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Agenda-at-a-Glance

October 4-6, 2021

Monday, Oct. 4

8-8:50 a.m. PT
General Session: Opening Keynote
  • Todd Inlander, SVP and CIO, Southern California Edison
  • Tom Deitrich, President and CEO, Itron

9-9:50 a.m. PT
Track Sessions

10-10:50 a.m. PT
Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability — Addressing Urgent Challenges
  • Moderated by Gordon Feller, Technology & Cities Leader
  • Kelly Bauman, Manager, Distribution Protection & Control, Entergy
  • Ed De Varona, Vice President, Transmission & Substation, FP&L
  • Katie Speirs, Industry Innovation Principal Director, Accenture

11-11:50 a.m. PT
Track Sessions

12-12:50 p.m. PT
Knowledge Center Breakouts

Tuesday, Oct. 5

8-8:50 a.m. PT
Women in Utilities Session
  • Denise Thomas, President, The Effective Communication Coach

9-9:50 a.m. PT
Track Sessions

10-10:50 a.m. PT
General Session: Trek to Decarbonization
  • Tom Rand, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
  • Kimberly Britton, CEO, EPIcenter

11-11:50 a.m. PT
Track Sessions

12-12:50 p.m. PT
Knowledge Center Breakouts

Wednesday, Oct. 6

8-8:50 a.m. PT
Big Picture Session: Cybersecurity in a Complex, Interconnected World
  • Moderated by Jeff St. John, Editor-in-Chief, Canary Media
  • Kris Philipsen, Managing Director, Security Professional Services, Verizon

9-9:50 a.m. PT
Track Sessions

10-10:50 a.m. PT
"Ask the Advisory Board" Session

11-11:50 a.m. PT
Closing Session & Awards
  • Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards
    • Farah Saeed, Research Director, Digital Electric Grid, Frost & Sullivan
  • Itron Innovator Award & Power Pitch Awards
    • John Marcolini, SVP, Network Solutions, Itron

12-12:50 p.m. PT
Power Trip Screening and Q&A
  • Dr. Michael Webber, Professor in Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin


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Featured Speakers

Kelly Bauman
Kelly Bauman Manager, Distribution Protection & Control, Entergy
Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability
Kelly Bauman is the Manager of Distribution Protection & Control at Entergy.

Kelly has experience in many operational aspects of electric utilities including distribution, substations, transmission, and systems operations control centers.

Kelly manages distribution system protection and management of all distribution field controls. He is also responsible for the Distribution Automation capital project at Entergy consisting of roughly $500M spend through 2024. The DA program includes deployment of over 2,500 new reclosers, 10,000 Relays and APs, smart line sensors, and new technology system deployments such as Advanced DMS including FLISR, CVR, and VVO. Kelly is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kimberly Britton
Kimberly Britton CEO, EPIcenter
General Session
Kimberly M. Britton has decades of experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations, land use politics, public and community relations as both a founder and senior leader.

Her areas of expertise include energy trends, strategy, visioning, cross-functional teams, negotiation and building organizations from the ground up.

Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Landis+Gyr. EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy.

Britton is also the co-founder of a collaboration of public power utilities designed to enable cooperation among the entities and to harness the collective might of public power in the state.

She serves as a member of the Denton’s Smart Cities Think Tank and represented San Antonio in Public Utilities Fortnightly’s list of Smartest Communities 2019. In addition, Britton was named an awardee of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women in Leadership Award 2021.

She is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Christian University residing in San Antonio with her husband Gary Britton, principal of his own executive coaching and consulting firm, and their very personable dog Ruby.
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Tom Deitrich President and CEO, Itron
Keynote Presenter
Tom Deitrich was appointed president and chief executive officer and named to Itron's board of directors on Aug. 6, 2019. He joined Itron in 2015 as executive vice president and COO and has played a major role in shaping the company’s strategy to partner with cities and utilities to deliver industrial IoT solutions.

Tom has more than 25 years of experience in global operations at leading technology firms and has held numerous executive management positions where he led business-level strategies that transformed and significantly improved business results. He has extensive experience in product management, research and development, supply chain management and business development in several industries, including industrial equipment, telecommunications and semiconductors.

Before joining Itron, Tom was senior vice president and general manager for Digital Networking at Freescale Semiconductor. Prior to Freescale, Tom worked for Flextronics International, Ericsson Mobile Communications and General Electric Corporation.
Ed De Varona
Ed De Varona Vice President, Transmission & Substation Power Delivery, FPL
Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability
Ed De Varona is responsible for transmission & substation system operations, technology, compliance, reliability, construction, maintenance and restoration of service for FPL, as well as transmission and substation operations for NextEra Energy Transmission assets across North America including Lone Star Transmission in Texas. In this role, Ed oversees the daily operations and planning of these assets to ensure safety, reliability and compliance to regulatory requirements.

Prior to his current role, Ed served as Executive Director in the Transmission Business Management organization within FPL’s affiliate company, NextEra Energy Resources (NEER.) In this role, Ed coordinated all aspects of the interconnection process to ensure successful integration of the NEER wind and solar assets on the nation’s electrical grid.

