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Panelist Bio


E. Renae Conley
President & CEO, Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C.

E. Renae Conley was named president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. in 2000. The two utilities serve a combined 1 million customers in the state.

She is responsible for the companies' electric distribution systems, customer service, regulatory and governmental affairs, and economic development programs, as well as the companies' financial performance.

Conley joined Entergy Corporation in 1999 as vice president of investor relations, where she was responsible for linking the company’s strategic vision with the financial expectations of Wall Street.

Her professional career includes a long list of leadership roles in the electric utility industry. She served as president of Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corp. and as president and CEO of Cadence, a joint venture of Cinergy, New Century Energies and Florida Progress. At Cinergy, she was also vice president of sales, and general manager of corporate communications and investor relations. Her wide background includes work in customer service, accounting, treasury and investor relations for PSI Energy. In 2004, she was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Key Woman in Energy in the Americas, a national honor bestowed on female executives for their contributions to the industry.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Conley was tapped by Governor Kathleen Blanco for the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

A respected business leader and advocate for economic development, Conley serves as chair of Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu’s Cultural Economy Foundation Board. Through her work on the board of directors for the Council for a Better Louisiana, she promotes educational excellence initiatives that benefit Louisiana schoolchildren. She sits on the Board of the Baton Rouge Boy Scouts and the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. Additionally, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Choicepoint of Alpharetta, Georgia in 2006.

Conley has a bachelor's of science degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration degree, both from Ball State University.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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