NASA, Women in Power, Students and Entrepreneurs Convene for AABE National Conference in Charlotte, May 5-8

The tradition continues, as the historical American Association of Blacks (AABE) in Energy national planning team, prepares to convene in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 38th Annual Conference entitled “Energy: Empowering a Generation – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond.” AABE is a 37-year premier national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities, into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.

The historical conference is set for May 5 through 8. More than 600 energy professionals from all areas of the industry including entrepreneurs, elected officials, corporate executives and members make attending the annual conference their #1 destination for professional development, timely information and career enhancement.

The four-day conference includes interactive business sessions, student engagement and end with a black tie gala celebration, where national recording artist Angie Stone, performed last year. New this year is AABE Talk and the Rising Stars in Energy panel, with those leaders in energy under 40.

“This conference continues to be a game changer for those seeking to exponentially enhance their career,” said Paula Jackson, President and CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy. Jackson stated that this premiere event is an annual destination for hundreds seeking to collaborate and connect in the dynamic and expansive field of energy.

As in years past, the conference features an educational student component signaling the beginning of the conference. There is also a special focus and sessions just for energy entrepreneurs. Those attending the conference for the first time can get an inside look at what is expected during the First Time Attendees reception.

The State of Energy in Black America is a key address made by AABE’s leadership followed by a candid discussion on the future sources of energy. Forecast 2030 – Clean Energy, Sustainability, and Diversity will be a focal point for speaker Stephen A. Byrne, Executive Vice President, from SCANA Corporation. Next, the All Energy is Local session will be a critical discussion on Wednesday, with a conversation between Wellington Webb, former Mayor from the City of Denver and Senator Catherine Pugh, from the Maryland General Assembly and President of the National Black Caucus State Legislators.

One of the most intense debates in the utility has been around the area of distributed generation. Make plans to join in to hear about its many challenges, trends and impact. On Thursday, guests fill the room where sparks are sure to fly when Joe Scarborough, from Morning Joe and David K. Owens, Executive Vice President at Edison Electric Institute square off during the Legislative Crossfire – Debate on Policy and Legislation.

The shifting dynamics throughout the energy industry make a perfect place for women to soar in leadership positions. Hear from top women at the Women in Power session headlined by Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Senior Vice President at Duke Energy and Leslie Sibert, Vice President of Distribution at Georgia Power. Each year AABE chapters around the U.S. offer scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry.

The Scholarship luncheon will highlight students and professionals who have and continue to encourage the educational pursuits in STEM. Lastly, confirmed speakers include John Amos at Siemens, Steve Hightower, president at Hightower Petroleum and other notable professionals This conference provides plenty of chances for professionals to connect, learn best practices and network in a dynamic environment. Details about the annual AABE conference registration can be found at