The Origin of HLI's Success


Edward Halpin Paves the Way for Results that Last

Ed has recently created Halpin Leadership Industries (HLI) Inc. which is a leadership consulting company that focuses on improving overall leadership behaviors so as to help teams reach new levels of performance and engagement. The company uses skills that focus on employee engagement, enabling employees to be successful once they are engaged, and teaching leaders to sustain outstanding performance once it is achieved. Our model is based on decades of experience that focuses on creating emotionally secure cultures that lead to excellent decisions. HLI’s vision is to “Increase the capability to work together and converse so as to improve safety, performance and the quality of life”. HLI offers a variety of services to accomplish this vision from safety culture assessments to teaching risk informed decision making as well as skills that help us improve overall teamwork. Ed serves as Owner and CEO of HLI Inc.

Prior to becoming CEO of HLI Ed Halpin served as Senior Vice President, Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO) for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E-Retired December 2017). In this role, Ed was responsible for overall strategic direction and leading upwards of 3,000 employees who were focused on the safe, reliable and affordable operation of all sources of PG&E owned generation. He also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fuelco, a privately held limited liability company owned by Ameren Missouri and PG&E responsible for nuclear fuel supply, fabrication and delivery, and the CEO of Eureka Energy which manages the 13,000 acres of land surrounding Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Ed also just finished an assignment as Chairman of the Board of STARS (Strategic Teaming and Resource Sharing LLC) made up of 7 nuclear units and four utilities which were focused on improving safety, reliability and cost.

Ed is a 35-year energy industry veteran and was one of the longest-serving active CNO’s in the U.S. nuclear industry. Prior to joining PG&E, he served as Chairman of the Board, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STP-Retired March 2012), for whom he also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and CNO. During his tenure with STP, which began in 1988 as a Start Up Engineer, Ed earned positions of increasing responsibility and leadership, including Systems and Design Engineering Manager, Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Vice President of Oversight and Site Vice President. Prior to joining STP, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Submarine Service.


In 1983, Ed graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with honors where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering. He later graduated as valedictorian with a master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. He also received a master’s degree in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. In addition, Ed earned a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) certification and is a graduate of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Manager course and the Senior Nuclear Executives Seminar.


  • Local Economic Development Committee San Luis Obispo
  • Economic Development Sub Committee Central Coast of California
  • President’s Cabinet, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
  • Board of Directors, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL)
  • Subcommittee Chair of the Emerging Risk Committee (NEIL)
  • Board of Directors and Chairman, Strategic Teaming and Resource Sharing (STARS)
  • Board of Directors, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
  • Member, Nuclear Facilities Decommissioning Master Trust Committee PG&E
  • Executive Advisory Group, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
  • Executive Advisory Board, Holtec/SMR
  • Community Incident Response Executive Advisory Committee, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Communications Advisory Committee, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
  • Certified and Active Instructor for Crucial Conversations and Facilitative Leadership
  • Fukushima Response Steering Committee
  • Advisory Committee, Lucia Mar School Foundation
  • Treasurer, Brazosport College Foundation

Excellence Recognized


In June of 2018 Ed was recognized by the California State University (CSU) educational system with an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his impactful leadership in the community and in the electric industry. This honor was sponsored by California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, the town in which Ed and his family reside. The very first to be honored by CSU was John F. Kennedy in 1963 while serving as President of the United States.

Ed is a strong advocate of risk informed decision making and his leadership was instrumental in helping to shape risk tools making the nuclear industry and other generating assets safer. He lectures regularly at MIT on this topic.

Ed’s passion is Safety Culture and Organizational Effectiveness. He has participated in multiple discussions throughout the world on this vital topic and has regularly taught the associated leadership behaviors to create an emotionally safe environment since 1995.

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