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KC Oasis Sunday Gathering – Featured speaker: Terry Young, “Know Nukes”

January 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Musical guest: Scotty McBee (https://www.facebook.com/mcbeestmusic/)
Community moment: Jenna West
Featured speaker: Terry Young

Terry Young retired last month after a 40-year corporate communications career in the electric utility industry, which included 35 years focused on nuclear energy.

Young began his career at New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation in 1982 and moved into nuclear communications at Entergy’s nuclear plant in Arkansas in 1987. In 1990, he joined a nuclear safety organization – the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) – where he served as speechwriter to the president. He returned to Entergy in 1994 as nuclear communications manager, overseeing communications at the Jackson, Mississippi, nuclear headquarters and four nuclear stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

In 1997, Young joined the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in Atlanta, where he coordinated technical exchanges between nuclear plant operators in Asia and the U.S. He also served on the team that conducted a peer review at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. He was promoted to special assistant to the chairman of WANO and moved to London to lead communications for the global nuclear safety organization from its UK headquarters. He returned to Atlanta in 2002 as director of communications at INPO.

From 2007 to 2012, Young worked at Arizona Public Service Company in Phoenix, where he was responsible for directing all communications activities at the nation’s largest nuclear power plant, the Palo Verde nuclear generating station. He was part of the senior leadership team that successfully achieved a significant performance turnaround of the Arizona plant.

He returned to Entergy in 2012, serving as vice president of nuclear communications for Entergy’s nuclear power plants in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In 2014, he became director of communications at the Wolf Creek nuclear generating station, and was part of the senior leadership team that helped return that plant to top performance.

In 2019, he received a Nuclear Excellence Award in London from the World Association of Nuclear Operators, the only communications professional to ever receive this distinction.

He spent the past three years on loan from Evergy to the STARS Alliance in Phoenix leading organizational effectiveness efforts for the nuclear power plants in California, Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri.

Terry earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He completed the reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed boiling water reactor training at General Physics, and pressurized water reactor training at Westinghouse.

Location: UMKC Royall Hall 111
800 E. 52nd St, Kansas City, MO 64110
Free Sunday parking in the parking garage at 52nd and Rockhill Rd. (enter from 52nd & Charlotte).

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January 29, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


UMKC Royall Hall, Room 111
800 E. 52nd St
Kansas City, MO 64110
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