Powering Strong Communities

CEO Roundtable

Public power utility leaders - including utility managers, executives, and senior leaders - meet and exchange ideas and information with peers.
March 17 - 19, 2024
Pasadena, California

Connect and Engage

The CEO Roundtable is where public power’s top-tier leaders connect with dynamic experts in technology, energy, and policy. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with other public power executives and to explore how global and national trends will shape the future of your utility.

Collaborative, growth-oriented sessions help you think strategically about the challenges facing our industry and how to better position your utility to succeed. Hear from visionary thinkers, exchange ideas with your peers, and expand your network.

To facilitate productive dialogue, registrations are limited. Reserve your spot today.

golf ball on teeExecutive Scramble Golf Tournament NEW!

Join us for the Inaugural APPA CEO Roundtable Scramble Golf Tournament! 

The tournament will held at the Brookside Golf Club at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and will feature raffle prizes, contests and fun activities throughout the tournament!


Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • Utility managers
  • Senior executives


2024 CEO Roundtable Program

Sunday, March 17

7 am

Golf Tournament Registration 

Registration will begin at 7 am. Transportation to the course will depart from the hotel at 7:30 am. 

7:30 am


Breakfast will be available at the golf course starting at 7:30 am (when participants arrive at the course). 

9 am 

CEO Roundtable Scramble Golf Tournament

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 am at the Brookside Golf Club at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

5 – 6 pm

Welcome Reception (for all CEO Roundtable attendees)

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and network with public power leaders from across the nation. Guests are welcome.

Monday, March 18

8 – 8:30 am         

Registration & Breakfast

Energize your morning with coffee and connections at our informal continental breakfast. .

8:30 – 9 am  

Welcome & Introductions

Scott Corwin, President & CEO, American Public Power Association; and Kelly Nguyen, Assistant General Manager, Pasadena Water & Power, California

9 am – Noon

The Return of Geopolitics: Russia, China and the Israel-Hamas War

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s saber-rattling around Taiwan, and the Israel-Hamas war signal the return of geopolitics as the primary driver of global engagement. We are entering an era in which core decisions on foreign, security, and economic policy will be driven by geopolitical competition rather than globalization, with major implications for how businesses will approach future investments. The competition will increasingly pit advanced democracies against the growing number of autocracies of the world and will necessitate a fundamental shift in the ways countries and corporations engage with the world.

Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder is a world-leading expert and commentator on international affairs, geopolitics, and geoeconomics. He served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama, on the U.S. National Security Council under President Bill Clinton, and has been president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2013. Ambassador Daalder has worked in the leading think tanks around the world, including the Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, and the International Institute on Strategic Studies. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Action Council and served as a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Panel of Eminent Persons. He is the author of more than ten books on U.S. foreign policy, European security, national security affairs, and policymaking and has written for leading newspapers around the world. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio and hosts a weekly podcast, World Review with Ivo Daalder, that features leading journalists from around the world to discuss the week’s global affairs.

Noon – 1:15 pm

Lunch hosted by APPA

1:30 – 4 pm

The Intersection of Reliability, Renewable Energy and Legislation 

Join in a facilitated discussion on grid reliability challenges brought forth from the increasingly rapid transition to intermittent resources and the legislation driving these changes. Hear from a cross-section of perspectives to get a deeper appreciation for the issues compounding future grid reliability, from extreme weather events and the rapid pace of electrification and load growth, and dissect potential strategies for managing new and looming legislative requirements. 

Timothy Fox, Managing Director, ClearView Energy Partners LLC; Mark A. Gabriel, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Power, Colorado; Wes Kelley, President & CEO, Huntsville Utilities, Alabama; and Carrie Zalewski, Vice President, Markets & Transmission, American Clean Power Association

– 6 pm

Enjoy some food, drinks, and down time with the friends and colleagues you already know, and grow your network of public power contacts.

Tuesday, March 19

8 – 8:30 am         

Registration & Breakfast

Energize your morning with coffee and connections at our informal continental breakfast.

8:30 – 11 am

AI and ChatGPT: Unveiling the Modern Tech Landscape

Trace the evolution of artificial intelligence that led to the emergence of generative platforms, including ChatGPT. Explore recent advancements and applications in AI, shedding light on the transformational impact within various industries. With a focus on current trends and a glimpse into the future, gain a concrete understanding of the ongoing tech revolution and its implications for different sectors.

Dr. Alex Lawrence is a nationally recognized authority on ChatGPT and AI and an associate professor at Weber State University in Utah. Featured in The Wall Street Journal and on CNN Live, among numerous other television appearances and print publications, Dr. Lawrence is a highly sought-after guest speaker. Dr. Lawrence is also a successful serial entrepreneur, having founded and led tech companies across various sectors and co-founded the country’s leading used electric vehicle dealership. Dr. Lawrence's unique blend of practical business acumen with his academic and research perspective makes him one of the most well-respected and memorable authorities on AI and ChatGPT.

11 am         


Golf Tournament

Inaugural CEO Roundtable Scramble Golf Tournament

golf ball on teeJoin us for the Inaugural APPA CEO Roundtable Scramble Golf Tournament!

The tournament is being held at the Brookside Golf Club next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in conjunction with the APPA CEO Roundtable.

We will have raffle prizes, contests and fun activities throughout the tournament!

How will it work?

Registration will begin at 7 am. 

Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the course and will depart from the hotel at 7:30 am. Breakfast will be available when participants arrive at the golf course.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 am. Read the tournament competition rules for details on this year's tournament!

Entry Fee 

$100 per player (Includes: Breakfast and Lunch, green fees, and cart rental).

Sign up when you register for the CEO Roundtable, or you can add your golf tournament registration to your CEO Roundtable registration at a later time. 

Personal guests (e.g., spouses) of CEO Roundtable registrants may also register for the golf tournament. 

Golf Club Rentals

When you register for the tournament, please let us know if you will be bringing your own clubs, or renting clubs. The rental fee for golf clubs is $75 per set, payable to the golf course when you arrive. If you will be renting clubs, please also know if you will need right- or left-handed clubs, and male or female clubs, so the club can be prepared to meet everyone's needs. 


4-person Scramble

All players must register separately. You will have an opportunity to select your team members when you register.

If you do not enter as a team, individual players will be paired with others to complete a foursome.


  • Longest Drive: Longest drive wins a prize.
  • Closest to the Pin: Golfer whose drive stops closest to the pin (flag) wins a prize. 
  • Longest Putt (Team): One long shot (50-75 feet) is set up on the putting green. Players record their distance from the hole on the proximity marker. The team with the highest total team (4 shots)  distance wins a prize.
  • Best Team Score


Interested in Sponsoring the Tournament?

Learn about our sponsorship packages here.





2024 Registration Fees


Before February 16

After February 16







Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $1,395 on your CEO Roundtable registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more. 

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15-24 $150
25+ $200

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, March 11, 2024, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 11 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2024 CEO Roundtable only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 11 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Cancellation requests must be made through your my.publicpower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.



The 2024 CEO Roundtable will take place at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California.

Langham Huntington, Pasadena
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

Join us at this year’s CEO Roundtable in Sunny southern California at The Langham Huntington. It is set on 23 acres of grounds in an upmarket neighborhood of Pasadena. This luxe hotel is 2 miles from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; and only 20 miles from the shops of Rodeo Drive. Dining options include a swanky steakhouse, a casual bistro, a bar and afternoon tea in the lobby lounge. The hotel also offers a chic spa, tennis courts and a heated pool with a sundeck.


  • Main Telephone: (626) 568-3900
  • Group Rate: $309 (Single/Double) + 15.29% tax + $10 Guest Amenity Fee
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: February 23, 2024
  • Reservation Telephone: (626) 568-3736
  • Online Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50578491


  • Check in: 3 pm Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Valet Parking: $42/night, per Vehicle 
  • Guest Room Internet access: Complimentary standard wireless internet

Scam Alert

Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org.

Cancellation Policy

The cut-off date to receive the APPA group rate (plus tax) is February 23, 2024. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before February 23 so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel at the contact information above.  

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing, please contact Meeting Services at [email protected].

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will future CEO Roundtables be held?

  • 2025 CEO Roundtable 
    March 16-18, 2025
    Omni Amelia Island
    Amelia Island, Florida

Can I earn educational credits for attending this event?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for participating in the CEO Roundtable:

  • 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)

To receive a certificate for your participation, participants must complete the online conference evaluation after the event.

Are meals included?

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

  • Sunday: Reception 
  • Monday: Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception 
  • 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.

What is the APPA Code of Conduct for meeting attendees?

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

More questions?

Contact [email protected].

More Information

Contact us for more information and assistance: 

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]