Keynote Breakfast Presentation

Tuesday, May 5th 7:30-9:00am

Network with utility safety peers over a robust hot breakfast and hear Jeff “Odie” Espenship present You Are A Safety Influencer: What You Do & What You Know Matters

You Are A Safety Influencer: What You Do & What You Know Matters

One switch was out of place. One little switch. That’s all it took for an incident to occur that took the lives of my instructor pilot and his passenger on that tragic day. But was it the switch that caused the accident or was it something bigger than that?

After all, he had the knowledge and experience he needed to know to correct the error. Often, after accidents occur, we look back and wonder why the folks who knew how to fix the error didn’t do so. Why did he go with the flow? Why did she say nothing? Why did they keep pressing on despite the obvious warning signs?

As a former US Air Force fighter pilot, I share something in common with many of you: the job we do is a dangerous one and it requires that we act with certainty, proactivity and awareness. But sadly, when we are in the day-to-day grind of getting things done, it’s often all-too-easy to lose sight of how what we do can impact the actions and behaviors of those around us.

Most importantly, I will also share with you the reasons why it is absolutely vital for you to take seriously the amount of safety influence you have over others and appreciate the power of your experience, knowledge and awareness to prevent accidents from occurring. You have all you need to drive safety. The question is: when it comes time to use it, will you?

In this Keynote Presentation, you will learn:
  • Tragic tales of people who let errors get away from them and how it led to lives lost
  • The story of the loss of my own brother
  • Contributing factors such as bad job culture and normalization of deviation


Due to his demonstrated leadership and officer ship skills in cadet corps officer training, Jeff was awarded not only a full academic scholarship, but also a USAF pilot training slot. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Jeff spent a year cheating certain death and destruction earning his USAFpilot wings. Having done this better than his classmates, he won the coveted “Commanders Trophy” as the overall top graduate of his pilot training class. Jeff also won the pilot training T-38 Talon’s “Hard Charger Award” for overall dedication to excellence and training.

Join Us May 5-7, 2020 in Glendale, AZ

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