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From the Desk of Richard Putnicki, Executive Director, RMEL

Building Our Future Toward the New Energy Paradigm

What do you get when you put together a Futurist and Innovation Expert, an Energy Institute Visionary Leader, Electric Energy CEOs, a Southwest Airlines Culture Guru, Data Expert, Leadership Coach, and Environmental Advocate all in the same room?

That’s easy….you get RMEL’s 115th Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention

Join us in Building Our Future Toward the New Energy Paradigm at RMEL’s 2018 Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention, September 16-18, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your industry network, as well as build new relationships to prepare for this journey ahead. Don’t take it from me though, our Speaker Jim Carroll, has put together some exciting videos that will introduce his Keynote presentation on what he sees that lies ahead for our industry.

These videos should get your mind accelerating to the world of fast paced change coming to our industry – Give them a watch!   Be sure to turn up your speakers!

Video #1:

Fall Keynote Speaker Preview

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If you can only attend one event this year, THIS IS THAT EVENT! Register, download the brochure and view the interactive convention grid.  

In case you need any more reasons to attend…

  • Day 1 Keynote Speaker Jim Carroll, one of the world's leading global futurism, trends and innovation experts, is going to help us ride critical fast-paced trends in order to achieve dramatic market success.
  • Day 2 Keynote Speaker Michael Webber, Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, will discuss research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.
  • Leverage the RMEL professional network with electric energy executive attendees
  • Learn from CEOs sharing their insights and vision for the future (CEO Panel is now on Tuesday!)
  • Hear about the latest industry technology, competitive market and reliability, impacts of electrification and data analytics strategies
  • Create "Unstoppable Cultures" with insights from a former Southwest Airlines culture innovation executive
  • Discover electric utility business model possibilities
  • Hear how to prepare for your own success during these challenging times
    and much more... 

RMEL Foundation and upcoming Silent/Live Auction

In addition, the RMEL Fall Convention is an exciting time to continue growing the industry through the RMEL Foundation. Many students don’t realize the exciting opportunities available in the electric energy industry. As your organizations, high schools, colleges and universities partner together to showcase power careers, the RMEL Foundation is a resource for scholarships. The biggest fundraiser is the RMEL Foundation Auction, which takes place during the Fall Convention on September 17, in San Antonio. You can donate an item and participate in the Auction at the Fall Convention.

Donations raised will fund the 2019 Scholarships  Scholarship applications for interested students will be available this November. Please share the scholarship application with friends, colleagues and university/college contacts who can help us spread the word.

RMEL has Packed August Full of Great Events Leading up to the Fall Convention - There’s Something for Everyone

Project Management Workshop
August 8-9, 2018 – Golden, Colorado

The 2018 Project Management Workshop will review the basics, build on the methodologies, and share tools and apply them to new case studies to assist you with continuing down the path of successful project management. Regardless of the types of projects you work, they all require you and your team to have sound project management skills and understanding in order to successfully plan, manage and control the projects. This workshop will further the in-depth discussions and applications to help you become a more disciplined, well-organized and highly effective project manager.

Future Utility Emerging Leaders (FUEL) Workshop
August 15-16, 2018 – Lone Tree, Colorado

This workshop will feature Keynote Speaker Mark Eaton, Former NBA All-Star & President, 7ft4.com LLC. He’ll discuss The Four Commitments of a Winning Team and Nine Steps to Winning Leadership. RMEL’s Future Utility Emerging Leaders Workshop is focused on those first time and early leaders who want to develop their leadership abilities, make career plans, and create their own development path. What are you doing to manage your career development and preparing yourself for future leadership opportunities?

Safety Roundtable – August 2018
August 24, 2018 – Golden, Colorado

At RMEL’s August Safety Roundtable will kick off with a presentation by Matthew Hallowell, Presidential Teaching Scholar and Endowed Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder. He’ll introduce the topic of precursor analysis and field safety engagements. Based upon three years of research, this talk will cover: the objective and purpose of precursor analysis; definition of key terms; description of research conducted to identify and validate precursors; lessons learned from 100 field engagements;  method to employ field safety engagements as a way to identify precursors and perform pre-accident root cause assessments; and a description of the present EEI research being conducted to customize precursor analysis and field safety engagements for electrical generation, transmission, and distribution.

It’s been quite a summer with RMEL, and we are excited about the rest of 2018 and beyond. Look for some exciting new developments that came out of the RMEL Market Research Project and RMEL Board Retreat discussion in July. I’ll have more details soon. Thank you for your continued engagement!


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