2017 Featured Speakers

USMA is planning for over 40 presenters – here are some of the featured speakers. Do you collect educational hours toward accreditation? USMA offers 17 hours of programming and provide a session tracking form.

Betsy Price
The Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2015, Price ran unopposed and was re-elected to a third two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the United States, Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country.

Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.

During her first term, Price led a community effort to build a city that’s more fit, happy and productive. The result was FitWorth, a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits in both kids and adults. With an initial $250,000 grant from Oncor, FitWorth is working to stem the rising tide of obesity, especially in children. Thanks to FitWorth, employers, schools, hospitals, faith communities, non-profits and retailers are energized and actively promoting a more healthy and sustainable city.

Building a healthy community is much more than promoting exercise and good nutrition. It’s also about designing a city that gives residents the opportunity to leave the car at home, opting for alternate modes of transportation. Under her leadership, Fort Worth has become a foremost cycling community, adding miles of new bike lanes and trails. Promoting pedestrian-friendly urban villages has also remained a staple of Price’s vision for rebuilding the city’s urban core. Moreover, she continues to push her long-term goal of linking neighborhoods and job centers with a comprehensive and convenient commuter rail system.

Bob Shapard
Bob Shapard, Chief Executive Officer, Oncor

Bob Shapard has been the Chief Executive Officer of Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC since April 2007.

In a utility career lasting nearly three decades, Shapard has been influential in driving results and innovation in both the board room and in the community. Under his leadership, Oncor built nearly 6,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines, installed more than 300,000 electric delivery points, developed and implemented more than 3.3 million Advanced Meter Systems (AMS) and built 1,000 miles of Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission lines, all while providing customers the lowest delivery rates of any investor owned utility in Texas.

Dedicated to healthy living, Shapard made the American Heart Association’s Dallas Heart Walk an annual company event, and implemented a high performing culture at Oncor dedicated to “Live Well,” a program designed to incentivize healthy lifestyles. In the community, Shapard helped found the Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) in 2011 to empower area youth to fight childhood obesity by creating healthy eating habits and getting fit.

A Texas native, Shapard’s career with Oncor and TXU legacy companies has encompassed various financial and operational leadership roles, including managing director of former TXU Corp. subsidiary TXU Australia and treasurer and assistant secretary of TXU Corp. Previously, Shapard also served as chief financial officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Exelon Corporation, and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock.

Mr. Shapard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith, former professional football player, businessman and philanthropist

Emmitt James Smith III is a former college and professional athlete who played 15 seasons in the National Football League.
Smith grew up in Pensacola, Florida and became the second leading rusher in American high-school football history during his time at Escambia High School. He then attended the University of Florida, where he set numerous school records over his three-year college career with the Florida Gators. After being named a unanimous All-American in 1989, Smith choose to forgo his senior year of eligibility to play professionally.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Smith in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft. During his long professional career, Smith became the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. He also played for three Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys teams. Smith remains the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player award all in the same season (1993). He is also one of only four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons. Smith was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility in 2010.

In the fall of 2006, Smith won the third season of Dancing with the Stars with professional dancer Cheryl Burke. He was praised for “making dancing look manly” and for his “natural charm,” and Burke was given credit for coaching Smith while still allowing him to improvise some moves. Smith then returned to the ballroom in 2012 for the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.

Upon retirement from the NFL in 2005, Smith made his first major move toward becoming a real estate developer by teaming with another Cowboy legend, Roger Staubach, the founder and CEO of Staubach Co., to form Smith/Cypress Partners LP. Today Smith runs several businesses spanning real estate, construction and technology. Smith is also a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and REALTOR®.

In addition, Smith is highly active in charitable outreach both in the Dallas area and on a national level. Although he has partnered with dozens of organizations to lend a hand, Smith’s main focus is working on behalf of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities to provide unique experiences and educational opportunities to underserved youth.

Carey Lohrenz
Carey Lohrenz, U.S. Navy Combat Pilot and author

Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform.

Carey Lohrenz is the author of “Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck.” She resides in Chanhassen, MN and is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn, Guitar Virtuoso, Author and Speaker

Mike uses his talent as a world-class guitarist and humor to teach three simple principles that can help anyone achieve more. He has performed around the globe in places like Carnegie Hall in New York and at three TedX events. Relax and enjoy this session with Mike.

Theresa Payton
Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Authority

The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, facilitating her broad knowledge of cybersecurity risks and measures in the financial services industry. Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of leading security, risk and fraud consulting company, Fortalice, LLC, she remains the expert who organizations go to for help understanding and improving their IT systems.

In the wake of recent, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target, Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity expert companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen cybersecurity measures and understand the impact of the Internet of Things and the importance of securing Big Data. Named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, she is one of America’s most respected authorities on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation.

Payton collaborated with IT expert and attorney, Ted Claypoole, to author two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online, after receiving a number of pleas from friends and strangers regarding account hacking. Hailed as ‘must-reads,’ Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Protecting Your Internet Identity, outline peoples’ rights, as well as tips and strategies for building and maintaining a positive online image.

Recognized as a 2015 William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service, Payton captivates audiences with a fascinating narrative on the world of cybersecurity, including insight and methods critical to protecting organizations and information from rapidly evolving cyberattacks.

Philip Moeller
Philip Moeller, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer, Edison Electric Institute

Mr. Moeller was a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from 2006 to 2015. His past experience includes Alliant Energy, Calpine and work in the U.S. Senate. He will be speaking on Tuesday morning in the general session on the future of the U.S. Electric Grid.

Theresa Payton
Gretchen Bakke
Cultural Anthropologist and Author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

Gretchen Bakke is interested in what people do when the systems they rely upon stop working. Whether speaking of the end of political systems like communism, infrastructural systems like the electric grid, economic systems like whaling, or cultural systems like the contemporary university what unites Gretchen’s work is an abiding concern for both the inventive creativity and the normative impulses that systemic collapse begets. What is the nature of renewal, Gretchen asks, and what do people, diversely, make of things when all that is solid fades unexpectedly into air.

Gretchen is the author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. This book was selected by Bill Gates for his short list of favorite books in 2016. Gretchen Bakke will be speaking on Tuesday morning in the general session.