An Outstanding Program

CoBank’s 2018 Energy and Water Executive Forum will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts on the economy, energy, water, policy and politics. Through a series of thought-provoking and informative sessions, the leaders of America’s rural energy and water providers will gain invaluable insight into the current economic and political climate of our nation and a glimpse into the future of their industries. New this year, CoBank will host industry-specific energy and water breakout sessions on Thursday afternoon. The conference will also offer attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and enjoy golf and other activities in a world-class venue.

Dress code for this meeting is business casual. You may bring a jacket for the evening functions as it can get cool in the mountains, but ties are not required. Thursday night's reception and dinner will be held at The Broadmoor’s majestic Seven Falls where there will be walking and opportunities to hike up parts of the Falls for additional views. Jeans and tennis shoes are appropriate for this event. 

There is no charge to attend the conference beyond your travel and hotel expenses. For further information, contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Division by phone at 303-740-4040 or by email at

The Broadmoor is located on 3,000 acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, activities and programs for guests of all ages, several dining options and specialty retail shops.

Please make your hotel reservation online or call The Broadmoor at (800) 634-7711. Mention your CoBank affiliation to receive the preferred room rate of $345. Each room will also be charged a $32 per day resort fee. The number of rooms available at this rate is limited, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. This rate is available to guests for three days before and three days after our event, on a space available basis. After the reservation deadline of July 17, the group rate will no longer be available. Please be aware that any cancellations made within seven days of your arrival date will result in a cancellation fee.

CoBank respectfully requests that you be considerate of all our customers when reserving hotel rooms at our conference hotels. Please make reservations only for confirmed, registered meeting attendees rather than reserving a large block of rooms for potential attendees. While we understand that you want to ensure space for your attendees, this practice creates artificial sell-out situations and prevents other customers from staying at the conference hotel. Additionally, please cancel rooms you will not use as soon as possible to make space for others who are trying to get a reservation.

Check in time at the resort is 4:00 p.m. Check out time is 12:00 p.m.


Valet parking is available to all overnight guests. The charge is $30 per night. Valet parking is complimentary for day visitors. Self-parking for a 24-hour period is $23 per night, with in and out privileges. Day charges are $4 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour up to a maximum of $12 per day.


The Broadmoor offers a variety of transportation options from airport shuttles to private town cars. Contact the Broadmoor Transportation Department at 719-362-3276 to arrange your transportation needs, or visit The Broadmoor’s transportation website for more options.

Each attendee is welcome to register one spouse or adult guest to attend the meal functions of the meeting. To make this process easier, you can now add your guest as part of your registration by simply clicking on the box that says, “I plan to bring a guest” and then providing his/her personal information as requested. Please be sure to correctly indicate the number of attendees for each meal function with the drop-down choices.

Please note that due to space constraints, only one adult guest per invited attendee can be included and pre-registration is required. Thank you for your consideration so that we may accommodate all our customers who would like to attend.

If you are registering on behalf of another individual, please make sure to use their email address when completing the form so that their registration information will be unique. There will be an opportunity for you to add your information in as well so that you will receive copies of the confirmation details. Only one registrant per unique email address will be allowed.

Once you have completed the information for all registrants, be sure to click on “Finish My Registration” in order to finalize your attendance at the meeting. Once you have completed this process, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your registration is incomplete. Please contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Department by email at for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

If you / your guest are unable to attend the meeting, it is required that you update your online registration a minimum of 3 business days prior to the start date of the meeting. To cancel or update your registration, use the link in your email registration confirmation. Or you can simply send notice of cancellation to Thank you for your courtesy in this regard as late cancellations and no-shows represent a significant cost to CoBank.

CoBank will host a golf outing on Friday, August 10, at The Broadmoor East Golf Course. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The Broadmoor’s East Course, voted one of 12 North American golf courses to receive a five-star rating by Golf Digest, is known for its wide, tree-lined fairways and expansive greens. The East Course has been home to many major tournaments, including the 1959 U.S. Amateur (Jack Nicklaus’ first major win), the 1967 U.S. Amateur, and the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open (Annika Sorenstam’s first major title). Most recently, the famous course served as host for the 2008 U.S. Senior Open and the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. For more information, visit the course website.

