Feb 27

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Mar 01

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session One (Feb 27-Mar 01)

An intensive training for high potential managers and supervisors through exposure to broad perspectives of the utility business, its interrelationships and successful leadership strategies. This program is designed by a utility-driven Curriculum Development Team, and directed by facilitators, and executive and alumni mentors. Program sessions are hosted by member utilities and topics are presented by executives, subject matter experts and formal instructors. The first four sessions focus on leadership development, industry perspectives, customer connections, communications and strategic planning. The program includes a capstone project which is delivered to industry leaders at the WEI Annual Meeting. Participants build a broad peer network that continues well into their future careers.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Pam Giles, Questar Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
    • 111 North Hope St.
      Los Angeles, CA 90012
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participants are nominated by WEI members and selected through a formal application review process. Applicants make a commitment to attend and actively participate at each session, and should plan time for additional work between sessions. It is expected that students commit to completing “homework” assignments during evenings and off-hours with additional assignments required outside of the normal work day. Each group is assigned one executive and one alumni mentor who will support the group’s development throughout the program and guide them to a successful final project.

  • Full Course Dates + Locations
  • Session 1: February 27-March 1, Los Angeles Departments of Water & Power, Los Angeles, CA
    Session 2: April 26-28, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Francisco, CA
    Session 3: June 26-28, Avista, Spokane, WA
    Session 4: August 8-10, ATCO Gas, Edmonton, AB
    Session 5: September 20-22, Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 6, 2017, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2017 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to session one.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795

Agenda

Monday, February 27, 2017

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tour of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center

Meet in The Standard lobby by 3:00 pm for transportation to the Emergency Operations Center for the city of Los Angeles. The Emergency Operations Center is the focal point for coordination of the City’s emergency planning, training, response and recovery efforts.

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Dinner with Students

No-host dinner to get to know program participants and mentors. Meet in the lobby of the Standard hotel at 5:30 to walk to restaurants.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7:30 AM - 7:45 AM

Transit to Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:20 am. LADWP shuttles will transport us to the meeting location at 7:30 am.

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome Students
Facilitator(s): Pam Giles, Operations Center Manager, Questar Gas

Pam Giles, the 2017 Facilitator, will provide an introduction to the program and describe the goals throughout the program.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Student Introductions

Students will introduce one of their peers and share information learned from the partner interview assignment.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Welcome to Los Angeles Department of Water & Power & Leadership Discussion
Speaker(s): Andrew Kendall, Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch at Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Leading through Change
Speaker(s): Marcie Edwards, General Manager Advisor, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Leadership Exercise
Speaker(s): Marvin Moon, Director, of Power Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Debrief from "Strengths Based Leadership"

Based on the best-selling book, "Strengths-Based Leadership", students will go through a team-building exercise to identify the strengths in others and how an understanding of these strengths contribute to high-performing teams.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Networking Tips Refresher and Close

We close out the day and provide tips and tricks for intentional networking.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell and Henkels & McCoy
Meet at The Standard Hotel for a reception with all 2017 BAEL students and mentors, as well as special guests and hosts from Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and Southern California Gas Company. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7:30 AM - 7:45 AM

Transit to Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:20 am. LADWP shuttles will transport us to the meeting location at 7:30 am.

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Leading a Diverse Workforce
Speaker(s): Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Leading High Performing Teams
Speaker(s): Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Engineering, Planning and Technical Services, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Current Issues Assignment

Students will share the results of their interviews with Supervisors and Board Members on what the current issues are facing their organizations and business function.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Team Building Exercise

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Capstone Project Group Time

Time will be given to discuss potential topics and to create a group plan for moving forward.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Close and Introduction to the Elevator Speech

Throughout the program students will have several opportunities to mix and mingle with executives and key leaders from host utilities. A polished elevator speech provides you an opportunity to make a great first impression and share a little bit about yourself and your organization with folks you meet. 

Hotel + Travel

  • The Standard
  • 550 South Flower St.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Phone: (213) 892-8080
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the reservation link below or contact the hotel directly at (213) 439-3001 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘Western Energy Institute Group’ to receive a special rate of $215/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 13, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Meet The Speakers

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Andrew Kendall

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Construction, Maintenance and Operations
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Marcie Edwards

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

General Manager Advisor
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Marvin Moon

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Director, of Power Engineer
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Martin Adams

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Chief Operating Officer
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Reiko Kerr

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Assistant General Manager Power System Engineering, Planning and Technical Services
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Pam Giles

Questar Gas

Operations Center Manager