The Origin of HLI's Success


Edward Halpin Paves the Way for Results that Last

In 2018 Ed Halpin created Halpin Leadership Industries (HLI), which is a leadership consulting business that focuses on improving overall leadership behaviors so as to help teams reach new levels of performance and engagement. Ed serves as Owner of HLI.

Prior to starting HLI, Ed 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.

Ed was also Chairman of the Board, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STP-Retired March 2012), for whom he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and CNO. 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.


  • 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 Doctor 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.   

In 1983 Ed became the East Coast Collegiate Boxing Champion in his weight class as well as a National Collegiate Boxing Association runner up while representing the United States Naval Academy.  He was recognized as a National Collegiate Boxing Association All American Boxer also in 1983.

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