Mr. De Varona previously serve as Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at FPL where he oversaw all plans and processes related to emergency response, event mitigation and recovery from hurricane and other severe storm conditions, grid capacity shortfall and emergency events, and cyber and physical threats to the FPL and NextEra systems. The role was also responsible for corporate business continuity plans across the NextEra Energy enterprise.

Ed also served as director of operations for NextEra Energy Transmission (NEET) directing the company through the construction and commissioning of the Lone Star Transmission system in Texas including creation of grid control centers, energy management systems and successful commissioning of Lone Star’s 345 kV transmission lines and substation system which forms part of the Texas Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project.

Mr. DeVarona received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in 1994, and is a graduate of the NextEra Energy Leadership Development Program – Leadership for the Next Era. He is married with two children.
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Marina Donovan Vice President, Global Marketing and Public Affairs, Itron
General Session
Marina Donovan has more than 20 years of global technology marketing and public relations experience with a background in data security, networking and mobile. She joined Itron as vice president of global marketing & public affairs in January 2018. Prior to joining Itron, she was vice president of marketing for Silver Spring Networks, where Marina led all aspects of outbound marketing including branding and corporate positioning, demand creation, events, product marketing, public relations and web properties. Prior to joining Silver Spring, she held executive marketing positions at IronKey by Imation, Syniverse, VeriSign and RSA Security. Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from San Jose State University.
Gordon Feller
Gordon Feller Technology & Cities Leader
Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability
Working at the intersection of government and private investment for more than four decades, Gordon Feller has helped accelerate the emergence of smarter technologies for energy innovation. Since arriving in Silicon Valley in 1983, from inside the executive suite he’s developed ambitious projects aimed at solving some of the world’s most complex problems.

Current and past clients include World Bank, EY, ThomsonReuters, IHS Markit, World Economic Forum, Ford Motor Company, Stanford University, IBM, The Financial Times, Apple, International Telecommunications Union, International Standards Organization, Chevron, Bechtel, Lockheed, The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, United Nations, national governments (Germany, Canada, US), Reuters, and many others. From 2010 to 2017, he served as Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems HQ. He founded Meeting of the Minds in the 1990s to harness the power of a global leadership network building innovation-fueled sustainable urban futures.

Gordon was appointed by the Obama/Biden White House to serve on the US Federal Comm. established by the US Congress to accelerate tech breakthroughs. Gordon served as a Global Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He sits on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. Gordon’s first published article appeared in a journal published by the World Policy Institute (NYC) in 1979. Since then he’s published more than 400 magazine articles.
Todd Inlander
Todd Inlander SVP and CIO, Southern California Edison
Keynote Presenter
Todd Inlander is senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for managing the company’s information technology infrastructure and applications.

He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of technology assets, including our expansive fiber network, support for our SCADA systems, as well as the cybersecurity organization. Todd is keenly focused on operational excellence, as he seeks to streamline the IT organization and leverage strategic partners to deliver cost-effective technology solutions.
John Marcolini
John Marcolini Senior Vice President, Networked Solutions, Itron
Itron Innovator Award
John Marcolini has more than 20 years of product management, business development and customer delivery experience with deep technical knowledge of networking, radio frequency technologies and IoT. John has also spent many years working with utility customers to deliver and implement complex product deployments.

In July 2020, he was named senior vice president of networked solutions. As the head of Itron’s Networked Solutions product business unit, he is responsible for the financial performance, product development, marketing and overall strategy for Itron’s networking platforms and smart city solutions, globally.

In his previous role as the vice president of product management, he was responsible for product strategy and lifecycle management across Itron’s smart energy, smart city and IoT portfolios. Prior to joining Itron, John held senior product management roles with Silver Spring Networks and numerous other technology-based companies.

John attended Boston University’s Master of Science in Networking and Security program and received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from SUNY College at Buffalo.
Kris Philipsen
Kris Philipsen Managing Director, Security Professional Services, Verizon
Big Picture Session: Cybersecurity
Kris Philipsen majored in Computer Science and has held engineering, consulting, and leadership roles in Cyber Security for over 20 years.

He is a strategic visionary and advisor to global business leaders, executives, and Boards on Cyber Security matters. He is well-versed in English, Dutch, French, German, and Portuguese.

Kris is a regular speaker at leading industry venues including RSA’s Executive Security Forum as well as other information security thought leadership events in the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.

In his current role with Verizon, Kris manages a global staff of 200, delivering Security Assurance and Security Operations functions.
Tom Rand
Tom Rand Co-Founder & Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
Keynote Presenter
Tom Rand is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures – a global cleantech venture fund - and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. He’s also an author and public advocate focused on accelerating the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, an energy-efficient hotel project in downtown Toronto.

His first book, “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit” was published in early 2010 (winner of the 2011 Whitepine Non-Fiction award) and his second – “Waking the Frog” - became a bestseller in Spring 2014. His third, “Climate Capitalism: Pragmatic Solutions for Perilous Times,” was released early 2020.

