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Connected: The AEP Employee Podcast

The AEP Employee Podcast is here to help American Electric Power employees understand the "why" behind what's happening at AEP.

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Episode 10: Mark McCullough's Farewell

As the Executive Vice President of Generation at AEP, Mark McCullough made decisions that changed the company’s coal-fired generation business. Now, after 40 years with AEP, Mark is retiring from the only place he’s ever worked. In this episode, Mark (now the Executive Vice President of Energy Delivery) talks about the lessons he’s learned and why the most meaningful moments of his career were often the most difficult. 

20mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 9: Running Strong

Sometimes, you have to call in reinforcements in the battle to stay healthy. The Running Strong started as a way for Native Americans to improve their fitness, then it turned it something unexpected. In this episode, we learn how a program meant for kids has turned into a community of support and strength in Tulsa. 

12mins

13 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 7:Risking Everything to be Yourself

For most of her life, Annette Tierney had a secret that weighed her down. She knew that sharing this secret could come with heavy consequences. In this episode, we talk with Annette about why she decided to open up to her coworkers after four decades and live as her true self. 

14mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 8: The Journey Back from Almost Dying

David Whitman was the kind of person who was always on the move and couldn’t be held down. Then he experienced a life changing injury on the job that showed him he wasn’t Superman anymore. He was mortal. In this episode, we talk with David about how he almost lost his life while working in the heat and how the event has changed his health. 

13mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 6: Time for Change in Tulsa

In 1921, one of the worst outbreaks of racial violence happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For decades, the city kept quiet about what happened. Now, what happened during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is on display at the Greenwood Rising Black Wall Street History center. In this episode, we talk about what happened in Tulsa a hundred years ago is still relevant today.

20mins

28 May 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 5: A New Approach for New Challenges

Lisa Barton, AEP’s Chief Operating Officer, discusses how her new organization is going to help the company succeed as the electric utility industry undergoes a fundamental shift. 

14mins

18 May 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 3: Being the Only One in the Room

Henry Brown hasn’t had the smoothest experience during his 45 years with SWEPCO. As a black man, he’s often been the only one in the room throughout his career. In this episode, Henry talks about situations he faced early in his career, how the company has changed since he joined in 1975 and the opportunities in front of us to make AEP a better place for everyone.

24mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 1: Sitting Down with our CEO

Nick Akins is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power. In the first episode of the AEP Employee Podcast, we talk with Nick about his experience leading a Fortune 500 company during an unprecedented time, his thoughts on the future of the company and what would surprise people about his staff meetings. 

14mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 2: When the Impact of an Injury Lingers

Michele Ross has been with AEP for more than 25 years. When she was a young apprentice in our network operations, she witnessed her mentor get hit by an arc flash in an underground vault. In this episode, Michele recounts what happened and discusses how the event continues to impact how she works. 

10mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 4: Protecting the Grid and AEP

Cyber security and high profile hackings are a hot topic, both inside and outside the utility industry. In this episode, we sit down with Steve Swick, a leading national expert on cyber security in the utility industry and AEP’s Vice President of Security. He discusses why AEP has a large stake in the security of the country and what keeps him up at night. 

14mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #10