Wednesday, June 14, 2017


1:00 p.m.                             On-Site Registration


2:00 p.m.                             Welcome, PICCH Leadership:  Lila A. Jaber, Regional Managing Shareholder, Gunster & Founder, FWELF


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.                  Keynote:  Honorable Rick Scott, Governor, State of Florida (Invited)


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                  Panel Discussion: Women on the Board – Taking a Seat at the Table                                 

Moderator: George S. LeMieux, Former United States Senator and Chairman, Gunster


Debbie Calder, EVP, Navy Federal Credit Union, Gulf Power Board of Directors

Lisa Johnson, CEO & General Manager, Seminole Electric Cooperative, EPRI Board of Directors

Britta Gross, Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, General Motors, OUC – The Reliable One Board of Directors

Sarah MacDonald, President, TECO Services Inc. & President of Emera Caribbean


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                  Panel Discussion:  Perspectives of Wall Street

Moderator: Xia Liu, VP & CFO, Gulf Power


Leslie Rich, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Karen Choi – VP, Capital Group

Stephanie Pendleton, SVP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Michael G Haggarty, Associate Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service  


6:00 p.m.                               Reception – Welcome by Bill Perry, Managing Shareholder, Gunster


7:00 p.m.                               Keynote Dinner:  Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services



Thursday, June 15, 2017


7:30 a.m.                               Continental Breakfast and On-Site Registration


8:00 a.m.                               Welcome: Lila A. Jaber, Gunster


8:10 – 8:30 a.m.                   Keynote:  A Florida Stakeholder’s Perspective on Leadership and Diversity

Gordon L. Gillette, President & CEO – Tampa Electric Company & Florida Operations


8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                Keynote: Exploring our Response to Difference: Foundations of Unconscious Bias,

                                                Scott Horton, Owner, Delta Concepts, Inc.


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.             Break


Breakout Session

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.             Intrapreneurship Panel: Internalizing Innovation within Your Organization

Moderator: Roseann Harrington, VP of Marketing, Communications, Community Relations, and Economic Development, OUC – The Reliable One


Pamela Rauch, VP, External Affairs and Economic Development, Florida Power & Light

Aleida Socarras, Vice President and Business Unit Leader, Chesapeake Utilities

Holly Henderson, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Gulf Power

T.J. Szelistowski, President, Peoples Gas


 Breakout Session

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.             State College Panel – Strategies to Support Students with Career Goals in Energy 

Moderator: Honorable Ronald Brisé, Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission


Dr. Avis Proctor, President, Broward College North Campus

Dr. Becky Mercer, Director, Biotechnology Programs & STEM Education, Palm Beach State College

Dr. Deborah Crown, Dean and Professor of Management, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Cissy Proctor, Director, Department of Economic Opportunity


11:40 – 1:10 p.m.                Lunch Program: Scott Balfour, COO, Emera


1:15 – 2:45 p.m.                  Workshop – Developing Your Leadership Brand

Facilitator: Cari Haught Coats, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College


Nancy Tower, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Emera Inc.

Honorable Julie Brown, Chair, Florida Public Service Commission

Shannon Pierce, VP, External Affairs, Southern Operations, Southern Company Gas


2:45 p.m.                               Break


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                  Keynote:  Thomas Fanning, CEO, Southern Company


 Breakout Session

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.                  Panel Discussion: Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Moderator:  Melvin D. Williams, President, Nicor Gas & SVP, Southern Company Gas


Andrea Pelt-Thornton, Diversity Council, Florida Power & Light

Nancy Sykes, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Southern Company

Kristi Cheatham Pettit, Gas Sales & Public Affairs Manager, Clearwater Gas System

Angie Hiers, Chief Human Resources Officer, JEA,

Melissa Anderson, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Duke Energy



 Breakout Session

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.                 Panel Discussion: Operational Challenges with the Technology in the Industry

Moderator: Honorable Art Graham, Commissioner, Florida Public Service Commission


Adrianne Collins, VP, Power Delivery, Gulf Power

Carolyn Bermudez, VP Operations and GM, Southern Company Gas

Barbara Quinones, Director of Electric Utilities, City of Homestead

Jennifer Heuvelman, Managing Director of Customer Operations, SouthStar

Carol Chinn, Chief Information and Compliance Officer, Florida Municipal Power Agency


6:00 p.m.                               Dinner (on your own)


Friday, June 16, 2017


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                  Breakfast and On-Site Registration


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                  Keynote:  Honorable Joe Negron, President, Florida Senate (Invited)


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.              Panel Discussion: Energy Mix – Shifting and Merging with Advancements in Energy


Moderator: Will Weatherford, Weatherford Partners


Matt Valle, VP of Development, FPL/NextEra

Lonnie Noack, Renewables Team Lead, Gulf Power

Trudy S. Novak, VP, Member Services, Seminole Electric Cooperative

Tamara Waldmann, Director, Florida Distributed Generation, Duke Energy

The Honorable Andrew Gillum, Mayor, City of Tallahassee


10: 30 – 12:00 p.m.            Panel Discussion: Energy-Food-Water Nexus


Moderator: Amy Albury, Director of Environmental Relations & Sustainability, Florida Power & Light


Elizabeth Watson Keddy, Energy Manager, Suez North America

Tom Hernandez, SVP, Business Strategy and Renewables, Tampa Electric Company

Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies

Dr. Victor Ibeanusi, Dean, School of the Environment, Florida A&M University

Brian Scott, Business Process Solution Manager, Underground Utilities, City of Tallahassee


Noon                                      Closing Remarks and Adjourn