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Legal & Regulatory Conference

Legal & Regulatory Conference Sessions—Monday A.M.

The following timeline is tentative; session times, descriptions, and titles may change as the program is finalized. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

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Monday, October 21

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast Panel

Creating Influence by Stepping into Your Authentic Leadership Style
Spend any amount of time in an organization and you’ll quickly realize that authority and influence are not the same thing. This is actually a great opportunity for the majority of us who need to influence a change in our departments, teams, or organizations. Creating influence - regardless of where you are in an organization - is a hallmark of successful leaders and something that can be learned and developed as you define your unique leadership style. Hear strategies and practical tips for building your authentic leadership style and influencing positive change no matter where you sit in your organization.   

Amanda Leese and Kate Leese, Co-Founders, Ambitious Women Association 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

CEO Address: State of Public Power

  • Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association

Keynote Address

  • Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
General Session

Employment Law Update
Get up to speed on legal developments that impact your utility as an employer. Discuss current and anticipated developments from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor. Examine state laws and trends on the legalization of marijuana, the use of CBD oil, and paid leave. See how you can educate and engage employees, ensure compliance, and prepare for what lies ahead.

Stacie L. Caraway, Partner, Miller & Martin, Chattanooga, Tennessee  

10:45 - 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions

  • Compensation for Customer-Owned Transmission: Challenges and Emerging Solutions
    Do a deep dive into how owners of integrated network transmission facilities can claim due compensation for a transmission provider’s use of those facilities under open access. Review compensation eligibility standards for different types of customer-owned facilities, alternative revenue requirement calculation methods, and recent case law. Learn how older facilities and joint owners can overcome challenges in securing compensation. Discuss emerging business models to compensate existing and new transmission projects. 

    Brett Hooton, President, GridLiance High Plains, LLC, Irving, Texas; Gary Newell, Member, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.LC., Washington, D.C.; and Jim Pardikes, Vice President, MCR Performance Solutions, Deerfield, Illinois
  • Cybersecurity: Managing Supply Chain Risks and Contracts        
    Many recent cyber threats and incidents have resulted from the vulnerabilities of third-party vendors in the supply chain. Join us to discuss how to manage third party risks and improve your overall cyber preparedness. You’ll learn how to update your utility’s cybersecurity governance and policies, shape vendor contractual requirements, get vendors to deploy hardware and software information security tools, comply with CIP-13 mandates, strengthen insider threat programs, reduce financial exposure, update your incident response plans and conduct tabletop exercises.

    Andrew Geyer, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond, Virginia; Andrew Neuman, Assistant General Counsel, New York Power Authority, White Plains, New York; and Paul Tiao, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Washington, D.C.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)