Business Value

Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
What Do I Do with My Data Scientists?

Speakers: David Baron, Manager of Performance Management/Organizational Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
Mario Carrasco, Manager, CAP and Performance Improvement, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Bloomberg and Glassdoor have referred to Data Scientists as having the “sexiest job in America” for the past three years in a row. We know they extract knowledge and insights from data, but how is that “sexy”? In this session, participants will gain an understanding of how to get the most out of Data Scientists and answer tough questions like: “How do I keep my Data Scientists motivated?”, “How many do I need?” and “Am I ready to hire them?”. This session will explore a brief history of Data Science, discuss attracting and retaining analytical talent, and share successes/lessons learned working with Data Scientists.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Innovation Incubation
Speaker: Ben Stapleton, Chief Partnerships Officer, LACI
Today innovation is quickly becoming ingrained in business values at many organizations. Utilities are no exception. Los Angeles innovation expert Ben Stapleton will discuss LACI and it’s impact on the community and the utilities that serve within.

LACI is a non-profit organization funded by the CRA/LA and the LADWP for the City of Los Angeles. In partnership with the city’s exceptional educational and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of their clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs.

Los Angeles has launched its cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital. LACI is the business equivalent of baseball’s farm system: it identifies local talent, nurtures it, and helps it get to market, resulting in more jobs and a bigger green economy in Los Angeles.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Strategies for Revenue Growth – Value that Builds Growth
Speaker: Michael Warburton, Director, Parkwide Communications, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Utilities today are faced with a tempting set of opportunities for new revenue. However, many of these opportunities involve new business models, new approaches to the marketplace, and can stretch the capabilities of the utility or create an unwanted distraction to the core business. In this session we present a portfolio of services and innovative approaches to revenue that can help a utility achieve balanced growth that complements the core strengths of the business.

Friday, March 15, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Budget and Planning: More than Numbers
Speaker: Chris Fabian, CEO, Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Have you ever thought to yourself, “There must be a better way to do this?”. Well, when it comes to budgeting, there is! Over 200 local government organizations have adopted and implemented a new approach to resource allocation, called Priority Based Budgeting (PBB). PBB at its core is a simple but profound framework… Applying PBB, organizations discover solutions to optimize their current resources and explore opportunities to obtain new resources in order to successfully launch the new programs and bolster the highest priority programs required to create the best future they can. In this session, Chris Fabian, CEO of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration, will present the Framework, the Challenge, and the Application of PBB into your organization.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
The Value of Innovation

Speakers: Mark Warren, Director, Business Innovation & Measurement, FortisBC
Amir Tabakh, Manager of Efficiency Solutions Engineering & DWP La Kretz Lab, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Today innovation is quickly becoming ingrained in business values at many organizations. Utilities are no exception. This moderated panel brings together various innovation experts to discuss what ideas they’ve implemented at their organizations, how they foster creative thinking, handle risk and weigh the benefits.