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

The CEO Roundtable is open only to officials from public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations

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 5

6 – 7 p.m.


Monday, April 6

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon
2020: A Tumultuous Road Ahead

The past few years have seen five major factors influencing global events: the rising economic and social impacts of climate change, less robust economic growth in developed economies, migration-related strains, the evolving U.S.-China relationship, and a more dramatic shift to the Information Economy. Add in a Presidential election and a likely economic slowdown, and 2020 is poised to be a year of volatility and uncertainty. This relatively rare confluence poses new dangers yet also opportunities as geopolitics and global economic dynamics shift. 

Amid all the forecasts and volatility lies new uncertainty about the policy trajectory across a range of industries – but in particular healthcare, energy, technology, and finance. Hear about the major risks to the 2020 outlook, and break down the ‘signal to noise’ ratio to isolate the most important developments that will shape the outcomes you and the industry can achieve in what will undoubtedly be a tumultuous year. 

  • Mona Sutphen, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; Former Managing Director, UBS AG 

    Sutphen has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of geopolitics, policy, and markets. Her work has covered the political, regulatory, and policy implications of key issues including trade, energy, sanctions, and technology. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama, on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and was a Managing Director at UBS AG, a partner at boutique advisory firm Macro Advisory Partners. Earlier in her career, she was a diplomat serving in Asia, Europe, and the United Nations.


Noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Lunch (hosted)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Power After Carbon

In his forthcoming book, Fox-Penner notes that any real climate solution demands clean electric power. Hear his take on the issues we need to confront to implement large-scale carbon-free power systems, including storage options, generation from nuclear power and gas with carbon capture and storage, large-scale power transmission (including so-called supergrids), and clean energy infrastructure planning and investment. 

On top of playing a role in climate policy, the electric power industry faces disruption from new technologies and competitors. Fox-Penner will dive into the size and character of sources of demand growth including from electric vehicles, smart buildings, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things; and the potential for using small-scale local sources to meet these electricity needs. Fox-Penner will share his views on how climate policies, the markets and regulation will shape future business models for electric utilities. 

  • Peter Fox-Penner, Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business; Director, Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy

    Fox-Penner has informed leaders through his research, writing, and teaching in electric power strategy, regulation, and governance; energy and climate policy; and the relationships between public and private economic activity. His book Smart Power is widely credited with foreseeing the transformation of the power industry. Fox-Penner was previously a Principal specializing in energy and regulated industry matters at The Brattle Group, where he remains an Academic Advisor. He teaches courses on sustainable energy and electric power at the Questrom School of Business and is a Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy unit and as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

    Following Fox-Penner’s remarks, a panel of public power executives will respond with their views and facilitate a discussion with attendees.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, April 7

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon
A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

In the 21st century, power equals power. Electricity has transformed humanity like no other form of energy, yet some 3 billion people are living in places where per-capita electricity use is less than what’s used by an average American refrigerator. Closing the enormous gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor will affect everything from women’s rights and healthcare to warfare and climate change. Bryce will discuss the fastest-growing sources of new electricity demand – Big Tech and Big Cannabis – and explain the factors that are needed to supply reliable and affordable electricity. He will also spotlight the fuels that will power the electric grids of the future. 

  • Robert Bryce, Energy expert, veteran journalist, and acclaimed author

    Known for his thought-provoking journalism and research, Bryce skillfully explains the physics and math behind our energy and power systems without resorting to jargon or hyperbole. He has been writing about energy, politics, and innovation for three decades and is renowned for his analysis of industrial trends and the future of energy. His latest book, A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations, will be published March 2020. His articles have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and New York Times. In addition, he has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs on outlets such as Al Jazeera, Fox Business, and NPR. Bryce is also the producer of a new feature-length documentary, Juice: How Electricity Explains the World.




Registration for the 2020 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. Space is limited to facilitate productive dialogue, so register early.

Signature and Diamond Sponsors may send one representative to the conference but will be asked to leave for discussions and sessions on sensitive issues. No other vendors or consultants may attend.


2020 Conference Registration Fees

Members: $1,145 

Nonmembers: $2,290 

Register before March 6, 2020 to take advantage of these early registration prices. Registration fees will increase $50 after March 6. 

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 evening receptions. There is no registration fee for guests. If you would like a printed name badge for your guest, please provide your guest's name when you register, or send a request to [email protected]


Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 30, 2020, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 30 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before March 30 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


  • Group rate: $329 (Single/Double) per night (plus 12.57% tax)
  • Reservation cut-off date: March 13, 2020
  • Reservation telephone: 1-800-950-0086
  • Group code: APP
  • Online reservation link: APPA 2020 CEO Roundtable Booking Link

The cut-off date to receive the group rate is March 13, 2020. The room block may sell out before March 13, so early reservations are encouraged.

If you are extending your stay, please note there are limited rooms available at the group rate outside of the event dates (April 5-7, 2020). Once these rooms sell out, the group rate may not be available for additional nights, and you may need to make your reservation for those nights separately. 

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected]


  • Main telephone: 1-602-955-6600
  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking fee: Valet parking: $27 / Self-parking: Complimentary
  • In-room wireless: Complimentary


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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 the Association—in conference brochures and the website at


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 5-7, 2020
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 12 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. 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. Email the completed registration form 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.