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Summit Course Topics

The Summit's intensive three-day format features nationwide industry thought-leaders grappling with the challenges of the 21st century.

Keynote Sessions

Leading experts explore how innovative utilities across diverse markets, regulatory environments, and geographies are collaborating to understand emerging technologies and business models to prepare for the utility of the future.

Executive Panels

A panel of industry CIOs discuss the opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation. Topics include the search for new talent, investing in new technologies, launching new products and services, and cybersecurity.

A panel of industry experts examine how big data is transforming the energy industry. Topics include using predictive analytics to prioritize risk, how energy companies are using big data to deliver what customers want, and machine learning.

A panel of operations officers discuss the challenges of operating and coordinating a more complex grid with more information, distributed resources, and diverse customer expectations. Topics include managing a distribution system in transition, and balancing supply and demand by enabling more flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness.

An energy industry CFO and an investment banker discuss the economic impact of new technologies, customer expectations, and changing business models. Topics include the impact of disruptive technologies on the planning and investment cycle, how customer expectations and changing policies are impacting investment decisions, and how rating agencies and Wall Street perceptions affect raising capital.

A panel of human resource executives examine challenges in the energy industry and the impact on the workforce. Topics include the digital workforce, culture and engagement, talent crisis, and the workforce of the future.

A panel of industry CEOs explore today’s fast-paced change and discuss how they are aligning their vision with changing policy, regulation, and business models. Topics include increasing customer and employee expectations, new competitors, integrated grid, growing threats to resilience, and decarbonization.

A panel of energy industry leaders discuss the role advocacy plays in informing and shaping public policy and the tension between customer preferences, stable prices, and reliable service. Topics include the changing customer landscape, new technologies, and how best to align business objectives across diverse stakeholders.

A panel of industry experts discuss how their companies are building strategic partnerships by providing technical expertise, new technologies, and innovative services to attract and retain businesses. Topics include power companies as partners in economic development; innovative programs to support and attract business, collaborating with diverse stakeholders, and challenges and opportunities.

A panel of energy industry leaders will discuss how their organizations are integrating sustainability into their vision, strategy, risk management framework, operations, and investment decisions. Topics include how organizational core values guide ESG strategy, balancing the needs and expectations of stakeholders while maintaining a focus on core values over the long term, and tailoring ESG goals to the unique characteristics of your customer needs, geographic location, and company size.

"The Summit is an excellent forum on the latest energy industry trends through an informed and knowledgeable set of speakers and a highly engaged group of attendees - very well done with great customer focus!”Tom O’Brien, Vice President, Information & Technology Services PJM Interconnection, LLC.

Executive Education

Mailing Address:
College of Business and Economics
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161

Phone: 208-885-6265