Geisha Williams keynote speaker
- Importance of Safeguarding Electrical Infrastructure
- Leading with Inclusion and Authenticity
- Teamwork and Team Building
- Women in Business
- Women in Leadership
Geisha Jimenez Williams has more than three decades of experience in the energy industry. She is an independent board member and Chair of Osmose Utility Services, Inc., member of the supervisory board of Siemens Energy, Inc., independent director of Artera Services, LLC and a member of the Global Advisory Board for Salesforce. She also serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center Board of Directors, a think tank in Washington, D.C., focused on advancing policies that matter to American families, is a principal at the American Energy Innovation Council, and is a trustee of her alma mater, the University of Miami.
Williams was formerly Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. She was the first and only Latina CEO of a Fortune 200 company and has been recognized as the highest-ranking Latina leader in business. During her tenure at PG&E, the company became a leader in renewables integration, grid modernization and smart grid technologies. Under her leadership, the company delivered nearly 80% greenhouse gas free electricity to 16 million people in northern and central California, and the best electric reliability in company history. Her focus on safety culture and engaged employees led to best ever industrial safety performance. She also championed energy efficiency, digitization and an all company focus on customer experience. As a result, PG&E achieved its highest levels of customer satisfaction and was rated best overall electric provider by national customers during her tenure.
Prior to joining PG&E in 2007, Williams worked for over two decades at Florida Power and Light Company, where she was Vice President of Power Systems. She held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in FPL’s customer service, marketing, external affairs and electric operations. Her crisis leadership skills were forged in Florida, where she led the historic electric restoration and recovery from seven hurricanes over a 15-month period in 2004 and 2005.
Williams was previously on the Boards of Directors of PG&E Corporation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). At EEI, she also served on the Executive Committee and was the CEO co-Chair of the Customer Energy Solutions Policy Committee. In addition, she was the former Chair of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), on the Advisory Board for the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Trustee of the California Academy of Sciences.
Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Miami and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. Williams lives in South Florida with her family.
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