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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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