Women in utilities networking breakfast

Just wrapping it's 4th year, this has quickly become one of our highest praise networking options at the event. When you want to connect with other women in your industry, where do you go? When you’re searching for a mentor, how do you find one? By attending the Women in Utilities Networking Breakfast, attendees got to know women who’ve influenced positive change in their businesses, who wanted to share their personal career journey with other and who couldn't wait to hear someone else's story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Debbi Wells
Conference manager
+1 918 832 9265
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Panel moderator

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Teresa Hansen
Conference Program Chairwoman, DistribuTECH
Editor in Chief, POWERGRID International


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Carolyn Shellman
Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
CPS Energy

Carolyn Shellman has more than 10 years of leadership experience in San Antonio. She currently serves as the chief legal & administrative officer of CPS Energy. In this position, Carolyn leads her division of CPS Energy and its more than 200 team members. In addition to serving as the utility’s chief legal officer and leading the internal legal department, she also is responsible for the external relations, regulatory affairs & public policy group; people & culture, facilities, internal audit; ethics & compliance; records management; Joint Base San Antonio (military customer liaison group) and the claims department. , and also serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Prior responsibilities have included management of the Corporate Communications and Internet Technology (IT) Enterprise Security departments in addition to serving as the utility’s Chief Compliance Officer.
Before joining CPS Energy in 2006, Carolyn served as vice president and general counsel of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) in Austin. She also has been a partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, as well as Austin-based firm then known as Bickerstaff Heath & Smiley. In addition, Carolyn served as director of the Hearings Division and secretary of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Her legal career has focused primarily on energy and telecommunications issues and she has broad experience with all aspects of the electric industry, including rate making, deregulation, renewable energy and competitive market issues.
Carolyn is an honors graduate of Vassar College and has a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of several national and local organization, including the International Women’s Forum. She is a board member of the Association of Women in Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Carolyn is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Lisa Ann Pinkerton 
Founder and President
Technica Communications

From the newsroom to the boardroom, Lisa Ann has used her keen analytical skills to share cleantech stories with the world for nearly two decades. Most recently she was named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for 2017. She is Founder and President of Technica Communications, Founder and Chairwoman of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, Co-Founder of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker. Lisa Ann started her career as a broadcast journalist for nearly a decade. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, PBS Television, NBC and other US news outlets. Lisa Ann holds the degrees Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Nancy Bui-Thompson
Member of the Board of Directors
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Nancy Bui-Thompson was first elected to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors in November 2008 to represent the 215,000 constituents of Ward 2. She is currently serving her third term, and recently completed her second term as President of the of the Board Directors for 2016.

For over 70 years, SMUD has served Sacramento’s 617,000 business and residential customers, with a population of 1.5 million, SMUD is the nation’s sixth-largest public electric utility. SMUD is governed by a seven-member publicly elected Board of Directors that determines policies and strategic directives for the utility.

For over 15 years, Bui-Thompson has served as a technology and management professional who has worked with state and local government agencies as well as energy and health-care organizations. She is currently a Director at Public Consulting Group in their Technology practice. She previously was a consultant for Accenture and Deloitte.

Bui-Thompson was awarded one of the "40 under 40" honors from the Sacramento Business Journal and is also a New Leaders Council National 40 under 40 award winner. In 2012, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) to Bui-Thompson.

She is a proud graduate of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science in economics and management information systems.