If you plan to participate in the golf outing, please be sure to check the golf option when you register. If you’ll need rental clubs, indicate left- or right-handed clubs on the registration form as well. Box lunches will be provided. Please note that the golf outing is for attendees plus one adult spouse or guest only.

Dress Code at The Broadmoor East Course requires that all guests are properly attired while on the championship golf course. Men are required to wear a shirt with a collar. Ladies are required to wear a blouse with a collar or sleeves. Ladies’ and men’s shorts are to be Bermuda length. Soft spikes are required Inappropriate attire, such as bare midriffs, short shorts, cut-offs or denim jeans, may result in denied access to golf facilities.

Participants in the 2018 CoBank Energy and Water Executive Forum can earn up to eight (8) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. To file for credit, you will need to sign the attendance form at the registration desk. As part of the verification to the accrediting agency, we need your signature to provide proof of your attendance. Certificates will be available Friday morning at the registration table. Please be sure to pick up the certificate before departing the meeting.


  • Geopolitical Risks and Emerging Hotspots
    Willis Sparks, Director of Global Macro, Eurasia Group
    By the end of this session, you will be able to define issues, trends, opportunities, and risks created by political developments in major emerging market countries, U.S. politics and foreign policy, and current geopolitical conflicts.
  • A Conversation with Tom Halverson
    Tom Halverson, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoBank
    By the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of challenges, opportunities and disruptive changes facing key industries in the U.S. rural economy.
  • How to Get Ahead of Disruptive Technology
    Mike Steep, Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities
    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss innovation disruption and apply solutions, technical expertise, business models, and company culture to resolve issues created by disruptive technology.


  • Energy and Environment
    Ramez Naam, Co-Chair, Energy and Environmental Systems, Singularity University
    By the end of this session, you will be able to define the impact our generation choices will have on the global environment and how disruptive technological changes are driving a need to adapt to change in order to remain relevant to your stakeholders.
  • North American Crude Oil and Natural Gas Market Update
    Rusty Braziel, President, RBN Energy, LLC
    By the end of this session, you will be able to apply updated knowledge about the fuel and commodity markets to better manage those factors within the scope of your business.
  • Seven Leadership and Life Lessons
    Susan O’Malley, Former President, Washington Sports and Entertainment
    By the end of this session, you will be able to apply seven “rules” for leadership and a winning attitude.


  • The High Cost of Coming and Going: Accelerating Knowledge Transfer Across Generation
    David DeLong, Expert in Knowledge Retention and Workforce Development Solution
    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss how to reduce the risks of ineffective transitions, disillusioned young employees, and critical capability loss as many organizations go through seismic shifts in the make-up of their workforce.
  • Strategies for Water System Sustainability: Industry Perspectives
    Matthew Holmes, Deputy CEO, National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
    Jim Maras, Executive Director, Association of Regional Water Organizations (ARWO)
    Nathan Ohle, Executive Director, Rural Community Assistance Partnerships (RCAP)

    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss emerging challenges that water systems of all sizes are confronting such as new regulatory standards, the need to replace or upgrade aging infrastructure, and increasing budgetary constraints.
    Federal Water Programs: Key Priorities and Insights from Washington
    Claudette Fernandez, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Innovation Center
    Andrew Sawyers, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Wastewater Management

    By the end of this session, you will be able to define the federal water financing programs, the current administration’s priorities and targeted outcomes, and how that will impact funding levels and availability for rural water projects.


  • Economic Outlook
    Austan Goolsbee, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss the current factors driving financial markets, public policy and general economic activity.
  • Political Update
    Stuart Rothenberg, Senior Editor, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales
    By the end of this session, you will be able to describe the U.S. political environment, policies and legislation of critical importance to our audience, and gain insights and perspectives regarding the 2018 mid-term elections.

CoBank is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 South Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.

The 2018 CoBank Energy and Water Executive Forum is an educational event that is free to invited attendees. As such, there is no refund policy. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints or refunds, please contact CoBank at (800) 542-8072, ext. 04384.

No prerequisite or advance preparation is required for the 2018 CoBank Energy and Water Executive Forum, which is a group-live program designed to provide attendees with up-to-date information on industry and market trends as well as national political, economic or regulatory issues of interest. The program is designed to provide attendees with basic up-to-date information for advanced, intermediate, or basic knowledge levels.