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Monday, June 18

8:30 — 10:30 a.m.
Inside Washington: The Real Power Plays 
What’s really happening in the nation’s capital? Where is the Administration headed in year two? What does Congress have on its agenda? Take a behind the scenes tour of the corridors of power and monitor federal policy trends and issues impacting the economy and energy outlook. Get to know the real movers and shakers. See what the mid-term elections could bring. And understand what it all means for the country — and your community.

Jonathan Swan, National Political Reporter, Axios

2:45 — 4 p.m.
How Cybersecurity Is Redefining Our World
As the world goes almost fully digital, what new cyber threats and risks do we have to contend with? Get a comprehensive overview of today’s global security landscape, and the threats that the Internet of Things and big data impose on our increasingly interconnected world. Examine the current Administration’s approach to cybersecurity. Understand why collaboration and information sharing between the public and private sectors is critical to effective defense against unknown online adversaries.

Michael Daniel, Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama & President, Cyber Threat Alliance


Tuesday, June 19

8 — 10 a.m
Unleashing Six Megatrends of the Next Decade
It feels like sci-fi novels and movies are turning into reality. From self-driven cars to robots that do our every bidding, new technologies are transforming how we live, work, and play. For every business and industry, success over the next five to ten years will depend on handling six technological megatrends — cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, cameras, Internet of Things, big data, and artificial intelligence. Monitor these trends, understand how each of them impacts your customers and utility, and see how you can take on the future.

Chunka Mui, Futurist, Innovation Advisor, and Author of Unleashing the Killer App and Billion Dollar Lessons

2:45 — 4:15 p.m
Challenges, Opportunities and the Future of Public Power
As times change, the challenges and opportunities confronting public power change as well. Hear a panel of CEOs share their thoughts on the public power business model and current challenges facing public power, including new competitors and privatization discussions, among others. Then explore some new opportunities and how public power is embracing new ideas and services to continue to do what public power does best – meet the needs of and improve the quality of life it its customers. 

  • Doug Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Salt Lake City
  • Arlen Orchard, Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
  • Tom Roiniotis, General Manager, Longmont Power & Communications, Colorado
  • David Wade, CEO, EPB, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Wednesday, June 20

8 — 10 a.m
Tackling the Odds for a Life Touchdown
Joe Theismann, one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the Washington Redskins, speaks about how he conquered extreme pain and changed course when life dealt him the unexpected. When this two-time Pro Bowl player, who was at the top of his game, landed on a hospital bed with a compound fracture to his leg, his career and dreams were shattered. At age thirty-five, he had to start life over. Theismann shares how he reshaped his vision, conquered obstacles, and stayed positive on a determined new track to a meaningful life.

Joe Theismann, World Champion Quarterback, Broadcaster, and Entrepreneur