunami and explore why ‘expired’ electric vehicles will continue to affect the grid. Learn from data and case studies, and strategize on your long-term plan to manage change.

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, co-founder, NorthBridge Energy Partners. With more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Kelly-Detwiler focuses on the development of retail competitive markets, new trends, technologies, regulatory and market developments, and sustainable solutions that create value in the energy space. He is an active contributor at and author of a forthcoming book on innovation and disruption in the electric power industry.

Noon - Adjourn


Registration for the 2019 CEO Roundtable is open now.

Register now

The CEO Roundtable is open only to officials from public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. No vendors or consultants may attend. To facilitate productive dialogue at the meeting, the number of attendees who may register is limited.

2019 Conference Registration Fees

Members: $1,195 

Nonmembers: $2,340 

Note: If payment is not included at the time of registration (payment via credit card if registering online; payment via check, credit card, or wire payment if submitting a registration form via fax, e-mail or mail), a $10 invoicing fee will be added to the registration price. 



The following meals/food functions are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday: Reception (light appetizers)
  • Monday: Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception (light appetizers)
  • Tuesday: Continental breakfast



CEO Roundtable attendees may bring a guest to the Sunday and Monday evening receptions. There is no registration fee for guests. If you would like a printed name badge for your guest, please provide his/her name when you register, either by registering them online, or sending a request to [email protected]


Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before April 8, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after April 8 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before April 8 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.



The 2020 CEO Roundtable will be held at the Arizona Biltmore.

The only existing hotel in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design, the Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929 when it was crowned "The Jewel of the Desert." The hotel has a storied past: famed composer Irving Berlin penned one of his most famous songs, "White Christmas," while sitting poolside at the Biltmore, and Marilyn Monroe called it her favorite pool.

Arizona Biltmore
2400 East Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Additional information about the hotel—including links to make your reservation in the APPA room block—will be available this fall.


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For assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected]. Please include the name of the attendee(s), number of rooms needed, and check-in and check-out dates in your message.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the CEO Roundtable?

April 14-16, 2019
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona

What educational credits are available?

Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Earn up to CPE credit hours for attending the meeting. All sessions are intermediate-level, group-live offerings with no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. Areas of study will be listed on the Verification of Attendance form, or are available upon request. Credit hours for individual sessions are denoted in the session description, where applicable. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, contact [email protected].

Learn more about continuing education units offered. 

Is there international registration?

Online meeting registration is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. International registrants must provide a signed registration form — signed by the authorized cardholder — if paying with a credit card. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or email it to [email protected]

Alternatively, you could send a check from a U.S. bank payable to American Public Power Association. Please mail completed form with full payment to our bank lock box:

American Public Power Association
P.O. Box 418617
Boston, MA  02241-8617

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday: Reception (light appetizers)
  • Monday: Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception (light appetizers)
  • Tuesday: Continental breakfast

What is the dress code?

The attire for the event is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

I am interested in presenting at the conference — how can I do that?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up for the upcoming program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.