Tom holds a BASc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto). Tom is an Action Canada Fellow, has advised both provincial and federal governments on climate & cleantech policy and is a regular contributor on Canada’s leading op-ed pages and television screens.
Farah Saeed
Farah Saeed Research Director, Digital Electric Grid, Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan Awards
Farah Saeed is an industry expert with nearly 20 years of consulting, project management and fulfillment expertise focused on power and energy equipment and services. Saeed currently serves as Research Director Digital Grid.

In her current role, Saeed works closely with OEMs to validate market opportunities and assess risks, providing a deep understanding of business issues facing mature as well as emerging energy markets and technologies. She also specializes in forecasting models and customer survey designs centered on regional and geographic trends, while keeping a pulse on disruptive trends and technologies that are influencing the competitive environment.

Saeed’s industry expertise includes extensive experience in high-growth and emerging power and energy devices, such as transmission and distribution equipment. This includes IT/OT, power distribution equipment, demand side management, home automation, smart meters, related network infrastructure, and distributed generation.
Katie Speirs
Katie Speirs Industry Innovation Principal Director, Accenture
Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability
Katie is an Industry Principal in Accenture's Transmission and Distribution practice. She is focused on delivering new and emerging operating models coupled with large scale technology transformation programs covering OMS/DMS, GIS, GWD, and DERMS. Katie is a seasoned industry executive, having spent fourteen years at San Diego Gas & Electric. She is a recognized leader with deep expertise in T&D engineering, system planning, field operations, control center oversight and emergency preparedness/business resiliency. Katie holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the state of California. Previously based in San Diego, Katie now resides in Houston, Texas.
Jeff St. John
Jeff St. John Editor-in-Chief, Canary Media
Big Picture Session: Cybersecurity
Jeff St. John is editor in chief at Canary Media, where he covers utilities, smart grid, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, energy storage, demand-side energy management, and the intersection of technology, regulatory and economic developments influencing the global transition from a fossil fuel-dominated energy system to one centered on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and human-caused climate change. He previously worked as managing editor and senior editor of grid edge at Greentech Media, which he joined in 2008, and before that was a business reporter at McClatchy Co. newspapers The Fresno Bee, the Tri-City Herald and the Anchorage Daily News. He earned his master's degree from the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2001, and his bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley in 2001. He lives in Oakland, Calif. with his wife Tara Donoghue and his dog Lily, and enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing guitar with his nieces and nephews.
Denise Thomas
Denise Thomas President, The Effective Communication Coach
Women in Utilities Session
Denise Thomas is the President and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on transforming emerging and existing professionals into extraordinary leaders by mastering the art of effective communication. With 19 years of experience within Fortune 500 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers. Denise has supplied her expertise: many professionals and executives across Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations.

Denise is a Lead Facilitator at St. Norbert College as part of the School of Business’s Center of Exceptional Leadership and also an Instructor for the Cardinal Stritch University Mission Fuel Leadership Program. She serves on numerous non-profit organization’s Board of Directors and Advisory Councils including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Women United Leadership Council and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business Advisory Council. She is also a certified Master Trainer and 360 Feedback Coach. Denise is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management.

She is a proud mother of two future leaders, her daughter Dominique and son Daren.
Michael Webber
Dr. Michael E. Webber Professor in Energy Resources
Power Trip Screening Q&A
Dr. Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. From September 2018 to August 2021, Webber was also based in Paris, France where he served as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber's expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His latest book Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published May 7, 2019 by Basic Books with an award-winning 6-part companion series that aired on PBS, Amazon Prime and iTunes starting Earth Day 2020. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, which addresses the connection between earth's most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, was published in 2016 by Yale Press and was converted into an hourlong documentary. He was selected as a Fellow of ASME and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored more than 400 publications, holds 6 patents, and serves on the advisory board for Scientific American. A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018. Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.

Featured Sessions

Todd Inlander

General Session

Denise Thomas at mic

Women in Utilities Session

General Session: Trek to Decarbonization

Tom Rand, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures will speak on an enormously complicated issue–climate change. Join this session to better understand the impacts and recognize there are concrete solutions to the climate change crisis. Kimberly Britton, CEO of EPIcenter, will also join Tom for a fireside chat about innovation and decarbonization.

Resilience

Big Picture Session: Resilience & Reliability – Addressing Urgent Grid Challenges

Cybersecurity

Big Picture Session: Cybersecurity in a Complex, Interconnected World

New Name, Same Great Experience

To keep pace with the evolving nature of our industry, Itron Utility Week has been renamed to Itron Inspire. Itron Inspire will still offer the same great experience you've come to expect—insightful keynotes, thought leadership panels, breakout sessions, networking, training and so much more—to share perspective and best practices.

Awards Season

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Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards­

Submit your nomination for the annual Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards, which are presented at Itron Inspire to organizations who are reducing waste and using resources efficiently. Utilities and municipalities/cities can be nominated; one award is given in the energy industry and one in the water industry.

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Itron Innovator Award

This award, presented at Itron Inspire, recognizes a utility or city customer that has leveraged our partner enablement programs to deliver a breakthrough solution that solves challenges in energy/water efficiency and smart communities. Join us Oct. 6 for the presentation of this award.

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