Keystone Leadership Awards

Since 1994, Keystone Policy Center has proudly honored exemplary leaders and decision-makers who embody its mission in action. Honorees are selected for their leadership, vision, outstanding problem-solving skills, and efforts to seek collaborative solutions to challenging issues. The awards are presented annually at a dinner ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by prominent leaders from industry, government, and the NGO community.

Join us virtually or in person!

Keystone Policy Center’s 28th annual Leadership Awards will be live-streamed with limited in-person attendance.

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: 1425 K St. N.W. Suite 1000, Washington, DC
6:00 pm ET: In-person cocktail reception*
7:00-8:00 pm ET: Virtual livestreamed event featuring one-on-one interviews with honorees

Registration: Click here to register for the 2021 Keystone Leadership Awards!

*We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and, if necessary, will forego an in-person experience.

2021 Keystone Leadership Award Recipients

Ben Fowke
Ben FowkeExecutive Chairman, Xcel Energy

Ben Fowke is Executive Chairman at Xcel Energy, one of the largest public utilities in the country. The Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Minneapolis, serves parts of eight states, providing electricity to 3.7 million customers and natural gas service to 2.1 million customers.

Fowke served as Xcel Energy’s CEO for a decade – from 2011 to 2021 – and was instrumental in driving the clean energy transition. Under his leadership, the company reduced carbon emissions 51% (from 2005 to 2020) and was the first to announce a vision to produce carbon-free electricity by 2050.

In his new role, Fowke will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board and focus on national energy policy, specifically advocating for federal funding for emerging technologies needed to complete the clean energy transition.

Widely respected in the industry, Fowke recently completed his term as chairman of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), our industry trade association. He continues to serve on the board of EEI, along with the board of directors for Energy Insurance Mutual and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.

Fowke serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), representing the energy industry. The NIAC is a private-public partnership that advises governmental agencies to mitigate risk and ensure integrity of the country’s critical infrastructure.

In recent years, Fowke testified before several Senate committees, providing his expertise on the industry’s cyber security preparedness, on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading Unmanned Aircraft System program, the need for a clean energy standard and the importance and limitations of battery storage solutions.

Fowke has also testified before Congress about the importance of hiring military veterans in the private sector following their service to our country. Xcel Energy has executed on aggressive hiring goals, ensuring that 10 percent of our new outside hires are military veterans. Fowke was honored with the Responsible CEO of the Year award from Corporate Responsibility magazine for Xcel Energy’s efforts to recruit and retain military veterans.

Fowke serves on the board of directors for Securian Financial and the Minnesota Business Partnership and served as co-chair of the 2017 Greater Twin Cities United Way campaign with his wife, Kathleen. He was chosen as the 2018 Executive of the Year by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Utility Dive named Fowke as its 2020 Executive of the Year and Junior Achievement North named him a 2021 Hall of Fame laureate.

Paula R. Glover
Paula R. GloverPresident, Alliance to Save Energy

Paula R. Glover started as President of the Alliance to Save Energy in January 2021. A dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Ms. Glover is the seventh president in the Alliance’s 43-year history.

Ms. Glover previously served as President and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a non-profit professional association whose focus is to ensure that African Americans and other minorities have input into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues. In this role, she was responsible for managing the national office, and providing strategic direction and leadership for the organization. Prior to this role, Ms. Glover served as AABE’s Vice President of Operations and as the organization’s Director of Communications.

Ms. Glover’s other experiences include 15 years in the energy industry for both electric and natural gas distribution companies. During that time, she built a stellar reputation

working with state legislators and regulators in her roles as Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Glover commands a clear understanding of the consumer and community sides of the business as well having held industry positions in Community Outreach and Economic Development.

Ms. Glover is a seasoned non-Profit professional. Prior to her time at AABE, Ms. Glover was the Community Awareness Director for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut where she was responsible for the organizations’ marketing, communications, community and government relations and public relations functions.

In March 2014 Ms. Glover was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz.

Ms. Glover received her B.S. in Marketing Management from the University of Delaware. She is the recipient of the Bring It Home to Hartford Award; the Clarke Watson Chairman’s Cup; the Award of Distinction by the Videographer Awards and the Platinum Achievement Award from the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program at Fort Valley State University. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership New Haven and has contributed to an article on work life balance in Take Pride magazine.

Steve Mitnick
Steve MitnickExecutive Editor, Public Utilities Fortnightly

Steve Mitnick is the Executive Editor of Public Utilities Fortnightly and president of its parent company Lines Up, Inc., based in Arlington, Virginia.  He also authors the weekly digital magazine This Half Fortnight from PUF.

He previously was a member of the leadership teams of energy consulting practices at McKinsey & Co., Marsh & McLennan, and PHB/Hagler Bailly.  Before that he served as president of the transmission developer Conjunction LLC, and chief energy advisor to the Governor of New York.

His book, Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm, was published in June 2013.  His book, Lewis Latimer, The First Hidden Figure, was published in November 2020.  His most recent book, Women Leading Utilities, the Pioneers and Path to Today and Tomorrow, was published in May 2021.  He is presently working on a book about the military veterans in the utilities industry, to be called Front Lines to Power Lines, and to be published in September 2021.

He has testified before utility regulatory commissions of six states, the District of Columbia, the Federal Energy

Regulatory Commission, and in Canada.  Early in his career, he was a member of the faculty of Georgetown University and taught undergraduate microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics.  He has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and two B.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in physics and in history/political science.

Bob Woodward
Bob WoodwardAssociate Editor, The Washington Post

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Woodward has written #1 best-selling books on the last nine presidents—Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Trump—as well as the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, Hollywood and the Supreme Court.

He has authored or coauthored 20 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Fourteen have been #1 national bestsellers, including his most recent book, Rage, which was Woodward’s second book on the Trump administration.

Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories. 60 Minutes has done pieces on eight of his books; three of his books have been made into movies.

Woodward was born in Illinois and graduated from Yale University in 1965. He served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.

For more information about the Keystone Leadership Awards, including inquiring about sponsorship opportunities, contact Judy O’Brien, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships | | 202-452-1592. Keystone Policy Center empowers leaders to overcome national and local policy conflicts they previously thought were insurmountable. Through a unique and innovative approach, Keystone propels conflicted groups, coalitions, and divergent leaders beyond entrenched positions to common higher ground. If you or your organization share this commitment of collaborative action, please help support this work and these outstanding individuals through your sponsorship of and participation in this event. Funds raised through this annual event are critical to helping support Keystone’s mission and vision of bringing together leaders to reach a common higher ground. Learn more about how Keystone utilizes these important resources!

Galleries: Past Keystone Leadership Awards

Learn more about Keystone’s past awardees and view photos from previous Keystone Leadership Awards events by clicking on the galleries below. You can also highlights from the all-virtual 2020 Keystone Leadership Awards below.


2019 Leadership Awards Dinner


2018 Leadership Awards Dinner


2018 Leadership Awards Dinner

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