AGENDA - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23rd
8:00 AM REGISTRATION ~ CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:45 AM GCPA President’s Welcome
GCPA President Kristy Ashley, Director - Market Intelligence, Customized Energy Solutions
Conference Chair Katie Coleman, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
9:00 AM KEYNOTE I - What the Heck Is “Emotional Intelligence?”
While it is said that your intellect gets you hired, it is your ability to master interpersonal communication skills –your emotional intelligence - that gets you promoted. In this dynamic session, engaging executive coach Cecilia Rose provides hands-on, concrete techniques and solutions to improve your leadership skills and your personal resilience to change. Discover how to gain emotional self-control to improve your performance and relationships when you develop your emotional intelligence. Be open and be amazed at the ideas, techniques and solutions you’ll learn – and how they can empower you to tackle challenges in the workplace with a new sense of awareness, insight and discipline.
Speaker: Cecilia Rose, Master Certified Executive Coach & Business Relationship Expert
10:15 AM KEYNOTE II - Overcoming Adversity
At age 27, Natalie Baker seemed to have it all. She was a recent graduate of the University of Texas School of Law with a promising career, a happy relationship, and a supportive network of family and friends. A decision to drive home one night dramatically changed the course of Natalie’s life, landing her in the Florida State Penitentiary for four years. Join Natalie as she shares her personal story of picking herself back up after unimaginable failure and turning her life into a success story.
Speaker: Natalie Baker
10:45 AM NETWORKING BREAK
11:00 AM PRESENTATION I - Achieving Greater Life Balance & Effectiveness in a Hyper-Connected World
Our lives are becoming increasingly enmeshed with technology. While our screens offer many benefits, their incessant pull makes it difficult to balance our work, family, and personal lives. We are at the tip of a very formidable iceberg, and it is not going to get any easier with the passage of time! The good news is that small changes can lead to powerful results. Learning some life and screen balance strategies now will enable you to be more successful both personally and professionally.
Speaker: Dr. Mike Brooks, Director, Austin Psychology & Assessment (APA) Center
11:45 AM PANEL I - Making Technology Work for You… Not Vice Versa
Experienced panelists from different industries will discuss the role of technology in the workplace and how it has evolved during their careers. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of a constantly connected world and provide personal strategies for effectively using technology while maintaining focus and balance.
Moderator: Lindsey Hughes, Director of Corporate Communications & Government Relations, ERCOT
Lisa Craven, Deputy Comptroller/Chief of Staff, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas
Phillip Oldham, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
Melissa Gage, Senior Counsel, AEP
12:15 PM LUNCHEON
1:15 PM KEYNOTE III - Women’s Leadership in Political, Economic & Social Transformation of the Energy Sector
The leadership role of women in the sustainable development of the energy sector globally has been increasingly prominent in last years. In Mexico, many women have actively participated in the design and construction of a new, sustainable, energy model that is beginning to bear fruit, going from state-owned monopolies to a market oriented and competitive sector. There are still many challenges ahead, but with a clear regulatory framework and with the talent of professionals in the sector, Mexico will be able to consolidate an avant-garde energy model. In this keynote address, one of the main leaders in this important paradigm shift will share her vision and future prospects.
Speaker: Susana Ivana Cazora Espinosa, General Coordinator of LPG Regulated Activities, Energy Regulatory Commission of Mexico (CRE)
1:45 PM PRESENTATION II - Making Gender Diversity Work
Women at every level in their careers know it's not a lack of ambition, competence, or even confidence that makes earning a seat at the table or a promotion more challenging than it is for their male peers. This research based,interactive presentation provides practical advice on how to overcome the actual barriers women face getting ahead in the modern workplace, including navigating implicit bias, understanding differing definitions of diversity, and mastering productive self-promotion.
Speaker: David Harrison, Professor, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
2:45 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:00 PM KEYNOTE III - Insider Secrets to Thriving in the Executive Suite
To thrive (not just survive) in the executive suite requires a blend of technical competence, high emotional intelligence, business savvy and confidence. The skills that made you successful as a first or second line manager are not enough for the senior ranks. Mastering the secret handshake inside your organization is vital as you must be able to influence key decisions and transactions. This interactive workshop will provide a fresh look at what it takes to thrive as an executive in 2019.
Speaker: Tracy Imm, Consultant, Coach and Author
3:45 PM CEO ROUNDTABLE
Marianne Trost, a seasoned business development and career management coach, will lead a frank discussion with female CEOs in the energy industry. The panel will address how to succeed in historically male-dominated industries, how to learn from past failures, how to create a support network, how to mentor other women, and other topics that are important to the long-term success of women in energy.
Moderator: Marianne Trost, The Woman’s Lawyer Coach
Mary Kipp, President & CEO, El Paso Electric
Julie Parsley, CEO, PEC
Sallie Rainer, President & CEO, Entergy Texas Inc.
Jackie Sargent, General Manager, Austin Energy
4:45 PM CLOSING REMARKS
Conference Co-chair: Katie Coleman, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
5:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION