MAIN AGENDA

Tuesday, April 2

All day: Professional Group Meetings

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, April 3

7:30 am: Registration & Breakfast

8:15 am – 4:45 pm: Symposium Sessions

4:45 pm: Walk with Travis Snyder

6:00 – 7:30 pm: Reception

America’s Favorite Governerd: Sharon McMahon Tackles the Politics of Politics
With over a decade of experience in government and law education, Sharon McMahon is committed to breaking down tough-to-follow political headlines and events through daily news briefings, thought-provoking conversations, historical context, and humor.

With over one million followers (affectionately known as Governerds) McMahon is a reliable source for truth and logic as she battles flashy headlines and false information with non-partisan facts.

Join McMahon as she reflects on how to have productive conversations with disagreeable people, maintain civility in divisive times, and use your voice for good.

Michigan’s Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities with Robert Bryce
Robert Bryce, author, journalist, film producer, and podcaster has appeared in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Review. He is the author of six books, some covering his insights on energy independence, green energy, electric demand and reliability, as well as the global economy.

Bryce will discuss the challenges of the new Michigan energy legislation and its impact on the industry.

Powering Tomorrow: Energy Growth Over the Next Decade
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Senior Vice President Rob Chapman is part of the non-profit organization’s efforts to deliver objective thought leadership and industry expertise to the energy sector. With booming global demand for electrically powered products and sectors, like EV’s and AI platforms, the demand for both generation and battery technology solutions is also on the rise. As the industry looks ahead, Chapman will provide insights on the issues and gaps that need to be addressed for those in the energy business to not only be prepared, but pro-active.

A Mission of Miles: Finding Purpose on the Other Side of Service
Michigan’s 2022 Veteran of the Year, Travis Snyder, gained recognition for walking 2,590 miles across the state and around the entirety of Lake Michigan to put a spotlight on veterans’ issues.

After a friend he served with in Afghanistan was lost to suicide, Snyder focused his time, energy, and footsteps to not only memorialize his friend, but to bring attention to the overwhelming number of veterans who suffer from mental health issues upon their return home from service.

Snyder captured his journey on social media and gained a following who were interested in his travels. His simple gesture reminded people that not all war wounds are visible.

Thursday, April 4

7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 – 11:45 am: Symposium Sessions

12:30 pm: CoBank Director Training

Predictive Politics: The Impact of the 2024 Presidential Election and Other Key Races
David Wasserman is a top election forecaster and analyst who is widely respected on both sides for his accurate and impartial political insights.

He is the senior editor & elections analyst for the nonpartisan The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, a newsletter that “both parties regard as authoritative.” He also appears regularly on NBC News and other major media outlets and top publications to share expert political commentary.

Wasserman provides data-driven political forecasting and uses thoughtful analogies and sharp theories to illustrate the evolution of voting trends.

Better Together: A Candid Conversation on How Two G&T’s Worked to Meet Members’ Energy Demands
Wolverine CEO Eric Baker, Hoosier Energy President & CEO Donna Walker, and Holtec President of Nuclear Generation & Decommissioning Kelly Trice will take the stage in an open discussion about the future of Palisades Nuclear Generating Station. They will talk about energy shortages, the fight for lower carbon emissions and its impact on economic growth.

CoBank Director Training
The primary objective of this educational workshop is to provide and support a fundamental financial understanding of running an electric distribution cooperative business. Our customized approach to this training focuses on the financial concepts required to support meaningful, ongoing assessments required to make good prioritization decisions on behalf of members. This class will address the value of the cooperative and explain the importance of both equity and debt management. It will also cover the foundations of financial forecasting and rate design with a unique perspective on credit.

Key topics include:

  • Exploring basics of financial statements
  • Gaining understanding of financial categories and their meaning
  • Recognizing applicable financial facts and concepts
  • Breaking down component parts and determining the value of information
  • Explore how these concepts can result in added-value for co-ops
ADDITIONAL EVENTS

*Invite only

Tuesday, April 2
10:00 am-12:00 pm: *Lenders Meeting

10:00 am-3:00 pm: *HR Conference

10:00 am-4:00 pm: *Safety Coordinators Roundtable

1:00 pm-3:00 pm: *IT Conference

1:00 pm-4:30 pm: *Communicators Conference

1:30 pm: MECA Annual & Board Meeting

2:00 pm-4:00 pm: *Fiber Conference

Thursday, April 4
11:00 am: Wolverine Annual Meeting

12:00 pm: Wolverine Re-Org Meeting
12:45 pm:
CoBank Course (Directors Only)