11/16/2021 8:00:00 AM | AT&T Conference Center, Austin, TX

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GCPA emPOWERing Women Leadership Conference

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7th Annual emPOWERing Women
Leadership Conference
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

In-Person at
The AT&T Conference Center ~ Austin


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Join us for this one-day, in-person conference focused on community, leadership and career advancement for women in the electric power industry! All-inclusive conference registration includes:
** Cocktail reception
** Lunch, beverages and breaks
** Networking opportunities
** Interactive Q&A sessions with speakers
** A full day of keynote speakers, presentations and panels


THANKS TO OUR PLANNING TEAM
Chair: Marty Hopkins
, Eversheds Sutherland
Co-Chair: Alicia Rigler, Invenergy

Grace Cammack, ENGIE
Barbara Clemenhagen, Customized Energy Solutions
Diana Coleman, CPS Energy
Cherie Fuller, EDF Energy NA
Patricia Gardner Young, Pinnacle Power Consulting
Julia Harvey, Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Diane Hopingardner, PUCT
Jennifer Littlefield, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Jamie Mauldin, Lloyd Gosselink
Leila Melhem, AEP
LaShunda Patrick, Oncor
Caitlin Smith, Jupiter Power
Lori Thompson, NextEra Energy
Adrianne Waddell, Holland & Knight LLP
Alaina Zermeno, Husch Blackwell

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

 

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To learn more and discuss your participation as a sponsor, download the sponsor brochure and contact Mary Armstrong.

AGENDA - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th

8:00 AM   REGISTRATION ~ CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 AM   GCPA Welcome: Kim Casey, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Power Association
                Conference Welcome: Marty Hopkins, Eversheds Sutherland & Alicia Rigler, Invenergy

9:15 AM   PRESENTATION - Quantifying the Challenge 
Providing a foundation for policy discussion and a yardstick for change, Dr. Gregory will review gender and sexuality data that illustrates many societal inequities for women, which have only been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, Taylor Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality, The University of Houston

10:00 AM   STRUCTURED NETWORKING ACTIVITY

10:20 AM   KEYNOTE - Meeting the Challenge
As if leading their companies through a pandemic weren’t challenge enough, Winter Storm Uri presented the toughest event most Texas utility executives have ever faced. The CEO of the largest electric cooperative in the country will share her experience and insights from these uncommonly extraordinary times.

Keynoter: Julie Parsley, CEO, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

10:45 AM   NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 AM   KEYNOTE - Accepting the Challenge to Shape the Future
A veteran of public service in the electric industry, Commissioner Cobos has joined the Commission at a pivotal moment. We are thrilled that she will make her first GCPA speaking appearance as a commissioner at our emPOWERing Women Leadership Conference.

Keynoter: Lori Cobos, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Texas

12:00 PM   LUNCHEON

1:15 PM   PRESENTATION - Challenging Times
"We don't have any idea why we're doing most of the things we're doing" is the familiar intro to Two Guys on Your Head, a weekly segment on Austin's NPR station, KUT Radio. Renowned University of Texas at Austin psychologists, Dr. Duke and Dr. Markman, and the show's creator and host, Ms. McInroy, will help us understand what's going on in our minds, something we've been wondering more and more about as we maneuver through the evolving pandemic.  

Presenters:
Dr. Robert Duke, Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Art Markman, Vice Provost of Continuing and Professional Education and New Education Ventures, The University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca McInroy, Executive Producer, Two Guys on Your Head, KUT Radio

2:00 PM   STRUCTURED NETWORKING ACTIVITY

2:30 PM   PANEL - Taking On a New Challenge: Leveraging Technology & Digital Transformation for Career Success
Digital technology is part of every business and every role today—from customer experience to meters to analytics anywhere, anytime—making us more efficient and more effective. But the rapidly evolving technology space comes with its own set of challenges. As energy professionals, how can we leverage technology to be more impactful in today’s digital world? How can we take advantage of challenges to differentiate ourselves and our companies? Join us as we discuss how to leverage technology and digital transformation for career success.

Moderator: Donna Benefield, Sr. Vice President & Chief Program Officer, NRG Energy

Panelists:
Angela Lee, Client Partner, Pragmatic Communications

April Pinkston, Director of Strategic Administration and Transformation, Oncor
Ashley Smith, Managing Director, Accenture

3:15 PM   NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 PM   PANEL - Up for a Challenge:  C-Suite Roundtable
Our ever-popular session is back with a slate of executives ready to share their experiences and perspectives, including insight and lessons learned from over a year of novel challenges.   

Moderator: Barbara Clemenhagen, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions

Panelists:
Deanna Rodriguez, President & CEO, Entergy New Orleans
Natalie Smith, President, GridLiance
Randa Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, LCRA
Maura Yates, CEO, Mothership Energy Group

5:00 PM   COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

PRICING INFORMATION
 

CONFERENCE PRICING

Early Bird Registration through 11/1/21

Regular Registration 11/2/21 - 11/12/21

Onsite Reg.   11/16/21

GCPA Members $350 $400 $450
Non-Members $400 $450 $500
Govt. & State Agency Employees $250 $250 $275
 

Conference Price includes full day conference with lunch, breaks, and cocktail reception.

Early Bird Registration Pricing available through COB on Monday 11/1/21; On-Line Registration closes on Friday 11/12/21 at 12:00 Noon. On-Site/Walk-In Registration opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday 11/16/21.

REFUND POLICY: Cancellations must be received by 5 PM on Monday 11/1/21 in order to receive a refund. A 10% service fee (minimum fee of $10) will be charged against all refunds. (Because of COVID, cancellations due to illness will be accepted up to November 16th as long as the request is received no later than 12 noon on November 16th.) Please direct all cancellation requests to Mary Armstrong.

LUCKY 7 DISCOUNT - SAVE $100 ON EACH INCREMENTAL GCPA MEMBER OR NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION BEGINNING WITH YOUR 7th!
Registering more than 6 attendees? Save $100 off the GCPA Member or Non-Member rate beginning with your company’s 7th registration. Send more and save more! To receive this discount, please contact Penny Sullivan at 281-974-0624 or psullivan@gulfcoastpower.org.

GCPA and the AT&T Conference Center are committed to reducing the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 while you are at our conference. We will be following health and safety protocol established by AT&T. Click here to view the current AT&T Health and Safety Plan. 

GCPA asks that you stay home if you are feeling feverish or coughing prior to the conference. In cases of illness, a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

If you would like to attend the conference but are more comfortable staying socially distanced, there will be both socially distanced seating and regular seating available in the ballroom. There will also be a color coded lanyard that you can opt to wear so others are aware of your preference to maintain social distance.

If you have any questions about our protocol for this conference, please contact Mary Armstrong.