Agenda & Speakers

This Year’s Agenda

The Energy Executive Forum 2017 will be a time for inquiry and conversation, away from the busy constraints of the office. We mix opportunities to relax with thought-provoking conversation to help chart your business’s future. Check back here often to see updated speakers, panel topics, special events, and more.

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9:00AM – 12:00PM
Convergence Study Workshop

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1:00 – 6:00PM
Golf at Monarch Beach Resort

And Optional Networking Activities

6:30 – 9:00PM
Grand Welcome Reception

9:00 – 11:00PM
Afterglow Reception



George Blankenship
Former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc.

Lawrence Makovich
IHS Vice President and Chief Power Strategist

David Duncan
Senior Partner, Innosight


Mindshare of unique and powerful executive-level insights
Visionary business leaders from the key sectors — IoT companies, utilities, retail energy providers, distributed energy providers, wholesale, and financial firms — will share perspectives and strategize on solutions driving their trajectories to a new brand identity. Our new panel configuration will facilitate more natural dialogue among executives – imagine Charlie Rose, meets Ted Talks – meets energy.

“Everybody and anybody who has anything to do with the deregulated energy industry has to be here.”

Mohan Wanchoo, President & CEO of EC Infosystems, Inc.

2017 Session Topics

Session 1: Your Next Customer: Building a Narrative-Driven Brand Strategy
We’ll explore how a transformation in brand strategy needs to be inside-out for it to be authentic, meaningful, and relevant. New company identities will need to be formulated and clearly communicated in ways that resonate with customers and ultimately drive new business strategies from inception to adoption and share-of-choice.

Session 2: 10-Year Technology Trends
Once upon a time, business moved at the speed of fax machines and dial up internet. Information was hard to find and even harder to aggregate. Welcome to the new normal, where small ideas can spark and disrupt huge organizations. If you can’t innovate quickly, someone else can. Your customers, your market share, and your employees are all up for grabs. You have a choice at a critical time in the energy sector…you can disrupt your own organization, try new things, learn from the experiments, pivot, or preserve. Or you can allow someone else’s first move shape how you catch up.

Session 3: Big 4 Retail Energy Providers
The migration of retail energy continues. From commodity only, to energy solutions, to solar, storage and customer controlled-demand. Where are Retail Markets heading? Since 2014, retail markets have gone through 179 M&A deals. What will be the new identity of retailers?

Session 4: Energy Storage – Transforming the Pace of your Energy Strategies
As energy storage applications, value propositions, and costs evolve, they no longer sit at the margin for early adopter demonstration projects. Energy storage solutions are at a critical inflection point, where delivering customer value intersects with your solution strategies. How you maximize your capabilities to harness potential energy storage opportunities is more crucial than ever in a converging energy landscape.

Session 5: New Wholesale Dynamics
This session will focus on current dynamics in wholesale and how they must change to keep up with current and future end user products & services. Synchronizing the old with the new will be incredibly important to meet the changing shape of consumer demand, requiring wholesale markets to be adaptive and flexible in a new landscape of players and market dynamics.

Session 6: Utility of the Future: Truth or Dare
As energy technologies evolve, utilities are going to be fundamentally transformed by the potential value and functionalities that emerge. In this outside-in perspective session, we will dig into the concepts around the upcoming disruptions, potential spin-offs, strategic partnerships, and commercialization opportunities.

Session 7: Frontier Strategies: Emergence of the SuperCompetitor
Consumers aren’t as loyal to brands as they once were. They expect to be served when, where, and how they want. Nimble competitors with innovative business models emerge from unexpected places. Many of those competitors pose a formidable challenge to established players at an increasingly fast pace. The business value chains have become more complex than ever before. With such rapid changes in both external and internal environment, strategic planning needs rethinking – different structures, different processes, and different timelines.

Session 8: Collaboration & Networks: Translating Opportunity to Reality
Companies navigating the energy Convergence each have distinctive focus, velocity, and goals around their capabilities, their scaling ambitions, their funding, their demand generation, and ultimately, adoption strategies for their products & services. Translating your business strategy into reality has more potential signposts, drivers, and contingencies than ever before. Assessing who you will compete against, partner or acquire requires some important discussions about how, where, and when to evolve to optimize your goals.