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Fireside Chat


Erin Hardick
Zpryme, Lead Research Analyst

Erin Hardick is the Lead Research Analyst at Zpryme, whose areas of research include digital transformation, grid modernization, renewables and DERs, transportation electrification, EVs, micromobility, and information and communication technology. She aggregates, analyzes, creates, and presents content that shows current trends in these areas. Erin also participates in thought leadership media as she conducts video interviews and emcees and moderates conversations for Zpryme events such as Energy Thought Summit (ETS), City of the Future (CoF), [email protected], and WE3. She co-hosts Zpryme’s On The Grid podcast. Erin is a recent graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting.

Jackie Sargent
Austin Energy, General Manager

Jackie Sargent rejoined the Austin Energy team as General Manager in August 2016. She brings almost 30 years of utility experience, as well as the focus and passion to continue the utility’s cutting edge reputation while providing tremendous community benefits.

From 2010 to 2012, Sargent served as Senior Vice President of Power Supply and Market Operations at Austin Energy before joining Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado, as General Manager and CEO. Sargent also served as Vice President of Power Supply and Renewables Integration for Black Hills Corporation in South Dakota.

Throughout her career, Sargent has demonstrated leadership by working with teams to accomplish goals and plan for the future. Some notable accomplishments include managing major construction projects, developing resource plans, supporting acquisitions and mergers, leading utility rate cases, negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, developing and growing energy marketing departments, integrating renewable resources, and creating collaborative energy efficiency programs.