About Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy is a Senior Account Executive at The Kenney Group. Sean has more than two decades of strategic communications experience in private and public sector roles.
He came to Colorado in 2001 to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Bill Owens, overseeing the Administration’s entire external affairs operation, including media relations, political affairs and community relations and served as the Governor’s speechwriter. This followed more than a decade of work in Pennsylvania, including serving as President and CEO of the state’s free market think tank where he was one of the most prominent and effective advocates for education reform, including statewide school choice. He served as the chairman of Pennsylvania’s first cyber charter school in partnership with former Education Secretary William Bennett. For his work, he received a major statewide award from the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
In the mid-1990s he worked as education spokesman for the administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and as communications director for the state attorney general. A former business and financial news reporter, Duffy has worked in key communications roles in a number of political campaigns and in 2006 was named “Top Politician” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine.
He currently is a Trustee of Douglas County Libraries and serves on the board of The Barnabas Group. He is a member of the national Leadership Network at the American Enterprise Institute. He has been active in a number of business organizations and previously served on the boards of the American Transplant Foundation and Yorktown University, an online university.
2020 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Sean
Have you attended The Energy Summit before?
Yes. And am looking forward to the industry coming together in a time of unprecedented challenges to unite and gear up for progress, growth and wins in the year to come.
What made you decide to join us at the 32nd Annual Energy Summit Conference?
The importance of the energy industry to our state cannot be overstated. The conference is clearly an opportunity to champion successes and to find a path to demand predictability and spark growth going forward.
Why do you think your panel topic is critical to the oil and gas industry at this time?
Elections have consequences. No industry knows this more than the energy industry over the past two years in Colorado. The industry must understand exactly what the plans are from competing national and state candidates and get involved. 2020 is a time for choosing, not enduring.
How would you recommend that someone stay current?
Need to avoid the emotion-laden social media environment and the biased media and really listen to the candidates and the parties. Unfiltered. They will tell you exactly what they are going to do if you dive past the rhetoric and the hyperventilation.
What is your personal favorite story?
Modesty. If you diminish and disable this industry, civil society disappears. Not one thing we consider essential in daily life can be done in the way we expect without the energy industry. Yet every time I visit a facility, I see men and women who do their jobs, work hard, take their work very seriously, and ask little from society in return for what they contribute.
In this hour, it’s important to read biography and history. I just re-read “Up from Slavery” by Booker T Washington which is inspiring and I just finished “D-Day” by Steven Ambrose to get an education of what unity and sacrifice used to mean in America and around the world. Also recommend “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge to help order one’s life in a time of challenge and disarray.
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